Thank You for Holding by Julia Kent, Elisa Reed
Series: On Hold #2
Also in this series: Our Options Have Changed
on March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
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. 😉
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Thank You for Holding is a fantastic addition to this series, which I’m hoping will have many, many more installments.
Carrie has it all, the job, the friends, the boyfriend… even if she has a niggling at the back of her mind that something isn’t quite right, well… who needs sex anyway when you can cuddle and go antiquing with your guy? That is until her guy runs off with a guy. Cue in epic melt-down when you realize why you and your boyfriend shared skincare and hair products…
“Gay! I wail. “Jaime is gay!”
The phone goes silent, followed by a masculine sound I can’t quite describe.
“I know,” Ryan says, nonplussed. “You didn’t know?”
“No, I didn’t know! What do you mean you knew?” I’m shrieking. I know I shouldn’t shriek at Ryan, but Jaime isn’t here and Ryan has a penis. I need to yell at a penis.
Now let me get this off my chest, I think this is the first time in a romance I’ve hated a gay character’s guts. Like, if I met him on the street I would bitch slap the crap out him, hate. That was the most asshole break up phone call in the history of mankind. I demand that the ending of this book is rewritten so that he gets dumped by the guy… it’s only fair.
Moving on! Carrie’s problem now is that she is the maid of honor to her newly former sister in law and best friend. And her now gay ex is in the wedding party too. She needs someone to help her save face stat.
Ryan is one of O Spa’s master masseurs, the electrical engineer-geek turned tattooed man-hunk is the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. He’s been in love with Carrie for over a year and a half now, content in being her friend and spending whatever time they can together. With that asshat Jamie finally out of the picture he can make his move… only he friend-zoned himself so deep, he has no clue how to proceed.
Ryan sees his chance in the wedding and offers to be Carrie’s pretend boyfriend. Only, his plan is to show her how he really feels and how good they can be together with one weekend filled with PDA and sexy shenanigans.
I really liked Carrie, although she was a people pleaser and sometimes this meant people took advantage of her, she was so sweet, nice and caring that you couldn’t help but love her. She was seriously in denial regarding her feelings for Ryan, and I wish she’d been a little more confident in her own instincts.
“How does a man taste like all my dreams in one hot, warm, wet tease?”
Ryan was dreamy. While he was a couple of years younger than Carrie, this didn’t come through at all. What I mean is that it didn’t really bother me. He was charming, considerate, loving… a totally fantastic guy on top of being tattooed sex on a stick. Now, I can’t say I didn’t struggle with his lack of decisiveness when it came to his handling of Carrie… at some point, I was hoping he’d just take Zeke’s advice and throw her over his shoulder. Then again, he was such a sweet guy I couldn’t help myself but sigh after him.
Now I really need to compliment this duo on their writing, I seriously don’t like it when the main issue of a couple is lack of communication and misinformation. I mean, it drives me in-freaking-sane when this happens, but in this instance, I was so engaged with the story, the characters and everything going on, I just couldn’t put the book down and didn’t care a rat’s ass where their conflict stemmed from.
My only complaint regarding Thank You for Holding is that it doesn’t include an epilogue. I mean… (insert pouty three-year-old face with tear-brimming eyes here) I need to know what happens after, I need to see the wedding, or the house together…or the babies…. I NEED THE BABIES!!!! But even without this most vital part of the story, I enjoyed the crap out of reading it and hope for many, many more books to come.
Rating: 4+ “Nice guys make sure nice girls don’t finish last *wink*wink*” Stars
About Julia Kent
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.
About Elisa Reed
Elisa Reed is a journalist-turned-fiction-writer whose snappy, irreverent prose combines with an irrepressible zest for the simpler, and often intimate, pleasures of life to produce fun(ny) contemporary romance with a focus on second chances. New England born and bred, Elisa Reed now lives, writes, and plays in New Orleans and along the sugar sands of the Gulf Coast.
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