Review Post: All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox

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Letting go is all Ronan’s ever known.

Will he realize a life with Keely is something

he should hold onto at any cost?

Find out in All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox!

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Synopsis2When Ronan Sharpe unexpectedly left Colorado for parts unknown, he took a piece of Keely Carmichael’s heart with him.

After leaving his hellish roots behind him, Ronan found contentment when he started over. Thoughts of the past had been pushed down for so long; he hardly thought about it at all.

He intended to keep it that way.

When unexpected circumstances force Ronan to return to Colorado, the Keely he finds is no longer the adolescent girl he remembered. Torn between desire and fear, Ronan struggles with his feelings for Keely and his need to escape the town that scarred him so deeply years ago.

Letting go is all Ronan’s ever known. Will he realize a life with Keely is something he should hold onto at any cost?

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My Review

****4.5 All Feeling Stars****

All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox was an enrapturing, all-feeling, and heart squeezing story that I loved immensely. This book was gave me a story that made me feel, and think, and care so deeply for these characters, and through it all I lived and felt and experienced every bit because of Ella Fox’s phenomenal writing.

While reading this story I fell heart first for Ronan and Keely’s story. My heart squeezed for them and what they’d both been through, it melted more times than I could count with what happens when those two get together, and it beat like crazy at all the possibilities those two shared. To say my heart was invested in this meaningful and emotional story is putting it lightly. I was so beyond consumed into the world of this book, and I loved every well thought out and superbly captured moment I had with Ronan and Keely.

All That’s Left to Hold Onto had the best level of feeling and emotion, the perfect level of tension and heat and build, and gave me a love story that completely stole my heart from beginning to end. It wasn’t always easy, and it had its moments of raw pain and hurt that broke my heart a bit, but it was real. It was real and honest and vulnerable, and that was everything to experience while reading this book.

It’s no secret that Ella Fox is one of my favorite authors. I have absolutely loved each and every one of her books, and All That’s Left to Hold Onto was nothing different. Her outstanding writing brought this story and these characters to life in such an extraordinary way. She allowed me to become invested with these characters, to love them, to want to fight for them, and she created that in her distinct way through her exceptional writing. What Ella Fox so truly gave me in this book is not to be missed. Her writing gives you it all, and you will definitely want to take every bit of it. Trust me.

This book had it all, and what I so authentically got from these characters and their heart squeezing story is everything and more.

What I absolutely loved about All That’s Left to Hold Onto:

  • Ronan, Ronan, Ronan. Ronan Sharpe is definitely what book boyfriends are made of. He is fierce, melt worthy, and he will make you swoon quite a bit while reading this book, but more than that he is an honest to goodness good guy who you will love immensely. Ronan is a man who left Fort Collins, leaving the pain and hurt of the past long behind, until the events of this book call him back home. I loved that Ronan’s character was so raw and honest, and that I got to see such a vulnerable side to him because of the events of this book. I felt like I had such a superb level of understanding of his character, and that just made me love and feel for him more because of what he’d been through and all that he was doing in the present to make everything okay. Ronan will steal your heart a million times over with all that he is, and I truly think there is no way you can resist that man. Seriously.
  • Keely’s determination. Keely Carmichael is a force to be reckoned with, and I loved that girl something fierce while reading this book. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to do what needed to be done, and Keely was a girl who was determined to make everything okay. The sheer determination that comes from that girl is truly extraordinary, and there is not length too great that Keely wouldn’t go to to make sure everything is as it should be. Like Ronan, that girl has a world of hurt and pain in her past, and the way that she rises above that will have you in literal awe of her character. Keely is a true gem of a character, and she is so beyond easy to love because of the true goodness that emanates from her. Her resiliency, her goodness, and the light and warmth from her will have your heart with her every step of the way in this book.
  • Tension and sparks and build galore! Ella Fox has a true talent in writing and creating the feelings and emotions between her characters, and the level of build and tension and spark she created between Ronan and Keely was nothing short of intense and consuming. The spark between those two is almost palpable. You can feel it in your bones because it’s so intense and so fiery, and it keeps building and building and building in the most consuming and all-feeling way. What Ronan and Keely share goes well beyond lust, but the tension that Ella Fox so authentically creates between those two will have you beyond captivated in everything you’re experiencing with them. What makes it even better is with those sparks and build and tension, you get a world of deep feeling straight from the heart that you get to experience every ounce of.
  • The fight to overcome the past. Both Ronan and Keely have pasts filled with more pain and hurt than any person deserves. Some of that pain and hurt is shared between them, and some of it belongs to each of them, but much of this book focuses on the two of them giving it their all to overcome it all. The determination, the tenacity, and the sheer will of those two will have you in awe of them both. It will have you so beyond invested with them both too because you’ll want to be with them every step of the way as they fight to overcome that darkness of the past. Ella Fox thoughtfully reveals that past over the course of this book, and when all is revealed, I am telling you that you will have more love and respect for what both Ronan and Keely have been through.
  • All the struggle. One of my favorite aspects of this book was that it was a story of struggle just as much as it was a story of triumph. Both Ronan and Keely struggle. They struggle with the pain of their pasts and how those pasts are currently affecting their presents. They struggle with their feelings for one another. They struggle with what the future holds and the choices they need to make. They struggle, and it’s real and honest, and it shows you such a vulnerable side to them both. That struggle makes them both even more real, and it makes their story even more authentic because of that struggle. Ella Fox creates that struggle in a way that has you feeling for, loving, and rooting for these characters like crazy because you want them to see their way through that necessary struggle to the other side. This book allows you to struggle right along with Ronan and Keely, so that you become even more invested in them both, and sure it’s hard and that struggle isn’t always the easiest, but Ronan and Keely make it so worth it. So very very worth it.

