Review: Hold On by Kristen Ashley

Posted September 5, 2015 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!

Review: Hold On by Kristen AshleyHold On Series: The Burg #6
Also in this series: Hold On
on September 1st 2015
Pages: 641


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.

Review Hold On

Hold On KA

“Night, Brown eyes,”
“Night, baby,”

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 shit 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.

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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.”

I also reviewed the audiobook of Hold On, you can find that here.


About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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