Author: Layla M. Wier
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Heatherfield novel
Two weeks before Christmas, the small town of Osmar is gearing up for its annual winter carnival, but the death of the event’s long-time organizer might mean the end of the festivities. Everyone is turning to her son DJ to save the carnival, but DJ can barely save himself. He’s spinning his wheels in Osmar—working part time at the gas station, living in his parents’ house, and trying to figure out what to do with his life. DJ is caught in a large, loving web of well-meaning family and friends, but they can’t fix his life for him.
Into this mess comes Ransom, a handsome mystery man on a motorcycle. Ransom is traveling around the country, making up for his past sins by doing “good deeds.” He and DJ have a one-night stand that neither can forget, but that’s just the start, because Ransom has a plan to save the carnival, and DJ has a plan to save Ransom… and possibly himself.
I have no idea what drew me to Held for Ransom by Layla M. Wier. I wish I could tell you it was the cover… or the blurb… or the title… or SOMETHING. I, however, can not point to why I wanted to read this book. Heck, I haven’t even read any reviews. Something about it just said, “read me.”
In the end, I am glad I did. It wasn’t the strongest story I have ever read, but it was interesting and just different enough from the normal tropes I read ad nauseam that I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t particularly like Ransom or DJ. I hadn’t previously read Wier’s contribution to the Snow on the Roof anthology that held what I would call book 0.5 in this series. We meet DJ’s dad and get some of the backstory about his mom in that one, but there is plenty of clues in this one if you haven’t read the story in the anthology.
The writing style is clean, but not spectacular. In all honesty, I should have put this book down at some point. I just couldn’t. I had to know HOW DJ and Ransom were going to resolve their little (okay not so little) dilemma. I can’t tell you they are the modern day Clyde & Clyde… maybe the anti-Clyde & Clyde.
If you are looking for something a little different than the norm, I suggest Held for Ransom. I am holding final judgment on this couple until I get to read book 2…
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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