All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox was a book that I could not put down from the moment I started it. It was captivating, all-feeling, and gave me a story that I never stopped feeling and loving and living through all the way through. Ella Fox created two characters that I completely fell in love with, and as this story unfolded I fell more and more under their effervescent spell. Ronan and Keely completely won me over right from the start, and getting to experience the emotional ups and downs of their story was nothing short of wonderful.

This book gives you so much of everything that makes a book fantastic to read and experience. It had relatable and easy to love characters that were unique and real and good in every single way. It had enough tension and heat and build to pull your heart even more into the story. It also had a story filled with the perfect amount of twists and turns and the best level of emotion and feeling to have you experiencing it all with these characters.

All That’s Left to Hold Onto gives you everything. It gives you all the feels, all the heart squeezing moments, all the melt worthy moments, and everything in between. Ronan and Keely are such dynamic and phenomenal characters in every way, and what you get with them both in this story is everything. It’s meaningful, filled with hope and light, and shows you the extraordinary things that can happen when two seriously good hearted and determined people come together and attempt to overcome the darkness and pain of their pasts.

What you get with Ronan and Keely in All That’s Left to Hold Onto by Ella Fox will fill your heart, mind, and soul with so much, and will have you believing in and fighting with every breath you have for every possibility of what those two share. Being that connected to them is everything, and will have you invested in every heart squeezing moment of this outstanding book. Ella Fox has hit it out of the park once again, and I can’t wait for more from this seriously talented author!

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Excerpt

PROLOGUE

There were nasty looking bruises on his cheek and jaw, his lip was swollen and his knuckles were scraped and bloody. The instant I got a good look at his face I knew something was horribly wrong. It only went downhill from there.

My attempts to contain my panic weren’t working. Choking back a sob I blubbered, “Why do you have to go?”

The anger was all but pouring off of him. Not toward me—he’d never once been angry with me. I knew anger though, and it was more than obvious he was furious about something. A permanent grimace seemed to have set up camp on his face. For him, it was highly unusual. Even in the toughest of times, he kept his cool.

Suddenly, he wasn’t calm at all. He was angrier than I’d ever seen him. It was obvious he’d been in a fight, but it didn’t change his status as the most attractive guy alive, in my opinion.

I saw his jaw clenching and unclenching which I figured meant he was trying to control himself.

“Because this piece of shit town is like a fucking cancer,” he spat. “I’m so done with the crazy assholes around here. People like us aren’t normal—we’re the freaks for trying to be good people.”

