Can't Hold Back

Can t Hold Back In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery a war shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one tha

  • Title: Can't Hold Back
  • Author: Serena Bell
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  • Page: 172
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  • In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery a war shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.No girl can resist a man in uniform especially if that man is Nate Riordan But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier fIn this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery a war shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.No girl can resist a man in uniform especially if that man is Nate Riordan But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend s invitation to a new veterans retreat Expecting a little RR, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound heartbreak.Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right even if it means getting too close for comfort A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries This time, with desire in the air once , Alia won t hold anything back.

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    1. Serena Bell

      USA Today bestselling author and RT Reviewers Choice Award nominee Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and she adores hiding in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena s imaginary friends but also her enormous collection of constantly changing and passionately embraced hobbies, ranging from needlepoint to paddle boarding to meditation.Sign up for new release updates here serenabell newsletter

    704 thoughts on “Can't Hold Back”

    1. 4.5 - "What about happy endings?" Stars!One of the main things that I love about Serena Bell’s writing is that she always manages to add a little something different to every one of her stories. Nate, an injured ex-serviceman is struggling to fit back into a civilian life, in Alia he finds a woman who offers him physical therapy for his injuries and mental clarity for the other issues he is currently trying to come to terms with. The only problem being is that he and Alia have a past, and that [...]


    2. 4.5Two years ago Alia met Nate at a picnic. She liked him but instead of making her move, she introduced him to her sister essentially giving him to her. Things did not end well between them, partly because of Alia. Two years later, Nate is an injured soldier who comes to the veterans retreat where Alia is a physical therapist. Nate needs her to help take his pain away but he notices a lot more than just her healing hands.I really enjoyed this book! When this book first started, I really wasn't [...]


    3. 4 I was planning to love you whether you wanted me to or not stars. Nate and Alia should have been but Ali gave her sister to Nate on a silver platter. She fell in love with him years ago but attempted to put it in a box and never discuss it again. Now she's his physical therapist and Nate isn't the same charming man he use to be, he's changed by the explosion that ended a good friend's life and that ensures he never forgets due to the constant agony his body is in.Alia treats Nate hoping to sol [...]


    4. Sweet and Sexy, Can’t Hold Back is a military romance with heart and soul.Nate finds himself addicted to pain medication after a percussion injury while serving. Wanting to make a difference, Nate checks himself into a camp for Vets looking for R&R only to find the woman who helped break his heart, Alia.Alia met Nate at a picnic then turned him over to her sister, thinking he couldn't be romantically interested in her. To say it was a bad break up would be an understatement. Leaving Alia's [...]


    5. I have to say, I fell in love with this amazing book. It started out like any typical romance book. Two sisters and one guy not sure where that was going. But then you are introduced to some problems. Hurt and betrayal. Deeply emotional but a simmering love beneath it all.Alia and Nate are sweet and endearing characters that I really liked but then the author kicked it up by pouring her heart into this story. Amazing descriptions of an all consuming love that literally takes your breath away and [...]


    6. When Alia first laid eyes on Nate, she thought he’d be perfect for her sister, Becca, and ignored her own initial feelings of attraction towards him. But things got complicated when Becca and Nate’s long distance relationship didn’t work out the way anyone expected, ending in heartbreak for all involved. Two years later, Nate and Alia are back in the same place but under wholly different circumstances, no sister in sight. Can they mend the tears of their initial friendship and finally let [...]


    7. Nate Roirdan, extremely handsome military man while attending his buddy Jake's barbecue meets the very beautiful Alia Drake and is having an incredible conversation and time with her when they are interrupted, not by his buddy but by her sister Becca, Nate is a little irritated that they are interrupted but thrown even a little more when Alia gets up and leaves and leaves him with Becca.Sure Becca is beautiful , blonde to Alia 's brunette , curvier but more quiet , shy, but Natrs interested and [...]


    8. ARC received from NetGalley for honest review. Second in a series but can be read as a standalone. Confession I am an absolute sucker for a military man so I was already hooked. What I liked:Nate and Alia together in the present. Definitely had chemistry and weren't shy about it. Alia wasn't a pushover when it came to helping Nate with his pain. What I didn't get:Why Alia felt it necessary to "give" Nate to her sister in the past. The sacrifices she made for her sister didn't really make sense t [...]


