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Holding Out For Paris

(Holding Out #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  48 reviews

“OH. MY. GOD. This book. I can't even begin to describe it. Lizzie and Spencer were explosive and hot and sweet and everything else you could possibly want in a romance novel rolled into one.” - Carmen, Goodreads

Picture this:

You pack your bags. Move to Paris. Fall in love.

A dream, right?


Especially when you find out your Mr. Right is actually married. With kids.

Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published June 10th 2019 (first published May 17th 2019)
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Ariadna Basulto
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isn’t it a great thing when a pretty cover catches your eye and the blurb sparks your interest, and then oh my god the story actually lives up them? Well, bookish peeps, that’s exactly what I got with Holding Out for Paris by Gabrielle Ashton.

I loved Holding Out for Paris. It‘s an older brother’s best friend romance that’s equal parts sweet and steamy. I started reading this book swearing I was going to pace myself and only read a few chapters at a time. Impossible! Once I started I was sucked
Katie ✨
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gabrielle Ashton's debut novel is very promising. This sweet and touching romance set in the city of love could not have been a better writing start for the author.

It is the perfect escape to Paris (and the cheapest way to travel there btw).The words flow. The story is easily readable and pleasant. The characters are authentic and relatable. Spencer is the perfect gentleman and every woman can find a small part of herself in Lizzy's persona. Although I am 100% team Spencer. I can't help it. The
Becca Steele
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holding Out For Paris is the début novel for Gabrielle Ashton, and what a début! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy, and as soon as I started reading I was transported to Paris, where I fell in love with Lizzie and Spencer. This brother's best friend romance had me smiling and swooning, and I loved it! I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and I have staked my claim on Seb already
A five star standalone read with a HEA.
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Carmen Richter
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut!

OH. MY. GOD. This book. I can't even begin to describe it. Lizzie and Spencer were explosive and hot and sweet and everything else you could possibly want in a romance novel rolled into one. I devoured this book in only a few hours and I seriously can't say enough good things about it.
Stefanie Jenkins
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An inevitable love story

Gabrielle Ashton will make you want to fly to Paris and get your heart broken in a million pieces just so Spencer Tate can put it back together.

Spencer. fucking. Tate.

You can not deny the chemistry between Spencer and Lizzie from the first knock on the door.

While I have never traveled to Paris before I felt as though I was right beside them touring, drinking and laughing. Ashton’s words come to life off of the paper.

The sexy scenes are and you can’t help but cheer
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is a brothers best friend trope, but it isn’t the typical plot. I am always amazed when an author, especially a debut author takes something that has been written about time and time again, and yet is still able to make it new and unique.

When Elizabeth is at her lowest point after a man crushed her, her brother Sebastian calls his Best Friend Spencer to come check in on her. Little did Spencer know that his life was about to change. Elizabeth is all grown up since the last time he saw
C. Lymari
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt like I was in Paris.
The way Gabrielle described everything I felt the love she has for the city through every page. Spencer and Lizzie's story was cute, sweet with steam AF scenes. You gotta love a sweet boy with a filthy mouth. After Lizzie's e boyfriend turns to be a douche. Our girl gets drunk and ends up skyping with her very overprotective but HOT brothers. Since they can't get to her Sebastian one of her hot bros sends his best friend to check in on her.
Spencer would do
Tanya Turner
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lizzie and Spencer’s story! With three older successful brothers Lizzie feels pressured to become a successful writer like she wanted to be, or so she thought, moves to Paris in the hope of ending the writing rut she’s found herself in. After having her heart crushed and a video call from Sebastian asked Spence, his best friend, to make side trip to check on her bringing up feelings even Spencer didn’t know he had for her. I laughed, and cried a little along the way. Absolutely enjoyed ...more
Laura John
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! So many emotions.

I could not imagine being in love with someone to find out they are married and have kids.

I love Elizabeth so much, and her bestie Sophia is FANTASTIC. They have great dialogue and a fantastic friendship.

The heat between Elizabeth and Spencer is EVERYTHING. There is so much leading up to that first kiss that you are like "KISS ALREADY!"

But it's timed out perfectly.

I laughed I cried I want more! lol

but seriously if you love a good brothers best friend
Nora Schmid
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
Brilliant Contemporary Romance

Wow what a Absolutely Amazing novel. Elizabeth moves to paris as a aspiring writer, she wants to experience what all amazing writer's do in the city of love and dreams. Elizabeth is a huge book lover. She gets her heart broken by a man. Spencer her older brother's best friend shows up in paris as a favor for her brother Seb. Soon sparks fly and the chemistry sizzles between them. Spencer trys and fights his feeling for his best friend's little sister because of Bro
Cindy Callahan
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully done

Yes this is a brothers best friend storyline but I still loved it. The characters seem real and the reactions are on point.
Clara Stone
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Brother's Best Friend Debut from Gabrielle Ashton was so fun to read! Loved Lizzie (Elizabeth) and Spencer's story had my heart fluttered from all the swooning I did over Spencer! Thank you, Gabrielle for a fun and heart fluttering story! Can't wait to pick up the next book in this series!
Priya Kanaparti
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved Lizzie and Spencer in this book! They were cute and funny! Everything about this book was perfect! Can't wait to read the next in this series!
Lissanne Jones
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic debut from Gabrielle Ashton! Elizabeth Hastings has crushed on Spencer Tate, her brother's best friend, since she was a teenager. So when he turns up in Paris, where she's been living, she can't believe it. She's just found out her swarthy French lover happens to have a family and she's nursing a broken heart - but Spencer heals it. She comes to love the time they spend together while he sources a new location for his rapidly growing international gym chain.

