Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Holding On (Memories # 1.5) by Emma Hart

Holding On (Memories, #1.5)

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.

This novella gives us a glimpse of the life of Alexis (also called Lexy) and Alec after the end of Never Forget, of some little problems with Lexy ex-friends, but we get to learn a little bit more about Jen, Lexy's best friend and also Bing, Lexy's brother.

This novella was sweet and funny, the main couple have some problems but they're strong so it's okay (I can hear "Us Against the World" by Westlife, if you've read Never Forget in the same series you'd understand ;-) ) . The funny part is the relationship between Bing and Jen and it's full of tension and full of funny and feisty lines, really, you never know what you can expect them to say to each other ! The author raised the topic about long distance relationship and I find that it makes the story even more realistic ! If I had to point out something, it would be the 4 POV writing, it's a little bit hard to read sometimes, but it's okay since it's a novella.
I really love Emma Hart writing style, fresh but real, not too descriptive !

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