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Leave it to the O’Learys to make romance a family affair… Maggie O’Leary is finally coming home to Chicago. After more than a year in Ireland, she’s ready to make a plan for her future. But first, she’ll have to confront the tragedy that scarred her so deeply. Asking for a job in the family bar is the first step, and it’s one her family isn’t entirely happy about. At leLeave it to the O’Learys to make romance a family affair… Maggie O’Leary is finally coming home to Chicago. After more than a year in Ireland, she’s ready to make a plan for her future. But first, she’ll have to confront the tragedy that scarred her so deeply. Asking for a job in the family bar is the first step, and it’s one her family isn’t entirely happy about. At least Shane Callahan, her best friend in the world, is behind her a hundred percent. He’s also a hundred percent more lovable than she remembered… Shane is determined to keep Maggie safe, even if it means working three jobs and giving up sleep to be around during her shifts at the bar. But when Maggie boldly tells him she needs more than a loyal friend now, Shane knows a single night together won’t be possible. The idea of spirited Maggie in his bed is electrifying, but will she believe he wants to give her his heart, too?...

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Hold Me Close Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-18 06:13

    Maggie O'Leary returns home from Ireland after having been gone for 18 months. It was her attempt at slaying her demons following her rape five years ago. It happened in an apartment above the family's pub and she hasn't set foot in there since. Now she wants to not only work there but also move into one of the apartments. Her best friend, Shane Callahan, who's also secretly in love with her, vows to do whatever it takes to protect her. And, she's looking to him to conquer her sexual barriers but still be just friends. I disliked Maggie in the last book and was hoping she'd redeem herself in this one. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and my dislike intensified. Her racist behavior towards Carmen, her brother's girlfriend, was inexcusable and her lame apology here was insincere. Then there was her total self absorption and insensitivity towards Shane who had literally devoted his life to her. Maggie wanted respect from her older siblings but continued to behave like a petulant child. Her inability to ever consider Shane's feelings was just maddening and her eventual decision to give their relationship a shot was tepid at best. I've loved this series and am disappointed that this story is how it ends. I've adored the O'Leary brothers and the women they chose. Maggie just made the end anticlimactic, exhibiting none of the admirable traits that made this family appealing. Even their mother was presented as cold and judging. I'm perplexed as to why this was the direction for the final story. It wasn't the ending I either hoped for or felt the family deserved. My rating is for the quality of the writing, the wonderfully crafted Shane and how the long lasting impact of rape on the victims and family/friends was portrayed. (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

  • Danielle
    2019-05-02 02:10

    I am such a sucker for when two best friends end up getting together. Maggie is back from living in Europe for a year to reclaim her life back. About 5 years ago she was raped by an ex boyfriend and now she is ready to conquer her fears by working in the family bar, living above it where it happened and getting her sex life back on track. I really liked that Maggie was determined even though she had some set backs but overall she was strong enough to keep fighting for what she wanted. Shane has been her best friend so she has a big favor to ask when she asks him to get her sex life back on track since its been 5 years. "What do you serve a guy you’re going to ask to sleep with you? Chips? Cookies?"Shane has always been in love with Maggie but he has never done anything about it. The timing was always wrong. So when Maggie asks him to help her get on with her sex life he throws in the plan to make them a couple but he knows it will take some time. Shane was so sweet, caring, considerate and hot! He not only knows everything about her but he knows how strong she is and respects her for it. You can tell right from the beginning they have a sting friendship and love for one another. I loved the banter and how so easily they got along. Even after sex their relationship was a little weird but they both had things they had to work out and decide if they should just be friends or have a serious relationship. While reading I was really waiting for the ex to pop up so I was surprised he didn't other then a letter she got. This story didn't end up with marriage or a baby so that was nice but it ended up with him asking her to move it which I loved. Since this is the first book I have read in this series I didn't know the family but from reading this book I liked them and the sibling banter. I am looking forward to starting this series from the beginning.

  • A Klue
    2019-05-15 06:14

    (The publisher provided me an ARC e-book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)Hold Me Close is Book #6 of the “O’Leary’s” series by Shannyn Schroeder. Since I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written but predictable stand-alone, you can bet I will be checking out the others, as well. Yes, it had some steamy parts, but I consider it revolving more around the emotional relationship between the feisty yet broken heroine, Maggie, and her handsome, knight-in-shining armor hero, Shane. The writing seemed to flow effortlessly and did a good job portraying the heroine’s angst/turmoil, without overdoing it, as she continued to recover from a previous sexual assault. Having been in love with her for years, Shane was the perfect book boyfriend. Not only was he patient and caring but was willing to make any sacrifice necessary to keep her safe. The supporting cast was also likeable and believable. If you are looking for a friends to lovers romance with an interesting but predictable HEA, I highly recommend Hold Me Close. I definitely plan to read more books by this author.

  • Faith89
    2019-04-28 00:12

    copy received through NetgalleyBook 6. However, this is my first book in the series. I love friends-to-lovers romances. I really couldn’t get into the story because of the Maggie. I understand that she went through a very traumatic event I her life. I felt sorry for her experience but I couldn't really get in to her character. Maggie has not been intimate since she'd been raped and she propositions her best friend, Shane. Shane has been secretly in love with Maggie for years. He was protective and patient. I think he took a lot from a selfish Maggie. Outside of that, this is a sexy romance with an HEA.

