Author: Kristen Ashley
Source: Purchased on amazon
Book Links: Amazon ~ Good Reads
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.
It's always sad to see a Book series come to an end, but Kristen Ashley takes us out of the 'Burg in a fabulous way. That epilogue though!
Readers of the 'Burg series, have met both Merry and Cher from book one and seen as they went through hells of many forms and watched as their loved ones, friends and family alike, find their happily ever after. Finally its time for both of them to get their own. Only, as it always is, the road is bumpy and turmoil lies around the corner.
We saw in Golden Trail, the obstacles the Merrick family have faced up close and personal after their family trauma, but what we couldn't know was just how that trauma affected Merry. He's suffered alone, thinking one thing, but finally someone puts another spin on it for him and spurns a thought process that leads him to the truth; Things were not always what he thought and while he could have done better, he was not alone in the fault and/or blame.
Cher has felt many things in her life, not much of them happy, not all of them good. Above all, she's proud of the mother she is and the son she's raised. She can admit she's made mistakes and isn't always the best judge of character, but it isn't because she doesn't want to be differnet/better. Cher has a perception she's placed on herself because of the people from her past and how they acted and/or treated her. Merry hasn't done that and I think that's why she opened herself up to loving him even when she knew he couldn't see that in her.
Hold On was a wild ride with lots of twists and turns and bumps in the road, but at the end of it one thing remained, Love, Trust, and the belief that when you are with the one you are meant to be with, everything can work out. Cher and Merry's story was fantastic and though I will miss these characters, it was amazing to see them all in the epilogue and get little glimpses into all the goodness of their futures.
Five stars all the Way!!!!!