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Captor and captive. Lovers. Soulmates. We’re all that and more.We thought we were past the worst of it. We thought we finally had a chance.We thought wrong.We’re Nora and Julian, and this is our story.***Hold Me is the conclusion of the Twist Me trilogy, told from Nora & Julian's point of view.***...

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ISBN : 25124497
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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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Hold Me Reviews

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2018-12-31 12:19

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Hold Me, book 3 of 3. Dark & violent tale of high school grad being held captive by ruthless alpha, Julian!“Apparently, a conscience is a useful thing to lack.”Books in the Twist Me Trilogy should be read in order:Book 1: Twist MeBook 2: Keep MeBook 3: Hold MeIn Twist Me, boo 1 and 2 recent high school graduate Nora Leston was kidnapped by heir and arms dealer Julian Esguerra. Amidst violence and rape, cocooned on a remote island, their attraction grew into more with Nora fighting her feelings and Julian taking whatever she would not give willingly.Hold me, book 3 is the conclusion to their story with Nora growing up, standing up to Julian and coping with the trauma and her conflicting feelings for Julian. It’s a battle of wills, test of commitments, attempts at amends and ultimately Julian and Nora coming to terms with their destiny.Seven words to describe Julian Esguerra: Determined, entitled, broken, flawed, ruthless, possessive and analytical.Seven words to describe Nora Leston: Stubborn, naïve, smart, determined, reckless, spirited and loyal. Hold Me, told from dual POV’s, is a story of an obsessive love marred by secret pasts, conflicting emotions, intense attraction, and terrorizing villains. It ends with healing, compromise, sacrifice and love.“My moral compass has been gradually tilting off-course, and I’ve been letting it happen.”***Hero: ★★★★1/2Heroine: ★★★★Plot: ★★★★Storytelling: ★★★★1/2Sexual tension: ★★★★Sex scenes: ★★★★1/2Story ending: ★★★★1/2******************************************OVERALL RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Angst: | MEDIUM FOCUS |Darkness: | HIGH FOCUS |Humor: | LOW FOCUS |Kink: | MEDIUM FOCUS |Romance: | HIGH FOCUS |Sex frequency: | MEDIUM FOCUS |Suspense: | HIGH FOCUS |Thank you to everyone reading & chatting on Shh… Shhurrender your TBR! https://goo.gl/ccVTB7

  • Khadidja
    2019-01-02 11:58

    5 shining Stockholm syndrome stars Best triology ever !!!!!!!! i couldn't stop reading it if you are a fan of Dark twisted romance this is a great reading for you !My captive. My wife. My entire world.I will love her to the end of time, and I will never, ever let her go. After kidnapping her and brining her to his private island , Julian wears Nora down until she eventually falls in love with him , he is violent, Dark, Dangerous and possessive. a beautiful love story with violence and torture mixed in. i highly recommend

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-01-16 08:19

    So not gonna lie...I am straight hung the fuck over from Christmas.Now don't get me wrong, the pain is not to THIS level:***But rather, this level:Meaning I...overdid the "Hallelujah" - aka the wine, champagne, cookies, pie, ice cream...and of course, last but not least, the exhausting as fuck totes awesome family fucking interaction. And, as a result, I now find myself not wanting to leave my house - or bed to be specific - or socialize with anyone - including through the interwebs. Anyway, my whole point is this:I am so drained and mentally wasted right now that I have NO clue what to fucking say about this book and series except to say that I really loved it. All three books were just great, especially the last two when Julian and Nora's relationship is more defined. I LOVE me some captivity themes and some OTT ridiculous possessive alpha male and this series delivered that in a manner I really enjoyed. I am really looking forward to reading more from this author, especially the upcoming spin-off from this series. Anyway, I'm off to go read some more.

  • Anna Zaires
    2018-12-30 08:21

    Coming June 9th!Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes & NobleiBooksGoogle PlayKoboPaperback on Amazon USTeaser #4Teaser #3Teaser #2Teaser #1