  • Katy
    2019-05-05 03:22

    Loved this book! I have read all the books in this series their are so good!! I can't wait for SHannyn Schroeder next book! This book is the 6th book in The O'learys series! This book is about Maggie O'leary & Shane Callahan! Shane is Maggie best friend in the world! Maggie is just returning home after leave a year Away.. Shane has always had feeling for Maggie! I loved the best friends for lovers story's! If you have not read this series you need to there are so good!!

  • FicCentral
    2019-05-06 04:59

    After a terribly traumatic experience followed by years away from home, Maggie’s returned to the States to get her life back. And who better to help her figure it all out than her best friend Shane? Except Shane’s been in love with her forever, and Maggie’s about to ask him for a favor that will change things between them forever.The Verdict: I didn’t really even look to see what this story was about before grabbing it. I just knew that I’d read everything else so far in the series, and I didn’t want to miss the next one. So if you know anything about my favorite kinds of romance novels, you certainly aren’t surprised that I was thrilled to find out Hold Me Close is about best friends falling in love.First of all, trigger warning. The incident is well in the past and not disgustingly graphic, but fair warning to those who who’d prefer to avoid the subject matter of sexual assault in a story. Moving on…Maggie was raped by an ex-boyfriend and has had all kind of (understandable) trouble gaining her confidence and sense of security again. For the last several years, she’s been in Europe, but now she’s back and ready to take control of her life. Shane, her best friend, has been more or less in love with her since the beginning of time (or somewhere close to that), but time and circumstances were never in their favor. Now that she’s back, he’s hoping he’ll finally have his chance, but he never expected it to be the kind of chance she throws at him.Moving forward with her life again, Maggie’s in a better place, but sex hasn’t been a very comfortable thought for a long time. However, she trusts Shane, knows that she can be vulnerable with him without any fear of being hurt emotionally or physically, and for this reason she asks him to help her get over the final hurdle standing in her way. Sex.Shane wants what happens between them to be more than just physical or therapeutic. He wants it to be everything, the way she’s been his everything for so long. But he knows better than to push or take advantage of the situation, and so we meet one of the sweetest, most patient romance novel heroes I’ve read about in a long, long time.It’s not often that a plot that takes this turn can truly hold my attention without sending me into manic eyerolls, but the strong, genuine, established friendship between these two kept things pretty interesting and believable. It’s clear they love one another dearly, even when they haven’t really crossed the friendship line, and before long, they’re trying to figure out just how much this agreement they have is changing things. Obviously the friendship can never be the same, but moving full steam ahead into a relationship, as much as Shane may want that, is something Maggie faces with no small degree of trepidation.The characters were complex, and the story was a strong, fresh take on what would otherwise be a standard plot. Schroeder manages to weave deep friendship, fun banter, and sad circumstances of the past together into a truly hopeful romance without glossing over the issues Maggie has to overcome. It’s a tough subject to include and treat appropriately, and while it does get the happily ever after treatment (as anyone would hope when it comes to a romance novel) plenty of attention is paid to Maggie’s feelings and recovery (for lack of a better word). Hold Me Close is easily one of the sweetest best-friends-to-more stories I’ve read, and if Shane doesn’t steal your heart, there’s something very, very wrong with you.***FicCentral received this book from Kensington Books (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2019-04-24 21:59

    Best friends since high school no one truly thought it would last guys and girls can’t just be friends. Yet, Maggie O'Leary, 26, went to tutor Shane Callahan the big football star when they were 16. They hit it off but everyone including themselves thought their closeness would end once he passed the class. But they just fit. Not to mention Shane had a terrible crush on her. Ten years has passed and Maggie is returning from Ireland where she has lived for the past year and a half. She had been staying with family. It was a trip to get back in touch with herself. You see 3 ½ years before she had left she had been raped by her ex-boyfriend who had drugged her first. The whole time she was gone Shane would skype her just to see her, to hear her voice, and to know she was okay. You see at the time of the rape Shane worked as a bouncer at the bar and then him being so madly and deeply in love with her he felt he should have been there to protect her which was crazy because her ex Todd was crazy. Yet, it didn’t stop the guilt that Shane carried around as well as her family. His thoughts were he should have seen the signs or that he missed something. Some cop he would make if they ever accepted him into the academy.So, without calling her family and much thought on her part Maggie came home for good. She asked Shane to be the one to pick her up from the airport which he was all too happy to do. Anything to have her back in his arms. Which of course he did on both counts. She wants to stop for coffee before getting home so she can tell him her ideas about her near future. One she wants to be a part of the family business again but especially O'Leary’s bar. She grew up there and it was like a second home and she will not let Todd take that way. Her second idea was she wanted to ask her brother Ryan if there is an apartment available so that she could move into. Shane went white. You see Todd raped her in the apartment she had at the time upstairs above the bar of which there were several. Shane needed to do some fast talking and not piss her off in the process or she would just dig in her heels. So she got her to agree to talk things over with her therapist on the best way to approach her family. Which gained him brownie points. It also gave him time to enact his plan. Of how to protect her. What can a man who has been in love with a woman since they were 16 do when she has achieved steps one and two? When of her plan to feel normal again and to be treated normal by those who love her do all but the opposite? She asks her best friend Shane who knows her inside out, knows about the rape, and she feels safe with him to have S-E-X with her. When shock cross his race she echoes loudly a one time no strings attached screw. Oh yeah that makes it better. Watch and see how these two walk through the residual mind field from her rape. The tap dance of emotions Maggie goes through as she tries to find her footing in a new life, in her family, and with Shane. Can there be more for Shane and Maggie? Will there be more? This was a fun rollercoaster of emotions as you walk with Maggie five years after her rape. So, there are still the moments of panic but this is more about Maggie taking charge of her life again. Most of all standing up to her family by not acting like the baby but as the empowered woman she can continue to try to be. Wish there had been an epilogue to tell us if they marry, etc… I give this 4 stars. Provided by Netgalley. Follow us at:

