Thank You For Holding

Thank You For Holding

by Julia Kent, Elisa Reed

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Having it all is a fantasy, right?

Carrie Shelton thought her boyfriend was too good to be true. Her best friend's brother? A guy who loved antiquing? Who cuddled on the couch while watching foodie YouTube clips and talking about artisanal spices? Who helped her accessorize her outfits?



So when he ran off with Kevin, the owner of an antique shop, right before his sister's wedding, Carrie's life went from fantasy to nightmare.

As maid of honor, she can't back out of the wedding. And her ex is the best man - but now he has his own best man.

She needs a date. Stat.

Enter Ryan. Sure, he's a hot male stripper at the O Spa where she works as junior designer, but he's a few years younger and just, you know -- a friend.

Perfect. She needs a friend more than she needs a boyfriend.

A weekend of playing her boyfriend so she can save face is a lot to ask, but for some reason Carrie doesn't understand, Ryan's all in. Enthusiastic, even.

Especially when it comes to physical displays of affection.

Public kisses turn to private confessions, and pretty soon, Carrie can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

Because if Ryan's just pretending he's in love with her, then why does the chemistry between them -- and between the sheets -- feel so real?

Carrie can't settle for almost, though. She's already done that. She's not putting her life on hold anymore.

Turns out Ryan won't, either.

He's holding out for more.

Thank You For Holding is a STANDALONE in the On Hold series. You do not need to have read book 1 in the series, but after reading about Carrie and Ryan's friends-to-lovers adventure, you'll want to. ;)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157471422
Publisher: Prosaic Press
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: On Hold , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 3,598
File size: 471 KB

About the Author

Since 2013, Julia has sold more than two million books, with four New York Times bestsellers and 19 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Kirkus Reviews called her bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire a "frothy, fabulous romantic comedy."

From billionaires to new adult rock stars and more, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes.

