Review: Hold on Tight by Shelley Shepard Gray, Book 3 of The Bridgeport Social Club

Title:  Hold On Tight
Series: The Bridgeport Social Club, Book 3
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher:  Black Stone Publishing
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jackson Koch had already lost his wife to cancer when the town's coal mines shut down and his job was gone too. So, with a three-year-old daughter to care for and a broken heart to mend, he moved across the country to find a new life in Bridgeport, Ohio. Now he tends bar by night and tries to navigate life as a single dad by day. Luckily, his neighbor is happy to babysit while he works late nights. She's great with little Kate, beautiful, kind ... and lately he's found himself smiling whenever he thinks about her.

Dani Brown also knows what it's like to lose a spouse and raise a child on her own. Cleaning houses during the day, and taking online classes at night, she dreams of running her own preschool someday. And, since her fourteen-year-old son Jeremy's baseball team requires a lot of money, she's thrilled to earn some extra cash by watching her handsome neighbor's adorable little girl. But even with two jobs, she's having trouble making ends meet.

When Jackson sees Dani running herself ragged for her son's baseball ambitions he decides it's time to get the Bridgeport Social Club involved. Together they cook up a plan. They will run a charity poker tournament to support Jeremy's dream and help out a hardworking single mom. But will Dani be able to accept help from the handsome neighbor she's starting to feel more-than-friendly feelings for? And how far is she ready to let those feelings go?

Get ready to fall in love with Shelley Shepard Gray's Bridgeport Social Club again, where a poker night is so much more than a game of cards and an extraordinary community of ordinary men and women come together to offer love, light, and hope to everyone they encounter.


I've been pleasantly surprised by The Bridgeport Social Club series from the start with its first book in the series, Take a Chance. It's not slated as a Christian Fiction novel, as the author's other novels I'm familiar with, so it indeed was a chance I took. I enjoyed the overall message of community and friendship it presented.

Hold on Tight, the third book in The Bridgeport Social Club series may be my favorite one to date, though I'm still a fan of the character of Finn in the 2nd book, All In. What I love of Hold On Tight is not only the message of the series that translates exceptionally well here too, but the author also delve into the roles and hardship of single parenthood. There's an emotional thread related to that story line that felt real. Add in second chances in life, and a gorgeous cover to match, Hold on Tight will have you ready for more by the author.

For my clean readers, please note there is mention of premarital sex and pregnancy out of wedlock in this story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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