  • Mignon Mykel
    2019-05-21 03:19

    Received a copy of title in exchange for an honest review; original tour post with excerpt can be found at: was my first O'Leary title, and I have to say, I will be going back to read about the rest of this awesome clan. However, I was disappointed in the cover (which means I'll likely be disappointed in Quinn and Moira's covers too) -- This series is about the O'Leary family. Shouldn't that put Maggie on the cover/a female cover model? So yeah, that's my biggest problem with the book. Not bad, then, right?Five years ago, Maggie was raped by her ex-boyfriend. She'd been drugged and drunk, and can't remember most of the event -- just that her apartment, her job... everything... she had to leave. So for the past year, she's been living in Ireland trying to find herself. She did the boyfriend thing and thought she'd been able to move on, but realized she hadn't.Now, she's come home to further torch her demons.What I love the most was that the first person to know she was coming home, the only one to know she made it Stateside, was her longtime best friend, Shane. Maggie's family is overbearing -- in a loving way -- but Shane has always been in her corner. Their friendship means the world to Maggie, and she won't do anything to let that go away.Shane, though, has been half in love with Maggie for nearly as long as they'd been friends, but every time he went to broach the subject, something came up. When Maggie makes noises to the affect of not being comfortable with men, he is sure to reassure her with the statement that the right guy will be patient and wait for her --He has, after all, waited for a damn long time.Shane was such a good friend for Maggie. As a reader, you could feel his emotions for Maggie from the moment he picks her up at the airport. He is constantly concerned about her and worried about her. He wants to be sure she's safe, comfortable, but also able to put her past behind her. He's willing to do anything to help her with that -- including some little white lies to be sure she stays ok.I enjoyed Maggie's character -- for the most part. There were times I felt she was pulling Shane along and then she'd walk away without explanation and I felt that Shane deserved better than that. I fully understand the grieving process and her fears for moving forward, but felt that some of her push-pull with Shane wasn't fair to him. When Maggie starts to date, she has her apprehensions, but like her therapist tells her, in order to truly move on, she has to be willing to talk about them. She can easily talk with Shane, but has a difficult time talking about her dark parts with the men she's hoping to see. Surely that tells her something.However, I fully, fully understood Maggie's reasoning for being afraid to start something with Shane. Nothing would be worse than losing your best friend because you thought you should give a relationship a try.Another note on Maggie's character? She is very much the baby sister in her group of siblings. It comes across most in her first dinner back home, when she's rude to Carmen, her brother Liam's girl.While I haven't read the rest of the series, I wasn't completely lost. There were a few little things that I felt would have been clearer had I read previous books, but this can certainly be read as a standalone, in my opinion.

  • Shirley Frances
    2019-05-14 02:56

    3.75 starsMaggie returns to the US after spending some time in Ireland. Although she has made great strides in moving forward after the event that changed her life, she still has ways to go. So, determined to move on and get it over with, she comes up with a plan for her new life. But as stubborn as she is, she refuses to see that she has people who are willing to help her through it. Shane being of them.Shane has been in love with Maggie for a while now, but there has always been something preventing him from making his move. First and foremost, the fear of losing his best friend in the world. But putting his feelings and dreams aside is second nature to him by now, so when Maggie returns with her mind made up to make a new life for herself, he doesn't hesitate in putting her safety and comfort first.I've read all the previous installments and have been looking forward to reading Maggie's story for a while now. But I admit that after her behavior in the last installment in regards to Liam's girlfriend Carmen, I just didn't see her the same way. Maybe that's why I found her story to be so frustratingly hard to get through. I truly gave her the benefit of the doubt and went into her story with no expectations. But as the story progressed and her behavior started to border onto being selfish, I could not help myself. That Shane was a saint when it came to her and I just COULD NOT believe that she would be so blind as to not recognize that there was something more behind his feelings for her. Regardless of the fact that she got on my nerves more than I cared about, I still enjoyed her story. Mostly because I wanted to see how she would react when Shane finally made his feelings known. Granted, it took a hell of a lot more time for him to do it but once he did I did revel in the confusion and frustration Maggie suffered through. I don't want to seem mean, but she really needed the wake up call.Other than that, everything else worked well. I liked how Shannyn Schroeder went about having Maggie deal with her past. I appreciated the challenges she put in Maggie's path and how she made sure that Maggie gained some growth as the story progressed. I also enjoyed Shane and Maggie's interactions. Some were fun and truly showcased how deeply connected they truly were. While others were honest and candid and had me tearing up for poor old Shane. Then again, sometimes I just ended up screaming at him to 'JUST TELL HER!!! Arrrrrhhhhggg'. Yep. *facepalm* I know.I still count Maggie's story as a success and consider this series one of my favorite family sagas. In the end Maggie redeemed herself in my eyes and all was well. She gave Shane a chance, accepted that she could not go back to who she was before the rape and even apologized for her behavior towards Carmen, which earned her a lot of points in my book. All in all, a frustrating yet enjoyable read. Yes, I am that weird and easy to please.*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

