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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Hold On Tight by Jerry Harwood - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jerry Harwood and his new book, “Hold on Tight,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jerry and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Hold on Tight

by Jerry Harwood


GENRE:  Sweet Romance



When event planner Megan Rouche's boyfriend lands a job in Atlanta, he proposes. But she chooses to stay in her small Tennessee town to care for her grandmother. There she kindles a new relationship. However, all is in jeopardy when Frank returns on behalf of his Atlanta company with big plans to develop a new factory in Bakewell and marry Megan.



As Megan slammed the driver-side door, she realized only too late the end of her long, flowing scarf remained inside. She felt her shoulders and neck revolt against the rest of her body. The color-coded, highlighted, and well-organized wedding binder did not have the same attachment to the car door as her scarf. It went forward, scattering over the parking lot. The wedding schedule, names of family members and important friends, the order for the toasts, and the marriage certificate took flight.

Megan reached out in an attempt to pull the folder and the last ten seconds of her life back in. As she did, gravity won out. She hit her back against the car door and slumped to the ground. Frantically, she unwrapped the knitted noose from her neck. As she stood, the wind caught the loose papers. At first, they were aflutter near her feet. Then the wind, perhaps realizing how it might continue to torment her, sent a stronger gust.

Megan eyed the envelope with the marriage certificate. It was tenuously holding its flight pattern over a puddle. She lurched forward, far from gracefully, toward the envelope. Her fingers touched the edge before the wind chose to take it a bit farther down the pea gravel parking lot. The marriage certificate danced over the neighboring spaces before landing against the sidewalk’s curb. From there, it caught an upward draft straight into the holly bushes with the reception song list.

Megan removed the scarf and moved toward the holly bush. She heard the snap of her left shoe’s heel. Her reward was a skinned knee and another trip to the gravel lot. Her new circular-frame eyeglasses decided they would abandon ship and bounced a few feet away. Megan sat on her bottom, feeling the ground’s moisture creep up her skirt. She raised her hands before patting the ground around her. A deluge of tears threatened to explode from her eyes as she strained to keep them at bay.



Wow!!  I absolutely loved this book!!  "Hold on Tight," is the perfect balance of a swept away sweet romance read with a HEA Hallmark movie feel, and with realistic characters and believable story lines!!

This book, “Hold on Tight,” is a fun, sweet, charming, heartfelt, romantic read filled with charismatic characters, real-life story lines, and amusing plot points!!

Hold on Tight,” is a quickly captivating read as I found myself unable to put this book down nor did I want to!!  Before I knew it, I was already on the last chapter, and up way past my bedtime lol.

I really liked main characters Megan and Drew.  I instantly connected with Megan as she was easy to relate to and I felt a kinship with her. Plus, as someone who also left the big city life to move to a small town to take care of a sick family member, and as someone just as klutzy (if not more lol!!) I couldn’t help but identify with her.  I think Megan’s character and story will also click with many readers.  It was not hard to find fault in Frank (Megan’s boyfriend at the beginning of the book) as his character leaves a sour taste in one’s mouth after just the first chapter.  While I understand finding someone in a small town can be quite difficult, Frank’s self-centered, self-absorbed, inconsiderate, narcissistic behavior and attitude leaves a lot to be desired.  Drew was quite charming, handsome, considerate, confident, caring, and thoughtful.  I really liked Megan and Drew as a couple and enjoyed watching their relationship develop over the course of the book.  I also want to mention Megan’s friends, Vanessa and Kendall.  These two supporting characters added depth, humor, and value to the story.

I loved the deep-rooted inspiring and uplifting themes around Megan’s tattoo which acted as her talisman, providing her with strength, comfort, focus, and drive.  Megan reveals that her wrist tattoo is of a compass and her mother’s words, “Hold on Tight,” a mantra that helps her get through the tough times.

I also really enjoyed the author’s authentic voice and detailed writing style.  Harwood’s unique ability to thoroughly describe scenes with realistic themes and relatable characters allows the reader to stay fully immersed in the story.

This book is a fast read, comprised of thirty-six short chapters spanning across 214 eBook pages.

Currently it seems this book is not part of a book series.  Therefore, this book can easily be read as a standalone.

For readers that like neat and tidy endings, this book’s HEA is tied up with a bow and is sure to leave readers completely satisfied.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all sweet romance readers – especially Hallmark HEA movie fans will be sure to like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

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Jerry Harwood was born in Ooltewah, TN. His mother was an elementary school teacher and he spent his afternoons reading books in her classroom or the nearby public library. He currently is a writer, which makes sense based on the fact you are reading this here. He has experimented with other occupations: camp director, program director at a counseling center, college professor and middle school teacher. Jerry has backpacked Europe, taught in a Ukrainian University, worked in Rwanda after the genocide, is a first responder, sort-of remodeled a VW Thing, and has a love for Cherry Coke Zero that is only surpassed by his love for his wife, six children, and grandson. He is chairs the Writer’s Track at ConNooga, and actively participates in the Chattanooga Writer's Guild where he previously served as a board member.

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  1. Thanks for your kind words!!!

  2. Sorry posted as anonymous for some reason - this is Jerry Harwood :-)


  3. Oh, that sounds like quite the love triangle! It must be tough for Megan to have to choose between love and family. I hope everything works out in the end for her.