♥ Clean and sweet contemporary romance with a dollop of suspense ♥
After 32 years of no luck in the true love department, sweet, unassuming school teacher, Emory Dockins, has pretty much given up on ever finding the right guy. Never in a million years does she expect to catch the eye of the intimidating, but swoon-worthy Secret Service agent, Vince Murano, who comes to question her about death threats against an aunt she never knew existed. Yep, life's funny like that. And maybe Emory shouldn't give up on her happy ever after just yet.
If you enjoy the engaging, heart warming, family-based love stories of Karen McQuestion, Kelly Collins and Olivia Sands, you're sure to enjoy Holding Out for Special.
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A truly beautiful and sensitive love story. Teacher Emory Dockins has given up on finding “the one” and decides to try IVF only to learn that she most likely won’t be able to carry a baby to term. When politician Margaret Faizan is threatened, the police and Secret Service Agent Vince Murano arrive to question her about the threats. Believing that she has no relatives, she had no idea that Margaret is her aunt. Meeting Margaret and her eight-year-old daughter Macy is one of the happiest days of her life. Vince has been protecting Macy and has become quite fond of the little girl who seems to be alone, with her dog, most of the time. When Macy’s world is torn apart, will Emory be able to step in, with Vince’s help, to ensure Macy’s well-being? (The part when Macy is holding her dogs’ paw with her little hand underneath the closed door was particularly sweet). I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
Loved it. Sure, it was predictable, but since we all want a happily ever after that worked fine for this story. Some misty moments. A dog, cat, and young girl. What more do you need in a tale? Sweet, clean romance. Interesting (sad) back story for the teacher. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review.. Oh wow I loved reading Holding Out for Special. A sweet clean commentary 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars read. I will be getting this book when it comes out for sale. Happy Reading Lisa 📚
Loved this! There were a few lines and scenes that made me hesitate a little bit but other than that, I really enjoyed this. If you like your romances without any steamy scenes, light and warms your heart, and quick to read, I suggest trying this out! After not finding much luck with love in her life, never in a million years did Emory imagine that she'd find love and a family in those unexpected place: a Secret Service agent, the daughter of an aunt she didn't know existed, and her dog.
A lovely sweet clean romance story, teacher Emory just gets to meet a long lost aunt before she looses her in a car bomb, and she needs to step up to look after little Macy, both deserves a family and Special agent Vince is the icing on the cake. Will look out for more from this author.
Emory Dockins is a 32-year-old teacher, who has given up on finding love and decided to try to have a baby through IVF, only to learn she will probably never be able to carry a baby. She lost her mother and has no family, but she has the kids she teaches. Politician, Margaret Faizan, has been getting death threats, and the Secret Service is protecting her and her young daughter. They discover by a DNA test that Emory had sent in that Emory was Margaret's niece. Emory had never gone into get the results, so when Secret Service agent, Vince Murano, showed up at Emory's house to question her in regard to threats to her aunt, Emory didn't know what he was talking about. Emory and her aunt did meet up, and she met her niece, Macy. The story will continue with the uncertainty of life, a woman killed, and discovering what life has in store for them. When Macy had to hide because someone had come to the door, she hid in a room that was locked and when Vince went to get her, he discovered her dog Max on the outside of the door and the two of them was holding hands under the door. This is life's journey with all that goes with it. It is beautifully written, with a calmness that will, even when bad things happen, you realize that life has to keep moving, and how it can happen. I received an ARC from BooksGoSocial through NetGalley.
LOVED this book! Loved reading about Emory, Vince and Macy and the wholesomeness between them! I feel like it was so relatable as it was about overcoming obstacles but staying true to yourself. There were definitely twists that I did not see coming and it made it impossible to stop reading which is why I was up until 1:30am finishing it. Definitely recommend reading!
First time reading this author but it won't be the last. Very enjoyable read about 32 year old teacher who has given up on love and then meets the man of her dreams. Throw in a little girl, cat, and dog and you have a winner.
Such a beautiful story! Highly recommended for fans of clean romances! It has it all; romance, tragedy, resilience, mystery, and love. I just wish the story would've carried on a bit longer as I loved the characters so much
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This author is a new one but you could not tell that from reading this book. I don't tend to read any books from authors that are new to me anymore as I have been challenged in the past. Not here! I am so glad that I asked to review this as I would have missed a really great story. This book took me a little bit longer to read. There were some scenes that I had to put the book down and cry my eyes out. Then there were scenes that made me laugh out loud and cheer for the characters. Then there were the scenes that were so well written that I had to re-read them more than once or twice. To me, that is a sign of a great book. Emory is has been an orphan since her mother's death at the age of 14. Emory never knew her father. Being by herself and at the ripe old age of 32 and wanting children, is told that she probably will never have them. Distraught, she is crying buckets while driving. A dangerous situation of reckless driving (while reaching for tissues) she is pulled over and arrested. Vince is a Secret Service agent assigned to protect a woman's daughter (Macy) after the woman (Margaret) started to receive death threats prior to her being sworn in as Secretary of Interior. Vince is informed that Margaret has a little known niece that is living not too far away. Vince and the rest of the Secret Service is surprised by this as this niece did not come up during a back ground check. Apparently the niece had done a DNA sampling with Ancestry.com a few months ago. It didn't come to light until she was arrested for reckless driving. Yes, you guessed it. The niece is Emory! These two are attracted to each other from the beginning. Complications arise and these two will have to get through many hurdles along the way. I adored the fact that the author wrote this in a dual POV format with just a little more on Emory's side but hey (yes, Vince - hay is for horses - you will have to read the book to understand) that works great as well. There was more going on for Emory than just a great romance with a Secret Service agent. This is a clean romance with an alpha male that protects people for a living as well as those who mean everything to him. He also has a heart of gold as you can tell with his interactions with little Macy and her dog, Max. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderful story that will pull at your emotions every which way. To me, that is a sign of a great book. To bring out that much emotion for characters in a book, priceless.
#Holding Out for Special #NetGalley #Romance Holding Out for Special is a sweet romance novel written by K. T. Raine. I enjoyed reading this book. Emory Dockins is a 32-year old fifth-grade teacher who completely gave up on finding love in her life. She is very fond of children. Due to her medical conditions, she won't be able to carry a child. She has lost her mother and has no other family. All she has is her students who loved her so much. When politician Margaret Faizan's life is threatened, the Secret Service Agent Vince Murano is assigned to protect her and her sweet little daughter Macy. Later, Emory finds that Margaret is her aunt when Agent Vince came to question her about the death threats against her aunt who she never knew existed. Emory was very happy and thrilled to find and get to know about her aunt and her niece. From the first meeting itself, Agent Vince is intrigued by Emory and they started to see each other. Both of them are very fond of little Macy and her dog. When terrible things happen in Macy's life, they were ready to protect her and nourish her with love. This is a sweet contemporary romance. If you are looking for a happily ever after, this is definitely a book to read.