  • Barb Lie
    2019-05-07 04:58

    Hold Me Close by Shannyn Schroeder is the 6th and final book in her wonderful O’Learys series. Maggie O’Leary is our heroine, and she has just returned from a year in Europe. 5 years ago she was raped by her ex-boyfriend and has been trying to overcome her fears and the memories. Maggie calls on her best friend, Shane to pick her up at the airport, and not tell her family, so that she had time to settle before they came as a group to see her. She loves Shane as a friend, someone she has always been comfortable with, confided things to each other and hung around together all the time.Shane Callahan, is our hero, and he has secretly loved Maggie, more than as a friend, all these years. Shane feels he needs to protect her, as does all the O’Leary Family. He knows that Maggie would get mad, so he privately works out a deal with Ryan O’Leary to work part time at the bar, and take an apartment above, since Maggie is planning on doing that. He wants to be close to be able to watch and protect her.Maggie is determined to get her life back, and become normal again. She still has some issues, such as always locking the door no matter where or when; and she has not had sex for 5 years. Maggie does dream of a hot sexy fantasy man each night. Maggie also sees a therapist, and tells her about how she freezes during any attempt at sex. The therapist tells her she needs to be able to find someone she trusts to help her through her crisis.After her sister, Moira teases her about her fantasy man possibly being Shane, Maggie laughs it off, but decides perhaps he is just what she needs to get past her sexual fears. She decides to ask Shane to have sex with her, just as an experiment. Shane is shocked at first, but understanding what she wants, and he having loved her for so long finally agrees, but only if she allows him to do this at his pace. As much as he wanted her, he was determined to take it slow, and allow her to relax with him. I loved Shane, as he was a sweet, caring, affectionate, loving and a hot hot hunk.This was a great friends to lovers story, with the added element of the scars that remain from rape. Maggie was a tough heroine, though at times, even if I understood, she did annoy me a little that she was not seeing how much Shane loved her, and that she truly loved Shane. All she could see is that she loved him as a friend, and did not want to lose their friendship. Of course, my annoyance was probably due to me wanting both of them together.Shannyn Schroeder has given us an emotional, but sweet romance, and the chance to spend time with all the O’Learys, as we say goodbye to them. Hold Me Close was an excellent story with great storyline and a wonderful couple we rooted hard for. I for one will miss the O’Learys.BarbThe Reading Cafe

  • Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
    2019-05-16 01:18

    Maggie O’Leary is back home to reclaim her life after a tragedy from five years ago forced her to leave Chicago. Maggie is the youngest child and she expects her family to treat her with kid gloves, but thankfully her best pal, Shane would be around to run interference for her.Shane Callahan still carries a load of guilt over his inability to protect Maggie back then and is concerned about her plans but he is determined to keep her safe this time, even if it means moving next door to her and working alongside her in the family bar. Shane has always been in love with Maggie but never got the opportunity to tell her how he felt so when she propositions him, he has the perfect opening to move their relationship further.Maggie is a ball of energy, always on the go and Shane is her opposite, more of a watcher than a talker. Maggie and Shane have a comfortable and easy relationship born out of a long-time friendship and I enjoyed their teasing and playful banter, but as the story progressed their communication skills left a lot to be desired and both of them began to annoy me. Shane literally gave up everything to be available to Maggie, up to moving next door and watching out for her at her job under the pretense of working there. While I initially admired his commitment to Maggie, after a while he started to come across as a pushover, perfectly content to let Maggie get away with everything. Maggie was quite self-centered and all about what she wanted, without caring how it affected everyone else and it was surprising that she was so oblivious to Shane's more than-friendly feelings for her.In spite of how I felt about Maggie and Shane, I actually enjoyed reading HOLD ME CLOSE and I like how Ms. Schroeder was sensitive in dealing with the subject matter. Maggie's struggle to recover was heartwarming and her supportive friends and family went a long way to make that happen. By the end of the book, both Maggie and Shane had matured and were assertive about what they wanted from each other. This is my first book in the entire series and I'm glad I started with this one because now I have a reason to go back to the beginning of the series.Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Want more? Subscribe to my Newsletter on The Sassy Bookster.Follow me on Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin’. Like my page on Facebook.