    9. 4.5 starsCan't Hold Back was a beautifully written second chance love story, I loved it.The characters Alia and Nate were likable and very relatable. I was drawn into their emotional story from the first page. They had this strong attraction/connection, you could see it from their first meeting and their chemistry was off the charts. I enjoyed watching them reconnect and work together to get to their HEA. Serena Bell is a talented author who gives her readers heartwarming and memorable romance s [...]


    10. While I enjoyed this book, I was often frustrated by the actions of the characters involved. Alia was attracted to Nate from the very first. However, she decided that her sister who hadn't even met or seen Nate deserved him more, so she just gave him to her. Then later, Alia even wrote all of the love letters on behalf of Becca. So is it any wonder Nate was ticked when he found out the truth since he was attracted to Alia and not Becca even though they did date. Argh, I just wanted to smack thei [...]


    11. Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. The blurb held a lot of promise. It is very difficult to tell the story of post war turmoil for veterans and the author handled this with dignity. My problem however was with the heroine of the book and her chemistry with the hero. The book was very slow throughout and with the dual point of view, there was a lot of repeat and inner monologue. T [...]


    12. Original review can be found at kristineandterri/24.5 stars** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**Can't Hold Back is the second book in the Returning Home series but can be read as a stand alone. I was fortunate enough to read Hold on Tight, the first book, and although it is not necessary to read it to follow along I highly recommend it only because it was a really great book.Serena Bell writes contemporary romance reall [...]


    13. My rating: 4 of 5 starsCan’t hold back is the first book I read of Serena Bell. I chose this book for two reasons: first I am a big sucker for military romance and second I always on a look out for new authors with new writing styles and new stories. I have to say I am very happy that I chose this book.Nate was injured in the line of duty leaves him broken, body and soul. Nate finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts [...]


    14. ***ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review*******4 very enjoyable stars for me*****spoilers free**This is my first book by Serena Bell and I'm very happy that I requested this book. I love stories about broken men and women who help them get better. Also, who doesn't love a story about a man in uniform. Can't Hold Back was a well written book with likable characters. This was also a second chance romance in my opinion. Well more of a second chance for Alia and an opening of the eyes [...]


    15. I came into this story with such high expectations after the wonderful first book of this series, Hold on Tight. For the most part I was not disappointed. While not quite as emotionally satisfying as the first book, it was still a sweet and lovely second-chance-at-love story, and packed its own emotional punch. There were parts that moved a bit slowly; and parts that didn't go the way I thought they wouldor should. It was not until I actually finished reading the book that all the pieces really [...]


    16. I'm so glad these books are a series because I really loved book one with Jake, Mira and little Sam. I adore this 'new-to-me' author's writing and I am very glad there are other books and other series' by Serena Bell to read! Can't Hold Back is book two in the Returning Home series and is another book that has really satisfied my desire to read books with military heroes. In Can't Hold Back, Nate was back home and in physical pain and coming out of pain killer dependence. He found much needed re [...]


    17. I dug this, but i think I would have liked even more on the ethical issues? That feels like a weird thing to say about a romance novel, but when you lay the issues out there, I expect thorough follow up.


    18. With current events surrounding the plight of returning veterans readers will find this second installment in the Returning Home series a timely addition to the discussion. From start to finish this story will captivate readers as it touches on the pain of returning veterans, feelings of survivor's guilt, and the lengths people will go to in the name of love. With two strong protagonists readers will find themselves cheering them on towards HEA one moment while shedding a tear over their misguid [...]


    19. I liked this book much better than the first and third but there were still some issues with it that kept me from loving it all. I loved the middle of this book, the beginning and ending though, I hated. I don't like how Alia "gave" Nate to her sister like he was a possession. That right there, was just stupid. I don't see how you could just pass off a guy you were into on to your sister like he was a gift. The reasoning behind that was stupid and very unrealistic to begin with. No girl having a [...]


