Feb 5, 2014

Letting Go by Maya Banks *Review*

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 received a copy of this story for an honest review. 

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Letting Go. The first book in a promising new erotic trilogy, it sucked me in and once I finished it I caught myself jumping right back in at the beginning. As of writing this review I’ve now read the story twice and there will soon be a third time. A heroine so strong that she can be honest with her friends about her physical and emotional needs even if they don’t fit societies norms? A hero so in love that he makes no secret of his devotion and continuously expresses those feelings without reservation or shame? Yes please and thank you. Now for the story…

Can you have more than one great love in a life time? Josslyn ‘Joss’ Breckenridge doesn’t think so. But after three years of mourning the loss of her young husband Carson in a horrific car accident, she’s desperate for some kind of connection, some way to feel loved and cherished again. 

Dash Corbin has spent the last six years in hell. The first three were spent watching his best friend marry and cherish the only woman Dash ever loved. The next three were spent protecting that woman, his Joss, and being the rock she needed to survive the loss of his best friend. The born and bred Dom suppressed his rougher needs to be what he thought Joss wanted. Dash has always planned to lay his feelings out to Joss and win her for his own. Those plans go flying out the window when Dash attends a local BDSM club to let off a little steam only to find Joss being approached by a lesser Dominant.

What follows is a touching and scorching second chance erotic romance, full of pushing boundaries and finding the strength to be happy.

Letting Go is a different animal in the world of BDSM reads. Author Maya Banks establishes the love between Joss and Dash in the early chapters. It may not have been romantic love from both parties, but it was real love and I swear I could feel it radiate off of each page. Joss and Dash had an established history and their attempt at a physical relationship with defined roles of Dominant/Submissive, I totally bought it. The relationship isn’t a quick jump into a dark and dangerous world for cheap thrills, it is a real opportunity for two people who trust each other implicitly to discover a unique type of happiness and fulfillment.

Beyond well written characters, a unique plot, and sex scenes so intense that I’m pretty sure I have a lasting residual blush – Letting Go has no cliffhanger. I cannot express the immense joy I felt getting a complete story with a well-executed ending.

I love Maya Banks, her books are instant must haves for me. I went into Letting Go expecting to find an awesome read blending real emotional romance with blistering hot bedroom scenes. I wasn’t disappointed. I felt a special connection to all of the characters and I look forward to the follow-up novel Giving In. Giving In will focus on Joss’s sister-in-law Kylie and Dash’s business partner Jensen.

Do yourself a favor and check out Letting Go.

Happy reading.

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