Title: Holding Out
Author: Lila Rose
Series: Hawks MC #1
Release Date: December 4, 2013
Not everything is roses, chocolates and vibrators in Zara’s life…until Talon, Hawks MC President, wants to claim her as his.
Zara Edgingway is a twenty-six-year-old secretary. She has a daughter that apparently knows-it-all and a best friend that could possibly have the mouth of Satan, but she’s been with her through hell and back. Then there’s the hunk’a’licious biker neighbour finally showing interest in her.
If only she isn’t about to face her next obstacle in life, the one she ran from six years ago: her ex husband.
Talon Marcus is the president of the Hawks Motorcycle Club. For two years he’s had his eye on the quiet, reclusive, yet sassy, neighbour Zara. Finally, he has the chance to claim her as his woman. Just when her past catches up with her, she’ll need, not only his protection, but the help from his biker brothers.
Now, if only she’d stop fighting him along the way.
Holding Out is a promising start to what is sure to be an entertaining MC romance series. Lila Rose has written a vivacious cast of characters that made me laugh and fall in love. Talon and Zara are an interesting pair, pushing each other’s buttons at every turn with an chemistry that is undeniably explosive. Zara and Talon’s relationship happens quickly and while we know they were neighbors for a couple years during which time their attraction built, we didn’t get experience it in a way that would have laid the foundation for their relationship. Their whirlwind relationship aside, Talon and Zara are both incredibly stubborn, which results in some very amusing banter. Laden with innuendos and colorful language, Holding Out is nothing short of entertaining.
“By all means, Deanna, don’t get up. There’s going to be one hell of a fight. All. Because. Of. Me. But just sit back and enjoy the show, Deanna. Want some popcorn?”
Talon is the definition of alpha male – gruff, possessive, demanding, hot blooded, and protective. As MC president he has a slew of alphas at his command resulting in both intense and hilarious moments with Zara and the argumentative Deanna. I definitely would have liked to know more about Talon. I felt like I didn’t really have any idea what his past held and how he got to be where he was with the MC. The lack of information limited the depth of this character and kept me from really connecting with him. Zara, on the other hand, had a little bit more substance. She had some significant demons in her past and her resultant distress was apparent, giving the story emotional weight. Her relationship with Deanna and their obviously deep understanding of one another added to Zara’s sense of dimensionality and made her a little bit easier to invest in.
“And sure he’s as bossy as a shithead sometimes, but you’ve gotta look at his good side as well. Okay, it may be hard to find, and you have to really squint your eyes to see it, but it’s there and I kinda like it.”
Holding Out was fast paced and full of potential. I loved the dynamic between the Hawks MC brothers, their loyalty and no-questions-asked attitude made me smile, as did their silent respect and love for one another. I hope as this series progresses, we’ll get to explore the club more and dive deeper into what makes the Hawks MC click. Zara’s past returning to threaten everything she’d built for herself leant itself to moments of suspense and unexpected twists that kept me on my toes. The best part of this book for me was the secondary characters. Deanna and Julian especially brought so much humor to Holding Out. Their inability to filter their thoughts and Deanna’s feisty spirit had me constantly laughing. I’ll definitely try out the next book in the series, particularly since it’s Deanna’s story. I look forward to seeing Lila Rose grow as an author and I’m curious to see where she plans on taking this series.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Hawks MC series:
Climbing Out (Hawks MC #2)
Finding Out (Hawks MC #2.5)
Black Out (Hawks MC #3)
No Way Out (Hawks MC #4)
Coming Out (Hawks MC #4.5)