  • Maya
    2019-01-15 07:57

    Update 10.6.2015BASICSLove triangle? (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? (view spoiler)[ No.(hide spoiler)]HEA? (view spoiler)[ YES.(hide spoiler)]Any Descriptive Sex w/OW/OM/Ex? (view spoiler)[Definitely a big no. (hide spoiler)]Would I read more by this author/or in this series?Yes.Rating: 5 starsReviewLoved it!!! Can't believe it's the end of the trilogy. Julian is simply OTT as always and I wouldn't love him as much as I do, if he wasn't. He and Nora go through some tought times (view spoiler)[ miscarriage and Chicago mafia who wants to kill them(hide spoiler)] and come at the end standing stonger than ever. Loved the epilogue and can't wait for Lucas's story in Capture me.------------------------------------------------------------------------------For those who can't wait :)Anna Zaires posted in her facebook group an EXCERPT from Julian's POV. If you haven't read Keep Me, do NOT read it. There will be a spoiler for Keep Me!(view spoiler)[“What did you dream about?” I ask softly. “Was it Beth?”“No.” She shakes her head, and I see that her breathing is beginning to return to normal. Her voice, however, still holds echoes of horror as she says hoarsely, “It was you this time. Majid was cutting out your eyes, and I couldn’t stop him . . .”I try not to react, but it’s impossible. Her words hurl me back to that cold, windowless room, to the nauseating sensations I’ve been trying to forget for the past several days. My head begins to throb with remembered agony, my half-healed eye socket burning with emptiness once again. I feel blood and other fluids dripping down my face, and my stomach heaves at the recollection. I’m no stranger to pain, or even to torture—my father believed that his son should be able to withstand anything—but losing my eye had been by far the most excruciating experience of my life.Physically, at least.Emotionally, Nora’s appearance in that room probably holds that honor.It takes all of my willpower to wrench my thoughts back to the present, away from the mind-numbing terror of seeing her dragged in by Majid’s men. “You did stop him, Nora.” It kills me to admit this, but if it weren’t for her bravery, I would probably be decomposing in some dumpster in Tajikistan. “You came for me, and you saved me.” I still have trouble believing that she did that—that she voluntarily placed herself in the hands of psychotic terrorists to save my life. She didn’t do it out of some naive conviction that they wouldn’t harm her. No, my pet knew exactly what they were capable of, and she still had the courage to act.I owe my life to the girl I abducted, and I don’t quite know how to deal with that.“Why did you do it?” I ask, stroking the edge of her lower lip with my thumb. Deep down, I know, but I want to hear her admit it.She gazes at me, her eyes filled with shadows from her dream. “Because I can’t survive without you,” she says quietly. “You know that, Julian. You wanted me to love you, and I do. I love you so much that I would walk through hell for you.”I take in her words with greedy, shameless pleasure. I can’t get enough of her love. I can’t get enough of her. I wanted her initially because of her resemblance to Maria, but my childhood friend had never evoked even a fraction of emotions Nora makes me feel. My affection for Maria had been innocent and pure, just like Maria herself.My feelings for Nora are anything but.“Listen to me, my pet . . .” My hand leaves her face to rest on her shoulder. “I need you to promise me that you will never do something like that again. I’m obviously glad to be alive, but I would sooner have died than had you in that kind of danger. You are never to risk your life for me again. Do you understand me?”The nod she gives me is faint, almost imperceptible, and I see a mutinous gleam in her eyes. She doesn’t want to make me mad, so she’s not disagreeing, but I have a strong suspicion she’s going to do what she thinks is right regardless of what she says right now.This obviously calls for more heavy-handed measures. “Good,” I say silkily. “Because next time—if there is ever a next time—I will kill anyone who helps you against my orders . . . and I will do it slowly and painfully. Do you understand me, Nora? If anyone so much as endangers a hair on your head, whether it’s to save me or for any other reason, that person will die a very unpleasant death. Do I make myself clear?”“Yes.” She looks pale now, her lips pressed together as if to contain a protest. She’s angry with me now, but she’s also scared. Not for herself—she’s beyond that fear now—but for others. My pet knows I mean what I say.She knows I’m a conscienceless killer with only one weakness.Her. (hide spoiler)]

  • Candace
    2019-01-07 07:18

    Modern-Day Bonnie & ClydeWith assaults and shoot-outs, this book concludes Nora and Julian's unconventional love story. There was not a boring moment in this book. I devoured it, practically reading it straight through. A surprise pregnancy brings a softer, sweeter, side of Julian to the surface. Meanwhile, Nora struggles to come to terms with their lifestyle and what that will mean for a baby. Action-packed, this book stays true to character. At the same time, 'Hold Me' shows a softer, more vulnerable side of this couple. Anything but ordinary, this couple finally seems to get their HEA.While the Series does have dark elements, this third book was far less dark than earlier books in the series. Nonetheless, there are scenes including rape. If that is a trigger for you, then this may be a story you want to avoid. If you enjoyed the first two books, then you won't want to miss this one!

  • Sarah Toussaint
    2019-01-01 10:03

    This series is one of the first dark books I've ever read. Actually, I think it was the second dark book I read and it was just at the right time because I discovered an author I loved and a series of books I'll continue to read whenever I feel the need to mentally go back to a time when everything was peaceful and simple in my life.Nora and Julian's story is passionate and inspiring to me, especially as a writer myself, Anna's books have caused bombs in my brains and when I hit the keyboard, I hit it hard.READ THESE!You won't regret it.Feel free to thank me later!-Note to author:If you don't release more of Nora and Julian, I will hunt you down, Anna Zaires and I will force a pen and paper in your hand and make you write! More, more, more!

