Hold On

Posted October 23, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Hold On by Kristen Ashley
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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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.
Pages: 378
Published by Rock Chick LLC Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

I have been trying to organize my notes for this review for some time. They are all over the place, kind of like this book was. So I apologize if this isn’t a well presented review, but my notes went from bad to frantic as I read. When the book ended, I apparently went into a maniac state and wrote until I exorcised the book from my system.

What happened??? It’s like KA is just phoning it in now. It’s my KA favorite series and the last two books sucked – more than Cher did in this book. Pun completely intended. I’m pretty sure Cher had a metal hinge installed in place of her jaw to accommodate all the activity going on in there.

Throughout my notes I discuss how much I dislike these characters. The fact of the matter is that I didn’t care for them in the earlier books and that didn’t change with this book. I felt absolutely no connection with either protagonist. I’ll start with Cher…


First of all, when did she become so close to all of the guys in the ‘burg? In this book she was elevated to Feb status. I don’t recall her ever being so revered.

And what is with the tough-guy act? I think she is meant to sound worldly and rough around the edges, but it comes across as classless and crass.

But here is where I really ran into issues with her… the one thing that Cher and I actually have in common is that we are both mothers. But alas, I could not relate to her there either. Why didn’t she fight for her kid? Or feed him? And her childrearing in general left much to be desired.

Seriously, she was not a likable character.

How she was intimidated by a druggie and his crazy wife I’ll never know. But after reading soooooo many pages of self-deprecating inner monologues, I guess I should understand. Since I didn’t like her, I just didn’t notice.

Lastly, (for now,) the way Cher spoke was just wrong. It was like Freaky Friday in her home with her being this petulant teenager and her 10 year son handling everything. His voice was that of the adult and she was just happily remained a ridiculous woman-child.

Which brings us to…


Once again, I had no connection to him whatsoever. He was even kind of a loser in the past books. The guy who let a good woman get away while he sulked about his past. So why was I supposed to care about him now? The book opens with him pining for his ex while drinking his sorrows away. Obviously this is the perfect time to seduce him and hope for a relationship to grow. (There’s that great Cher logic fast at hand for you!)

And while I’m here, can I just state that every hero/heroine does not need a nick name. Merry? Really? At least it’s not Ham & Cookie this time.

Merry… and his mom’s death… and the darkness that plagues him. I can’t even… Didn’t I already read that storyline? Oh wait, was that his sister? I don’t know. I’m just going to blame it all on Mia, which seems to be the best way to dismiss things in this book.

Cher & Merry

I never saw the close friendship between Cher and Merry. The book started. They got drunk and hooked up. The next morning, she’s buying him coffee and hoping to talk about their relationship. There was nothing in the way of relationship development – unless you count a few weird conversations, but I’ll get to that.

Also, the sexy talk was silly and sophomoric – felt cheap. It certainly didn’t sound like two adults, friends who admired and respected each other. It was like teens who were seconds from dry-humpng just to get a release.


The Rest…

The exes… What the hell??? So Mia went from the girl everyone wanted Merry to reunite with to a horrible woman? And even the reasons she was supposed to be selfish horrible felt forced. Cher’s ex and his new wife? What was that? Let me tell you something, someone threatens to take my child from me? I sure as hell wouldn’t wallow in my own self-pity. This is the time you set pride aside and call in every favor you have and more. And how exactly can she question her friend’s allegiance? First of all, the book TELLS us over and over that they love this chick (regardless of what anyone felt in previous books – because in this book we don’t worry about past storylines,) and secondly, if they took her in after she was shacking up with their town serial killer, I am pretty sure they will back her in a custody battle. Apparently her character is A-Okay in the ‘Burg.

And did I read that correctly? She and Merry have a check and balance payment system to keep their favor to blowjob ratio fair? That sounds reasonable… and not at all like prostitution. Or a really immature way to be near each other without discussing your feelings. Either way, it sounds like a solid foundation for a relationship.

Frankly, I am a bit heartbroken. I loved this series so much and the last two books were not even close to the same caliber as the rest. I didn’t care about Merry and Cher in earlier books and I felt like KA looked around and thought, “Well, those two are left over.”

And why are all of her characters now suddenly involved in some sort of subculture or “taboo” lifestyle? Everyone happens to be a biker (or related to one,) or a stripper (or owns a strip club,) or a pimp, etc. I loved SOA as much as the next person, but I can’t figure out what Jax, Lyla and Nero are doing in my KA books. SMDH I mean, the magic that was KA started with women like Indie Savage. A girl, who owned a bookstore, loved rock and roll and was full of bravado… even when she shouldn’t have been. Lee was a bad boy turned good… except in the bedroom 😉 Although all different in some way…ish, I could relate to them and found their normalcy and quirkiness fun. If Cher was supposed to be darker, she missed the mark. I REALLY didn’t care for her character in the previous books and this book made it worse. She is a constant victim. She’s weak. And no amount of writing made me like her any more.

In conclusion, this book was definitely not for me. I know many loved it and I am so glad that they did. For me it felt like KA shoved everything in this last book. I was pretty sure that my obit was going to read: “DEATH BY DESCRIPTIONS – woman dies reading about how kick ass a couch was.” I was bored many times while reading. I skimmed at times. I didn’t want to. I wanted to love this book as much as others did.

I’ll always have Joe.

1 star for Joe being there. Pair it with a Fat Tire beer and dozen Hilligoss donuts. Cheers!

Buy the Series

For You (The ‘Burg Series Book 1) – http://amzn.to/1kBtTFD

At Peace (The ‘Burg Series Book 2) – http://amzn.to/1OXDi5u

Golden Trail (The ‘Burg Series Book 3) – http://amzn.to/1OXDj9o

Games of the Heart (The ‘Burg Series Book 4) – http://amzn.to/1kBu3wy

The Promise (The ‘Burg Series Book 5) – http://amzn.to/1kBucA3

Hold On (The ‘Burg Series Book 6) – http://amzn.to/1OXDqBR

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