Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

5 Star

Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story. But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she's not a survivor. Or maybe she'll have the last laugh Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I wish that every book was as easy and enjoyable to read as The Holdout. I am certainly very happy that I read it and it definitely gave me a different perspective on what the life of someone on reality TV must be like.

I think one of the biggest strengths of this book was the fact that the characters felt very realistic. I might even dare say that they were some of the most realistic characters I have had the pleasure to read in the past while.

I can't say that I am a fan of reality TV; quite the opposite in fact but this book was written in such a way that I found myself rethinking that stance and debating whether or not I should give those type of shows another shot.

I really loved how the story moved back and forth from past and present almost seamlessly. There were no times that I felt confused by the transitions or off balance because things were unclear. The story was well paced with absolutely no parts that dragged on which I find very rare these days.

I think it is a credit to this author that everything seemed to flow well, the characters felt like friends or someone I knew and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I also totally agreed with how the story ended and wasn't disappointed with things being tied up in too pretty a bow at the end.

This was my first book that I have read by Osterkamp but it definitely won't be the last!

Thank you to Laurel Osterkamp for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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