  • ChuCha
    2019-05-01 22:17

    Friendship would always be one of the strongest foundations of relationship. This is why this plot is one of my favorites.Confronting her past.Maggie was ready to face her past head-on. Finally, after more than a year, she went back home to Chicago and was ready to put her future together without the past hovering over her back. She asked for a job in the family bar which didn’t really go well with her family. This is the bar where the incident happened, and her family wasn’t sure that being there would be wise. It was a good thing that Shane, her best friend, supported her.How can she not know?They were best friends, and he was always there for her. Everyone knew, her family knew how deep his feelings run for her – HOW CAN SHE NOT KNOW?! How can she not feel that he was head over heels in love with her?Coming back from Ireland, Shane is determined to keep Maggie safe and keep her home for good this time. Even if it means he was working hard than usual and giving up sleep during her working hours at the bar. When Maggie asks him that she needs more than a loyal friend now, and it involves a bed (or not) and exchanging of body fluids – would Shane agree? Would he risk his heart and take the leap?He was willing to do anything, sacrifice things and adjust his life for her. Who wouldn’t swoon over this guy? I wished he had more courage to tell her how he felt about her right from the start though.They had the best friendship, and I love their easy banters – which just proves how close and comfortable they are with each other. No wonder Maggie chose Shane.I think Maggie is one of the strongest people I encountered in the fiction world. What happened to her was no joke, it was devastating. But she was ready to face it this time, and it was helpful she had Shane and the rest of her family backing her up. Putting her past totally behind her wasn’t easy, there were a lot of obstacles, but I was glad it was there – I saw Maggie’s character developed as the story progressed. Every survivor has her story to tell, this is Maggie’s and I’m glad she had her happy ending.Review originally posted on my blogPurchase Links:AMAZON US Follow me on: Twitter | Facebook | tsu | Instagram•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•More of my reviews at

  • Anita Byars
    2019-05-03 23:08

    I loved this emotional and beautifully sweet romance story. I was deeply moved with this well written and captivating story. I fell in love with Shane, he is just such a sweet, strong as well as sexy guy who is so in love that everything he did was in the best interest for his best friend Maggie O'Leary. I didn't want to finish this story because I didn't want this tender, and beautifully sweet story to end. This was the first story that I have read of Shannyn Schroeder but it definitely won't be my last. I thought this story had a steady pace with great characters and engaging sexual heat while also doing a great job of layering in the seriousness of the underlying situation that this story is dealing with. Maggie O'Leary has just returned home to Chicago from being gone for a year and a half over seas. She has come back home to reclaim and move on with her life, after being of a victim of rape five years ago. She is tired of feeling damaged but comfortable. Maggie has decided that she must face her life head on in order to get rid of the damaged part of her and move on. Her first order of business is to get her job back at the family bar and then she is going to move back into an apartment above the bar where she was raped. Her best friend Shane Callahan is thrilled to have her back, but when she tells him her plans he knows that he has got to be there for her. He thinks that he failed her five years ago when she was raped and he will not allow anything to happen to her again. So Shane beats her to the punch, he tells her he has a job at the bar, although he doesn't and then he gets an apartment above the bar. Shane has loved Maggie for quite awhile now and he wants to be a couple but has never been able to get up the nerve for fear of losing his best friend. So when Maggie asks Shane to have sex with her because she hasn't been able to have sex since the rape he is torn. He doesn't want to hurt her but he has dreamt of having sex with Maggie. But what will this do to their friendship? Will this be the catalyst he needs for Maggie to realize they belong together? Will they even be able to have sex? What happens if she wants to go back to just being friends? You are going to have to read this emotional and Beautifully Sweet Romance to find out. I Highly Recommend this story. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    2019-04-29 05:03

    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by KimHold Me Close is a standalone read and definitely not what I was expecting. Maggie has either appeared in or been mentioned in all the books in The O'Learys Series. Her actions in the previous book, Just a Taste, put her on my “I don't like list”. With that said, seeing how protective Shane was in that book, there was no way I was not going to read Hold Me Close.Shane Callahan and Maggie O’Leary have been best friends since they were sixteen, so maybe close to ten years. Five years ago, Maggie was assaulted and Shane blames himself. Over the years, Maggie's big family has walked on eggshells around her and pretty much put her back into the child “we have to take care of you” category. Hold Me Close is all about Maggie reclaiming her independence and her life. Reclaiming her life means being with a guy in every way. This is where Shane comes in. Maggie knows him, she trusts him, and he knows about her past. Maggie just doesn't know that Shane loves loves her. Hold Me Close was a book I loved from the start. Shane and Maggie had me laughing with the way they interacted with each other. I was able to feel for both of them, trying to overcome the past and have a future.I saw Maggie in a whole new light. Maggie is a survivor and just wants to show that she's stronger and can stand on her own. She showed determination to be the woman she wants to be. That coupled with the thought that off the pages, she’ll continue to try to make amends for her actions in Just a Taste are what I like about her.Shane is simply fabulous, even if he's only in ink and can't get me tea. (You have to read the book for their conversation on book boyfriends.) He's been there for Maggie throughout everything life has thrown at her. And I do mean life has dealt Maggie some bad things. But he's always been there, been her shoulder to lean, cry on, and protector. See why I ♥ him? Shane is a fabulous book boyfriend!!!Hold Me Close marks the end of The O’Learys Series. I’m hoping there will be a new series with some of the characters we’ve met over the series.**Received a copy from Kensington in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    2019-05-13 01:18

