Holding On Blog Tour Stop: Book Review + Excerpt!

Author: Emma Hart

Publisher: Emma Hart

Release date: April 15, 2013

Rating: 3.5 stars – I REALLY LIKED IT!

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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.


I always like reading e-novella’s because it gives us all a bit of extra scenes with characters that we love. Holding On begins after the events of Never Forget, where Alec follows Lexy to London because he can’t bear the thought of being away from her. Their relationship is put to the test as they both have a string of admirer’s, which cause their loyalty and love to be questioned.

I had a bit of difficulty with Alec and Lexy’s relationship. I just wished that Lexi’s ex wouldn’t have been such a pivotal and serious matter in their relationship. They both love each other and we see that as a reader, wholly and entirely. Ugh. I just dislike it when there is an increment of doubt. I just wanted to hit both of them with some sense and scream YOU LOVE EACH OTHER. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!


We also have the relationship between Jen and Bing develop. After moving to London to go to Art School, Jen’s relationship with her boyfriend Carl is shaky and uncertain. Through all that trouble, Bing is by her side. I loved their carefree banter, which made me giggle because it was just oh-so-cute!

Alec, Lexy, Jen, and Bing are all central characters who have their own p.o.v’s. I’ve read books with various point of views and I like them a lot because you get to be inside their head and see the difference between their speech and thought. With that said, all the character’s had their own tone of voice and personality. I never felt like I was reading the story from one or two people, which sometimes occurs. It’s difficult to master point of views, but Hart captures them with ease.

Once again, Emma Hart captured my heart with Holding On. It was a quick and fun NA (New Adult) read, leaving it wide open for it’s continuation in the next book in the series, Always Remember. I loved how the story just follows the characters, each having their own experience and adventure in London. Since it’s an e-novella it was shorter than a standard novel and I wished there was more!



She throws a grape at my head, giggling. I gasp in mock shock, and she freezes. One side of my lips curl upwards. She shakes her head and steps backwards.

“I’m sorry. I was aiming for the, errrr, television,” she hedges.

I run forward, and she squeals. I grasp her round the waist, tickling her. She cries out as I pull her towards the sofa. We both fall onto it, me leaning over her.

“Stop tickling me, please,” she begs, writhing and wriggling beneath me.

“Fine.” I rest my hand against her side instead, pressing my lips to hers. She stops moving for a second. She grazes her teeth along my bottom lip, sucking it into her mouth. I growl a little deep in my throat, feeling the movement all the way down to my dick.

She fists a hand in my hair, holding me against her. Her other hand grips my back, and she loops her legs around mine. I lower my hips until they’re pressing against hers, my tongue slipping between her lips. She whimpers when my hips meet hers, her body tensing slightly under mine. I run my hand along her side, down her thigh, and back up. It creeps beneath her top, making contact with the hot skin waiting there.

I hear her intake of breath at the exact same time there’s a knock on the door.

About Emma Hart

Author Photo (1)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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