Hold On (The 'Burg, #6) by Kristen Ashley

Wednesday, July 20
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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. 

4 Stars for my girl Cher!


I'd like to preface my review by saying that, while I adore the way KA writes her men, and I want to eat her brain she's so creative, I have never been a full supporter of her heroines. I didn't expect this book to be any different, but sometimes I just get a craving for the kind of alpha-asshole meets bimbo barbie that only KA can satisfy.

There are notable exceptions - KA heroines that I adore. Hey, I can give credit where credit is due. 
Sylvie (Creed)
Carissa (Ride Steady) - who I love, love, love...
Lexie (Lady Luck) was divine
Josie from The Will (which I can't get a link for?)
Cassidy from Deacon
Olivia from Sebring...

I wanted to read The 'Burg series but spotted another weak heroine in one of the earlier books, so skipped them all until I got to this one. And I am so happy I started this series with Hold On!

Finally, another strong, unique heroine with a life, a personality, a spine, thought processes that go beyond her vagina, and the ability to string sentences together that don't just consist of whispering her man's name softly when he gets pissed at her. Actually, there is a chapter where this happens, and it had my blood boiling that KA would reduce one of my new favourite characters to that, but I pushed through it.

- Cher.
- Ethan! The cutest little man - loyal, funny, happy, and just overall adorable.
- Merry. KA reigns supreme with her alpha-male writing abilities. Though I do wish they knew how to use a pronoun in a sentence.
- Ryker, Colt, Mike, even Cutler played their parts really well.
- Any and all the family stuff that happened in this book, especially the Trent and Peggy storyline.
- Cher's mom.

- How Mia played out. Through what I read of her backstory, she was a good woman. She got hurt badly by Merry while he pulled away, and stuck by him for yeeeeeaaaaars. And in this book, she's been reduced to a spoilt brat, a wimp and a tantrum throwing psycho. Not cool.
- The sex scene where Cher flips out because Merry hits a trigger for her abuse. I can't explain what it was, I just thought the placement was bizarre, unecessary, and poorly timed.
- The scene in Tanner's office where Ryker explains how he's been playing matchmaker for Merry and Cher. There's a guy standing in the office, heartbroken because his girlfriend has just been murdered, and those 2 are having a giggle about Ryker playing cupid? description

Overall, a super fun read, pretty long for a KA book, great characters. Loved it.

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