Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Letting Go" by Molly McAdams - Review + Giveaway


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.
It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?


I rate Letting Go by Molly McAdams 

About two years ago, I read Taking Chances; and as you FALLowers probably understand, I had two different reactions. The "this-book-is-so-freaking-good-I-can't-wait-to-tell-everyone" reaction and the "WHY? WHY? HOW COULD SHE?!" ***ugly cry***. While some have never finished that book, I have absorbed almost all of her other novels. What impresses me most about her stories is that she isn't afraid to take those risks others shy away from. Her characters are always well-rounded, and their stories always come with unexpected (and very realistic) twists. 

Her newest novel did not disappoint, as I was hooked from the synopsis. 

Grey, Ben, and Jagger were childhood friends; and as adolescents, Ben beat Jagger at sweeping Grey off her feet. Years later and days before their wedding, Ben suddenly dies and leaves behind a grieving fiancĂ© and best friend. Two years after that, Grey still hasn't let go, and Jagger is still by her side, falling more in love with her. 

Once Grey learns of Jagger's affections and acknowledges her own feelings for him, the two struggle with defining their new relationship while honoring their best friend's memory. But a secret kept by their closest loved ones is unraveled and causes Grey and Jagger to question those honorable intentions.

Grey and Jagger's story is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Reading the scenes where they each visit Ben's grave is heartbreaking. Then reading their steamy scenes is just good ole' fashion romance fun.

Looking back on the story, I would have liked to have read more memories or flashbacks from when the three of them were younger. I wish I knew more about Ben and Grey's relationship and how Jagger had to hide his feelings all those years. But as I write this review, I can see how that would have taken away from the storyline of Grey and Jagger growing from friends into lovers. 

The only downside to Letting Go is that you won't want to LET GO of Jagger. I would love nothing more than to read a happily ever after sequel with lots of ooey-gooey, salty-sweet, hot and steamy Jagger scenes. Seriously. It can be a whole book full of Jagger, and I will be a happy girl.

Letting Go... another hit from Molly McAdams.


Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she's not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm...or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.




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