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Holding You by Daphne Elliot

This small town age gap romance was dripping with anguish, crackling with electricity, and bubbling with hope.

Eliza’s no-nonsense attitude toward her boss and willingness to stand up for what’s right, even when it costs her, are admirable qualities that really made me root for her. The way she waltzes around in chaotic outfits and calls out her boss (and also sometimes Matteo) are hilarious and real. I loved her.

Matteo’s need to keep things under control and inability to do so are just perfect parent life representation, I think. And Valentina definitely gives the man a run for his money. I think she was my favourite character in the whole book. I’m 100% behind whatever Val says and when you get to the end, you will know why.

While there were some times I felt like the conflict was self-inflicted a little too much, I really enjoyed this book overall. I would definitely recommend you pick this one up if you like age gap, single dad / babysitter, or grumpy sunshine romances. Or if you want to watch Val steal the show from everyone.

Either way, go read this book! You won’t regret it. I can't wait to see what Daphne Elliot comes up with next!

Your Romance Reviewer,


Release Date: June 2, 2022


I thought I could control myself.

I thought I could have a quick taste.

I was dead wrong.

One slow dance and a kiss in my empty restaurant was all it took for me to fall for the babysitter.

When Eliza Hemming lost her nursing job after saving my daughter’s life, my protective streak took over and I offered her a job.

Now she has me wanting things I can’t have.

She’s everything I’m not—young, impulsive, and fun. My control unravels with every bite of her lip, lingering touch, and forbidden kiss.

Being a single dad and running a business in small-town Havenport is complicated on a good day. I’m just a grumpy forty-one-year-old trying to keep all the balls in the air.

Can I juggle everything or will something drop? And if it’s my heart, will I survive the fall?

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