Review- The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

Title: The Holdout

The Holdout

 Genre:  Women’s fiction/romantic elements

Author: Laurel Osterkamp

Publisher: PMI, Amazon Digital Services, 2013

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from

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.

Yet she could surprise everyone, and 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.


I’m about to gush here…this book has as its premise elements of my guilty pleasure, Survivor the TV show.  It is also a can’t-put-down page turner.  I picked this up at Amazon for $.99 on my Kindle and started to read it and could not stop until I had finished. This is the story of a thirty something woman who is still trying to find herself.  She is often bullied by her older brothers who love her but have carried on the teasing dynamic so long they don’t know how to stop. Robin learns how to hold her own both in the family and in the outside world.  The romance is slow in coming but ultimately very satisfying for both Robin and the reader. The writing is good, the plotting is good and the characterization is spot on. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

About the author:(It is always a thrill to discover new and accomplished authors)

Laurel Osterkamp 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.



Filed under Book review, Books, Contemporary Romance, E-Book

2 responses to “Review- The Holdout by Laurel Osterkamp

  1. Edyta

    This one sounds really good. I will pick it up I think. Now that I am in my thirties I seem drawn to heroines of the same age. Cool find Dot.


    • Edyta, if you have ever watched Survivor on TV then this book will speak to you. I’m a Survivor addict and I really like how Osterkamp related Robin’s jury duty to her relationships on the TV reality show.


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