Holding On

Holding On

by Pamela Clare

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A hero barely holding on...

Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey--until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He's the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He's barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can't say no.

The woman who won't let him fall...

Kenzie Morgan's life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It's not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she's unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he's hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more--and now she's risking her heart to heal his.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162025016
Publisher: Pamela Clare
Publication date: 06/28/2018
Series: Colorado High Country , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,406
File size: 686 KB

About the Author

USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, Clare was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. A single mother with two sons, she writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Visit her website and join her mailing list at www.pamelaclare.com.

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Holding On 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed all the books in this series but this is my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspense, romance, humor...this book has it all!
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
This was another great addition to the Colorado series and can be read as a standalone. This is Harrison's and Kenzie's story and it grabs you and it keeps you holding on until the last page ( I was disappointed with how quickly it ended but that was purely selfish on my part because I wanted more). It was a very emotional story and more than once I had tears in my eyes; the pace of the story was good, the character development in depth, the storyline intriguing with a few twists added in and the sexual chemistry was potent. I want to add that it provoked some discussion on our home as we discussed dog training for search and rescue, so it was educational as well. What more can you ask for?
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Pamela Clare continues her Colorado High Country series crafting an emotional, exciting, sweet and sexy tale of the world’s best alpinist and the woman who conquered his heart. When Harrison Conrad arrives in Scarlet Springs after a tragic accident on Mt. Everest where he was the only survivor, Kenzie Morgan is equally happy and concerned to see him. He’s alive, but he’s also devastated, without a purpose and barely functioning. Until Kenzie shows up at his doorstep with an adorable puppy asking him to foster her. If it were anyone else asking the favor, he would’ve refused. However, it’s impossible for him to say no to her. “If there had ever been a woman who tempted him to settle down…” Kenzie has a successful career, she loves her job as a dog trainer and relishes her work with the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue Team as part of the K9 unit. The only thing missing is love of the human variety. She’s had a thing for Harrison for a long time but sure she’s not his type. At least she can be there for him as a friend and help him in his heartache. Except he does like her and soon friendship grows to a deeper and more intimate connection. Holding On is full of Pamela Clare’s best staples, charming secondary characters from an equally enchanting small town, a smart and determined heroine and equally attractive hero, a touching and exciting plot and toe-curling love scenes. Gizmo and Gabby, Kenzie’s dogs, added a cuteness factor to the story and the returning characters, with their growing family was delightful for series fans. The story moves at a wonderful pace, letting un both enjoy the romance between Harrison and Kenzie, feel Harrison go through his grief and crackles in its search and rescue moments. The novel and series is based on actual mountain rescue volunteer work which makes for a fascinating backdrop. Another wonderful addition to Clare’s canon. Holding On is book #6 of the Colorado high Country series by Pamela Clare. It is charming, sexy, emotional and exciting contemporary romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Harrison Conrad is a world-renowned alpinist and superior athlete, having reached Everest’s summit twice. On his last attempt with his long-time climbing partner and best friend, he was the lone survivor following a freak accident that killed his friend and the two climbers they were taking up the mountain. After 15-months in recluse with Tibetan monks, he finally returns home to Scarlet Springs, still broken spiritually and not knowing what’s next for him and avoiding those who cared for him. Kenzie Morgan, the town’s expert trainer of search and rescue dogs, has more than admired Harrison, who’s also a member of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. She comes up with a plan to place her new puppy, Gabby, in his home for a little fur therapy. This was a wonderful story! Harrison’s issues were so very real and his gradual retraction from everyone important to him was painful to experience. Kenzie’s instincts about the power of her puppy were on target and it was heartwarming to see Gabby’s impact on Harrison, to watch him slowly emerge from survivor’s guilt to something closer to acceptance. Kenzie and Harrison’s own relationship blossomed out of friendship and mutual attraction, as well as through their shared admiration and love for the dogs. An added bonus was the education about the intricate training required for service dogs as it was enlightening. And, I learned quite a bit about extreme climbing, including how endorsements actually are contracted and orchestrated. I love this series and its focus on community, a staple in every story and definitely in this one. It was extraordinary how the town wrapped themselves around Harrison to protect him from his adoring fans and the media, giving him a chance to heal emotionally. The search and rescue training and alpine research was outstanding, lending an authenticity to the core story. Lastly, the romance was well developed (and steamy!) and I wasn’t ready for this book to end. (I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I've been really impressed by this series. Some books I like more than others but overall I think the author has done a fantastic job of bringing more to the story. You're not getting a simple love story. In Holding On we have a hero who is a world class climber. He's climbed Mt. Everest twice and has done work on his home town's SAR (Search and Rescue) team. We also have a heroine who does work with the SAR team along with her dog Gizmo who has SAR and HRD (Human Remains Detection) training. Reading about Kenzie's work with Gizmo was pretty exciting as was Conrad's climbing experience. I was just as fascinated about the careers of our two main characters as I was about their love story. One didn't override the other. We got a great amount of time with Conrad and Kenzie as they grew close together as we did with their work. This was a really great feel good story that had some pretty awesome side characters. A lot of the side characters are main characters in previous books. If you follow the series, you get to know them well. You can also read each book as a standalone if you don't want to commit to a whole series. ARC provided by NetGalley.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Harrison Conrad was the golden boy climber of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team, a mountain rescue team in Colorado. Then a tragedy claims the lives of his best friend and two young climbers in the Himalayas and he is wracked with survivor's guilt, spending over a year living in a Tibetan monastery until Megs, the founder of the Team comes to haul him back to Colorado. Kenzie Morgan is a dog trainer, owns a pet shop and is the owner/ handler of a Search and Rescue dog. She has always had a thing for Conrad but knows her weakness is climbers, she doesn't share their obsession and they always leave her. But when Conrad comes back so lost and broken she can't help but want to fix him - and what could be better than a cute puppy? Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie too, but both being part of the Team has necessitated him keeping a professional distance, now he's resigned is there anything stopping him? I find this a difficult book to rate. First, way too much sex to plot in my opinion, I spent a long part of this book wondering if anything was going to happen, don't get me wrong it was well done and hawt but enough already. Second, puppies! That warrants at least five stars all by itself. Third, I did like the plot, when it finally arrived. It was tense and thrilling and had me on the edge of my seat. But I have to wonder if that area is cursed - it seems like every criminal from miles around gravitates there! Also, I felt a bit of deja vu - haven't we had this plot before? But I liked Conrad and Kenzie. They had issues, they worked them out. They were fun and I would love to be their friend and sit back for a beer, or two, at Knockers the local watering hole chatting with them and petting their gorgeous dogs. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "In my heart... you never left." Stars! I feel like I say this about every new book I read by this author, but I absolutely loved Harrison and Kenzie’s story. I have to say the inclusion of two K9 characters in Veteran Gizmo and Puppy Gabby also added to the awww’s and feel’s massively, but it was the story itself that kept me gripped. If there had ever been a woman who tempted him to settle down… Harrison has been a running character as well as Kenzie in the previous books but whereas she’s been present in the town of Scarlett Springs he has mainly been off climbing the great mountains of the world. The latest being Everest, with his best friend of twenty years and two up and comers in the world of climbing. But all does not go to plan, and he is left questioning his place in the world and what the plan is for his life going forwards, crippled with survivors guilt and a form of PTSD, Harrison returns home, and starts the long process of healing himself mentally and emotionally, and not without the help of Kenzie and her K9 companions. "I don’t want to drag you into my mess it wouldn’t be fair to you…" Kenzie and the town in general are just glad to have him back, but it is clear by his reluctance to get out and get involved in life and with his friends of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team that the fifteen months spent in a monastery near Everest have not helped exorcise the demons he is still fighting or the grief that is still consuming him, and Kenzie has the idea of pushing him to puppy-foster Gabby in an effort to give him something else to focus on. But it’s not just the puppy that he finds himself focusing on and the long held attraction between them sparks into flame. "I don’t think I’d be good for you…" "How about this Kiss me whenever you want, and we’ll take it a day at a time…" Every book in this series has pulled me into the story playing out with the characters on an emotional level, and Holding On was no different. It’s difficult to not be really when you have Harrison; a strong, confident, self-sufficient man almost bought to his knees buy circumstances totally outside of his control. "Stay…" "I promise." I loved Kenzie too, a woman in love with a man who is hurting, and it’s not a hurt she can take away all on her own. But it’s Harrison who has to make the decision as to where his future lies, and Kenzie fears that she may not be part of that future if he doesn’t accept the fact that he cannot work through his issues alone. "You’re the only part of my life that makes sense right now… I want you, and if that’s a mistake, ten it’s the best mistake I’ve made in a long damned time." Another out-and-out winner from the Colorado High Country series, and I absolutely cannot wait for more from this author in the future.
wmarcia1 More than 1 year ago
"Holding On" by Pamela Clare takes us home to the scenic town of Scartlet Springs. Conrad and Kenzie take us on an emotional journey through traumatic events but prove that love, compassion and trust can help you climb any mountain. Sometimes it just takes opening up to a good friend, falling into the embrace of a lover or cuddling with a furry companion to show you that you're not alone. Beautifully Written... 5 STARS