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- Audible.com Release Date: September 1, 2015
- Language: English
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When you open a new book and you find yourself gasping for air, your chest clenching only a few pages into the story, you know you’ve hit the mother lode of great reads. Once again, in true Kristen Ashley style, we are given a story that owns us from the start, our hearts fluttering to the rhythm of the powerful emotions driving every scene, every sentence, every word exemplifying this author’s distinctive and truly remarkable prose. I always take my time reading a KA book, but I gave myself even more time to savour this particular story, to absorb every hidden layer, to fully appreciate every facet of these two characters that are so unlike any of her others, because I knew she had saved some of her best work for last. A truly splendid conclusion to a phenomenal series, if you haven’t ventured into it yet, it is time you pay The ‘Burg a visit.
“I was the kind of girl who’d never dreamed because, even when I was little, I always knew I was the kind of girl who’d be stupid to dream.”
Cherie “Cher” Rivers stopped dreaming of a knight in shining armour a long time ago, learning very early in life that the only person she could ever truly depend on was herself. A single mum in her mid thirties, a hard worker, a loving parent, a woman confident in all that she is and all that she would ever be, she lives her life unapologetically and true to herself, knowing that all the sacrifices she has ever made were done in good conscience and for the good of one person and one person alone—her beloved ten-year-old son Ethan. Having pushed all her dreams of finding a good man and being loved by such a man aside, all Cherie now dreams of is giving her son a good life, teaching him how to be a decent man, and making him feel loved every single day of his life. But as closed off as Cherie’s heart might appear to be, it secretly pines for a man who’s only ever seen her as a friend—a good man, a loyal man, a trustworthy man, the kind of man she would fight with all her might to keep in her life. Just not a man who’s ever showed any signs of loving her back.
“A man who liked me. A man who laughed at my jokes. A man who smiled at me regularly. Who teased me often. Who shot the s*** with me. A man who liked me a lot. A man who was my friend. A man who thought of me as a friend. The man I loved more than breath.”
Lieutenant Garrett “Merry” Merrick has only ever loved one woman in his life, but he’s never believed in happy endings. Losing their mother as young children has marked the Merrick siblings deeply, leaving them both terrified of loss, and thus prone to self-sabotaging their own happiness while in pursuit of emotional numbness. But while his sister conquered her demons and got her second chance at finding happiness, Merry’s hang-ups have led him to watching the love of his life getting engaged to another man and not wanting to do anything to stop it. Except drowning his sorrows in an expensive bottle of whisky with a friend, and opening his eyes to the possibility that the one who’s been in front of him all along might be exactly the kind of woman he didn’t even know he was looking for.
With their inhibitions lowered and their bodies aching to seek comfort in one another, Merry and Cherie share one night of unrivalled passion, a small taste of the bliss to be found in each other’s arms that neither of them can deny, but a new day brings them two very different outlooks on the night they’d shared—one of them daring to dream of more, and the other dismissing it as a one-night stand that should have never happened.
“It wasn’t walking out of a house into a taxi or your car in your clothes from the night before that was the walk of shame. You wanted what you wanted, you went after it, you got it, then you left it and went on with your life. There was no shame in that. None. The shame was lying naked in your own bed listening to a man be quiet while dressing because he woke up next to you not wanting one thing to do with you.”
Cherie’s pain from allowing herself for one fleeting moment to hope a man would want to look after her, share her load, love her and her son, and then seeing that dream vanish even before it took shape, leaves a deep scar in both her pride as well as her fragile heart, only strengthening her conviction that she is just one of those girls who would never find that kind of happiness in life, even though she would give anything to have it.
“… he’d never give me what I wanted. I forgot. I forgot I wasn’t the kind of girl who got what she wanted. Not once. Not in my whole f***ing life. Yeah, I’d forgotten that.”
