10 October 2013

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: Holding On To Love by A.E. Neal


There is always a moment in your life when you have to break up with the past in order to move on…

Allyson Monroe has everything she’s ever wanted out of life. She has a promising career, a brilliant best friend, and she’s engaged to the man of her dreams. In one heart wrenching moment, Ally’s perfect world is turned upside down. As she succumbs to the heartache and tragedy that has left her utterly devastated, Ally relies on her best friend’s support more than ever. Eventually, she begins to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and move forward. However, the one thing she can’t seem to repair, is the huge void left in her heart.
Local hockey star and bar owner, Brody McCabe, has had many titles bestowed upon him in his life — “Nice Guy” was never one of them. After a horrendous childhood, the only kind of love he seems to be capable of, is that of material possessions and his three staples — women, whiskey and wealth. Brody is completely unaware that the universe plans on handing him the hat-trick of a lifetime.
After a chance encounter, Allyson and Brody are baffled by the heated connection they have towards each other. Will they be able to overcome the tragedies of their pasts, or can they grasp and hold on to a new love and a future together?



Zac jumped up from the couch and grabbed her by the arm. She’s fucking that asshole? I thought to myself briefly before my question was answered.“Come on, sis. This is a night to celebrate! Brody just offered our band to play here exclusively for the next year. Fucking awesome, right?” Zac said.
Did I hear that right? Fuck me! She was his sister, hell yeah! She was his sister…oh shit! That would also pose a small problem. One I’m sure I can work through.
“Yeah…great. That’s awesome,” she said with a plastic smile.
Bit by bit, I could see my little project turning into an even larger one every time she spoke or glanced at me. I couldn’t quite put a finger on it last night, but something about her was all too familiar. My wheels turned as I tried to remember where I’d seen her or met her before and I kept coming up empty. It was going to drive me insane.

She leaned into her brother’s hug and I saw Zac whisper something to her. For a moment, I imagined her gripping me tight while I buried my cock in her. I smiled.

She cleared her throat and spoke loudly, “Alright, I’ll come. But can you put the dog out next time? I wouldn’t want to be exposed to any fleas…or STD’s, for that matter.”

What. The. Fuck? Did she really just direct that at me? Alright, Sweetheart. You wanna play that game? I’m all in.

I felt my heart race and let out an unnecessary growl before responding. “Well, excuse the fuck out of me. I don’t believe I’ve had the honor of making your acquaintance, Sweetheart,” I scoffed. “My name is Brody and I am the owner of this fine establishment.” I opened my arms wide to show her what exactly belonged to me.

Every-fucking-thing, Sweetheart.






When I first came across this book, it certainly got me interested. For a Debut novel, A.E Neal did a fantastic job for the first book of the series. 

A story about Ally, a Sassy Mouth journalist who is still grieving from the loss in her life however she comes across a Handsome Chap, Enters Brody. A Backass Hockey player from Phoenix. With each a dark past, these two are brought together that cannot be dismissed. This guy certainly made you feel bits you cannot lie. lol

The chemistry between these two was felt throughout the book. From Brody with his Bad Boy Ways and to Ally unsure of taking the chance to be with him? Can they fight through it all to be together? 

Ally's best friend, Kennedy, She was a trooper through it all to be Ally's Sidekick. She helps Ally through the hard times but also helps her to Move on and Take a Chance.

As always, the additional characters especially Kennedy were fantastic. As the best Friend you always wanted, I certainly felt she was one of my closest friends also. I believe they are sometimes the ones that also make a book amazing too. 

Love the build up to the end of this book to the point of when they finally to a moment, I screamed Thank you, FINALLY. lol 

We are left with wanting more at the end which the Sequal that will bring us hopefully more of Ally & Brody's untold story. I look forward to reading the next installment. 



A.E. Neal is the author of Holding On To Love. She began working on her first NA Romance novel in January of 2013, it is scheduled to be released September 23rd, 2013. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family and enough pets to start her own zoo. She enjoys crude jokes, new adventures, good friends and great stories.

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