  • Sophie
    2019-01-17 11:16

    This is the end of this fantastic series… and I’m sad. Something’s amiss. That’s what happens when you’ve had so much fun and did things out of the ordinary and now, you’re reminded you have to wake up, feed the kids, go to work. I’m no longer in the dangerous jungle with a hot arms dealer and muscled guards, having brutal and raw sex with a god looking hero. Sigh…And cherry on top, it was so enthralling, gripping, raw, thrilling, breathtaking (I had literally to be reminded to breathe) I could not put my Kindle down. I read till the wee hours, knowing I had to teach a bunch of unruly adults today and be on top of my game to capture and hold their attention… But I don’t regret anything, it was more than worth it!Ok, enough rambling and inner monologue and more of Nora and Julian.At the end of book 2, I had some questions needing answers: “Will Nora take a greater part in Julian’s business? Will she overcome her anxiety of bearing a child? Will Julian lose his edge or hold his strong animal sex appeal? Will new threat arise????”I don’t know if Mrs Zaires heard the many readers pleas but she gives us all that and more. How can she make it so interesting and keep the tension throughout the series? Julian’s character certainly plays a major role in this “keep the reader panting on his toes”.Julian is raw, hot, commanding and is what you could call a anti-hero with his lack of morals. He takes what he wants. What he wanted and will always want is Nora. He is still completely obsessed with her, craves her but he’ll have to curb his violent instincts in this last installment. Don’t worry, we still have out of the charts hot sex scenes as he as a huge sexual appetite! Dangerous, ruthless, smart, he’ll do everything to keep Mia safe and to keep her with him, period. He’ll never let her go and that’s what I loved so much in this series: his obsession. I know it’s unhealthy and amoral as he kidnapped her but it must speak to some buried cavewoman in me. Julian has evolved from cold and detached predator in the first book to a still brutal but caring man all for Nora. He’s come to realize he may be worth loving and Nora is the perfect woman for him. He’ll make compromise, try to fight his will of keeping her always sheltered in a golden cage and give her what she needs to be happy.I want to be her hero, her savior. For just one night, I want to be the husband of her dreams."The pace was steady/slow in the first part as Nora and Julian go back to the compound and have to heal and deal with Nora’s trauma. There was not as much action as inner reflection and life choice to make.Nora has nightmares from her time with Malik. Only extreme brutal sex can soothe her. She also is very conflicted by her feelings. She loves Julian “to death”, would do anything for him but her greatest worry is her moral compass. Nora is a very strong heroine as she as an incredible capacity to survive and adapt. She knows Julian’s world is a bad world but she does not see everything in black and white anymore and it frightens her. ”Murder, torture, illegal arms dealing-intellectually, I still condemn it all, but it no longer bothers me as it once did. My moral compass has been gradually tilting off-course, and I’ve been letting it happen. I’ve been letting Julian’s world change me without so much as putting up a fight.”But would she remain sane if she was constantly torn between her morals and her love?(view spoiler)[ Nora discovers she is pregnant and is riddled with anxieties as she has no certainties about her and Julian’s future with all the threats around them. The lack of Julian’s morals and her acceptance of them is also a cause of concern. How could she raise a child in such threatening environment? What kind of father would Julian be? What kind of role model would she be, the girl abducted by an arm dealer and completely in love with him?But as Rosa said:“Bad things can happen to anyone, anywhere. There are soldiers who live to a ripe old age, and office worker who die young. There’s no rhyme or reason to life. You can choose to live every moment in fear, or you can enjoy life… Enjoy this baby you have growing inside you. It’s a gift, not a curse, to bring forth life. You might not have chosen to bring a child into this world, but it’s here now, and all you can do is love it. Treasure it.”On the bright side, knowing she is pregnant puts an end to her nightmares :“Apparently, stressing about being overly stressed is particularly bad having a child with a sadistic arms dealers-are less anxiety provoking.”(hide spoiler)]Nora is a kickass heroine. She is small, she’s been abducted but she has a real talent to adapt and survive. A real tigress when she has to protect those she loves, we’ll see her in action in this book and it’s worth the best James Bond! If the beginning is steady, the pace accelerates tremendously: one major event triggers many others and we’ll have nonstop action with rocket shooting, car pursuit, helicopter explosion, etc. Daniel Craig could not do better. Yay!The only thing I regret is the end: I would have loved to read more of the “after”. I know, I never have enough of Julian and Nora…