But the moment Cherie’s heart closes off again, Merry’s suddenly becomes wide open to falling for a woman who now spends equal time fighting her attraction towards him and plotting his murder for making her feel everything she refuses to feel for him. And when a Kristen Ashley alpha male sets his eyes on a woman, get the popcorn ready and make yourself comfortable, because resistance is futile from the get-go and it’s going to be a ride like no other.
A woman scared of any more heartbreak in her life, reluctant to let a man see her vulnerable side and trust him not to hurt her, and a man who didn’t even know that all he ever needed in life in order to let go of his past was a woman who would stick by him through thick and thin—Merry and Cherie are two damaged, lonely people who find everything they’ve ever dreamed of in each other, if only they can see past their fears and embrace the rare beauty they’ve uncovered in each other’s arms.
“That’s life. You have no clue what you’ll get along the journey. But you won’t get d*** you stay in one place, spinning your wheels.”
I have loved all the stories in this epic series by an author who never fails to rock my world, and this was not just another great addition to the series—it was the perfect finale, the perfect conclusion, the perfect send-off to a remarkable group of characters whose stories have become some of my favourite re-reads. The epilogue alone acknowledging all the other couples in the series was far more than just the proverbial icing on the cake, the closure gained from seeing their lives fast-forwarded before our eyes leaving me in a happy daze of nostalgia laced with bittersweet tears. Each one of these stories touched me deeply in its own right and in its own way, and the beauty of Merry and Cherie’s story did not disappoint. Not by a long shot.
“God, did he know? Did he know that he was the dream come true a girl like me would never dare to dream?”
The epilogue is like another story. It is like 15-17 years down the road. The kids are now getting married, or dating. Even Jack Colton, Feb's and Colt's son. Lastly Ethan, mama's boy got married. This is why reading is my passion. I got to lead a charmed life through my favorite characters. Thanks KA for another memorable journey. 'Merci'.
That's right, sadly, Kristen Ashley put to rest 'The 'Burg Series'. Hold On is book 6 and the end of an amazing series full of hot guys and kick ass women. I know you may be thinking, "Don't all KA books have that?" Yes, they do, but The Burg's Heroine and Hero's are slightly different from those of her other series. Here, friends and family are the focus and with that comes loyalty, protective instincts which provide a safe haven for our characters, and a love that refuses to give up when the going gets tough.
❝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.❞
We are also gifted with a little intrigue and mystery as each book weaves a tale of crime, which means our hero or heroine usually take a hit from said criminal activity.
Hold On featured my favorite Kristen Ashley female character - Cher! I loved her spunk, her strength and her sense of humor! She refused to sit back and allow the s*** hand that life handed her to hold her back. Instead she forged on, and remained strong and faced each new struggle with a fortitude and grace that brought respect from those that knew her.
❝She deserves to be happy. She hasn't had that and she deserves it. I'm givin' that to her and it feels great.❞
It seems like with every book Kristen Ashley releases I say I found a new favorite Male lead. I swear I love Merry. I mean LOVE him. His character is hilarious and the perfect match for Cher. He was loving, and patient and gentle.
He was incredible with Cher's son Ethan, too. He became the father Ethan never knew and taught him to become the man of every woman's dreams!
I am stopping short and not going into detail about the plot, because this book was LONG 640+ pages and I could go on for days about the beauty of it. What I want to talk about is the EPILOGUE! It had me in tears. TEARS I tell ya! We all know Kristen Ashley can damn well write an Epilogue, but this is THE BEST EPILOGUE! Seriously! (view spoiler) I could have just read that Epilogue and been happy. It could have been a book unto its own, it was that perfect! It spanned many years and with that it brought changes to the lives of many.
I have laughed with these characters, I have cried with them, and I have loved with them. But more importantly I have loved them. I know there are many more characters and books headed our way from Ms. Ashley (find out more HERE), I just wish we didn't have to say goodbye to these!
❝Don't hold your breath for that to happen, gorgeous,❞ I returned.
❝Yeah, one of us is gonna be breathless, brown eyes, that's a guarantee.❞