Holding on to Everything

About the Book:

Title: Holding on to Everything
Series: Terms of Inheritance #2
Author: Dana LeCheminant 
Release Date: August 30, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

As CEO of a billion-dollar hotel company, Jace Hawthorne had everything he could ever want. So, naturally, he gave it up to live with nothing on the streets of Manhattan under the name Tom. It’s the only way to fulfill his father’s dying wish and earn his share of the family fortune. But he didn’t count on falling for Madeleine, the nurse who helps him after he’s hit by a cab.

Because Madeleine thinks he is someone else, Jace runs back to his old life before his lie hurts them both. But Madeleine shows up to his office asking for donations for her clinic and doesn’t recognize him, and Jace is torn between revealing who he is and keeping his distance; she has never been shy about her hatred of CEOs.

The closer Jace gets to Madeleine as he helps her find more donations, the more he falls for her and the less his old life seems to fit him. But telling her the truth will only break both their hearts, and he’s in too deep to walk away.
Trying to decide what he values most in life, Jace hopes he can find a way to keep his fancy life and the woman he loves. The chances of losing everything are growing with every passing day, but Jace is willing to risk it all for a chance at happiness.

Book Review:

What a powerful story. This was such a good book and makes me want to be a better person. Holding On To Everything is the second book in Dana LeChemiant’s new series, Terms of Inheritance. I loved the first one, Forever You and Me. I was really excited to read this book, I adored all of LeChemiant’s previous books and Holding On To Everything was no different. 

Jace Hawthorne was just trying to do his best and live up to his father’s legacy. He wanted to complete his terms of inheritance too, but it was far more difficult than he thought it would be. He gave up everything and lived on the streets going by the name Tom, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. When he is hit by a car, he finds himself being tended to by Madeleine Wu, a nurse who loves people but seems to hate CEOs. Jace finds himself falling for this kind nurse, but runs away because of the lies he is keeping. When Madeleine comes to him asking for donations, he can’t seem to walk away again. Trying to figure out what is most important in life, Jace struggles to choose between his family life and the woman he loves. 

Jace was easy to like from the beginning. I was a little worried because I hadn’t liked him that much from Jake’s book, Let Go, but he won me over from the beginning. I liked reading about Jace as he tried to find his place in the world and tried to figure out how to be the best person he could be. He had to give up everything to see the value in orders and to be a person that he could be proud of. It was fun to read about Jace as he learned what it meant to see people, all those around him, as people who deserve to live and enjoy life. 

Madeleine was a feisty girl, who loved to help others. She wanted to help those who couldn’t help themselves. You don’t get to see from her perspective but I could tell that she was kind. However she did have the tendency to judge people quickly, but she still looked out for those around her. She was a strong woman, who had a huge weight on her shoulders. It was fun to read about her from Jace’s perspective and see how much he loved her. But Madeleine will have to learn how to trust Jace even when she finds out that he has been keeping things from her. 

Jace and Madeleine were a sweet couple to read about, but I also enjoyed reading about their journey. They were learning how to help each other become better people. Holding On To Everything was a lovely book with wonderful messages. People deserve to live, they are not pones in a game. Jace had to learn that he could help those around him and that maybe having everything wasn’t worth having people who loved you. 

I would definitely recommend Holding On To Everything! It was a great book with wonderful characters. I read it so quickly and I am so excited for Sara’s book! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

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