Blog Tour: Kristen Ashley's "Hold On (The Burg #6)."
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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.
Review: Jo Rushton
From the very beginning of this series, I have been hooked on "The Burgs". Each story has earned a special place in my heart, but this final instalment was my most favourite of all. I loved Cher and Merry's story so much. It was one that left me feeling all warm and gooey and now I just want to pack my bags and move to the Burg. Anyone else want to move with me? Lol.
Cher had been in love with hunky police officer Merry for a very long time, the problem was that it was an unrequited love. Merry had no idea of Cher's true feelings for him. After having the worst luck ever with men, poor Cher was desperate for a better life for both herself and her son, Ethan. She dreamed of her own loving family and all of the happiness that was brought with it. Sadly, it didn't appear that a fairytale ending was on the cards for her. Cher just wasn't that lucky. Merry also had his own fair share of bad luck when it came to love. Following his divorce, Merry thought that he too had lost his chance of having his own family, but after spending one hot night with Cher, his feelings began to change.
"What I want is more good times with you, Cher. I wanna fuck wild and
I wanna laugh hard, and while we're doin' that, I'm gonna look out for you."
Kristen Ashley always writes the best characters. I am sure that I have said this in every KA review that I have written, but it is so true. The characters from this series are the reason why I want to live in the Burgs. They are just so warm, friendly and loyal to one another. They are like one big happy family that I would love to be a part of. Cher and Merry were already part of this loving family, so I had met them before, however I loved getting to know them better in this story. Cher was a strong, sexy and courageous woman. After what she had been through, she truly deserved to get her own happy ever after. I so wanted this to happen for both Cher and her boy, Ethan and so when Merry came along Cher and Ethan's life instantly became brighter. Merry was the epitome of a KA alpha. Every good quality you could possibly think of he had it. His only flaw was that he didn't think a forever relationship was for him. This all changed once Cher was in his life. From their very first night together, Cher became his woman and I couldn't have been more happier for the pair.
For once in my life, I hoped, I prayed, I dreamed that
I was getting it right and this was what it seemed to be.
Something else that I loved about this story was Cher's son Ethan. That boy just stole my heart. He was like a mini KA alpha. Ethan was so loving and extremely protective of his Mama. I adored the relationship that they had and once Merry was in the picture, the three of them made the perfect little family. I loved watching Ethan and Merry's relationship grow. The love that this family shared overflowed from the pages. I was giddy for all three of them, so happy that they had found each other and things were going so well. Of course, I knew that Cher and Merry's story wasn't going to be drama free. I knew that there was going to be a OMG moment lurking around the corner. With Cher and Merry both having history, it was only a matter of time before their past would return and cause trouble. I just hoped that whatever that trouble was it wasn't big enough to destroy Cher and Merry's dreams.
We lay there together, connected, a girl who never allowed herself to dream,
lying on top of a dream come true.
Kristen Ashley has definitely saved the best till last with this book. Cher and Merry's story was such a beautiful one. It has truly captured my heart. As I said earlier in my review, I have loved all of the characters in this series so I absolutely loved the way in which the series ended. The epilogue gave "The Burgs" the most perfect ending, finishing the series so beautifully that I was close to tears as I read about every single Burg character, and how their future played out. It made me wonder if there would be a spin off series involving the younger members of the Burg family. I would love that so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen. I have loved everything about "The Burgs" and I whole heartedly recommend one-clicking the series today.
"Hold On" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.
Through this, my leg hit an end table and I adjusted. We cleared the couch, I shifted again too soon, both my calves hit the coffee table, and my ass went down on it.
I looked up. Cell flat to the table, I braced my hands to push up, but Merry was there, chin in his throat, eyes on me, and when he spoke again, his mind was clearly on my location.
“Tried to get your mouth on me more than once when we tore at each other up last Friday, but I was in the mood to use mine. Lookin’ forward to learnin’ what you can do with yours, but like I said, baby, right now, don’t got the time.”
My only response that he couldn’t twist was to glare at him, which was what I did.
“But got time before I go for a kiss,” Merry informed me.
“Only kiss I’ll give you is tellin’ you to kiss off,” I informed him.
“Who knew warm brown eyes like the ones you got could spark that kind of fire,” he muttered as if he wasn’t even talking to me.
“Step back,” I demanded.
“No,” he denied.
I continued to glare up at him, then I realized I was not the kind of woman who sat on her ass, glaring up at a man towering over her and pinning her in. So I stood, which put me smack in Merry’s space, my breasts brushing against his abs and up his chest on my way.
