Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review & Giveaway:Letting Go by Molly McAdams

Letting Go by Molly McAdams
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?

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What I thought about Letting Go

Two years ago, Grey lost her fiance Ben days before their wedding, and as she prepares for graduation she's having a hard time dealing with him not being there.  It's a good thing she has their mutual friend Jagger around, because he's been the one keeping her together as she grieves for Ben.  It's obvious from the start that Jagger really cares deeply for Grey in more than just a friendly way.  Only Grey doesn't see that through her sorrow.

After graduation, they both return home to start their lives, which is another hurdle for Grey to get through.  And Jagger is there for her too.  When his feelings come out in the open, Grey can't really deal with it, and she runs from the truth to a friends place. After a few months and with a bit of prompting, Jagger goes to her, and they're a very nice scene as Grey starts to accept the feelings that she has for Jagger too, but letting go of Ben and starting a romantic relationship with his best friend isn't all that easy.

Things take a different sort of turn when strange FB messages and texts start showing up on Grey's accounts, and Jagger's family secrets are exposed.  In the midst of those revelations, some of Ben's old secrets came as a surprise to me and the turn the story takes at this point makes it an exciting read.

I appreciated that I didn't expect some of the events in this story, and also that Grey and Ben didn't drag out the beginning of their life together. Overall, Letting Go was an engaging friends-to-lovers story with a few surprise twists. Jagger is a swoony hero with a heart of gold, and I loved that about him. I also like how Grey's family rallied around when they were needed. There were a few slow spots that brought the story down a bit, too, but it didn't detract too much from the story. 

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About the Author:
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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