Monday, June 29, 2015

Holding Back by Helen Pollard

Title:  Holding Back
Author:  Helen Pollard
Publication Date:  April 27/15 by Clean Reads
Length:  219pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The last thing they're looking for is love …

Laura Matheson is a natural at avoiding romance, so when she is drawn to mystery guest Daniel Stone while helping out at her friends' hotel in Portugal, she assumes all she needs is a little extra willpower.

Daniel is at the hotel on business. The demands of work and a manipulative ex-girlfriend mean he doesn't have the time or energy for romance, but Laura is a distraction he finds hard to ignore.

As they negotiate a minefield of misunderstandings and mutual attraction, will they both continue to hold back? Or will they finally allow love into their lives?

My Review:

Pollard takes readers across the world with this enjoyable read. The setting is well developed, allowing readers to picture the characters and the hotel. The plot itself was low key & enjoyable, providing a believable romance.

The characters in this novel were quite well developed. I enjoyed getting to know Daniel. He was an unlikely hero in this story, but his character was so true to form that I couldn’t help but like him. Laura was one of those characters who rubbed me the wrong way. Her abrasiveness, although warranted, made her difficult to identify with.

Once again Pollard has created a sweet, enjoyable novel that will leave you smiling.

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