Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren is a gritty second-chance forbidden love story set in a mafia world that's a combination of sweet and romantic, edgy and rough

Hold You Against Me

Review of Hold You Against Me

Hold You Against Me is the book I have been waiting for in the Stripped series. Ever since I read the novella, Tough Love, I have been dying to find out what happens in Giovanni and Clara’s story. 

I am so happy that we finally get the answers we’ve wanted for so long, and may I just say, it’s also the most romantic book of the bunch.

Hold You Against Me Summary

Clara and Giovanni were torn apart when they were only 15 and 17. After living on the run, Clara believes that she has left her mafia life behind her. 

She also believes that Giovanni died after helping her escape. Of course, she is wrong on both parts when Gio kidnaps her, takes her back to her childhood home, and keeps her captive, forcing her back into the role of Mafia Princess.

Time and life have changed both Clara and Gio, but they are still the same together—just older and rougher than they were before. 

Gio says that Clara shouldn’t want him, but after eight years of thinking he was dead, she can’t help herself. 

Kidnapped by the Mafia Romance

I loved the new and ‘improved’ version of their relationship. Clara shows so much strength and determination throughout the book, while Gio struggles to remain detached and unaffected by her. 

Thankfully, the love he has for Clara shows through the cracks in his facade, making him completely endearing to me. His sweetness definitely outweighs his impermeability and roughness.

Skye Warren’s writing typically walks the line between pleasure and pain, acceptable and depraved, sensual and rough—which is exactly why I am drawn to her books. They push me out of my comfort zone and challenge my expectations. 

Hold You Against Me is sweeter and more romantic, yet it still retains Skye Warren’s signature edge and bite. 

While, technically, kidnapping is involved in the storyline, I didn’t really really find it offensive. It just shows the strength in Warren’s writing and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thank you for the advanced copy of HOLD YOU AGAINST ME by Skye Warren.  All opinions are my own.

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About Skye Warren

Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of dark romantic fiction. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

About the Book


date published : October 22, 2019

series : Stripped
publisher : Self-Published

pages : 320

audiobook narrator: Veronica Fox

audiobook length: 6 hrs, 32 min

Hold You Against Me by Skye Warren

Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.

This fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending.

My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we’ve lived in relative hiding ever since. I’m safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.

Except there’s a chance that he’s still alive. And he’s fighting a war.

Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn’t the boy I left behind. He’s a violent man. A criminal. And he’s been waiting for me—the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love. 

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  1. Excellent review, Bex! I *love* the sound of this one! But then I saw that it’s #4 in a series, Gah! I’ve never read anything by Skye Warren so I guess I need to get on board with the Stripped series because now I desperately want to read this one.

      1. Well that is *very* good news! I’m sure the whole series is good but I really just want to jump right ahead to this one. Thanks for telling me, Bex… I think I’ll be one-clicking this one today!

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