    Maggie decided to come back to her hometown Chicago after a year in Ireland. She came back to face her fears, her past, her nightmares. She wanted to move on and live a normal life. She planned to take her job back, as well as her place in their home. She was raped a few years ago and now her rapist had been released in jail. Of course, her family didn't approve of her plans and even her best friend Shane wasn't comfortable of her decisions. But being the best kinf of friend that he was, he thought he needed to work where she also worked so he could keep an eye on her. And also moved to her brother's apartment so he'd be close to her. There's nothing wrong being a friend with good intentions, right?Except Shane felt more than he was letting on. He was more than a friend. He had feelings for his best friend. He had kept it bottled for so long, he didn't know if he could still hide it from her. And when Maggie told him she needed to conquer her trauma. She needed to get intimate again. How could Shane ever resist her?I haven't read any of the O'Leary's before so Maggie's story was already quite full of drama and history. (But I have read author Schroeder's other books and I liked them all). Maggie's story was an eye-opener. It helped readers understand more about the feelings and fears of rape victims, the need to be understood and move on from the traumatic experience. Maggie was resilient and full of surprises, she knew what she had to do and she must do it without fear or looking behind her shoulders. I think I actually liked her better than the rest of the O'Learys, except I hadn't really met them all. So I should do something about it. This is another hit from Shannyn Schroeder. She continues to pull me in with her stories and characters. What I love the most about her writing is its ingenuity and realistic settings. I am sure this won't be the last Schroeder book I'll read.

  • Roberta Capizzi
    2019-04-30 01:06

    This is my first book in the series and I didn't have problems following the storyline or understanding who was who. I love friends-to-lovers stories and this also included a little reference to Ireland and Irish people, two things I am very fond of. I really wanted to love this book but two things annoyed me. The first one: Maggie. I couldn't connect with her. My heart broke for her at the beginning and I was rooting for her happy ending. However, at some point in the story she became really annoying, especially after her "proposition" to Shane. (view spoiler)[ Using her best friend for sex wasn't an idea I liked or shared, but when they did it and she woke up in the morning saying she was ready to find herself a boyfriend and sleep with him made me want to scream. How insensitive was that? I mean, okay, they had this agreement but really, couldn't she wait at least a few days and maybe, just maybe, not say it in front of Shane? My respect for her fell into a pit after that and I was truly hoping Shane would move on and find someone who really loved her.(hide spoiler)]The second thing: sex. Too much, too descriptive. It might sound prudish, but at some point enough was enough. I know sex was an important thing in Maggie's life, since she'd been raped and hadn't been able to get intimate with a guy ever since, but did we really need to read through so many descriptive scenes? I think it might have been possible to build the chemistry and have the reader feel her insecurities with guys and sex even without pages of graphic descriptions.What I really liked in the book was Shane. He was an awesome hero and I adored him! I hated how Maggie treated him, and my heart broke for him.If you don't mind your romance to be sexy and very descriptive, this book will probably be a 5-star read. If you prefer your reads clean, then I'd recommend to look for something else.***I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

  • Books and Spoons
    2019-04-29 01:22

    I love the best friends for lovers stories, and I have been looking forward to this story.The big Irish, meddling family, full of love, laughter, bickering, and alpha males, what's there not to love?!And ever since I read about Maggie and Shane's friendship in the past books, I have wanted them to find the forever after with each other. But that road seems to be full of obstacles. There's a lot of growth, adjustment, acceptance, turning, and cooperation that has to happen, before it will be possible.Shane is such a good guy, true alpha, protective, caring, and touch, but with complete marshmallow inside, when it comes to Maggie. The open and honest friendship they have has withstood in good, bad, and ugly, seeing each other every day, and living across the world. It seems nothing could break them apart.Maggie tends to be a bit forthright, to the point of being rude, she is the youngest in a big family, and used to use the position in the family to get what she needs. She is a survivor, from a heinous crime of being raped. She is mending, but feels she needs to live again, find joy in a relationship, to be able to have sexual relations again. And she asks Shane to help with the matter. With all the other things they considered while getting into this together, how they never considered the effect it would have in their relationship, is a mystery to me. But it did.The story is well written, and it flows out so lively. The road Shane and Maggie have ahead isn't easy, but they are doing the work, talking and thinking, trying to figure it all out, Maggie even tries to date other people in between. They both are at a crossroads with their careers, as well, so there's enough confusion and turmoil going on.A touching story about growing up, overcoming fears and pain from the past, and learning to love, in a completely new way~ Four Spoons

  • Carra
    2019-05-11 05:20

    Friends-to-more story? Yes, please! Let me preface this by saying I haven't read any of the other O'Leary books. But, I think I can safely say that, while it would have probably enhanced my enjoyment of this book, I had no problem understanding everything that was going on and still liked the story. There was enough backstory woven into this installment that I had a good grasp on the roles everyone played.Shane was my favorite-he's the kind of best friend everyone would want, and for Maggie he is one hundred percent devoted, protective, and just perfectly complements her. I actually felt bad for him with how Maggie didn't seem to understand how what she was asking him to do could possibly affect him. Maggie is strong and determined to move past the horrible event that happened in her past, and believes Shane will be the one to help her do just that. She did get on my nerves just a tad as she couldn't seem to grasp how her request to Shane might not be quite the way she should go about moving on. Her attitude toward him kind of felt very offhand, and honestly like she wasn't considering his feelings at all.BUT...Maggie's character does grow quite a lot during this story, even if she does come across as a bit rude and self-centered at times. With a bit of drama and a nice shot of hot-and-steamy, Hold Me Close will give fans of the friends-to-more trope a good story to enjoy, one that for me was a 4-star read. Recommended for 18+ due to sensitive adult subject matter (rape) and intimate sexual situations.

  • Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
    2019-05-14 01:08

    4.5 Stars!I have been a new author book. Well this author is definitely not new but she is new to me. While this is the last book in the O'Leary's series, it can be read as a complete standalone. Obviously I had not read the previous books but you can bet your sweet rear-end that I will be going back to read all of the books. This book drew me in from page one and I didn't stop until the end.This book was amazing. It was sweet, sexy, fun, light-heated and slightly angsty... just enough to keep you enthralled the entire time. This is a friends-to-lovers romance with second chance qualities that will warm your heart and soul. This book was about giving life a second chance and learning to heal. It was about forgiveness and learning to open your heart to love.This is Maggie and Shane’s story. Maggie is just returning home after years away. She went through something extremely traumatic that changed her life forever. Now, she is back. Shane and Maggie have always been the best of friends, never crossing any lines but Shane has always harbored feelings for her. He is already half in love with her. But now, they are both damaged. Shane and Maggie both need to face their demons so that they are able to move on. Sometimes love is just the right healing... or is it? Get ready for a sweet and sexy romance that will make you get tons of feels along the way but in the end you will walk away with a big smile on your face.I highly recommend this book.Virtual Tour--->

  • Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
    2019-05-03 00:10

    4.5 starThe story has laughs, betrayal, friends to lovers, and heartbreak. I would recommend reading the below before reading this storyMore Than This (The O'Leary's, #1) A Good Time (The O'Leary's, #2) Something to Prove (The O'Leary's, #3) Catch Your Breath (The O'Leary's #4) Just A Taste ( The O'Learys #5)This is Maggie and Shane’s story. After a horrible tragedy Maggie hid away and then moved across the country. Now she is back. Shane is Maggie’s best friend. He loves her and is in love with her. But is she in love with him? When Maggie lets Shane in on her plan to get over her tragic past he is angry and scared. He wants her to move on and be happy but is afraid that she might not be able to deal with the past so easily. Maggie wonders why Shane is always around. He is working with her and things are getting weird. She asks him to do her a favor but is she ready for it? Will Shane survive the favor? Will he able to help her get over her fears and then let her go? What is helping her out with her issues causes him to give up the one dream he has always had? Will he be able to do that?I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I didn’t always like Maggie in this story. She did things to Shane I thought were mean and just upsetting. He gave up so much for her and it seemed she just wanted more. I recommend this book, this series and this author.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-21 05:04

    "Hold Me Close" by Shannyn Schroeder. Maggie and Shane's story. Maggie has returned home after living away for a while. Shane, her best friend who is in love with her, does all he can to help her. Maggie suffered a tragedy in the past and is working hard to move. She asks Shane for help. Shane is the epitome of a good friend and all around great guy. He goes above and beyond to make sure she is safe and is ok. Maggie, still struggling to overcome her past, and leans on Shane to help her. At times, I grew a bit annoyed at Maggie. I felt she didn't treat Shane that great and he would move heaven and earth for her. I get she was dealing with a lot, but still, it irked me. Except for that, I did like the rest of her. The two of them together were fun and easy. It was so obvious they were meant to be together, despite her not realizing it. I also enjoyed the interactions with the rest of her family too. This is book #6 of the series, I would recommend reading the others as it helps to learn the other characters we meet and the background. Personally, I haven't yet read them but intend to - I really want to learn all about the O'Leary family! Ms. Schroeder has written a wonderful story that had me feeling good and laughing, but also was a bit of an emotional ride, having me shed some tears and feel the hurt the characters did. I look forward to reading and following Ms. Schroeder in the future. (received copy for honest review)

  • Darcy
    2019-04-21 22:00

    I found myself getting so frustrated while reading this one, at times with Maggie, at times with Shane.Part of me liked Maggie's plan on trying to reclaim her life by working at the bar and moving back into the apartments. It seems sound at first glance, but I understood Shane's reservations. Maggie seemed to want to jump right in and didn't expect any issues, not very realistic.I loved that Shane wanted to protect Maggie, but didn't like he hid how much he was doing for her and why. I get why he did, knew it would come back to bite him in the butt and boy did it when Maggie threw sex into the mix. And this is where Shane drove me nuts. He should have told Maggie about his feelings then, because things weren't going to be strings free for him, it would cross a line he has wanted to.I know I shouldn't have, but I didn't like Maggie when she started dated after having sex with Shane. Sure, she didn't know, but it was so cruel. I was glad that Shane forced things by owning up to his feelings, that he let Maggie know she needed to pick, friends or lovers. I was so happy when Maggie finally realized that she was willing to take a chance on things with Shane. I found myself laughing when they got caught by Shane's mom, sort of like they were back in high school. The ending to this one was perfect, together and going after their dreams.

