Hold On is the love story that transpires between Stephan, a software developer, and Lena, a wine enthusiast, who works as an editor for the Seattle Times’ wine section. The two strangers cross paths one fateful night when Stephan is at a traffic light and looks up into an open walkway to see Lena struggling with an assailant. Not one to stand idly by and witness a woman being attacked, Stephan feels a sense of obligation to help her since his mother was killed by a hit and run driver and onlookers failed to come to her aid. Stephan makes it to Lena’s apartment building in enough time to foil her attacker but, of course, there are more twists and turns to the story.
After the assailant is apprehended, Stephan notices that Lena is visibly shaken by her attack and offers her refuge at his condo since her apartment is in disarray. Instead of being put off by the offer, Lena takes him up on it and sparks fly between the two. It’s to be expected when two people who have a mutual attraction to one another are placed in close quarters. Although this was a short story, it’s clear that both Stephan and Lena have strong feelings for one another that they can’t deny.
This was my first time reading Ms. Thompson’s work and I have to say I enjoyed the story overall. Initially, I felt some kind of way about a woman almost being raped and then falling in love with her rescuer. It came across as a bit too cliché. Perhaps, it’s due to the fact that I’m not really into the damsel in distress type of heroine. All of that aside, a lot progressed in a short amount of time, which kind of makes me reluctant to give it more than three stars. I did enjoy Ms. Thompson’s writing style and I can definitely say that I will read more of her work. If you’re looking for a short read with some heat and a mild plot twist, you’ll want to check this out.
-Reviewed by Natalie