Ok, so I didn’t know there’s going to be another book, and I’m so happy Bell decided to continue writing this series. There’s something about former army/navy/air force/ranger/anything getting their HEA that just does it to me.
Becca had initially hit on Nate, just when he started showing interest in her sister, Alia. Now, though, Becca is doing everything in her power to persuade herself that Griff Ambrose is just not for her. He’s a womanizer, can’t commit to a relationship, and while he’s gorgeous and exceptionally kind, a natural with his nephew and will do everything for his friends, she sees him as a good friend.
As she’s recovering from another failure of a date, where the guy rejected her for being a virgin, the brilliant idea that Griff should be her salvation, strikes. Needless to say at least one of them is sane. Griff refuses, mostly for fear of his life when Nate finds out. This is all happening as Becca also learns she must find a new job as the spa she works at is closing.
Griff is a handyman at Jake’s home for recovering veterans. He’s content living in his little room, ignoring (mostly) calls from his ex-wife asking he picks up his things from her basement. As well as ignoring just how insanely beautiful he thinks Becca Drake is. When she asks him to take her virginity so that her lack of experience won’t be a setback in her dating life, she stirred everything for him, and he is forced to agree when a fellow veteran (still very scarred) is hitting on her.
I just loved how their budding relationship helped them both to find the right path, both to recovery for Griff, and to adulthood for Becca. They each have a lot to deal with while they grow closer; Becca tries to show Alia she needs to let her make her own mistakes, Griff tries to come to terms with the fact that he is not getting back together with his wife. Though I think for him it’s mostly in his mind, as his heart belongs to Becca, even before he realizes that for himself.
Holding Out is a heartwarming, growing up and figuring stuff up type of novel. The story is captivating, romantic, sexy and fun. Grab a copy, you can read it as a standalone, though I do recommend you read the previous three books in the Returning Home series.
She’s done being a virgin. He’s willing to help her out. Only now he has a problem of his own: He can’t stop wanting more.
The answer has to be no, of course. No way Griff Ambrose is going to help Becca Drake lose her virginity. Not only is she his friend’s little sister, but Griff doesn’t do commitment—not since the day he came home from war to find his house empty and his wife gone.
But he can’t get Becca’s request—or pretty much anything else about her—out of his head. What can it hurt, anyway? If it’s awkward afterwards, they can just avoid each other. Right?
Becca Drake has turned her life around, and she’s proud of how much butt she’s kicking. The shy girl with the self-esteem problem has been shown the door, and New Becca’s in the driver’s seat. There’s just one more demon she has to exorcise. Virginity is messing up her sex life. Guys who might be okay with giving her a test drive act like they’re being auditioned for marriage when they find out she’s never had intercourse.
Griff is the perfect candidate to do the deed: He’s her friend, he’s sexy as heck, and neither of them wants anything serious.
Then Becca’s job goes belly up and she takes a temporary position at the veterans’ retreat where Griff works. Now she and Griff can’t stay out of each other’s way—and their entanglement keeps getting messier—and sexier. Worst of all, it’s getting harder and harder for Becca and Griff to lie to themselves about what they really want…