Release Day Review: HOLD ME UNTIL FOREVER by Christina Phillips

She's the only one he wants...and the one he can never have…

Ella Clark has been in love with Alex Grayson forever. She’s tired of being invisible—or worse, being treated like his kid sister. If she can just get him to drop his iron-fisted control for two seconds, she’ll prove she knows exactly how to blow his mind.

Alex has been fighting his attraction to Ella since her should-have-been-innocent sweet sixteen kiss burned down his world. He's damaged, and there's no way he'll ever drag her into his screwed up life. Until she offers him something he's always craved—steamy, no-strings sex inside his exclusive BDSM club. Where she'll be safe from the darkness that haunts him.

Except there's nothing safe about being with Ella, and the more she gives, the harder it is to let her go. If he stays, he risks everything, but how can he walk away from the only woman he's ever needed?

Ella and Alex have been friends since they were children, and although they’ve always had a thing for each other neither was ever really aware of the other’s desire for more. I’m a big fan of ‘friends to lovers’ romances but this one was a little different in that Ella is incredibly close with Alex’s whole family and best friends with his brother. It also had the added interest of a boss / employee relationship.

There’s a great BDSM dynamic without it being anything too intense and taking away from the romantic emotions brewing between these two. I loved that Ella asserted her need for distance from her crush in the very beginning by giving her notice, which is what really got the romance rolling. Alex was a broody good guy who sees darkness in himself and thinks he’s not worthy of love. That whole ‘I don’t deserve the heroine so I’m going to push her away until I’m a total jerk-face’ thing can get pretty old for me in romances but luckily Christina Phillips took it to just the perfect level before Alex opened up about his feelings. The sex scenes were hot and dirty but with an extra level of emotion and yearning that took them beyond the BDSM club they were initially limited to. I adored the moments where Alex really shares what it was like for him growing up and when we get to see the inner-workings of his desire for Ella.

I really enjoyed HOLD ME UNTIL FOREVER. This was the first novel I’ve ever read by Christina Phillips and it has such a great balance between the hot and heavy and the warm and fuzzy. It’s a great contemporary romance and I’d love to go back and read the earlier books in the series and see how they compare.

Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

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Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees. She’s addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. Christina is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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