Aubrey has spent her whole life trying to leave behind her childhood under the thumb of a father who constantly put her down with insults. Now she has a chance for something more, when William, the man who came into the coffee shop that she works at often, asks her out for dinner. Once there the pair talk about starting a relationship it is a down hill slope for Aubrey as she learns to trust him, an emotion that starts in the bedroom as William teaches her to explore her more submissive side.
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The blurb of Hold My Hand describes the story as BDSM-lite, which I think may put more people off than it should be. Partly because there is much more to the story itself than the sex that William and Aubrey have, but also because there is very little that would be called hardcore. Aubrey is restrained several times though not with anything but rope, and she is spanked, but she enjoys it. Nothing is done without the character's permission which is actually one of the points in the story, Aubrey is choosing to do it.
There was also more to their relationship than sex. It was only at certain moments that they even had a dominant/submissive relationship, a lot of the time they had normal conversations and interacted in a normal way, and more importantly that was the idea from the beginning, they were in a relationship before the dom/sub partnership.
Also, William was very focused on building Aubrey's self esteem, and though this did involve repeating the words 'you are perfect' a lot, it actually added a sweet edge to their relationship, which was necessary in the part that didn't involve the dom/sub relationship they had going on.
I also thought that Aubrey's relationship with religion and God was interesting, she was a practicing Christian and one of the things that she had to come to terms with was whether she thought it was morally right to enter into that kind of relationship, something she never clearly had the answer to. Religion wasn't an overwhelming part of the story, and the story would still have worked without it, but I thought that that interesting side was one of the things that made the story so real.