Hold On

Hold On by Kristen Ashley

3.5 stars

“You got good, you don’t let it go. It lets you go, you hold on. It slips through your fingers, you pull out all the stops to get it back. You got somethin’ worth fighting for, you fight for it. You do not sit on your ass waitin’ for it to come back to you. You show whoever that is they mean something and you go all out on that, and the only way you go down is doin’ that shit swinging.”

Hold On, the final book in The Burg series, is the story of Merry and Cher. Merry is a divorced cop and Cher a former stripper and single mom. Cher has been pining for Merry for years but was waiting for him to get over his ex-wife and notice her. And one day, he did.

3 star reviews are the hardest for me to write. This is probably because I neither hated nor loved the book. Obviously I liked it because I was able to finish reading and don’t think of it negatively. It just doesn’t have that something special that makes it stand out.

“Is there an us?” he asked.
My breasts brushed his chest as I started breathing heavily.
“Goddamn it, Cher, is there an us?” he clipped.
“I want there to be.”
Fuck! It came out because he was freaking me out.
“Then there’s an us,” he declared firmly.
… “And there bein’ an us, Cher, that means you’re mine. Ethan’s mine. Are you followin’ me?”

The Burg series in general is probably my least favorite Kristen Ashley series. I know this puts me in the minority, but hello, Wildcard here. Only book I truly loved from this series was At Peace and that’s because that book is fucking phenomenal.

Anyways, first 50% of this book was great, a 5 star read even. The second half was like trying to walk through wet tar. I had to push myself and it made it less enjoyable hence rounding it out to 3 stars.

My biggest issue with this book? It needed to be a good 100-200 pages shorter.

That’s right. Would have been amazing but instead everything felt dragged out and lost its emotional punch. I lost interest in the characters because it became a chore to read about them after having loved them for the previous 300 pages.

So in the end, I liked this book but it doesn’t stand out from the amazing work this author has delivered in the past. Obviously Kristen Ashley is The Queen of romance and I will read anything the woman writes.

“It happens,” he replied. “What happens?” she asked. He dipped closer and held her tighter. “It happens,” he repeated. “For people like us, baby. It happens, eventually. Just as long as we hold on.”


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