Friday, June 7, 2019

Pat's Review: Holding Out

Holding Out by Serena Bell
Publisher: Jelsba Media Group (May 21, 2019)
Series: Returning Home, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

His friend's little sister has just asked him for a BIG favor. The trouble is, once won't be enough ... for either of them.

The answer has to be no, of course. No way Griff Ambrose is going to help Becca Drake solve her inexperience issues. Not only is she his friend's sister, but Griff doesn't do commitment--not since the day he came home from war to find his house empty and his wife gone.

But he can't get Becca's request--or pretty much anything else about her--out of his head. What can it hurt, anyway? If it's awkward afterwards, they can just avoid each other. Right?

Becca Drake has turned her life around, and she's proud of how much butt she's kicking. The shy girl with the self-esteem problem has been shown the door, and New Becca's in the driver's seat. There's just one more demon she has to exorcise. Her lack of experience is messing up her romantic life. Guys who might be okay with giving her a test drive act like they're being auditioned for marriage when they find out exactly what she's never done.

Griff is the perfect candidate to do the deed: He's her friend, he's hot as heck, and neither of them wants anything serious.

Then Becca's job goes belly up and she takes a temporary position at the veterans' retreat where Griff works. Now she and Griff can't stay out of each other's way--and their entanglement keeps getting messier--and hotter. Worst of all, it's getting harder and harder for Becca and Griff to lie to themselves about what they really want...  

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Pat's Review:

Griff Ambrose is a former Green Beret, working at a veteran’s retreat started by his best friends. The work is good, and they understand his occasional bouts of PTSD and help him work through it. While he has great friends, their spouses, and a family-like atmosphere around him, he wishes he could have the same. His dreams of family were shattered when he returned from deployment to find his wife, Marina, had emptied the house of all her things, a note left for him that she wanted a divorce. He still hasn’t recovered, and tends to do a lot of one night stands with no commitment in order to forget her, or at least try to.

Becca Drake is young beautiful woman living in Seattle, but since the salon she works for as a receptionist is closing, looking for a new job. Visiting her sister  and all her sister's friends always cheers her up, especially seeing Griff. She has a problem and she thinks he would be the perfect person to resolve it. She’s a virgin and wants to to move on with her life, and trusts Griff to be the perfect guy.....”one and done” as far as she is concerned. Griff is really attracted to her, but since her sister is one of his best friends, he thinks it would be a big problem. Becca understands, but really wants this done, and says she’ll find someone else. Griff was not going to let that happen!

Griff makes the whole experience perfect, but somehow one and done just doesn’t seem right. They spend more time together and realize maybe committing to another person might work. But the past creeps in and ruins Becca new found confidence.

A wonderful contemporary romance, can be a stand alone, but the series is a great read. The romance is sweet, lots of laughs, and an adorable little guy named Robbie.


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Source: eARC (author)

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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