Welcome to our stop in the Letting Go blog tour. Letting Go is the first book (it'll be out on February 4th) in Maya Banks' new Surrender series. If you like spicy, steamy romances you can't go wrong with Maya's books. Read on for my thoughts about Letting Go, get a little peak in the short excerpt and enter to win a copy!
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Surrender Trilogy #1
Synopsis (from 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.
Joss has been mourning her beloved husband, Carson, for three years. She loved him with all her heart but it was time to move on and live her life. And also seek the one thing her husband couldn't give her: Joss wanted a dominant man to her submissive. She never thought she'd find it in her husband's best friend and business partner, Dash.
I have enjoyed Maya Banks' novels in the past, especially her KGI series. I haven't read many of her spicier novels and I was a little apprehensive because I usually stay away from books with a Dominant/submissive relationship. But since I basically read anything and everything with a friends-to-lovers trope that I come across (it's one of my very favorites!), I eagerly picked up Letting Go.
The verdict? Pretty good!
Like I said, Letting Go has a friends-to-lovers theme. Joss and Dash have been friends for years--Dash was Carson's best friend and the person who held and comforted Joss since her husband's untimely death. Joss never suspecting that Dash has been in love with her for years.
Dash was the most... I want to say warmest Dominant I've read. I don't usually pick up books with D/s relationships because the hero comes across as too alpha and too cold and rub against my feminist sensibilities the wrong way (even with reassurances that in a true D/s relationships the female holds as much power as the male, etc., etc.). But Dash was loving and sweet and took care of Joss, who herself was such a sweetheart. The chemistry between them was hot. While the smexy times weren't anything that I haven't already come across before, they were steamy. You're going to want to read this one with a cold drink.
I also liked that both Joss and Dash had a very good relationship with Carson. Often in romance the deceased husband or the ex-husband is horrible human being. But it was the opposite in Letting Go, as both Joss and Dash both loved Carson. That gave the story a freshness for me.
My one big issue with Letting Go, though, was the dialogue. I did feel that the dialogue between Joss and Dash and their inner thoughts grew very repetitive in the first third of the novel. They did have some issues they had to work out in the beginning for their relationship to start on even footing, but having the same conversation many times over really slowed the pacing of the novel and my eyes glazed at some points.
Whilst I do have that one big issue with Letting Go, there were many things I liked about it and I enjoyed reading it on the whole. It is a great start to the series. I'm definitely excited to read the other two books featuring Joss and Dash's friends. Pick up Letting Go by Maya Banks for a steamy weekend read.
Good luck and happy reading,