I didn’t know how to argue with his words. He wasn’t wrong—there was a lot wrong with many of the people in our town. Most of the crazy people were either my family members or his. I knew it and so did he. There wasn’t a response to erase the reality of the kind of people we dealt with.

“Are you going alone?”

His hands clenched into fists at his sides as he nodded stiffly. “Yes.”

“Even though you live with—”

His hand shot up into a stop gesture to keep me from finishing the sentence.

“Don’t say her fucking name. If I never hear it again, it’ll be too soon. I don’t live with that crazy bitch anymore.”

I couldn’t stand her so it wasn’t like I was going to push. She was an evil troll. If he had to go, I was glad he wasn’t taking her with him. It would’ve made me ill. She pretended to be sweetness and light when he was around but it was nothing but a charade. She was terrible. I was glad he wasn’t taking her, but the fact he wouldn’t say her name told me his leaving was somehow her responsibility. I hated her more than ever.

“Where will you go?”

He gestured back over his shoulder toward the street with his thumb.

“Wherever my car takes me once I pull out,” he said.

I couldn’t imagine life without him, nor did I want to. Not only had he been my crush for as long as I could remember, he was the only person who ever really listened to me.

“Will you ever visit?” I asked hopefully.

He was shaking his head in the negative before I’d even fully finished asking the question. I knew he wouldn’t. The bone-deep hatred he had for everything about where we lived was stamped all over his face. I wanted so badly to know what, exactly, had sent him over the edge, but when I asked, he’d refused to tell me.

It sucked being fourteen because he treated me like a kid. My age said I was a child, but I was so different than any of my peers it wasn’t even funny. Because of this, they teased me often, referring to me as Granny Carmichael. I hated it. It wasn’t as though I’d had a choice. My childhood was over the moment my mother got sick.

His expression softened when he looked me over. “You need to get back inside before you get pneumonia.”

The frigid Colorado air wasn’t even making an impression on me until he pointed it out. I realized my tears were leaving cold trails on my face, but I couldn’t walk away. All I cared about was how much I didn’t want him to leave.

“I don’t care about the cold or getting pneumonia. I don’t want you to go!” I cried anxiously.

He hugged me then, his strong arms wrapping around me to give comfort. I hadn’t hugged him since I’d been much younger—probably five or six. Those hugs had mostly involved me wrapping myself around one of his legs. This was different. I wrapped my arms tight around him and cried against his chest, holding on for as long as he allowed me to.

“I’m sorry,” he said as he ended the embrace and stepped back. “I have to leave.”

Knowing my denial and resistance weren’t going to make any difference, I swiped at my tears as I nodded.

“I’ll miss you,” I said on a choked sob. “Take care of yourself.”

“I’ll miss you too,” he replied softly. “You’re one of the few good people here.”

My heart galloped in my chest. I loved him for saying what he did—but hated that it came at such a horrible price. Losing him was unbearable.

He turned as if to leave, then stopped. Spinning back my way, he stared at me intently for a few moments before he spoke again.

“You’re so much better than any of these people. Don’t ever let them change who you are. The world needs a lot more you and a lot less them. No matter what anyone tells you—you’re perfect. Got it?”

I nodded as I wiped at the tears running unchecked down my face.

He hugged me again, very briefly. My heart skipped a few beats when he dropped a kiss on top of my head.

“Don’t ever forget your worth—not even for a minute,” he murmured.

When he let go, he said nothing else. He just turned and walked to his car. As he went, the chill in the air suddenly took hold of me. Hugging my arms around myself, I watched as he got into the car, turned it on and then pulled out of my driveway. He looked at me one last time before putting his hand up in a goodbye gesture. I did the same. A few seconds passed before he put the car in drive then sped off into the night.

I stayed outside for two or three minutes, hoping against hope he would change his mind and come back.

He didn’t.

Hours later when I got into bed, I prayed fate would bring him back one day. I said the same prayer most nights for a long, long time. Eventually I had no choice but to accept reality.

Hell would freeze over before he returned.

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author

ella fox bio

Ella Fox writes like a woman possessed whenever she gets the chance! She is the author of The Hart Family Series, The Renegade Saints Series and The Catch Series.

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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