Hold On to Me by Karen Grey @KarenWhitereads #HomeCookedBooks

Posted November 10, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 22 Comments

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Hold On to Me by Karen Grey @KarenWhitereads   #HomeCookedBooksHold On To Me by Karen Grey
Series: Carolina Classics #2
Published by Self-Published on November 9, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 280
Format: eARC
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After a devastating accident at sea, the only job Sullivan Calloway can get is one that few have survived.

If time and tide wait for no man, neither does Helen O'Neill. She's spent years forging her own path in the movie business. The young hunk she's hired to replace her latest assistant to leave in tears may be a sight for sore eyes, but expectations will not be lowered. If he can’t do the work, he’ll be out on his very fine behind.

If only her heart would get the memo.

The Carolina Classics series continues with what I thought would be Whitney’s story, but it’s Sully.  We get both his and Helen’s points of view.    All five friends: Violet, Danielle, Whitney, Sully and Ford make appearances and they socialize together except Whitney. Sully initially is living with Dani, as a roommate not a romantic relationship. Perhaps because they are new adults, the series has lots of both personal and career developments.

In Hold On To Me, Sully takes some temporary work while recovering from an accident.  He ends up learning a lot about himself and what he wants.  He is attracted to his boss, Helen,  and provides her with good support, both professionally and then personally. As he becomes certain of what he wants,  he is clearer and better in all his relationships.

Helen has never had a good relationship and her career normally has her moving to wherever a production is happening.  Her childhood wasn’t easy either. She doesn’t want to accept the comfort and personal support Sully offers because what happens when filming ends?   She is so strong and competent because she has had to be in the competitive field where she works.  She doesn’t think she can have more than work, or any relationship.

I enjoyed the growth of the characters who were more honest with each other and kept communication going even when things were uncertain.  It’s more complex than I’ve explained.  You will need to read for yourself.  I, like Helen, wish I had a long-time group of friends and circle of support.  It makes me even more worried about Whitney.


About Karen Grey

KAREN GREY is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen and radio drama actor in Boston, New York and Los Angeles in the late 20th century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

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