Monday, July 21, 2014

Erotica Book #Review: Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy) @maya_banks

Book Title: Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy Book 1)
Author: Maya Banks  |WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Erotica Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: Trade Paperback
Cost: $16.00
Pages: 342
How I got it: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Other Ordering Options
Publication Date: Feb 2014
Add To Goodreads
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend. Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more. When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to
I was super excited to read this one, I had seen the book in the local Books a Million and ket telling myself I have way too many books to read before I can pick this one up. Man I'm so glad the publicist sent me a copy. I love it!!!

This story was about love, in it's many guises and shapes. Love of a friend, a lover, and of yourself.  Joss had spent many happy years with her husband but there was a part of herself she gave up exploring because of her husband's past and his beliefs, now that he has passed she has mourned him for three long years and now her heart, mind and body are seeking a little bit of happiness, even if it isn't the same that she had with her soulmate.

Joss gets together with her friends, her husband's sister, and her two best friends to let them know she's once again going to start living and not just existing and it doesn't quite go down the way she wants it.  While I understood her sister in laws' fears, you don't get to say reckless things to me and I'm supposed to take them because of what happened to you in the past.  I'm not going to mourn your brother for the rest of my life and not live it, because you don't want to move on.  It's not fair to me and it isn't fair to your brother's memory because we both know he wouldn't want me to be unhappy.

I love that this was Joss's journey into finding out just what it is she was missing, but also honoring her choices, the ones she made for love and the ones she's making now for her own happiness.  I loved that she had a great marriage and a fulfilled life before, so often these novels can paint marriage as a bad situation to get out of.  She had a great marriage and now she wants something that will be close to it.  Even if it doesn't match it, she's willing to seek out what it is she truly wants, and that makes her so brave.

The friendships she has, their connectedness and how much they love and share makes this such a wonderful journey because a few of them have what she's seeking and they aren't afraid to show it.  I loved the building up of the romance of Joss and her husband's best friend, he tried really hard to let her have her own space, but now he's going after what he's wanted for a long time.  I loved how they discussed everything, making their boundaries firm and knowing more about each other than they had known as friends.  They really had me rooting for them especially when the crisis of the novel comes out.  I loved how witty and sassy Joss could be and that Dash could dish it back without hurting her.  Dash as a character had his moments of awesome and his moments of man you're stupid, but I loved that the awesome generally outweighed the stupid.  Dash had loved Joss from afar for years and when he realized that she's now over her mourning period he was all for being there for her, he however had some misconceptions that get turned on their head on his last night at his favorite spot. I couldn't help but laugh when it came to that scene because he was so unprepared. LOLs all around.

It's a great romance, with a wonderful world created for us to get to know.  Great friends with stories I can't wait to read and explore.  I'm so excited to get to Cessy's story and learn more about the others in the group, and hopefully see more of Joss as we go.

I highly recommend it, and yes, I know the first half was slow, but she was laying the ground work for the series, so if you stick it out the book gets so much better.

And if you like Vlog Reviews you can watch mine here. 

Thanks for stopping by my loves & Happy Reading

No comments:

Post a Comment