About THANK YOU FOR HOLDING
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?
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, Our Options Have Changed, but after reading about Carrie and Ryan’s friends-to-lovers adventure, you’ll want to. 😉
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This book was so cute!! Thank You For Holding is a friends to lovers romance. Ryan is a damn delicious male stripper at a place called the O spa, where Carrie also works. These two are so cute together, like seriously…relationship goals!!! Okay so Carrie has recently been dumped by her boyfriend, who also turns out to be gay, he also happens to be the brother of Carrie’s best friend. Ryan has bee struggling with his feelings for Carrie for a while. They work together and until now she has been taken. However, now she is a free agent, and she happens to need a date to her best friends wedding. Carrie and Ryan decide they can play the perfect couple for the weekend, but can feelings are tricky things…especially when you have been fighting them for so long.
Okay seriously I really liked this book. I LOVED Ryan, not only is he a super swoon worthy male stripper, but he is also smart and is a sweetheart. I mean come on that is like a girls perfect dream. Now, at some points he is a little stubborn and irritating…because come one seriously just.speak.up. and tell the damn girl how you feel!!! Even so I still absolutely adored his character and the way he was written. Carrie, is a female lead that is struggling with her own confidence. She is having to deal with the mental fall out of losing her boyfriend to another man. Carrie was real and relatable. I enjoyed her story and her journey to come to terms with herself, and being able to accept true love.
The writing in Thank You For Holding was done very well. It had a good pace and flow. These two also incorporated some humor into it which I enjoyed quite a bit. Thank You For Holding was real and heartfelt. It was a great story written and present well. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance. I definitely recommend checking this one out.
Overall rating: 4/5 stars
About 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.
About 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.