Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Release Blitz: Thank You for Holding - Julia Kent & Elisa Reed




Title: Thank You for Holding
Series: On Hold #2
Author: Julia Kent & Elisa Reed
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2017

Blurb

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?

Right.

Fantasy.

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. ;)


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Review

I swear it probably sounds like burning rubber whenever I’m glancing through blurbs and read “friends-to-lovers” because I just mentally brake.  Then I just have to read the book.  It typically gets me into trouble.  My TBR is a mile long because I’m always putting books on the back burner to read this trope.  Take for instance Thank You for Holding—a friends-to-lovers book that I couldn’t resist getting my greedy little hands on.  In the end though, it left me feeling kind of meh.

Carrie’s clueless, cute, and sweet.  She apparently doesn’t see what’s right in front of her because she misses clues that one, her boyfriend is gay and two, her work best friend is in love with her.  But despite that, she’s a pretty likeable character.  Ryan is sexy, reluctant, and smarter than people give him credit for.    These two had some really cute moments together but the chemistry wasn’t overwhelmingly passionate.  At times, their mutual obliviousness annoyed the heck out of me to the point I wanted to toss my Kindle.

The character development was okay.  They both had insecurities but neither was complex.  And in the case of Carrie, her insecurities seemed to be brought up a lot.  At some point a girl’s got to realize she’s got a hottie in her bed so therefore she’s beautiful right?  Her constant insistence that she was a 4 was part of my annoyance factor.  There is a little bit of drama but it’s not over the top and it works with the storyline.


Overall, a cute and light read.  It’s probably not something I’ll re-read in the future but if I’m between books I’ll look up the authors again.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J



Excerpt

RYAN

“How’s Jamey doing?” I ask. I don’t give a rat’s ass about him. Talking about anything that will deflate my ever-growing boner is my goal. Think about Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Ken Bone. Betty White.

Perfect. Deflation sequence activated.

“Jamey is so sweet!” Carrie gets that weird look again. Her eyes fill with a mild form of panic, which fades quickly, leaving her chewing on a pen cap. “He got us tickets for a holiday concert and just stopped by with my favorite coffee.”

“Nice. But every guy should do that for the person they’re dating.”

“Really?” She looks so surprised. I hate that she looks so surprised.

“It’s pretty basic Dating 101 stuff, Carrie.”

“Like you know anything about dating,” she lobs back at me. “You haven’t had a girlfriend since I met you.” She walks into her cubicle and nods for me to follow.

My heart just got decimated by a SCUD missile. I can’t look at her. I follow, then pick up one of the metal balls on her Newton’s Cradle and let it clack against the others. The force shoves the ball on the other end to strike out in an arc.

“Well, you know…”

She snorts. “Yeah, I know. Why settle for one woman when you can have a taste of so many?”

I’m not sure when she got the idea that I’m some kind of playboy Casanova manwhore. That’s Zeke. But no matter what I tell her, she doesn’t believe me.

“Right.” Our eyes meet and I can’t breathe. You spend years pretending and hiding your feelings and when those little slivers, fractions of time that don’t show up on a clock, protrude through your facade, you take them as they are.

Real, raw, and so hard.



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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.

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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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