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I Belong


Review: Letting Go by Molly McAdams

Letting GoTitle: Letting Go

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: NA Contemporary

Series: Thatch (Book #1)

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062358405 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062358400 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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?

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful, emotional story that delivered a wonderful message about loss, hope, and moving forward. I would highly recommend this to new adult fans looking for a fast, sexy, heartwarming story!

Opening Sentence: “Then over there is where the girls and I will be waiting before the ceremony starts,” I said, pointing to all-season tent standing just off to the side.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Two years ago twenty year old Ben Craft died from an unknown genetic heart condition. One minute he was playing golf and talking to his best friend Jagger and then he suddenly died. It was three days before he was to marry his childhood sweetheart, Grey. Grey and Ben had been together since they were thirteen years old and they figured that they would have a lifetime together. But instead of getting her happily-ever-after, Grey was left alone and devastated. For the last two years she has been going through the motions of life, but it has been a struggle. There is no way she would have made it through her grief without Jagger by her side. Jagger, Ben, and Grey have been friends since they were kids and Jagger is the only person that can understand what Grey is going through. They both lost someone they loved and they have forced each other to keep moving.

Jagger will always be there for Grey no matter what. Unknown to Grey, he has been in love with her since they were kids, but he knows that her heart will always belong to Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has always had more than friendly feelings for her she realizes that she might feel the same way for him. Would it be a disgrace to Ben’s memory for them to be together or would he have wanted them to find happiness with each other?  If they have any chance of making their relationship work they are both going to have to come to terms with the past and learn to move on together.

Grey was a great heroine that I connected with instantly. Reading her story was devastating and while I haven’t ever gone through anything close to what she went through, I could easily sympathize with her situation. It was heartbreaking to see how broken she was for such a long time after the death of her fiance, but watching her learn to deal with it was very inspirational. The type of loss she experienced is something you never quite get over, but as the days turn into weeks and the weeks turned into years Grey slowly started to live her life again. Many might see her as weak or whiny with how she deals with her grief, but to me it made her feel more realistic. There were a few times that I got annoyed with how she would treat Jagger, but nothing that bothered me too bad. I am glad I got to read her story and enjoyed getting to know her character.

Jagger is hands down my favorite part about this entire book. He is a sexy guy that has a heart of gold. He is respectful, kind, honest, and a great listener. He seriously has the patience of a saint when it comes to waiting and being there for Grey. Not only is he dealing with the grief of losing his best friend, he is helping Grey deal with her grief as well. It is obvious from the very beginning that Jagger and Grey are meant to be together, but that doesn’t mean their relationship is easy. In many ways they both feel like they are betraying Ben and his memory. But as things between them heat up it is undeniable that they have amazing chemistry. I loved every minute of their relationship and thought that they were perfect for each other. Jagger put a stamp on my heart right off the bat and I loved his character.

Letting Go is a heartwarming, emotional story about learning to move on and deal with grief. This is a fairly quick read and I really enjoyed it. McAdams did a wonderful job balancing out the sad parts with the sexy parts. This is definitely a love story, but it also looks at all the aspects of grief. Both of the main characters lost someone they cared about deeply and watching them deal with that lost was both hard and inspirational. The romance developed perfectly and felt very realistic to me. The plot held a few surprises that actually added some great drama to the story and the pacing was spot on. I will admit that I read this about a week ago or so and I am having a little bit of a hard time recalling some of the things that happened in the story. I wouldn’t say its forgettable per say, but it’s not extremely memorable either. I have come to realize that McAdams stories can be hit or miss for me, but luckily this one was definitely a hit. Even though I haven’t loved everything she has written, I still think she is an amazing author and really look forward to reading more from her in the future. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fast, sexy story filled with emotion and romance.

Notable Scene:

“No one else,” I said softly. “As unfair and horrible as it is for me to say it, I know it would kill me to see you with someone else. I don’t know when I feel in love with you. I can’t look back and remember when exactly it changed for me, only that it has.”

“I don’t care about the when, Grey.” He smiled as he leaned in and placed another deceptively soft kiss on my lips. What seemed so innocent had my legs weakening and my eyelids fluttering shut as I clung to his shirt. “What’s next?” he breathed against my lips when he pulled back.

Thatch Series:

1. Letting Go

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FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Letting Go.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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