Review: “Holding On” by Sarah Hadley Brook

TITLE: Holding On
AUTHOR: Sarah Hadley Brook
COVER ARTIST: Written Ink Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 263 pages
RELEASE DATE: Novembre 25, 2017
PRICE: $6 e-book


Eighteen-year-old Aaron Pickard is dealing with a lot: he’s falling for his straight best friend, his mother has ended up in the hospital after a violent assault by his father, and he’s trying to decide when to come out. Tack on the stress of an upcoming prom and graduation, a part-time job, and the possibility he could lose his best friend, and he’s an emotional wreck.
Aaron’s best friend Jeff Leaton provides a soft place for him to fall when his life is thrown into chaos, literally holding him each night as they fall asleep. As Jeff helps Aaron navigate through the mess that has become his new normal, Aaron’s feelings for Jeff intensify.
Aaron’s pretty sure it’s all going to end badly, but he’s holding on to hope.

Aaron is 18 years old, he’s a senior, and he’s 2 months from his graduation.
He’s also gay but never told anyone. Not to his family with a violent man as father and not his best friend Jeff, he was too afraid to lose him.
When Aaron is confronted with the worst thing that could have happened in his life, he finds Jeff is there for him, being his rock and his anchor. Aaron realizes that his feelings for his best friend are more than just friendship, but does Jeff want the same thing?

I liked this book.

Aaron lives something awful, and he’s lost, and without Jeff, he would have never survived. He’s also confused about his feelings for him.
Jeff is perfect, no! Really; the guy is 18 years old, and he’s absolutely perfect. He is completely devoted to Aaron, and madly in love with him. Only Aaron doesn’t see it.
That’s what bothered me a little through my read. I understand that Aaron is lost and confused. I also understand that sometimes we can be blind facing a situation. But here, sometimes it was too much, way too much. And I may or may not have cursed and yelled at them.

Because if Aaron is blind, Jeff can’t talk. The guy has the ability to always say things that come out completely the wrong way.
But even if, at some point, it was too much and annoying, I really loved these 2 love birds. I really loved them, because they were perfect together with all their imperfections. And when they figured out their reciprocated feelings, I completely melted for them.

The book isn’t perfect, but it’s not what really matters because the plot was good and well written.
I had tears in my eyes more than once, and when authors can give me tears, smiles or want to scream, it’s meant that they make me feel something.

It’s easy to write plenty words and sentences. But the most difficult part is to give emotions to a perfect stranger who reads your words and sentences, in my opinion.
Here the author gave me those emotions.
I happily recommend this book. It’s a sweet book, it can be for a young adult like our heroes, but there’re graphic scenes sex (really good by the way), so I advise you to offer this book to the 17 and over.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for them

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***


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