    20. Alia Drake and Nate Riordan had an interesting beginning. They met through Alia’s friend Jake. She and Jake went to college and PT classes together. Jake was a U.S. Vet who had lost a leg and a teammate on his last tour in the military and was now married to Mira and has a son Sam. But at the time he came home he had no clue he even had a seven year old son. But like the soldier he was he took it on the chin and got back in the game stepped up to the plate and won his girl back and met his son [...]


    21. I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished reading Jake and Mira’s story. And I wasn’t disappointed.I’d like to start with a pre-review note – Serena opened a Facebook group a while ago called Serena’s Salon. Great people, good discussions and one fantastic Serena Bell. Join us there for exclusive announcements and such.Now, for my review of Can’t Hold Back. It can be read as a standalone, but Hold On Tight is so good, you don’t want to not read it, too.This story introduce [...]


    22. Alia gave sexy, smart military man Nate Riordan to her sister years ago, even though there was an odd feeling in her stomach and in her heart. Then, she helped screw it all up and the effects of that decision effect all three of them to this date. Hoping for a spot on staff at her friend's veteran's retreat, R&R, Alia agrees to cover Jake's role as physical therapist for the veterans. Little does she know, Nate's accepted his friend's offer to spend some time there after quitting pain manage [...]


    23. I really enjoyed this, and I liked that it was sort of a second chance at love story. Nate is a soldier that has been injured and is in need of rehabilitation, and he is working on his dependence of pain medication. Alia is a physical therapist, and she is working at a soldier rehabilitation place. Alia and Nate knew each other awhile back, and even though Alia was/is really attracted to Nate, she "gives him up" to her sister; which is just stupid, and of course the relationship between Nate and [...]


    24. Nate Riordan is a broken man who is in need of help, he is relying on pain killers to numb the pain of his injury and the loss of his friend. He has returned stateside, only to discover he doesn't really have a home to return to. He's suffering from survivors guilt and feels like he owes it to his friend to take care of his friends family, so he steps in to help, and begins to put their needs in front of his own, and ends up adding more stress to his life than he can handle. He is in need of an [...]


    25. I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review and here it is. 5 starsThis is the first novel I've read by this author although it's the second in her Returning Home series, and it is an exceptional read--from the moment Nate Riordan, a solider, meets Alia Drake at a picnic held by Jake and Mira, the principle characters in the first novel in this series, they are attracted to one another. However, Alia, who sees her younger sister Becca as the pretty one, while she considers h [...]


    26. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I haven't read anything from Serena Bell before, but I've seen that the reviews on her book were good. I found Can't Hold Back, and the blurb sounded pretty interesting to me, so I took a chance on it. As it turns out, I'm glad I checked this book out. I ended up really loving the whole story. I don't read a lot of military romance because it's just not my thing. However, this book was about a vetera [...]


    27. 3.5 starsI really like Serena Bell's writing. She gives us characters with so much emotional baggage, but during the course of the story, the load they are carrying lessens with the love they end up finding. And let me just tell you, Nate and Alia had some baggage. Not only did they have their individual stuff going on, his coming back a survivor from war and her having to take on the role of a parent to her sister, but they had a history. Their history was something I don't think I'd ever read [...]


    28. 4 Stars!Well I have a new author to come to and check out in the future. This is my first book by Serena and she definitely has a new fan in me. This author gave me a story that had me trying to turn the pages long after they stopped. This is the second book in a new series but is a complete standalone.This book was fantastic. Written flawlessly, this author has created a beautiful love story that will speak to your soul. I am a sucker for military romances and this author surpassed my expectati [...]


    29. I received a copy through NetGalley for an honest review.What a fabulous story!! I enjoyed this book from start to finish. You can't help but feel for both of the main characters. You have Alia who has had a difficult childhood and had to grow up quickly and raise her younger sister. She puts her sister Becca's needs well before her own and it ends up getting her burned when it comes to love. Then you have Nate who is a sexy soldier with a sensitive heart who is injured in combat and returns bro [...]


    30. I thought that this was a really sweet story, filled with a lot of back and forth and even more hurting but in the end it was really sweet. Nate is just so damn sexy even when he's being a dick, you just know that there is a sexy side to him and its an addictive sexy side. I think his struggles made him even more sexy, and the fact that he liked Ali all those years before, but due to a really stupid mix up they never got a chance to really connect was just heart breaking. But this story makes us [...]


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