  • Snow
    2019-01-16 08:20

    Ah...The end...Well, i embraced more drama of the added baby factor...and the doubts lingering in, both Nora & Julian...There's danger, action, more action and more drama...But i somehow ended up unraveling the 'what might happen' to the secondary character Lucas Kent and the woman held as a traitor in his captivity after a fallout mission...yeah, that kinda stirred my imagination more...Nevertheless, i gulped this trilogy in no time and i bloody liked it!I will be immersing myself into the spin-off series withLucas Kent and his blonde Russian captive in Capture me series👍😜

  • The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
    2019-01-08 05:12

    5-JULIAN-SHOULD-BE-MINE-NOT-NORA’S-STARS!!!!Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I’ve finished reading this series already. I’m going to miss this ocassionally uncomfortable yet absolutely captivating series.I am going to miss Julian Esguerra and his delectable body. Lol. I’m going to miss his unpredictable behavior, overwhelimg presence, badass reputation, smart and charismatic personality and his obsession for Nora. Seriously how cool can this guy be?I am going to miss Nora and her stubborn ass. I might find her annoying sometimes, but still I love the way she embraced Julian and his life.I am also going to miss Rosa. I was hoping that she and Lucas are going to happen but I saw that Lucas is going to be with Yulyia which is a bummer. Anyways, I think this series is absolutely perfect and awesome. The action scenes, the plot, the sexy times, the complex relationship of Julian and Nora, the mild humor, and even the writing style.I wish Rosa would have a story. I really love her character so much. I’m a bit disappointed because she and Lucas were not paired.

  • Charlie
    2019-01-18 08:17

    5 dark stars!! This was amazing! An absolutely brilliant end to the trilogy. As ever Julian is all kinds of twisted and he makes no apology for it. His obsession with Nora is super intense and he would do anything to keep her safe. I adored his dark, possessive side. Nora is such a trooper, she goes through a lot in this book and she's grown so much from the girl she was in book 1. I enjoyed this so much I'm going to re-read book 1.

  • Lorelei
    2018-12-23 07:07

    Hold Me is the conclusion of the Twist Me series. I picked up this book just after it was released and pretty much devoured it just to see what happens in the end.Let me start by saying this book was slow. The first 100 pages are about Nora, her nightmares, her PTSD, her (view spoiler)[ unexpected pregnancy(hide spoiler)] and her doubts about Julian's feelings. I found myself yawning after a certain point cause it felt like i was reading a contemporary flick and this was supposed to be dark romance which it wasn't. The story was pretty much vanilla and whatever plot there is happens near the end.Nora is trying to grow a backbone as Julian's wife and soon to be (view spoiler)[ mother(hide spoiler)]. She wants them to be normal which is kinda impossible since Julian is an arms dealer and also the man who kidnapped her. Surprisingly he grows very sensitive when he hears the news of the (view spoiler)[ pregnancy(hide spoiler)] but he continues to be controlling and menacing when it comes to Nora's safety and her right to have a life. It was kinda funny to see him so gentle and careful with her in sex considering what he has put her through all this time, like for real, a doctor should inform him that (view spoiler)[ you can't have a miscarriage so easily during sex(hide spoiler)]. I liked the fact that he was more open and understanding this time, and listened to Nora's needs but we still have the occassional threats a normal husband wouldn't say."My breath catches. “I’m your wife, not your  slave—” “You’re whatever I wish you to be, my pet. I own you.” The casual cruelty of his words hits me like a blow, knocking all air out of my lungs. Something of my reaction must’ve shown because his grip on me eases, his tone softening slightly as he says, “This is your home, Nora. Here. With me. Not out there.” All that because she wanted to see her parents. And when he agrees it goes like this : “If you disobey me, or do anything to endanger yourself while we’re in Chicago, I will punish you. Do you understand me?” Yeah, these tendencies didn't go away but i was hoping for the moment Nora would snap out of it and confront him. Was her Stockholm Syndrome so strong to prevent her from standing up to him? I didn't like how all the sudden she completely forgot the things he did to her and that wasn't okay. Am i supposed to buy that they are in love now? Does that makes it all right? Those things had to be addressed and Julian should have somehow express his remorse, like wasn't that the purpose of this book? No matter how hard they tried to be a normal couple i didn't feel it. Nora was still his submissive and he was her captor.By the time we walk out of the restaurant, I feel like I’m in seventh heaven. Our dinner tonight was the closest thing we’ve had to a real date, and for the first time in months, I’m feeling hopeful about the future. We may never be “normal,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy. As we drive to the club, I allow myself that daydream again, the one where Julian and I are a family. It feels more real now, more substantial. For the first time, I can picture us raising our child together. It wouldn’t be easy, and we’d constantly be surrounded by guards, but we could do it. We could make it work. We’d live on the estate most of the time, but we’d travel too. We’d visit my parents and friends, and we’d go to places in Europe and Asia. I would have a career as an artist, and Julian’s business would be something that’s in the background of our lives, instead of front and center.It wouldn’t be the kind of life I dreamed of when I was younger, but it would be a good life nonetheless Considering how he wouldn't even let her see her parents and her friends for a few hours i'd say Nora is being clearly delusional. She knows very well that his job put them both in danger numerous times and the one who makes the decisions is Julian, not her. They aren't equals and unfortunately by the end of the book i realized they'd never be.Also Nora is justifying Julian's killing pretty vigorously. I don't know if it's because she killed a man too but she perfectly agrees Julian is the one who has to serve justice by causing a bloodpath and she is just fine with it completely. I guess being a mobster's wife requires such thinking.In the final chapters i realize 3 books have been futile and pointless since Julian forces her to have anal sex with him and she is reluctant because she thinks he's punishing her for (view spoiler)[ so basically she starts crying and blaming herself, accepting the fact that she must be punished. Yup. 3 books later we still get this. Then he tells her he loved her since the beginning so it automatically erases all the nasty parts of their relationship, right? Was it love when he abducted and raped her? Was it love when he nearly choked her during sex? Was it love when he forced her to get trackers?This book was kinda unnecessary, the story could have concluded in two books without too much drama and going back and forth. I liked the writing and some scenes but overall this failed to be a thrilling book like The Dark Duet series.(hide spoiler)]

