In Holding On we meet mountain climber, Conrad, and search and rescue dog trainer, Kenzie. There’s a lot of cute dogs and sweet romance in this one.
HOLDING ON by Pamela Clare
Publication Date: June 28, 2018 Genre: Romance Source: NetGalley Purchase: Amazon Length: 335 pages Story Rating: 4/5 Romance Rating: 3/5
Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey—until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He’s the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He’s barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can’t say no.
Kenzie Morgan’s life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It’s not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she’s unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he’s hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more—and now she’s risking her heart to heal his.
Oh my goodness, this book was a treat! I’ll tell you about that in a moment.
Right now though, let’s enjoy the cover. The first time I saw this cover was on Twitter, with #ButtDimples. I always appreciate a good set of butt dimples on my men, so I absolutely loved this one. Sadly, I sometimes endeavour to have a work-safe blog, so you’re going to have to find your own pictures this time.
Oh my goodness, this book was a treat! I’d barely even made my way through the prologue when I decided this book deserved 5 stars. When I read reviews of fantasy novels, people often talk about world building. The prologue takes place on Mount Everest, an environment as foreign to me as most fictional worlds. Through the perfect combination of words and immaculate descriptions, I was right there with Conrad and his climbing buddies.
I’ve never had a desire to climb a mountain, so I’ve never given much thought to what it would be like up there. Honestly, it sounds terrifying. Then the unthinkable happened and my hard limit of never climbing a mountain was solidified that much more. My heart was racing and I was having all sorts of feelings for poor Conrad, and the tragedy he experienced.
While the prologue may have been the most impressive part of the book as far as I’m concerned, but the rest of the story didn’t disappoint. There was a genuine story of loss, heartbreak, and healing with a healthy dose of suspense toward the end.
Now, it’s time for my favorite part, the steamy bits. The sex was hot, without being overly graphic. However, this was a romance novel, the focus was on the couple falling in love, not their expression of it.
We also get a very healthy dose of a big strong man cuddling with a puppy. Does that make anyone else swoon? It gets me every time. Conrad is absolutely book-boyfriend material.
Kenzie is an awesome female lead. She’s strong and doesn’t need a man to save her. She is also a search and rescue dog handler, talk about an awesome career.
Holding On was a wonderfully engaging read. I was absolutely hooked from the first page and stayed up much later than I should have reading just one more chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a love story that’s a bit different from the norm. This book wasn’t like anything I had read before.