Review + Giveaway: Letting Go by Molly McAdams (Blog Tour)


Hello everyone,
I'm very excited to be part of the Letting Go Blog Tour. Letting Go was my first book by Molly McAdams and I'm so glad I finally picked up one of her books. I enjoyed Letting Go and I am definitely going to be reading more by her, particularly the next book in her Thatch series after reading the excerpt for book two, which was included in the paperback.

Read on for more of my thoughts on Letting Go and don't forget to add it to your wish list, especially if you're a new adult fan.


Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Thatch #1
Synopsis
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?



Some major spoilers.

Like I previously mentioned, Letting Go was my first book by Molly McAdams and I enjoyed it a lot. I did have a couple of issues with it, but they didn't take away my enjoyment of the story. I'm giving Letting Go



I mean, Letting Go wasn't the best new adult book I've read this year but I found there was a lot to like. It was very readable--I like McAdams' writing. I was half-afraid it was going to be one of those depressing, super emotional new adult reads that will leave me drained by the end because I was under the impression that that was the kind of books McAdams wrote. It wasn't. Yes, Letting Go had some sad parts and some crazy drama including a psychotic ex-girlfriend and a secret baby, but the way the two main characters Jagger and Grey reacted to the craziness weren't overly dramatic. 

I genuinely liked both Jagger and Grey together as a couple and on their own. I got where Grey was coming from with her grief and her feelings of confusion and guilt when she realized that she felt more for Jagger than merely friendship. Jagger was truly a nice guy in a bad boy's body. And he's an artist who does charcoal drawing. I love me some artist heroes! The way he took care of Grey and cared for her was so lovely and romantic. I rooted for them to find peace in their relationship.

I also loved Grey's family--her over-protective dad, her mom who sends awkward text messages reminding Grey to make sure she has protection (the mom scenes were some of my favorite moments) and Graham, her over-protective older brother but he was always there for Grey when she needed him (Graham seriously needs his own book). It was so refreshing to read about a new adult heroine who actually gets along with her parents! And I absolutely loved Grey and Graham's sibling relationship.

The main plot of the novel of whether Grey ever truly get past her grief, not feel like she's betraying Ben's memory by being with Jagger and be truly happy with him was predictable. That was pretty much resolved about a third into the novel. But Grey and Jagger couldn't quite get to their happily ever after yet because of some crazy twists. I mentioned the psychotic ex-girlfriend and the secret baby but there was also stalking, creepy notes and vandalism, Jagger's evil mom and some good ol' blackmail. 

One of my biggest issues was that it took Jagger and Grey forever to figure out who the crazy stalker was. It was so obvious you can see it from a mile away! Seriously. There was only one possible person who was crazy enough to do it. It just killed me that they couldn't figure it out. Grey and Jagger lost some points there with me.

My other issue was the whole Ben thing. It's not a big issue and I debated whether to add it to my review but it just bothered me... Okay, so Grey and Ben were together since they were 13 years old. They were in love and days from getting married when Ben died and Grey lost the love of her life. For most of the book, Ben was basically described as a saint. Then, we find out that he did something that was quite unforgivable. And, then Grey had this whole speech where she said that while she'll aways love Ben, he wasn't the love of her life after all. Jagger was. She was just caught up in the fantasy fairy tale of marrying her childhood sweetheart and blah, blah, blah...

To which I ask, why couldn't Grey have two great loves in her life? Does Ben's memory (reputation?) have to be tarnished to further validate Jagger and Grey's relationship? I didn't think so. I thought her and Jagger's relationship was strong enough that it will persevere even though she had loved another man as deeply before. I guess I just felt sorry for Ben--we learned that he had some inner turmoil himself when it came to Jagger and Grey.

Overall, Letting Go was an entertaining, very readable weekend read. It definitely made me want to pick up more books by Molly McAdams. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I wonder which Thatch character will be next. I'm hoping it's Graham.


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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If you've already read Letting Go, let me know your thoughts or if you have any books by Molly McAdams that are your particular favorites because I really want to read more by her.

Happy reading,
Michelle

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