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-01-07 05:07

    I was going to read this next but I didn't sleep very well after finishing book 2 and processing everything that could maybe have been from the pizza I had which was pretty rank. I'm not taking any chances though. Update and review 28.01.2016 -turns out it was the pizza. 5 ‘life has no rhyme or reason’ StarsBefore you check out my review note that I've given it 5 stars but this will be a somewhat nit picking review and it's my review so there.Moving on peeps.Initially my first impression of this book was that it was pretty fucking depressing and has some real over the top moments. But I'll get to those shortly. I still enjoyed it hence the 5 star review.Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed this book although there were times I did wonder if a third book in the series was necessary. It wrapped the series up tight so I guess that was why it was done. It is also an introduction to Lukas's books and his story to comeThe dynamics of Nora and Julian's relationship developed well and I was fascinated about how Ms. Zaires described them. But there were moments where I forgot that they have a unique relationship and thought that they were actually in a normal relationship but then something would happen and then BAM you’re thrown off kilter, and you’re like eh WTF happened? Julian is missing an eye, he survived torture, a plane crash, a warehouse explosion. Impressive right? Okay so it happened over a time span of two years. He's like a cat, has nine lives and all that shite. In ways I was surprised how demure this book was compared to the others. It is still an emotional read. We see how Nora and Julian grow. How Nora loses some of her innocence and her morality.“My moral compass has been gradually tilting off-course, and I’ve been letting it happen.”Julian realizes with the tragic event that he is capable of emotions. ”Yes, Nora,” he says hoarsely. “Yes, I love you. I love you so fucking much it hurts. I didn’t know it, or maybe I just didn’t want it, but it’s always been there.” “It just took me two years to realize it.” It is tragic what happened and that Nora blames herself whereas Julian blames himself. The loss that they felt brought me to my knees.He eradicates the whole Sullivan Mafia of Chicago and this is where it goes OTT in the scenes that are written. I don't think that you’re supposed to laugh but I nearly peed me pants. A rocket launcher and another explosion. Go superman *cough* super JulianI hope that Peter gets a book. I reckon he'll end up with the doctor Cubakis after he assassinated her husband of course. As he is on a rampage to kill everyone who is involved in the death of his wife and child.