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Thank You For Holding 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
enticing story. Great story. Liked the characters.
BBarber 3 months ago
This was a very sweet love story with a little spice to it. I felt so bad for Carrie and Ryan. I knew that the story was going to be a good one. The road to getting there was great. The poor couple has no clue what is right in front of them. I loved seeing some of our friends from the other books. It was a nice surprise. Ryan's family is great. I hope Carrie and Jaymie really do continue their friendship. I think it was a good one. I know this had some sex in it but not as much as some books and it wasn't bondage type stuff. Perfect read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended..funny and sweet...!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your stories are so Awesome! I am loving the sweetness and laughing at the crazy good parts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a multi-read story. This is the one on your bookshelf that you always go back to. We all need Ryan in our lives. Now I have to go back to the hubby...
jbebout1295 More than 1 year ago
The authors really knocked it out of the park with this one! Thank You For Holding is a wild and sexy romp through the outrageously witty minds of Julia Kent and Elisa Reed. The plot is timeless and the characters are so real, raw, outrageously funny, and beautifully flawed. All of this makes them so damn relatable that you just can't help but become invested in their lives. This is a book full of life, love, and laughter that will keep you riveted from page one straight through to the last written word. One thing’s for sure. After reading this book, you will never be able to look at a Boston cream donut the same way ever again. I honestly just can't say enough good things about this book. I highly recommend it, and can't wait to read more in the series. *I was given an ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, these authors hit it out of the park! The plot line of pretend love really works for these two. And once again, there are scenes that make me laugh out loud, like Ryan and his burning police g-string!! These authors are a great writing combo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can a smart girl be more clueless when it comes to the men in her life? Finding out her perfect guy was playing the part of her boyfriend when he should have been kept in girlfriend status is a total shocker for Carrie and her world goes topsy turvey when her best friend Jake offers to play her boyfriend at an upcoming wedding. Comedy and silliness fill this whole story and I was laughing from start to finish when not sighing over Jake and the hot combustion they bring to each other. A great comedic romance of friends to lovers with lots of eye candy and goofiness included.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the On Hold series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Ryan has been in love with Carrie, since the first day they worked together. She was dating someone else, so he waited patiently for his chance. Now that it is here - he is afraid she will turn him down. Carrie has been disgusted with her life lately. First, her ex dumps her over the phone. Then, she has to attend her best friends wedding, where her ex will be there with his new man. Can she pretend her way out of this? This book felt a little whiny. I loved the characters. I enjoyed the humor, heat, and pace of the story. I was just very frustrated that the characters let so many things come before the love they supposedly have for one another. Just my opinion. I enjoyed the book overall. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Thank You for Holding is book two in the On Hold series but can definitely be read as a standalone. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would!! Carrie's life seems pretty perfect. She has a great job, a fantastic boyfriend, and awesome friends. Until her boyfriend breaks up with her over the phone and tells her that he's gay. Carrie is blindsided. Even if the blurb didn't tell you that Jamey leaves Carrie for another man, the clues were there before he came out but Carrie missed all of them. It seems that everyone except Carrie and Jamey's family were aware. After that bombshell, Carrie has to serve as maid of honor at her best friend's, his sister, wedding where Jamey will be the best man, with his new boyfriend as his date. Carrie is lucky to have Ryan, her best friend and coworker at O Spa, to rescue her from this disaster. Ryan has been waiting for his chance with Carrie since they met. He's been her friend for two years and he's ready to take it to the next level and is willing to have a fake relationship for a weekend to prove it. If only they can move from fake to real without ruining their friendship. I loved everything about this story. Carrie and Ryan have amazing chemistry and really are absolutely perfect for each other. Friends to lovers and fake relationships are some of my favorite stories and the combination of the two in this book was outstanding!! This book was hilarious, hot, and sweet. I never wanted the book to end and I am looking forward to the next one! *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
Britchick1548 More than 1 year ago
Loved the first one in this series - Our Options Have Changed - and this one didn't disappoint either. What could possibly go wrong when you've been with your boyfriend for the past two years, and he loves antiquing, to help you shop and accessorize your home and yourself and you're pretty sure that marriage will be the next step. Your boyfriend comes out as gay and runs off with Kevin, but as he's your best friend's brother you still have to stand opposite him in her wedding in a month's time. Enter long time "friend zone" friend, Ryan, who coincidentally happens to have a crush on Carrie, and let the games begin. This book is well written, funny and touching and just a joy to escape into. **I received an ARC in return for an honest review**
Shadowwolf36 More than 1 year ago
I'm calling these two one of my favorite dynamic duos. Julia Kent and Elisa Reed knock it out of the park with this second installment in the On Hold series. We ask ourselves from the beginning how Carrie can be so darned smart on the one hand and so oblivious and obtuse on the other. But as we know, in reality and in fiction, everything happens for a reason. Ryan is hot, hot, hot but who knew that under all that hotness was an insecure man. He and Carrie are the best of friends...truly best friends. Can they ever be more? Do either of them want more? You are about to find out. Carrie is has a devastating breakup and Ryan jumps in to help her out. How far will he go to help her see that she is so much more than she believes she is and worth so much more than she thinks? I laughed so hard at some points and cried real tears at others. This book has it all, sensuality, silliness, and seriousness.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Such a great late night, have a great escape before bed friends to lovers romance. Funny, entertaining and emotional journey in this awesome world created by these very talented story tellers. Carrie Shelton is smart, funny and slightly blinded when it comes to choosing boyfriends. Ryan is her best friend that is so in love everyone around them sees it except her. Their coworkers, friends and family are all so fun and real I really enjoyed getting to know them. I also loved the Camino appearances made by some of my favorite people in this series. Looking forward to the next adventure.
bonjovi01 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy of this book from Julia Kent....with that said...this duo has done it once again! I loved Carrie and Ryan's story! What do you say when your boyfriend of two years...the one you thought you would marry...tells you that he is gay...he is leaving with his new boyfriend and that he will always love you just not the way you want him to! As a result Carrie thinks she is broken and runs to Ryan to cry on his shoulder and prove to herself that she is not! Ryan loves her but she just doesn't see it because she just believes he is her friend...both need to open their eyes everyone else see it! Carrie has a problem she is in her best friends wedding as is her ex-boyfriend who is the brides brother! She doesn't want to go alone...hence the plan to go as "pretend couple"...Ryan is handsome, sexy and so very protective of Carrie...he sees her for who she truly is...beautiful, sexy and funny! If you have read any of Julia Kent's books you know that lots of things happen...funny things, sexy things and things that make you go awwww! I will not reveal any spoilers but will say that this book is a must read. I loved the first book in the series n"Our Options Have Changed" and could not wait for this book to come out! I want to say thank you Julia Kent for giving me the opportunity to read this book in advance of it's release. I can not wait for your next book with your partner in crime for this series Elisa two are great together!