[ARC] Review #21: Hold On


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Young… 

Autumn O’Dea has always tried to see the best in people while her big brother, Killian, has always tried to protect her from the worst. While their lonely upbringing made Killian a cynic, it isn’t in Autumn’s nature to be anything but warm and open. However, after a series of relationship disasters and the unsettling realization that she’s drifting aimlessly through life, Autumn wonders if she’s left herself too vulnerable to the world. Deciding some distance from the security blanket of her brother and an unmotivated life in Glasgow is exactly what she needs to find herself, Autumn takes up her friend’s offer to stay at a ski resort in the snowy hills of Montana. Some guy-free alone time on Whitetail Mountain sounds just the thing to get to know herself better.

However, she wasn’t counting on colliding into sexy Grayson King on the slopes. Autumn has never met anyone like Gray. Confident, smart, with a wicked sense of humor, he makes the men she dated seem like boys. Her attraction to him immediately puts her on the defense because being open-hearted in the past has only gotten it broken. Yet it becomes increasingly difficult to resist a man who is not only determined to seduce her but adamant about helping her find her purpose in life and embrace the person she is. Autumn knows she shouldn’t fall for Gray. It can only end badly. After all their lives are divided by an ocean and their inevitable separation is just another heartbreak away.

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Hold On is a book I saw coming and had been waiting for. However, after reading this book, I was a little let down with the plot and the writing.

Autumn–the sister of Killian in As Dust Dances–is the main character in this novel. I was really interested in having a perspective from her because she seemed like one of those background characters that we needed a better backstory on in ADD.

Though, as I began reading, things began to pop out that I didn’t like. For example, at the beginning of the novel, we had this huge introduction to Skylar Finch from Young’s last book. And while it’s always great to recap and give us a bit of a reminder who people are, I don’t think it’s necessary to make this twelve-sentence paragraph explaining who she was.

On top of that, there were a few places throughout the novel where there was overused repetition that just popped out like a sore thumb and became more annoying as more and more of them popped up. An example of one of these was when it was explained that Autumn loved spas. Now, this was in multiple sentences, in multiple paragraphs, and it went on for a page and a half–a little too much, right?

Another point in the novel was that Autumn stated that she wasn’t looking to rush into a relationship any time soon. Yet, later in that chapter, she literally begins to fall for a guy she just met and talked about how she was and wasn’t anti-men. It almost seemed like she couldn’t make up her mind, and it was starting to get really annoying how it was constantly brought up in those first few chapters.

All in all, I think–while the characters did develop a little more than expected and the plot was decently put in place–there were still so many problems with this novel. For this, I rate Hold On 2.5 stars.

Though this may have not been the novel for me, it may be for you–so don’t cancel it out entirely. Samantha Young usually doesn’t disappoint, but this novel was a little bit of a let down for me.

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81DoYcH0hJLSamantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th, 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s YA contemporary novels The Impossible Vastness of Us and The Fragile Ordinary are published by Harlequin Teen. Her next adult contemporary romance As Dust Dances releases August 7th, 2018. It follows the story of homeless ex-pop rock star Skylar Finch and the ambitious Scottish A&R Exec Killian O’Dea who shakes up life as she knows it.

Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection. To learn more head on over to her website https://authorsamanthayoung.com.

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