  • ❤Casey❤
    2019-01-18 11:09

    ***4.75 stars***(so close to 5)First off, if you like Captive in the Dark or Monsters in the Dark, these books are for you!! This series is similar to Monsters in the Dark but still so different in many ways. This book, Hold Me, is the 3rd and final book in the Twist Me trilogy. I won't go into spoiling the first 2 books, but here's a basic backstory.......Julian kidnapped Nora and brought her to his private island simply because he "had to have her". As the story goes, Julian wears Nora down until she eventually falls in love with him. Mixed in with all of that is the fact that Julian is a very dangerous man involved in weapons. So you have international espionage, violence and torture mixed in, as well. At the end of book 2, the reader assumes Nora and Julian are back on their way to paradise/compound in the jungles of Colombia.......Now here we are........Hold MeNora has come to terms with the fact that she is more than likely suffering from Stockholm's. Really, all she is 100% sure of is her unwavering love for Julian. But she also craves the love and acceptance of her parents back home in Chicago even though they have no tolerance for Julian. Both Julian and Nora have overcame losing people, losing vital body parts;) and killing people. Now they just want to be together in peace......but their wish isn't granted.This book is filled again with violence and action, upsetting the balance Julian and Nora have finally found. There is also a heartbreaking situation thrown in, that threatens the two as a couple. The only reason I didn't give this 5 complete stars was the ending. Please don't click on the spoiler if you haven't read this series. It's not a total spoiler if you've read the first two, though.(view spoiler)[ I wished for more of an ending. I know that Nora was pregnant again, but I would have liked an epilogue into the later future. Being that Nora already miscarried at 10 weeks, I wanted to see this pregnancy come to fruition. I wanted an image in my mind of Julian playing with a chubby, dark haired little girl. That is my only complaint with this book(hide spoiler)]Follow my reviews @: myromancebooknook.blogspot.com

  • Bj
    2019-01-12 09:09

    5 "Living Captivatingly In Love Ever After" Stars for the story and narration!*Please note this is the 3rd and last book in the Twist Me Series, and the below review may contain spoilers for the prior books. If you haven't yet started this fantastic series, please see my review for Twist Me, book 1 in the series.What a fitting conclusion to this addicting dark romance trilogy that tells the tale of a ruthless and powerful arms dealer and his captive! Listening to the progression from solely obsession to undying love between this unlikely couple has been mesmerizing and passion-filled. Moreover, the constant danger and suspense angle has added a whole other level of intrigue, and in some cases justification, for the hero's uber alpha hero, unparalleled possessiveness. But as if the story is not enough to compel you to listen to this amazing dark romance trilogy, the narration is also top-rate making this a must listen for the dark romance audiobook enthusiast!Book 3, Hold Me, picks up where book 2 (Keep Me) leaves off. Julian is recovering from his physical scars from being held captive and Nora from her emotional scars. It is amid this backdrop the couple learns of a life altering circumstance which is sure to completely change their future together. Although they each approach this revelation with different perspectives, hopes and fears, Hold Me gives us a glimpse of what a HEA for master/captive relationship might look like. Amid this personal game changer, Nora and Julian again finds themselves dealing with bad guys. We also learn of an interesting situation that will form the basis for the spin-off series: Capture Me. Namely we get some insight into Lucas, one of Julian's higher up private security handlers, and the traitor who has caught his eye: Yulia Tzakova. For those of you who read or listened to the prior books, Yulia is the Russian Interpreter who sets up Julian which leads to him being captured in Book 2, Keep Me.Roberto Scarlato and Shirl Rae return as dual narrators giving us a natural division between the chapters between Julian's perspective and Nora's. I loved how these narrators maintained the consistency of the various characters voices from the prior book making it easy to fall back in to listening to this next adventure in Hold Me. Moreover, each does a great job of creating personality appropriate voices for each of the characters helping the listener envision the characters that Ms. Zaires has penned.All in all, Hold Me does a great job of giving us a glimpse into what a HEA between Julian and Nora would entail, while at the same time whetting our appetite and desire for the Capture Me spin-off series. I can't wait to continue experiencing the right and wrong boundary pushing erotic and intrigue filled world that Ms. Zaires has created in Capture Me!Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nanci **Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
    2019-01-20 06:08

    Man I was on a ride with these 3 books! I enjoyed the books immensely but there were a few things that did bother me.This whole series is by no means a Light read. This is not a story of a Hero who is bad, falling for a heroine who is good and she changes him. Nope, no, not going happen. Julian was a hard Hero to love because he's not a hero. He's a dick from beginning until the end with major issues. I loved that! I really like that the author never changed him and turned him into something he wasn't nor did she ever make him soft. His love for Nora, was crazy, psychotic and obsessive. He truly had no boundaries when it came to keeping her chained to his side nor did he have moral compass what so ever. Nora had her moments. I felt for her, Julian gave her zero choices, never given an opinion and she went along with everything he did to her. Lol crazy! Hey that was her choice, I understood it, went with it and was like oh kay...but there are moments in all 3 books where I wanted to just slap her.She redeems herself though, there are times in all books where Nora is badass and I love her!I enjoyed all 3 books. I was glued, there is so much drama, it was crazy! The sex was great, though at some parts I was sick to my stomach. I kind of hopped Julian wouldn't be so brutal, but I'm glad he didn't because he was hard core until the end. He was not SORRY for anything. It was awesome.MY DISLIKESNora chose to love Julian and stay with him because "she couldn't live without him" but throughout all the books, way after they were married she kept referring to herself as kidnapped and held captive.You're married to him, you want to have sex with him, tell everyone you'd die without him. I'm sorry but you can't play victim. That was annoying.Julian's sex that goes overboard and is basically rape. Not cool with that.Nora's constant whining about being a killer and evil. She wasn't sorry she took a life because it was a must, but then she complained at how bad her and Julian were. Blah blah blahOther than that I totally enjoyed and would recommend only if Rape is not a trigger.