  • Anima
    2019-05-16 03:03

    Little Maggie O'Leary has come home from Ireland after spending time to get her bearings and figure out her life. Having been raped five years ago she wants to be independent again and not fear everything, including sex and relationships. Shane Callahan has been her best friend for ten years and silent protector. Trying to get on with the Chicago PD Shane has protector in his veins as it comes naturally. He will do anything to protect her, even live near and work with Maggie. In her recovery she wants to try something that might break their friendship. Their relationship is unusual, he's the oldest Callahan and she's the youngest O'Leary. Not wanting the protection of her older siblings she unknowingly is comfortable with the protection Shane provides. Maggie is strong but pigheaded and Shane is trying to let her shine and grow while slowly developing the backbone needed to spill his feelings. As usual communication is a typical problem. Love the O'Learys and the entire series, each stands alone but if read in order the relationships make more sense. The author did a fabulous job taking Maggie through painful emotions and thoughts about her rape, nothing taken lightly. My copy was sent from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review.

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2019-05-04 02:13

    Maggie is a rape victim trying to live her life as normally as possible, she figured traveling around Europe until she settled in Ireland would help her keep her mind off things. Now shes back home to face what she had ran away from, shes trying to face her fears and get past what triggers her panic. The one thing it seems is that she can't get too intimate with a partner because she worries she might panic. Thinking there is something wrong with her she asks her best friend to test the boundary to see if she can really get over her fears. To tell you the truth I never did actually check out the description of the book, I'm not at all familiar with the author. It was that great cover, okay it was the hott guy on the cover that caught my eye. After finding out what the book was about I was glad that this book turned out great. I really loved the story, I was kinda of waiting for a more dramatic problem to rise like the the fact like the rapist is out but no such luck. I did love the relationship between Shane and Maggie though. I loved how caring, protect Shane was overloading himself just to make sure she was happy, safe and secure. Overall I thought that this book was great, really got me thinking I should check out the previous books that came before this one.

  • Cathy Geha
    2019-04-30 01:24

    Mixed feelings on this one…I liked the book but at times was frustrated…Shane and Maggie have been best friends forever but at times I wanted to knock their heads together. Reading the book you KNOW where they will end up but sometimes Maggie was just plain clueless and the communication between the two of them not as open as it should have been. Maggie is overcoming and trying to return to “normal” after a rape that occurred five years previously. Shane has been there for Maggie while waiting for a time that he can pursue a relationship with her that will be more than the best friends they have been for ten years. In the end it all works out but I sometimes wondered why Shane wanted Maggie so badly. I have not read any of the other books in this series. The book is complete in and of itself. 3.5 stars

  • Jen
    2019-04-25 01:00

    Rape is not an easy subject, but I think Maggie's struggles with moving forward are well portrayed. I liked that there was a bit of a build up leading up to Shane helping Maggie get over the issues with sex, but I didn't really feel the chemistry between them. The communication between them is very poor after their night together and I found it frustrating. I love friends-to-lovers romances, but this one fell a bit short for me. Overall it's an enjoyable read, and if you've read the previous books in the series, you'll probably enjoy it.I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.

  • Shari
    2019-05-13 02:17

    Hold Me Close is about two best friends who are in love with one another and don't realize it. This book was just okay for me. I felt for her with what happened, but I did not care for how selfish she was and how she used the hero in this book. She didn't think about him at all or how what she asked him would affect him. She never even considered his feelings, only how it would help her in life. I really did not like the heroine at all. I connected more with the hero then I did with her. I really liked the hero in this book. When she finally gets her head together and straightened out, they are able to find their HEA.I received this book as as ARC from the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-04-26 05:22

    Finishing this one is a bit bittersweet. While I loved Maggie and Shane's story, seeing this wonderful series come to an end is sad! This is a very emotional story and it was beautifully done. Five years ago Maggie O'Leary was the victim of date rape. While she thankfully doesn't remember the details, the emotional aftereffects have been crippling at times. Her one constant has been her friendship with Shane. Her latest request however will surely test that bond!While this is book 6 of a series it can easily be read stand alone, although I do recommend the series as well as this book!

  • Jenn Cunha
    2019-04-26 23:08

    Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.Probably a 3.5 star rating (I need more star options, GoodReads!). I liked Shane and Maggie...and I liked that I didn't have to read the other O'Leary books to follow along. There's something about a friends-to-lovers story that always warms my heart...mostly because the 'hard' stuff is out of the way. Maggie was struggling, and while I don't necessarily agree with Shane's decision to follow Maggie around, I understood where he was coming from. Overall, a cute story, with just enough heart to keep me interested.

  • Seanna Yeager
    2019-04-27 00:22

    Maggie and Shane have been best friends since they were teenagers. Shane has always had feelings for her, but never let her know. She is a rape survivor who is working hard on getting her life back together. While she finds healing, Shane is there for her. They finally get together despite all the challenges they face as a couple.Thanks Netgalley for the free review copy, in exchange for an honest review.