Don’t Hold Back by Missy Johnson





Title: Don’t Hold Back
Series: Love Hurts #4
Author: Missy Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 12, 2017
Three countries.
Two months.
All expenses paid.
Just you and me.

About you: You’re fun loving, adventurous and you have a wicked sense of humor. You’re spontaneous, open minded and creative. You live for today because you never know what tomorrow holds.

I’m Erin and this isn’t your usual Craigslist Ad. I’m twenty-four, and full disclosure, I’m dying. But I don’t want your pity. What I want is your help. I’m not looking for a nanny, or for someone to hold my hand. I want a friend, a confidante, a partner in crime.

I want you.

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“Who the hell books a flight for seven a.m.?” I grumble under my breath as I hoist my suitcase out from the boot of the taxi. I toss a twenty through the open window of the driver’s seat, telling him to keep the change. The whole twenty cents. Yeah, I’m generous like that.I’ve barely slept, which I guess is good considering the eighteen-hour flight I have ahead of me. Unless she’s going to want to talk the whole way, in which case no sleep is bad. Of course she is. Women always want to talk. Dying women probably take that to a whole other level. I chastise myself for being so insensitive. Let’s see if I can get through this trip without offending the girl. Or more realistically, let’s see if I can get through the week.

I stroll through departures, scanning the crowd for Erin. I’ve only met her twice now, but she was kind of unforgettable—hot in a she-has-no-idea-how-hot-she-is kind of way. Even that first time, all wet and dishevelled, she was mesmerizing.

My eyes fall on her and a smile tugs at my lips. She’s bent over her open bag, her long blond hair hanging loosely over her shoulder. It feels kind of wrong that I’m checking her out, given her situation, but I can’t help myself. I give it another minute before I walk over to join her.

“Hey,” I say.

She jumps, straightening up. Her face reddens when she faces me.

“You’re supposed to do the packing thing at home,” I tease her. Half her luggage is dumped onto the floor next to her, and I love that she doesn’t seem to give a shit.

“I’m looking for something,” she retorts, narrowing her stunning blue eyes.

I raise my eyebrows curiously and grin.

“It’s not important.”

“It obviously is,” I argue. I’m enjoying playing with her. “And the fact that you don’t want to tell me what it is makes me wonder…”

“Well stop wondering,” she replies. “If you want to do something useful, help me zip this up. It’s stuck.” She bends back over and gives the zip a yank, as if to prove her point.

“It’s stuck because you have this caught in it.” I grab hold of the offending material and back the zipper up. It releases, and I proudly hold it up. “Lacy and transparent,” I say when I realise I’m holding a pair of her panties. I let out a low whistle. “I’m impressed.”

She blushes and snatches them out of my hand, shoving them back in her suitcase. She zips it closed and glares at me. “I’m beginning to regret this already,” she growls.

“Never regret lacy panties, Erin,” I tease. “But seriously, I’m just messing with you. This trip will be great. Trust me. We’ll have fun.”

“I’m having trouble believing that,” she retorts, properly facing me for the first time.


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Author Bio
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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My heart hurts. My eyes hurt. My head hurts. Don’t Hold Book Back by Missy Jones left me devastated. And I loved every word read and every tear shed. What a beautifully written story of love and loss. One I devoured in one sitting.


Erin Camden should have her whole life ahead of her. She is twenty-four. For all intents and purposes, she has barely started living. But instead, she is dying. There is nothing that will change that. So in the time she has left, she wants to live. She wants to cherish every moment. But she knows that to do so, she needs to do it without her family. Therefore, Erin places an ad for a travel companion for a trip of a lifetime. Three countries, two months, all expenses paid.


I loved Erin. She was terrified and brave. She loved her family and friends so much and knew nothing she did would prepare them for what was to come. But she wanted to do something for herself. She wanted adventure, fun, freedom. She wanted to die on her terms.


Cade Wilson’s life is spiraling out of control. He is on the verge of losing everything. He wants to be a better man, but has lost his way. Heading for rock bottom, his mom gives him the opportunity to do something right and maybe start turning his life around. He accepts, not knowing how his life will be forever changed.


Cade broke my heart. He was a good man. A good man that struggled to find his place in the world. He was only a bit broken and lost.


Now Erin and Cade find themselves on a whirlwind trip. One trying to enjoy the last moments she has and the other trying to figure out what to make of his messy life. As they get to know each other, they start to bring out the best and a bit of the worst of each other. And as they spend time together, feelings begin to emerge, even when unwanted, under the circumstances. But there is no control over who you love nor when you love.


I cried a lot while reading this book. Very ugly sobbing, but the blurb alone would make anyone sad. Erin and Cade’s journey was emotional, but also fun and just what they both needed. This story holds very emotional punches, but also reminds us to always live in the moment.


Don’t Hold Back teaches us to hold onto those we love dearly. Life is too short, we need to make the very best and most of what we are given.  A beautiful story of love and loss, but also of learning to appreciate what you have. In the end, only you can change your life.

~ Liz


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