  • Aղցela W.
    2019-01-17 06:27

    This is the third and final book in this series and I will miss Julian and Nora. I loved this series and this book was really good. The book starts where book two left off with Nora and Julian recovering in hospital. Nora has come to accept her life on the estate with Julian and continues to flourish as she pursues her art and university degree. She craves Julian and his unpredictable kind of love as much as the air she breathes. This book explores Nora's awakening as a women not just sexually but intellectually, socially creatively. I loved that we are brought closer to her parents and the friends she left behind before her abduction. Julian also evolves on so many levels in this book, although he still has many dark places within he finally allows himself to accept being worthy of being loved and allowing himself to be vulnerable enough to love another. I also loved how Nora was able to find courage willing to do anything to save those that she loves and she didn't let her friends or her parents pressure her into leaving Julian although she knows that he would have never let her leave him. This book was not only filled with action it was also emotional. Yes Julian is a killer and an arms dealer and he loves Nora he is dark and moody and I loved everything about him. This book was well written like the other books in this series and although I am sad that this series has ended this book was the prefect ending to a really good series. If you like reading dark erotic romance with kidnapping and BDSM than I recommend that you read this series.

  • 'Q' aka CoCo
    2019-01-18 07:10

    I tore through the first books in this series, but this one took me forever to finish. I even stopped in the middle and started reading another, which is something I never do. I just couldn't get into it. I found it to be highly repetitive, redundant to the point where I was sighing and saying, "yes, I know! She loves him, yet she fears him. She hates that she fears him, yet wants him... on and on and on." I felt like the main plot point in the book was stretched out too far. What could have been cleared up with a simple conversation, was left to fester and both parties suffered for it. I didn't understand this because the Julian I remember would never have allowed secrets between them. He would never have allowed things to progress to the point that they did where Nora would be that far gone. In the end, I found it to be a disappointing end to what was an exciting series.

  • Naksed
    2018-12-29 11:09

    Wow. I don't even know what to say. A total wash for me. A heartbreaking disappointment. 2015 seems to be a very bad year for sequels :(I will not be giving away any spoilers. Suffice it to say that between the completely uncharacteristic TSTL moments from both protagonists, the outlandish action sequences that were more unintentionally comical than they were suspenseful, and the totally anti-climactic culmination of Julian's relationship with Nora, this otherwise totally kick-ass, darkly erotic and darkly humorous series ended with a pitiful whimper.

  • Tiffany Readz
    2018-12-25 12:24

    I have come to the conclusion that Anna Zaries likes to torture her characters as well as her readers. Starting Hold Me, I was finally expecting a happy go lucky story for Julian and Nora as they'd been through so much already. Well, as happy go lucky a captor and captive can be anyway. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. This review may spoil books one and two of the series."I owe my life to the girl I abducted, and I don't quite know how to deal with that." ~ JulianAgain our story starts with a recovering Julian and Nora. His injuries are pretty severe, hers are not, even though she risked her life to save his. Although Nora is now suffering from panic attacks as well as nightmares. Seeing Julian at his absolute worst has really messed with her mind. Julian on the other hand is dealing with another situation that is brewing between him and his pet. One he really has no control of since it's her choice. While you see this coming from a mile away, Anna Zaries plays her cards very close to her vest with this particular story line."With my husband, fear and desire go hand in hand." ~ NoraAin't that the truth sister! Although the change in Julian as the series goes along seems to be what sticks out in the series for me. We started with a hardened war lord and slowly see him soften and learn to let Nora in. Book two was the game changer, Nora showed him what she was made of and Julian saw a girl that was made perfectly for him."I need to comfort her, to soothe her. To bind her to me when she's at her most vulnerable, so I can ensure her love." ~ JulianLike rescuing him wasn't enough. This feeling comes from Julian's past, that he is unworthy of love, or letting anybody get close, however Nora does her best to show him that it just isn't true. Again we get a stronger, although not too sure of herself Nora and a more emotional Julian."I want to be her hero, her savior. For just one night, I want to be the husband of her dreams." ~ JulianAnd he is, in more ways than one. The book is well written and in dual points of view moving the story forward. This review is vague as to not spoil the various storylines going on. We get steamy sex scenes along with tons of action. These books are like a movie playing along in your head with Anna Zaries detailed writing and I'm sad to see the series end."As much as I'd like to pretend today is a day like any other, it's not, and no amount of playful laughter changes the fact that the evil in Julian's soul will never be completely eradicated. That monster will always lie in wait." ~ NoraReviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-01-07 06:14

