Held Against You by Season Vining

Held Against You by Season ViningAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martins

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Accused of a horrible crime and on the run, Kat has been rejected by everyone she loves. She’s a fugitive from her past, flitting from town to town with nothing but the clothes on her back. Until she meets a man who literally stops her in her tracks.

This notorious bounty hunter, with his stunning good looks and powerful instincts, never fails to capture his prey. But there’s something about his newest mark that gets under his skin–and it’s not just the naked innocence he sees in her eyes. Behind his ice cold demeanor, he has his own secrets… and now his lively, vulnerable captive is about to crack him wide open.

As they drive across the country together, neither of them can deny the spark of attraction between them. Will their journey force these two passionate opposites together…or will their dangerous secrets be too much to bear?

I’ve thought for hours on how to write this review because I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. First, the blurb seems kind of like a lie. Sure, Kat is a fugitive but she’s not just accused of a heinous crime, she actually did the crime. Granted, she had a very good reason and she’s didn’t exactly mean to do it, but still….she did it. She’s not exactly an innocent. Her nameless bounty hunter is much more than that as well and he not only skirts the gray area, he immerses himself in the black. He may also do a few things throughout the book that need done, but again, he’s not innocent.

I really loved this book up till the half way mark. It grabbed me from the beginning with it’s unique story line of a fugitive and her bounty hunter falling for each other during a cross county drive. But as the book progressed I felt myself not liking nameless hero as much. I never felt the heat the author was trying to portray. I liked them together but hero’s unwillingness to even give Kt his name really irked me. Especially when it becomes clear that she’s not the horrible person he thought she was AND she even cares for him when he get hurt. When the truth of his involvement finally comes out I felt like Kat forgave him way to soon. In fact, I’m not sure she should have forgiven him at all. But being this is a romance novel, I get it.

The ending gives readers a bit action but I found the resulting legal ramifications a bit far fetched. It all seemed a bit too easy for me to believe it. Overall I liked this authors voice and I will most likely try something else of hers in the future, but in the end this one left me conflicted.

I give Held Against You by Season Vining 3 stars!

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