Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from

A Hold On Me

The Dark Heart Series #1

by Pat Esden



Genre: New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

My 56 from the paperback.

“Confining a soul like this is despicable.”

Then, before I could turn and run, Dad closed the distance between us. The old-time straight razor he used for shaving appeared in his fisted hand….What the hell?

He grabbed my hair in one hand, yanked my head back, and sliced the back side of my ear with the blade.

In this scene, her father isn’t trying to kill her. Something strange has come over him.

Read on if you want to know more.



She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue–until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine–and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support–Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings–and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…



I’ve only read the first few chapters but the writing has already captivated me. Does it sound like something you’d keep reading?


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  1. Breana M. says:

    I don’t know if this one would be for me, but the synopsis is pretty good.

  2. That’s quite a way to tease a book! Wow!
    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  3. Kathy Martin says:

    Sounds scary. I haven’t heard of this book before. I am spotlighting Winter by Marissa Meyer this week. Happy reading!

  4. Oh this sounds like it might be a dark read. I think I need to go look this one up. Thanks for sharing.

    Pop over and check out my Friday 56 this week

    Shubba @ Wee Shubba’s World.

  5. Had me there for a sec. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  6. Sounds pretty interesting. :)

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  7. Maria says:

    This sounds interesting and kind of creepy at the same time! Thanks for visiting my Friday meme earlier

  8. wow, quite spooky!!

  9. LadyD Piano says:

    Wow, sounds like one of those love-hate abusive relationships. Love the #56 quote because it begs to cheer the character on to be free! Great post!

  10. I think this one might be a little too close to home…but I’m curious, too. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m always shy about tough topics or things that are too close to home. Have to be in the right frame of mind. It can take me months to pick up a book sometimes.

  11. Wow, that’s extreme ! Makes me curious about this book..
    Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend !!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      It tripped me up at first. The beginninggave no indication about a scene like this. It sure perked me up!

  12. Freda Mans says:

    I need this book in my life.. obvi. 😉
    Happy weekend!

  13. GMR says:

    I wish there was a story about how she cultivated her “eye for artifacts and spirit for bargaining”! That would make a cool novella. The writing quality sounds like it would make or break this book for- and you say it’s good so I will check it out :). Thanks for stopping by my Friday 56 earlier!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m thrilled I won it. Giveaways open doors to new authors and wonderful books I might never have given another glance at.

  14. Oooh, cool beginning! Though when I see “New Adult” I kind of turn the other way … 😉

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I started reading it without glancing at the blurb or genre. The only that feels YA is the character’s age. Really enjoying it so far.

  15. The opening surely got my attention.