Published: September 2nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
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Six years ago, Dewayne Falco's life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.
What he didn't expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne's younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.
Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.
Now, she's back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin's son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.
Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna's story before it's even begun.
I think I’ve anticipated Dewayne’s story the most out of all the more minor characters in the Sea Breeze world. He’s been hovering on the edges of everyone else’s stories, making inappropriate comments but letting us glimpse a softer side of him.
Dewayne’s abrasive and snarky nature is mostly a front: his younger brother died six years ago in a car accident and he’s never really recovered. I liked Dewayne – he isn’t as crazy and cave-man stupid as some of the other guys in this series. In addition to mourning his brother, Dewayne’s also been missing his brother’s girlfriend Sienna, who disappeared right after the accident.
Sienna’s return to Sea Breeze was never in her plans, but I think she was very strong to come back and live across the road from the family that abandoned her and her young son. Her love for Micah, in particular, is amazing.
Plot-wise I think Hold on Tight took the series back to where it had begun with the original four stories: there was actually a problem to over-come and things to work out, not just a play-boy going after a girl. Dewayne and Sienna work together to heal their wounds and finally start working thorough the pain that Dustin’s death caused them.
With the series wrapping up (this is the second-to-last book), we can see that basically everyone’s paired off – married (or about to be), with kids (or pregnant). Which was a little weird for me but then the book reminded me that we’d first met Sadie and Jaxon four years ago in book time, so it probably just feels soon to me because I came into the series late.
Hold on Tight revitalised my love of this group of friends from this tight-knit coastal town, and it’s been amazing to get to know Dewayne better after so many books of him teasing us with his story.Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.