If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Hold On To Love by Roberta Capizzi / @SligoRoo

Title: Hold On To Love
Author: Roberta Capizzi
Author Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Publisher: Roberta Capizzi
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Three weeks. All Alyssa O’Riordan needs is three weeks away from her wealthy life in New York City, to clear her mind and decide what she wants from her life. A dude ranch in Wyoming seems like the perfect place for a temporary escape from the cage her life has become. What she doesn’t expect is to come face-to-face with a handsome cowboy, who’s just as grumpy and rough as he is good-looking. All of a sudden, the promise of a relaxing, invigorating holiday seems long gone.

Three weeks. For Sean Maclaine, three weeks around the new guest feel like an eternity. After his first-hand experience with the upper class, rich daddy’s girls have become his worst nightmare, so when Alyssa O’Riordan shows up at his family’s ranch, he knows the time won’t go by fast enough. All he has to do is stay away from her, and count the hours until she finally goes back to New York.

Three weeks. Will three weeks be long enough for them to get over their prejudices and start looking beyond the surface?

I'm in awe of Alyssa. I'm not sure how she survived so long under her mother's thumb with a full work schedule. I would've cracked ages ago.

What I admired about Alyssa the most was that she realized she needed to get away from the day-to-day and acted on that realization. Talking to a travel agent wasn't just a flimsy self-promise. It was an ironclad oath she had every intention of following through on. Not that I blame her either. Between her stoic mom and creepy "perfect" guy Julian, she needed a break. Hell, I needed a break from them! So she booked a vacation at a dude ranch, which, to me, was an interesting and amusing vacation place for a city girl. But it had its perks: peace, solitude, quite, and Sean.

Sean. What can I say about Sean? He's your ideal cowboy: hardworking, good-looking, rough around the edges, and...not having any of Alyssa being on his family's ranch. When his wariness of Alyssa was revealed, everything about him made sense. Before that, I wanted to slap him upside his head and demand he give her a chance. I was glad I waited for their relationship to take flight on its own; they (not just he) had so much to work through before they could have any kind of future together.

I really enjoyed this story. It's not just about a city girl and a country boy. It isn't just about finding love in the most unexpected of places. It's about (Alyssa) realizing a need for more beyond the every day of a "full" life, and how beneficial it is to take time out for yourself. It's about (Sean) setting aside past hurts and seeing a person for who they really are, not someone they remind you of.

Love comes differently for everyone, in real life and in fiction. There are obstacles to overcome, bridges to cross, lessons to learn. The trick is being willing to overcome, cross, and learn. Sean and Alyssa were willing. They took that chance and discovered how full their lives could become by doing so. Ms. Capizzi didn't just write a love story worth reading; she wrote a love story worth sharing.

An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day.It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then.

What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with the world.Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting and for your great review! I'm so happy you enjoyed Sean and Alyssa's story! :)

    1. You're welcome! I did enjoy it and was wondering if there will be a story for Sean's brothers and sister? Would be awesome if there were!