• Hold My Heart

  • The Laguna Beach Series, Book 1
  • By: Nikki Larson
  • Narrated by: Lorana Hoopes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Chloe Savage needs is a boyfriend. But she’s caught the eye of Travis Goldman, and the more he gets to know her the more he realizes she is a lot like the heroine in his book, the girl of his dreams.

Fiercely independent and struggling with inexplicable health issues, Chloe is determined to get her own place and strive for contentment on her own, without the help of any guy.

Travis Goldman’s dream is to become a best-selling author. He’s been working on a young adult fantasy novel and now he is ready to submit his manuscript to eager agents.

When they meet at a Bible study, sparks don’t exactly fly. Chloe is attending out of a desire to please her grandmother, and, if she must admit, out of her own (mild) curiosity. Travis thrives off the excitement of socializing with many people, and of delving a little deeper into the Bible.

Whitney, a mutual friend, can see that Chloe and Travis are perfect for each other, but Chloe is determined to keep Travis at arm’s length.

That is, until the unthinkable happens....

A sweet, clean romance.

By Christian romance author, Nikki Larson - glorifying God by weaving biblical truth into compelling fiction.

©2018 Andrea Ludwig (P)2020 Andrea Ludwig

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Christian Romance

A girl who doesn't want to marry, meets a man who thinks she could be the one. She has several physical problems. He seems like a great guy but everyone has problems. The story held my interest and I listened to it in one day to find out how it ended. tv

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Nearly impossible to finish.

Chloe is just not a likable character. She’s self-centered, insincere, overdramatic, rude and hides behind scripture & excuses about her parents to avoid reality. Travis is a nice guy that deserves better than her constant venom, dismissal and evasiveness. It fits that she wants a perfect dog because Travis is like a puppy that keeps coming back after being mistreated. I kept hoping she would redeem herself as a character, but too little, too late. It is through sheer stubbornness on my part to get through this book.
A better narrator wouldn’t have fixed the mismatched chemistry & other issues.

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Good story

This was a sweet, clean romance. What a great book to listen to. The story kept my attention on Chloe & Travis’ journey. When you least expect it, you find love, as the saying goes. Lorana Hoopes does a fantastic job narrating.

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Hard to review

I didn’t really connect with the characters. So many issues are covered in the story but the plot seems convoluted and undeveloped.
I received a complimentary copy of the audio book; I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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Sweet romance

Chloe is suffering from so many aches and pains. Her immune system is a mess, and having autoimmune diseases is not an easy thing to deal with. But she is determined not to be dependent on anyone! Her faith in God is guiding her. Travis comes to one of the bible classes and there is instant chemistry. But neither of them is ready for a relationship. Or are they? Nikki Larson writes a wonderful love story. Her characters are real, have relevant issues and let us take their journey through life. Chloe at times is frustrating, very demanding but I like that she is aware of her issues. Travis is a sweet man, and I love how his problems are eventually dealt with together. This is a good listen, brings realistic problems to light and is a wonderful love story.

Lorana Hoopes gives a fantastic narrative to the story. She is in tune with the characters and brings their personalities to life. I enjoy her voices and always look forward to her performances.

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finding true love

Clhoe is been fighting some health problems and she is afraid to be dependent. When she meets Travis at church she doesn't want to feel attracted to him but the connection exist. Can Travis past the walls in Clhoe heart? a sweet love story

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A little better each day

This was a well told story, though it was a little heavier than what I usually listen to. It does pick up in the second half and has a sweet happily-ever-after.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

[The narrator did a great job with the characters' voices and reading naturally]

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  • JM
  • 03-20-20

Couldn't Finish

I listened to this until chapter 23 and just couldn't finish it. I didn't find Chloe likeable at all and couldn't figure out why Travis liked her. Unfortunately, I didn't care enough about it too listen to the radio to see how it finished. The narrator did a good job.

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❤️

I loved this story. The characters were so charming and engaging. The narrator was also great.

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The book evolves and becomes much better

I had a hard time with this book. It was slow going for the first. Chloe was so self absorbed and overthinking everything she had a hard time even carrying on a conversation. It almost seemed like she was using her Bible as a crutch. She had a form of survivor guilt and totally closed off any chances of a relationship. Her health had also been poor with allergies, migraines, arthritis and fibromyalgia, which caused some of her self absorption and introspection. Her relationship with Travis started slowly but he somehow was able to work around her barriers. When I read other reviews about mental illness, I thought it was about her because she had a boatload of different anxieties. I wasn’t expecting it to include Travis. In the end it got through her self-absorption and made her look and care for someone else. This definitely is not an easy fluff book but hang in there a lot gets resolved.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 07-26-22

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I found myself not liking Chloe, feeling that she was too self absorbed. Those that enjoy a sweet Christian-themed book should really enjoy listening to this. Lorana Hoopes is a good narrator.

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