Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::
Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

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Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

Book Info

Title: Hold Me Up

Series: Chasing Gold Book 1

Author: Colette Davison

Publisher: Self Published

Published: 29 January 2020

Cover Design: Colette Davison

Length: 68,500 pages

Keywords : M/M Romance, Second chance, sports, slow burn, hurt/comfort, Forgiveness, trusting others, dedication, self-care

Warnings: Trigger warnings: Hold Me Up features a character who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks due to a past event that is briefly described.

Add To: Goodreads

Purchase Links

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Also Available On Kindle Unlimed

Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

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Can second chance love survive past trauma?

 Reece has one goal: to compete in the Olympic Games. With the gymnastics World Championships looming, his dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.

When his childhood sweetheart, Alex, walks back into his life unexpectedly, Reece’s world is turned upside down. Alex was the boy who inexplicably pushed him away and broke his heart; the boy he still loves.

When the truth behind their break-up is revealed, Reece wants to hold Alex up and give him the strength to heal.

But can Reece be Alex’s rock, and remain focused on his training, or will his Olympic dreams suffer in the process?

Hold Me Up is a MM second chance romance, with a slow-burn relationship and lots of hurt/comfort. It’s the first in a series of books that follows male artistic gymnasts as they chase gold. 

Trigger warnings: Hold Me Up features a character who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks due to a past event that is briefly described.

Review

*****

Oh, get your box of tissues handy, you are going to need them.  Colette Really pulls your heart strings, almost to snapping point with this book.   The book has every emotion there is from anger, guilt, rejection to hope strength and forgiveness and a whole lot more.

We start 4 years before the main story starts.  Two young men Reece a budding and upcoming Gymnast and Adam his best friend and boyfriend.   After saying goodbye to Reece at the Gym. Adam is brutally attacked and threatened.  So, brakes up with Reece.

Reece can not understand why Alex would push him away.

Move on four year.   Reece is competing in the world Championship for a place in the British Olympic team.   And Alex a budding reporter for the newspaper is sent to interview and follow Reece and his teammate at the championship.

What follows is a very rocky start to them learning to deal with the suffering both men have been through.  Alex is in a really bad state with fear and guilt, but Reece soon learns the truth about their breakup, and they slowly learn to trust and forgive and love each other once more.

They become each other’s support their Rock. Reece helps to get Alex to seek help for his ptsd, and Alex is there for Reece when he starts panicking about the championships.

Their love is so strong that they find a way forward from all the lies, hurt and fears.

I loved both guys, Reece is so gentle with Alex, and Alex is so brave for finally facing his fears head on.

The book is a masterpiece of a very emotional journey.  Yes you will cry tears for both characters, you will also get a warm and proud feeling for them as they fight for their future.

Rated 5 Stars

Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

Excerpt

“Pizza and beer, as requested.”

Alex’s smiled deepened as he stood back, allowing Reece to enter.

“Are we eating at the table, or are we going to be uncouth?” Reece made eyes at the sofa and then frowned playfully. “How can you be uncouth when you can’t be couth?”

Alex chuckled. “You’re an idiot.”

“It’s true, though,” Reece pointed out, kicking the door shut behind him. “Just like you can be over- or underwhelmed, but you can’t actually be whelmed. The English language is weird.” Raising the hand carrying the beer, he pointed to the table and then the sofa. “Table or sofa?”

Alex considered the question. The sofa would be far more relaxed, but he wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. In just a few days, most of his barriers regarding Reece had crashed down. He was enjoying having Reece back in his life, but he felt like it was for all the wrong reasons.

Reece took the decision out of his hands. “The table is occupied by your laptop. Let’s take the sofa.” He put the pizzas and beer on the coffee table before flopping down on one end of the sofa. He looked up at Alex expectantly. “Are you joining me?”

Alex glanced at the table, wondering if he should offer to move the laptop. It would have taken him two seconds to close the lid and prop it against the wall and only slightly longer to take it back through to his bedroom, but he didn’t want to. Instead, he wandered to the kitchen units and grabbed the bottle opener from the drawer.

“Good call,” Reece said as he pulled two bottles out of the cardboard pack. He held them both while Alex flipped the lids off, and then gave one to Alex. “I got us garlic bread,” he declared. “And I seem to remember that you’re not much of a fan of topping on pizza, so I’ve got a margherita for you and pepperoni for me.” He took a swig of beer before opening up the pizza boxes and handing Alex his. Then he reclaimed the bottle. “We should have a toast.”

Alex raised his eyebrows as Reece lifted his bottle.

“To you. Reporter extraordinaire.”

Alex felt heat creep up into his face. “I don’t—”

“I do,” Reece cut him off. “Like I said earlier, your article was amazing.” He glanced around the room. “You should cut it out and frame it.”

The heat swept up to Alex’s hairline and into his ears. “My boss already did.”

“Where is it? I don’t see it up anywhere.”

“At work.”

“On the wall?”

Alex shook his head.

“You need to bring it home. I’ll help you put it up, if you want?”

Alex dipped his chin. “I—”

“It’s your first article. It’s a big deal, Alex and you should be bloody proud of yourself.”

 

Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::
Hold Me Up by Colette Davison :: Book Review ::

Author’s Bio

Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding. She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.