Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2 (Under Ground #2.5) by Alice Rachel is the fourth book in the Under Ground series. This is a continuation of Stephen’s story and the previous should be read before this one in order for you to get a full picture of what is going on in the story. This story is told by Stephen and it will give you a different view or opinion of him at least for me it did. Like the previous stories in this series, it will pull you into the characters world and life. You will enjoy how these characters connect and really just make the story flow. As always, this author’s stories pulls me in from the first word and this one is no different. Find out what happens next with these characters as we continue on their journey with them.
This story picks up where Stephen has been captured and imprisoned in a cell. It doesn’t take long to figure out why he is here, there is only one reason, of course. He has a lot of self loathing and feels guilty for things that are out of his control. His childhood has not been all that good as you will find out more in this story. Will he ever be able to learn to trust again? Why does he protect his brother when he can’t stand him? His family has not been there for him, in fact, I couldn’t stand his parents before in the previous stories. In this story, I know I don’t like them, they have done nothing to help or protect him. You will question why she hasn’t been a mother to him or why she hates him so much. In this story you will get to see more of Stephen and how he really is as a person. You will get an incite on him that may change your mind on how you feel about him. Find out Stephen’s side of things and then you can make a decision on where or not he is a strong character or the type of character he is.
I think that this is the best one in this series yet by Alice Rachel. This series just keeps getting better and better in each next book of this series. Alice loves spending time with her husband and guinea pigs. When she is not writing, she teaches French, reading and drawing. Once again, she has created a story that I couldn’t put down and I read in one sitting. This story is a fast paced story that will have you turning page after page. You will need to see how Stephen’s story ends. The twists and turns will keep you engaged in this story until the end. I highly suggest this story as you want to see what happens next with this family’s journey.