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To Have and to Hold (Returning Home #3) by Serena Bell **Debbie’s Review**

To Have and to Hold (Returning Home, #3)In this emotionally charged novel from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight (“Sweet, sexy, and real.”—Jessica Scott), a war hero fights to remember the love he left behind—and the woman who refuses to fade away.

The reunion is supposed to be the start of the rest of their lives. But when Trina Levine sees the soldier she promised to love forever, Hunter Cross looks at her like she’s a stranger. The connection is gone, lost in the blank stare of those soulful brown eyes. Hunter remembers his young daughter but not Trina, and he certainly can’t recall why Trina and her own child are living in his house. Although his lean, rugged frame bears the scars of battle, his mind took the worst hit.

But Hunter Cross hasn’t forgotten everything. His body remembers caressing Trina’s delicate curves, holding her close, never wanting to let go. Was it just a dream, or was it real life? Now, as he tries to put the pieces back together, Trina’s the one who comforts him when his night terrors strike. It’s Trina whose warm touch rekindles a connection no man could deny. Even with the odds stacked against them, Hunter wants to believe. Because passion has the power to awaken the past—and remake the future.

Praise for Serena Bell’s Returning Home novels
“Sweet, sexy, and real . . . In Hold on Tight, Serena Bell has written a beautiful story about a wounded soldier and the woman strong enough to love him.”USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott
Hold on Tight is intensely sensual, with three-dimensional characters and a romance worth rooting for. Serena Bell is a master of sumptuous realism.”—Cara McKenna, author of Crosstown Crush

Can’t Hold Back is a lovely story of second chances and new beginnings. Wounds that go deeper than physical pain are the most difficult to heal.”New York Times bestselling author Kathy Clark

“With deceit and forgiveness, pain and addiction, healing and a second chance at love, Can’t Hold Back has it all. You do not want to miss this sexy story of a soldier coming home.”—Wendy S. Marcus, award-winning author of All I Need Is You

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.








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Debbie's review


4 stars


This is the story of Hunter Cross and Trina Levine. They met because their daughters were best friends. Hunter is in the armed forces and his wife died in the line of duty.  They finally get together after months of ignoring their feelings for each other. Hunter is off for another deployment and Trina agreed to move into his home and watch his daughter for the year he is gone. Hunter made a promise to Trina that when he returns in a year they would tell the girls how serious their relationship became.  Hunter returns about a year later after an accident during his deployment and he can’t remember Trina.


The author did a great job on a very sensitive subject.  Hunter suffered from amnesia and a form of PTSD. I felt really bad for Trina.  She took care of Hunter’s daughter while he was away and he comes back and basically wants nothing to do with her. Deep down he knows something was there but he just can’t remember what.  The author really did a great job expressing the pain both of them went thorough. Trina wanting to comfort Hunter and Hunter wanting to remember what he dreamed it was like.


  “I don’t remember,” he admitted. “ I don’t remember what I said, or what we did- “He took a deep breath. “ I don’t remember any of it.”

The story was very well written and I had an easy time connecting with not only Trina but both girls too. I loved the chemistry between all the characters. The story really pulled at my heartstrings and I was waiting and hoping that the story would end the way I wanted.  The story flowed really well and kept me hooked until the end. It took me on one an emotional rollercoaster that I didn’t want to end.





About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big-hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them.

Serena loves to embrace new hobbies, and has at various times enjoyed birdwatching, backpacking, violin, Ultimate Frisbee, skiing, tennis, ice-skating, dance, needlepoint, kayaking, paddleboarding, meditating, and swimming laps—to name just a few.

Her supportive husband lovingly accepts each new hobby and all the equipment it requires, and her two school-aged children provide opportunities to explore new activities like coaching basketball and remembering just how much math she’s forgotten.

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