REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe
Holding Fast by Jeanine Binder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
Prior to reading this book I didn’t realize it was part of the ‘A Love and Order Novel’ series. It is easily a stand alone book. I haven’t ready any of the other books in the series and wasn’t lost at all when reading this book.
Eli (Elijah) Walker is a NYPD detective. He meets Ainsley Barnett when she is victim of a crime in her father’s deli shop. She’s running the shop while her father is recovering from an injury. She is actually a full time writer (love that!). Eli shows he might have a little bit of an anger management issue going on when he hits the punk that is beating Ainsley. Truth is because of his childhood he has a really hard time dealing with men that beat up women.
Eli’s job is his life, through his work he has seen/dealt with some very ugly situations. He does not do relationships. He is a player. By the author’s description of him he is a seriously ‘hot’ alpha male.
Ainsley comes into the precinct to say Thank you to Eli and to offer both him and his partner, Leon a free tab for life in the deli. She is blond, shy and beautiful.
There is just something about her that pulls at Eli. He is absolutely captivated. Neither Ainsley or Eli have been in a mixed-race relationship before.
Ainsley has an ex-boyfriend that abused her and she is super cautious. Eli does talk her into going out with him and he can sense he needs to move really slow.
We travel along on Eli/Leon’s cases and on Ainsley’s book tour. The author does a great job in making you feel like your are right there seeing the story unfold.
Ainsley is being stalked and Eli does everything in his power to protect her but she still gets abducted.
I was so afraid for her and cheered so loudly for her when she was so tough and got herself free and was able to call for help.
Kudos to Eli for being strong for Ainsley and stepping back so everything could go by the book with the investigation.
He curbed his Alpha Male and proved just how much she meant to him.
I was surprised by how much ugliness bi-racial relationships still have to deal with in 2016. Good Job to the author for bringing some attention to this very tough topic.
I was into this book so much that I even cried at a wedding that was going on in the book. I, Seriously was into this book. The story line was great, it was ‘real’. I felt it was very, very well written.
If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars I would. It earned it! Great job Jeanine Binder! I’m a new follower of yours.