Friday, March 31, 2017

Book Review: Thank You For Holding by Julie Kent and Elisa Reed



Thank You For Holding
Author: Julie Kent and Elisa Reed 
Series: Book 2 in The On Hold Series
Pages: 300 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Links: Goodreads // Amazon
Overall Rating: 3.5/5


eARC provided by publisher
Plot Summary:

Having it all is a fantasy, right?

Carrie Shelton thought her boyfriend was too good to be true. Her best friend's brother? A guy who loved antiquing? Who cuddled on the couch while watching foodie YouTube clips and talking about artisanal spices? Who helped her accessorize her outfits?

Right.

Fantasy.

So when he ran off with Kevin, the owner of an antique shop, right before his sister’s wedding, Carrie’s life went from fantasy to nightmare.

As maid of honor, she can’t back out of the wedding. And her ex is the best man - but now he has his own best man.

She needs a date. Stat.

Enter Ryan. Sure, he’s a hot male stripper at the O Spa where she works as junior designer, but he’s a few years younger and just, you know -- a friend.

Perfect. She needs a friend more than she needs a boyfriend.

A weekend of playing her boyfriend so she can save face is a lot to ask, but for some reason Carrie doesn't understand, Ryan's all in. Enthusiastic, even.

Especially when it comes to physical displays of affection.

Public kisses turn to private confessions, and pretty soon, Carrie can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

Because if Ryan's just pretending he's in love with her, then why does the chemistry between them -- and between the sheets -- feel so real?

Carrie can't settle for almost, though. She's already done that. She's not putting her life on hold anymore.

Turns out Ryan won't, either.

He's holding out for more.

Thank You For Holding is a STANDALONE in the On Hold series. You do not need to have read book 1 in the series, but after reading about Carrie and Ryan’s friends-to-lovers adventure, you’ll want to. ;)

My thoughts:

So let me be honest, I didn't really start to get into the book or enjoy it until about 40% in to it. I really liked Ryan (the male lead) from the start, but I had a difficult time connecting with Carrie (the female lead). Between her apparent obliviousness and lack of self esteem (which would be ok and understandable even if a basis for it had been explained), it was just hard for me to like her. However, once we get to the pivotal wedding weekend, the story really picked up and I started to like her more.

One of my pet peeves in romance novels (and yes, I know it's a popular and useful tool and plot point) is miscommunication/lack of communication. I HATE it when grown people don't talk to each other about their feelings or what's going on in their lives, especially when they are willing to talk to everybody else about what's going on. That happened A LOT in this book. There were also several occasions where both Ryan and Carrie received good, sound advice from the supporting characters and they either point blank dismissed it or ignored it. That was a little bit frustrating for me. But I digress.

Rating

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts:

In general, I really did end up enjoying the book. I'm glad that I pushed through to see how everything turned out. So many other characters were mentioned that I do want to go back and read Our Options Have Changed (On Hold #1) - maybe it will shed some light on the interactions in Thank You For Holding and I'll appreciate some of its nuances a little more. Overall, I give this 3.5 out of 5 wine glasses.

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