Hold On : The 'Burg

  • by Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by Erin Bennett
  • Series: The 'Burg
  • 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 from. 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Very good addition to the series :)

4 stars

This was a very good story. I wasn't sure if I'd like Cher and Merry as a couple but once I started reading I found that I really like them together.

Cher has had a rough life but has made the best she could out of what she has. Cher got pregnant at a young age by her boyfriend who then took all her money and ran out on her. She didn't have much so she became a stripper in order to give her son, Ethan, the best life she could. Then she fell for a man that she thought was good but ended up being a serial killer (see book #1 in the series, For You). While that sucked, she found friends and a better life as a result but she didn't have a man and figured she'd never be lucky enough to actually find a good man that would love her.

Merry is a police officer and the brother to Rocky (the heroine from book #3, Golden Trail). He was married but divorced his wife, Mia due to some issues left over from childhood trauma. The whole town thought that Mia was Merry's "one" and many thought they'd eventually get back together.

When the story begins, Merry is in J&Js (a bar that Cher works in) drinking after hearing that Mia is engaged to marry another man. Cher is working and her and Merry are friends and have been for years. She is supportive of him and makes him realize that maybe the issues with his Ex weren't all his problem and maybe they weren't such a perfect match after all. As a result, they end up spending a night together and have a night of awesome sex. The problem is that Merry thinks that Cher will be ok going on as just friends (and I wasn't too happy with Merry because of how he handled things at first). Cher has loved Merry for years but is sure a "woman like her" won't get more so she tries to be the best friend she can be to him.

Something changes though and Merry decides that maybe he wants more with Cher after all...the problem now becomes that Cher is stuck in the mindset that Merry only wants her for sex and nothing else. Merry ends up having some problems trying to get her to believe they could have more. With some time and a good amount of effort, Merry gets in there but it's not easy and they both are broken in certain ways so they have to work hard not to screw things up between them. Their situation isn't helped by (among other things) the fact that when Mia realizes that Merry is moving on, she's not happy about it and does her best to impede their growing relationship. Regardless of their issues (both internal and external) Merry and Cher do their best to work through things together and make things work between them. They have some drama and a bit of danger to deal with but in the end, they get their HEA together.

I enjoyed this story very much. I really liked Merry and Cher together. As secondary characters in previous books, I liked them alright but I wasn't as excited for their book as I have been for others. Once I got the feel of them together, I found that I really liked them as a couple and was rooting for them to get their happy ending. While not perfect, the story was pretty good and gave a good platform for Merry and Cher's growing relationship. I'd recommend this story. :D
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- Malinda

I seriously Cannot Love Kristen Ashley Books More

You know when you hear about a book or movie coming out and get are really excited because you are sure it is going to be something you enjoy. Then when if finally comes out, there is a bit of apprenetion because you are not sure it will live up to all the expectations you have set. Well I am here to say, I did that for this book and it still exceeded my expectations, and the bar was really high. This is a repeat list for me for sure. I savored this book, since it is the last, and in some ways my favorite of the 'burg stories. I highly recommend this one and anything else with Kristen Ashley's name on it. You cannot go wrong here.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios