Review: Hold Us Close (Keep Me Still, #1.5) by Caisey Quinn

18310103Title: Hold Us Close (Keep Me Still, #1.5)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Published: November 11th 2013
Date Read: February 24tt 2014
Rating:4 stars

A Keep Me Still Novella


Sometimes happily ever after is just the beginning…

High school sweethearts Layla Flaherty and Landen O’Brien are living a fairytale in the heart of Spain. Landen’s professional soccer career is taking off and Layla is finishing her college degree. But when her aunt Kate calls with life changing news, she has to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from everyone.

She’s pregnant. And she’s not sacrificing her child for anything, not even her own life.

Landen has a secret of his own. There’s one thing he never wants to be. Ever.

A father.


On November 11th, the Special Edition of Keep Me Still will no longer be available. It will be replaced with the standalone edition.

Readers who have already purchased that version will have the option of uploading the new version at no additional cost. However, some readers have expressed their deep love for that special edition cover. And I have to agree, it is gorgeous. So for those of you who purchased the special edition and would like to keep that cover in your e-reader library, the sequel novella Hold Us Close will be available as a separate free novel for a limited time.


Short, deep, emotional and meaningful – words that could best describe this novella by Caisey Quinn. Keep Me Still has been one of my favorite reads for last year and with a cherry on top, I loved Layla and Landen. I love how their story started in High School and how they crossed paths again in college and now we see a continuation of their life together on this novella and let me tell you that it is no smooth road path.

Layla and Landen are dealing with something that can either make or break them.

As ever, I like Layla’s determination and ability to stand on the decisions that she make. Even though for the majority of this novella Landen has been the hard-headed one, I can’t help but still feel sympathetic over him. He was a completely different character from the guy I have met and loved on the first two books. But as you read this, you will eventually understand where this character of him came from. I also understand his inner conflicts and turmoil.

For the first two books, we saw that these two has been through a lot. At the beginning, I can’t help but think that this additional struggle is just overkill. I want the characters that I loved to simply have their happy endings but despite the additional struggles and conflicts, they both shown tremendous strength and determination and love that are pretty much irrevocably strong.

Overall, it was a beautifully written novella/book complete with more character developments and love and emotions. Totally loved where the story of Layla and Landen lead to. *wink*

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