Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

Pages: 236
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Robin wanted to win The Holdout, a cutthroat reality TV show, so she gave it her all, challenge after challenge. Then she fell for Grant, with his irresistible eyes and heartbreaking life story. But Grant was only using Robin as they competed for a million dollars. Once home, Robin wants to hide from the humiliation as episodes of The Holdout are aired, and she worries her family was right all along; she's not a survivor. Or maybe she'll have the last laugh Besides, Robin now has jury duty. And as she forges ahead, confronting her demons about bravery, justice, and romance, Robin will come to decide which is more important: the courage to stand alone, or the strength to love again. Laurel Osterkamp's award winning novels have been hailed as funny, intelligent, snarky and poignant. She is the author of four novels and two novellas, including the November Surprise series, which, like The Holdout, features the Bricker family. Laurel was recently on a federal jury, and she loves watching Survivor.

Kritters Thoughts:  A twist on the Survivor tv show with a behind the scenes view as the tv show is unfolding to the public and how this affects one of the females on the show, Robin.  Robin is on a show that is like Survivor and she has already filmed the show and has returned home to get back into the swing of things.

The best thing about this book is how it was told.  I loved that as Robin was getting back into a daily routine after leaving her life for the show, there were bits intermixed in the chapters where the show was being filmed and provided an on the scenes view.  I really enjoyed listening to how a reality television personality reacts and gets reactions from others as the show is on tv, but she knows what is to come next.  

I think most readers will enjoy this one.  It had heart and soul and kept me guessing at a few perfect moments!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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