    Julian’s POV: “My captive. My wife. My entire world. I will love her to the end of time, and I will never, ever let her go.”Nora’s POV: “My moral compass has been gradually tilting off-course, and I’ve been letting it happen.”This series started as the dark story of an innocent young girl’s abduction. The last book of the series “Hold Me” does not really resemble the first book “Twist Me”. The story is still dark, but in the last book it looks more like a big adventure with Hollywood standards. Lots of gunshots, car chasing, mafia, corrupted police etc.Nora has changed. She has embraced her husband’s world. She has accepted the killings, the torturing, and the importance of cruelness.Julian has changed. He has adapted to the needs of his wife. He wants not only to satisfy his needs, but also to make her happy. There will be a happy ending. And this is the point where you will forgive Julian completely.

  • Janie
    2018-12-24 11:04

    Awesome conclusion to Julian and Nora’s story. This series is pretty dark, full of action and full of an obsessive love. This author can definitely write.

  • Hana ♡
    2019-01-09 09:18

    3.5 It's over already?! StarsI was so excited and looking forward to the conclusion to Nora and Julian's story, this series has been my absolute favourite since the first book was released. So my expectations were extremely high! In the end I liked the book but it was sort of just left me feeling meh...Following the tragic ending of the second book, Nora tries to get over her mental trauma and Julian tries best to overcome his physical trauma. Nora begins to doubt her feelings once again and reminds herself that she was abducted and can't possibly want a family with this man. Julian however wants everything Nora has to offer. Nora's attitude was slightly bothersome at times because in the second book she was more or less over any inhibitions she had about the relationship. ( I suppose its understandable that she have doubts because of everything that's happened but I still didn't like it because I am obsessed with Julian..)Julian however will always be my number one twisted book boyfriend. He is so utterly obsessed with Nora that it borders pain to be away from her. His dependency for her has not lessened in the slightest but in this story he was more lenient about her getting her way more which showed the development in their relationship. His possessive nature was on full throttle as usual but you could see how his love for her grew.I guess I gave it a 3.5 is because it felt really short and anticlimactic. Besides the very end "incident" nothing felt like it was happening. I still devoured the book though and I loved the dual POV.Although I enjoyed the ride that is the Twist Me series I just can't accept that its over now! I need more Julian :(

  • Tapasya
    2019-01-12 12:01

    Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★Lead Male Character : Julian ★ ★ ★ ★ ★Lead Female Character : Nora ★ ★ ★ ★ Plotline : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★Genre : Dark Romance *Sigh* So sad the series is over. Nora and Julian's character evolution was great. She started off as a naive college student, while Julian was a cold & dark arms dealer. I loved their unconventional love story.Julian....oh...I just loved him. His feelings were so intense for Nora and that's what made me love him even more. ❤️A beautiful ending to a wonderful and haunting series. And no need to request Anna Zaires to write more such books because she is already doing that😉😉. I love Tormentor Mine and The Krinar Chronicles. So I can safely say that she is one of my Favorite Author.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-14 07:16

    Couldn't put this series down! I was gritty and sexy and it will make you wish you were kidnapped by a sexy arms dealer. Loved this story.

  • -S♡
    2018-12-29 10:25

    ***4.5 Stars*** -

  • ღTierraღ
    2018-12-24 08:04

    YES. This is a fulfilling ending. Julian, you're perf and Nora you are a badass. Nuff said.

  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    2019-01-13 09:02

    Well I had to read all 3 books before I can write a review for them. I wasn't sure what to think of Nora and Julian relationship. They didn't meet or should I say coming together through natural ways. She was his captive since he wanted her and didn't want anyone to have her. I understand that but why not date her instead of kidnapping her. Nora knows what Stockholm syndrome is but still falls for Julian. I have to say Julian does grow on me in this book. He shows more of his vulnerable side, opens up more and seems to be more human instead of such a controlling jerk. It made me like him more and even liked how it all came together in the end.

  • Paganalexandria
    2019-01-16 10:11

    Nora and Julian's story ends with this installment, and what a ride. There was a lot of drama, but it all felt very believable considering the circumstances. Julian stayed very true to the the character introduced in the first book: ruthless, sadistic, and obsessed. I appreciated that even though his feelings grew for Nora, it didn't cause him to get a personality transplant in the process. Nora's character develops in a very organic way too. If possible I'd give this 4 1/2 stars. Loved this dark tale so much!

  • Sarah
    2019-01-08 08:00

    I loved this series, can't wait for Luca's book next