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Review of Holding On

20 Apr 2013
Holding On


Living in London after spending almost twenty years in a town with a population of three hundred would be hard on anyone – and Alec Johnson is no exception to the rule.
When Alec followed Lexy to London, he knew his life would change drastically. He just didn’t know how much. With Lexy’s friends and admirer to contend with, he has to show there’s more to the country surfer boy than his ability to ride the waves. With his own shameless admirers, he has to keep Lexy’s trust – and despite her love for him, that’s no easy task.

Beneath her tough girl exterior, all Jennifer Mason has ever wanted to do is paint. London’s School of Art can give her that, and she couldn’t be happier she’s finally breaking free from Lilac Bay. What she’s not happy about is having to leave Carl behind – or his reluctance to visit her while she’s studying.
Their relationship is put to the test as living on her own for the first time and university take their toll on Jen. After all, three hundred miles is a long way to be away from your boyfriend when you’re eighteen years old.
And it’s even harder when you can’t keep your eyes off your best friend’s older brother.


Sometimes for me novellas don’t always work but I think Holding On definitely did. Rather than being a full standalone story it shows us Alec and Lexi’s move to London together and properly introduces feelings between characters that will be greater explored in future books. It works well as a transitional novel between Never Forget and the soon to be released sequel Always Remember.
This book is from 4 different points of view, Alec and Lexi with their sweet loving romance, and Jen and Bing with their love/hate relationship. Jen is one of my favourite characters in any book; fierce, protective and very smart mouthed. Her often hilarious comments keep the book very light and I loved her and Bing’s constant banter.
Not too much happens in this book and it only covers a short span of time but it works for the length of the book. There is a little drama in the book but it mainly introduces a few new characters and the relationship between Jen and Bing. For those of you who are anxious for the sequel of Never Forget this may help you wait a little longer.
I wanted to see more of the characters but after all thats what the next book is for! From the ending I am very excited to see what will happen in Always Remember which I have heard is about Jen and Bing.
*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*

About the Author

By day, bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion novel to the bestselling The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.
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Emma is currently running a giveaway for signed copies of some of her books, find out more here.


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