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Since she was young, Cher Rivers knew she was not the kind of girl who got what she wanted. A girl who could hope. A girl who could dream. She knew a happily ever after just wasn’t in the cards for her.
In love for years with the last bastion of the ‘burg’s eligible bachelors, Garrett Merrick, Cher worked hard at making him laugh. Being one of the guys. Having him in her life the only way she could. All this knowing he was in love with another woman.
The Merrick Family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered. Both Cecelia’s children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett “Merry” Merrick knew in his soul the woman he divorced years ago was the one for him.
Until the night when Cher took Garrett’s back and things changed. The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him and he goes after her.
YES! I love when Kristen Ashley writes…Kristen Ashley books!
For those of you who read her books on the regular, you’ll most certainly have a favorite series, most definitely have your list of favorite KA heroes, and quite possibly have wondered what you’ll get with her newer releases. The “new” ones have been hit or miss for me, and I think I’m not alone. I’m happy to say that “Hold On” is classic KA…and I loved it.
I have always loved Cher throughout the Burg series (which, by the way, is Top 3 KA series for me). She is the tough, wild girl who isn’t afraid to let her opinion be known. She flirts with the boys and is fiercely loyal to the girls. And I was hoping she’d finally get her book and her HEA. And this was it.
Cher and Merry (Garrett Merrick, the last available bachelor in the Burg, hot cop and partner to the even hotter Mike Haines (my favorite!), and growly alpha male to the nth degree (KA at her best)) are an unlikely couple. But when Cher allows herself to hope that a man like Merry could love her, the LOVE HITS THE ROOF! It’s scorching, it’s sweet, it’s intense, it’s fast and lasting. The banter between the two of them is hilarious and I love how the couple is about LAUGHING with one another, LEARNING from past mistakes, FIGHTING for their happy ending.
As expected in KA books, the heroine finds herself in some danger. BUT, not quite to what I’d come to expect from The Burg series, Cher’s was fairly tame. The danger-element felt a bit rushed, way too short, too quickly played out, and I was slightly disappointed. I needed more of Merry freaking out in worry and then coming in guns blazing to the rescue!!!!!
The best and worst part of this book is the epilogue. It’s a full round up of our favorite Burg couples and seeing them and their children growing up and settling…well, it was a sob-fest for me. I loved it. But then realizing it’s the LAST I’ll have of these characters, some of my FAVORITES…well, it was a sob-fest for me. I hated it.
So…there we have it. If you’re a KA fan, I do think you’ll love Hold On. It’s not a great book to START reading KA and may but mostly may not work as a standalone.
For me, it was a treat.