Summary from Goodreads:
A city girl.
A small town boy.
A summer they’ll never forget.
Spending the summer at her Grammy’s in Lilac Bay, Devon, is city girl Alexis ‘Lexy’ Edwards idea of hell. That is, until she reconnects with her childhood friend, Jen, and meets Alec Johnson.
Alec is the kind of guy Lexy knows she needs to stay away from. He’s the village flirt, ridiculously hot and very dangerous to her self control. But there’s a problem – she can’t seem to keep him out, even though she knows he’ll break her heart.
As Alec slowly strips away Lexy’s defences and the two embark on a summer romance she never wanted, their feelings grow to more than either expected. But nothing lasts forever, and reality intrudes.
As her world is shaken to it’s core, Lexy’s self made prediction comes true when she discovers she’s spent six weeks surrounded by secrets. Kept out by her family and the only guy she’s ever trusted, she falls apart.
And when Grammy tells her that ‘you might not end up where you wanted to be, but you’ll always end up where you’re meant to be,’ she has to figure out if her meant to be is back home in London, or if it’s been in Devon the whole time.
My first confession: I am a sucker for summer romances and when you add in all things British, I’m totally on board. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a sweet and charming coming-of-age tale about a big city girl who has her world turned up-side-down by a small town boy.
When Lexy arrives in Lilac Bay the last thing she expected was to find a stranger in her Grammy’s garden. Especially not one as gorgeous as Alec. He’s charming, flirtatious, and completely full of himself and Lexy struggles to remind herself that she didn’t come to Lilac Bay to find a summer romance. In fact, Lexy didn’t even want to come to Lilac Bay.
Lexy makes it very evident from the moment we meet her that she isn’t interested in a summer fling and she finds her Grammy’s attempts to fix her up with Alec ridiculous. However, Alec has Lexy in his sights and he’s just not giving up.
So, I adore Alec. Yes, he has a pretty infamous reputation for being the town flirt but seriously, Alec is pretty sexy. He’s good looking, he’s witty, and he says all the right things. So it’s no surprise that despite Lexy’s insistence that nothing will EVER happen between them, she just can’t fight the attraction forever. And when Lexy finally gives in, let me just tell you, things get pretty heated and you really get to see just how sweet Alec really is. And Lexy was a really great character. At first I was a little apprehensive because she was so resistant to Alec but at the absolute perfect time she finally gave in. She wasn’t a tedious or annoying character which I can totally appreciate.
So let me just stop right here for one second.
I know, I know I’ve said I hate insta-love HOWEVER, this, my friends is different. It’s a summer romance and the entire point of summer romances is for a boy and girl to fall madly in love within a three month time span. So yes, their love story evolves quite rapidly but never fear, it works. It’s not just girl meets boy, girl falls head over heals in love with boy, boy is all that matters to girl. No. This book is so much more than that.
Now, let’s get back to the review. What’s this so much more I refer to? Well, this book not only follows Lexy and Alec as they navigate a budding and then blossoming romance but it includes family and friendships in a tangible way. Emma Hart let’s you get to know Lexy’s family. And let me tell you, her family is a riot. Grammy had me in stitches between literaly airing out someone’s dirty, pink laundry to not-so-subtly suggesting that Lexy get over herself and make Alec her boyfriend. Grammy was awesome. And then there was Bing. Dear God, did I ever love Bing. He was absolutely a phenomenal character. He definitely added comedic relief at the best times and the banter between him and his family was priceless. And then there was Jenn, Lexy’s childhood friend. I easily connected with Jenn the most. Her times of utter social inappropriateness were fantastic. And she definitely was a good friend to Lexy and Alec when they needed it. Not to mention she’s the kind of friend that will look you in the eye and tell you to put your big girl panties on and get over it.
There are so many other things I could say about this book but I don’t want to spoil it. I just loved this story. It was a quick read, despite it’s 300+ page length. This was a summer romance done right. It captured the essence of love, loss, and holding on to what really matters. OH and in addition to all these wonderful things, there are a few pretty hot scenes so just be warned now. (DISCLAIMER: This book really shouldn’t be read by anyone under 17 due to some sexual content). And grab your tissues because if you’re anything like me, you will need them.
I cannot wait to read Emma Hart’s next installation in the Memories series. I will be reviewing Holding On on April 20th as part of the blog tour celebrating its release!