They kept brushing when he didn’t move back, but I didn’t attempt escape, even to get away from the shafts of electricity this all caused at my nipples, shafts that headed south.
I glared at him from closer.
He stared into my eyes, his gaze moving down to my mouth then back up as one side of his lips curved.
He was getting off on this.
I didn’t get that and I didn’t want to get that.
I wanted this done.
“In the mood to play, Officer?” I whispered.
“Told you, sweetheart, don’t got the time.”
I shook my head but held his gaze. “Not what I mean. Single mom, all alone. Switch out her storms. Offer info to help her out of a jam. Been a while since I was in the know about these things, so tell me, what’s the price for all that? You mentioned a blowjob. You got stamina, but I got talent. Balance that out, I’m thinkin’ it’ll take more than the usual ten, fifteen minutes. We’ll give it twenty. So I can manage my time, is there more?”
I wasn’t even done talking before I learned his eyes could spark fire too.
I also learned he was in the mood to play, that being, playing me at my own game.
And doing it better.
He dipped his face close, his voice low. “Storms get me the blowjob, brown eyes. I get the intel you need, that buys me sinkin’ deep in wet pussy.”
I felt my nipples get harder at the same time something else happened to me that, if he was of a mind to take his payoff right then, he’d get what he wanted.
I hid this reaction and asked, “You want this all in one go, or you wanna spread payback out for a while?”
“Keep plenty of time open, Cher. I intend to earn a fuckuva lot more and draw it out collecting.”
I nodded, still keeping a lock on his eyes. “I get it. Girl like me, only payback expected for me to be able to give.”
That didn’t get me fire.
That got me ice.
“I hear you talk down about yourself one more time, Cher, shit will get extreme.”
That made me ice over.
“Do not hand me that crap, Merry. You come into my home and got no problem talkin’ about wet pussy right to my face tells me the woman you know me to be.”
He dipped his face even closer, to the point it felt like if I blinked, my lashes would sweep his in a butterfly kiss.
“Do not hand me your shit, Cher,” he growled. “That hang-up is yours, not mine. And how I know that is I made you come just finger fuckin’ you and talkin’ dirty in your ear, and it was the talk and not what my fingers were doin’ that took you there. I like that, a woman who can let go and let me give her that without gettin’ uptight and closin’ down on me. You liked it too, a fuckuva lot more than me. So don’t stand there handin’ me your shit when I know you’re wet for me now and I haven’t fuckin’ touched you.”
I refused to reply to that because he was right and I had no intention of confirming that information.
But it was then he hit me with a verbal blow, the intensity of which, not in my whole shitty-ass life I’d ever received.
“Christ, if I didn’t know you were worth it, I’d walk out the door and this would be done—all we got, over.”
I could stand.
I could stare.
But I couldn’t breathe.
He could also speak.
“Hope like fuck no one takes off with those storms while I’m gone. You think they will, move ’em into garage and leave the key under the mat. I’m switchin’ ’em out, Cher. I come back tonight and they’re done, I’ll find you, and I won’t be collectin’. I’ll be dishin’ it out, but you won’t get it until you beg for it and do that shit for a really long time.”
His words were lost on me.
I continued to stand.
I continued to stare.
But my lungs had started burning.
If I didn’t know you were worth it…
“When’s Ethan’s next sleepover?” Merry bit out.
“Friday,” I whispered. “But his friend’s comin’ here.”
“Fuck,” Merry clipped. “Find a time, babe. You don’t, payback’ll stack up and I’ll have to take personal days and hole up in a hotel with you for a week. And there’s not a doubt that stick-up-her-ass church lady your ex tied his shit to won’t appreciate you bein’ gone from your kid for a weeklong fuckathon.”
That was kind of funny as well as hot.
I still said nothing.
Merry fell silent and stared at me.
Then he dealt the second biggest verbal blow I’d ever received in my life.
“Christ, you’re pretty, even standin’ there plotting my murder.”
After that, he lifted a hand, grabbed me gentle but firm at my neck, yanked me up so my mouth hit his hard but brief, then he let me go.
“Later, babe,” he said, strolling to my door. He stopped in it, turned to me, and bid his farewell by saying, “You touch those storms only to put them in the garage.”
He closed the door on that.
I stood where he left me.
If I didn’t know you were worth it…
What was I worth?
What was I worth to Merry?
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
Giveaway: x3 Ecopies of Hold On plus tons of swag