Author: Molly McAdams
Publisher by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published on: November 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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?
You want to hear something funny that I learned when I started this review.
- I am absolutely a Molly McAdams junkie.
- I own the majority of her books and I have read the majority of them. Believe me when I say that if you saw by Kindle library, of like 1000+ books, this is a feat all within itself.
- I am still emotionally scarred from Taking Chances (#TEAMCHASE) two years after the fact.
BUT…I have NEVER written her a review. Why have I never done that??? Lord I wish I knew because it was not like I didn’t mean to. So this…right here….is me popping my Molly McAdams review cherry…..WOOHOOO!!! Hopefully it turn me into a review whore and I will not be able to stop until I have reviewed every book I have read of hers.
Two years ago Grey LaRues life got turned on its side. Just days before her wedding to the love of life, Ben, he dies from a sudden heart attack. The man that she had not only dated for 7 years but had also been her best friend since the age of 9. Grey was broken beyond repair. Living in the apartment they were going to share as a newlywed couple while struggling through her last two years of college. The only light in her dark tunnel of grief is Jagger Easton. Jagger is her best friend and was also Ben’s. He is the only person that understands her pain. Understands what she needs.
He was just always there to make things better, always there to help me…always there to be everything I needed.
Jagger is just as lost as Grey in his own way. He lost his best friend but is also dealing with his love for Grey. He has loved her for as long as he can remember but circumstance as kids put Ben with Grey instead of him. He loved her from afar for years and chose to just keep his feelings to himself. He will always be there for Grey even it means he will never tell her how he feels about her. After graduation, Jagger and Grey move back to their hometown of Thatch. A town Jagger had no intention returning to until Ben’s death. He will not leave Grey on her own.
No one ever said we had to move on, we just need to keep moving.
Moving back home comes with mixed results. It puts Grey back in the center of her memories with Ben. It also puts Jagger back in middle of his own drama. A crazy ex, a waste for a mother and his younger sister, Charlie. Though Jagger had no intention of sharing his feelings with Grey until he felt she was ready, life happens and made the decision for him.
Bringing him something to eat one day, she walks in while he is working and he does not hear her until it is too late. She sees image upon images herself drawn in charcoal by Jagger’s talented hands. He has no choice but to tell her his feelings. Grey panics. Panics and runs to Seattle to stay with her close friend, Janie. Jagger doesn’t chase her; he doesn’t want to push her. But after he being gone for a month and a half plus something pushing from Grey’s brother, Graham, he goes to get her. Everything changes between Jagger and Grey at this point thus beginning of their emotional journey of learning to live again, learning to love again, overcoming some unlikely obstacles and letting go.
Molly has hit another one out the park with Letting Go. I instantly fell in love with Jagger and my heart broke for both of them with the loss of Ben. The story was beautifully written as always. Grey had some moments where she could be a tad over the top and extra emotional but its what I have come to love from Molly’s books so it did not bother me plus I understood that maybe, if I lived the life they did and had been with someone as long as her, I could be that emotional only two years after his death. They get A LOT of stuff thrown in their face in just the short amount of time they return home. It is tough to let go of someone that keeps getting shoved in your face in some of the worst ways. Loss is different for everyone and this book is very good reflection of that. A definite new MUST READ from Molly McAdams. I am so excited to see where this series goes.