But when Lizzie
Jennifer Pierson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm in awe that Holding Out For Paris is Gabrielle Ashton's debut book, as I would have never guessed it on my own. It's the story of Elizabeth Hastings, who moved to Paris, fell in love with who she thought was Mr. Right, but found out was Mr. Married with kids, and was left heartbroken alone in the City of Love. But things started to look up when she runs into her brother's best friend, Spencer Tate, a man that she's always crushed on, who lets her cry on his shoulder. Spencer shows up in ...more
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
This was an incredibly sweet read. I was pleasantly surprised with the debut author. She captured my attention from page one and sucked me into this Parisian affair. From the cover (absolutely breathtaking) to the plot... everything drew me in.

Elizabeth Hastings moved to Paris to experience the romance in life and to become an amazing writer (her dream). While in Paris she experiences the romance and believes she has found her one but it’s short loved and Lizzie is crushed. Her brothers are
Sara - Curvy Constellation
This is 100% the best debut novel I’ve ever read. In Holding Out For Paris we follow Elizabeth and Spencer. Elizabeth is a kind, sweet, naive woman who is a big bookworm and is living in Paris living out her dream to be a writer. Spencer is successful, sweet, dominant, loyal and down to earth guy who owns his own string of fitness gyms around the world. When Elizabeth’s brother finds out that she is heartbroken over a guy she met in Paris, he requested that Spencer go check on her to make sure ...more
Tiffany Copple
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 absolutely amazing stars for Holding Out for Paris by Gabrielle Ashton. This is book one in the Holding Out Series. This is also the debut novel for Ashton and let me just say she came out with a doozie.
Elizabeth is in Paris to experience what the great writers experienced. She wants to become a great writer, to be as great as her brothers are at what they do. She recently had her heart broken in one of the worst ways. Spencer is in London opening up a new gym there, when he gets a call from
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Holding Out for Paris was such a fun read! This book is a contemporary romance, as well as a best friend’s little sister/brother’s best friend romance. The blurb caught my attention, the first couple of chapters hooked me, and I could not put this book down!

Spencer was what I expect in a hero: strong, successful, and handsome. However, what I truly admired about him the most was his loyalty and his down to earth attitude. Did I mention he is good at big, romantic gestures? He was practically
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie is living the dream. A great lover of books, she's in Paris as an aspiring author. When she's not tutoring, she spends her time reading around Paris' many cozy cafes. Until she discovers the love of her life has been lying to her and her world collapses. Worrying for his sister's well-being, her brother Sebastian sends his best friend Spencer to check on her. Lizzie had a crush on him when she was younger, but crushes fade in time, don't they?

I really liked Lizzie, she's strong and
Jacinta - Aussie Book Nook
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holding out for Paris debut novel for Gabrielle Ashton and oh boy what a first book!!
It is written in third person and let me tell you, I usually struggle to read third person it can feel disconnected for me.. That DID NOT happen here. Right from the very first page I was sucked into this brilliant world. I didn't even notice it was written in a way I don't usually don't read. Now that is saying something!
I absolutely loved every single moment of this book. I had so many emotions..I had very
Jimette Ross
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, If you want a HEA that you cry over, here it is! When I received this, the author was new to me, in my excitement, I didn't ask if it was her first, but I'm hooked! I love everything, the fact that the girl is wealthy, lives normal, realizes her dream of writing is a disaster, falls for wrong guy, REBOUND sex! Yes! Until it's more than a rebound! Huge 5* The proposal is so thoughtful and romantic, I gushed! Great job!
Michele Del Rey
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt bad for Elizabeth but then she met Spencer. It was such a good story. For the first time I wanted to visit Paris and find my own Spencer. Great chemistry. Would love to read more from this author.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great read for a debut novel! I felt like I was in Paris with Spencer and Elizabeth. Their relationship was forbidden and almost a slow burn. You wanted them to just get it over with but the build up was perfect. I loved their HEA. I definitely recommend!
Messy Bun Book Blog
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED!! Lizzie & Spencer were so perfect together! Spencer was so swoon worthy! A great book full of wonderfully written characters, and an outstanding plot!
Tamara Lush
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore books set in Paris and ate this up! Loved this sweet, sexy and heartfelt read - and can’t wait to read Harper’s book!
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Would have been 5 stars if I had not been so pissed off at the heroine, Elizabeth. The story went fine until she went a bit nuts and immature about an old flame.

Cheryl Blackburn
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and funny

Holding Out for Paris is the first book I’ve read by Gabrielle Ashton, and it will not be my last. I enjoyed this story of Lizzie and Spencer, it's a cute friend to lovers story. Spencer is called by Lizzie’s brother to have him visit her after she’s in a breakup to check on her and make sure she’s alright. The only problem is she’s not the little sister Spencer remembered. Lizzie spends time with him and finds there’s more to Paris when you're looking at it through someone else’s
Heather Cook
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spencer and Lizzie

Holding out for Paris is a great read. Spencer and Lizzie have a wonderful story. Spencer is checking on Lizzie after her brother Spencer’s best friend calls and asked him to check on her for him. Lizzie is suffering from a broken heart and needs a rebound guy. Will Spencer be that rebound guy or since she is his best friends sister will he not mess with her? I definitely recommend this book it is a great story and you will not be disappointed. Make sure you one click.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hot, sexy romance!!!
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Gabrielle Ashton is a contemporary romance author, and self-confessed book addict. She loves to read anything from contemporary, to paranormal, to historical: you publish it, Gabrielle will read it!

When she’s not writing about her favourite romance tropes in gorgeously exotic locations, Gabrielle studies law and also works as a television producer. On any given day she wakes up at three in the

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