Title: Letting Go
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Thatch #1
Release Date: November 4, 2014
How do you let go of the past when your dreams of the future are shattered?
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?
Molly McAdams has certainly perfected the art of ripping her readers hearts out with her emotionally charged words and Letting Go is no exception. Grey and Jagger’s story begins in the wake of tragedy and their journey of healing is long, heart wrenching, and unexpected. I felt this story in a very visceral way and even shed a few tears as Grey and Jagger navigated their lingering grief and unspoken feelings. Their relationship is deeply rooted in a lifelong friendship, placing them on that precarious edge between having everything to gain and everything to lose. Despite the strength of their bond, this gave them a fragility that had my heart proceeding with caution, constantly anxious about the direction of their story. Molly McAdams tells this poignant tale of loss and grieving beautifully. Her words are a balm to the soul for anyone who’s ever lost someone they love tragically and too soon. Letting Go is heartfelt and elegantly written, connecting readers with characters that are undeniably and imperfectly human.
“No one ever said we had to move on, we just need to keep moving.”
Jagger is the ultimate best friend turned book boyfriend. Singularly devoted to Grey, there were times when I wondered if he’d end up devastated by his love for her. As the truth about the extent of his feelings for Grey was revealed, I found myself falling harder for him. If you’re looking for an alpha male, Jagger is not it. He is the sincerely sweet boy-next-door type with a side of sexy and fierce protectiveness that made me swoon for him even before Grey did. I must applaud Molly McAdams for her emotional development of Grey over the course of the story. While her life may seem fairly stagnant, her emotional state of being is greatly transformed in Letting Go. Molly McAdams writes Grey’s overwhelming grief and the resulting emotional war with absolute sincerity and a raw honesty that is nothing short of heartbreaking. Grey’s personal journey is a rollercoaster of anger, guilt, devastation, love, uncertainty, and elation. I couldn’t help but feel her story all the way through, connecting with Grey and investing myself in her and Jagger’s happily ever after.
“I just want to love you the way I always have, and hope one day you’ll love me half as much as you love him.”
To be fair, Letting Go has its predictable moments, things you can guess from simply reading the synopsis, but I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity and depth that unraveled before me as I devoured this novel. I enjoyed the various twists and turns Grey and Jagger’s story took and at times Molly McAdams left my head spinning from all of the obstacles our couple had yet to overcome. That being said, this book was a bit unbalanced as far as pacing goes. The first half was somewhat slow only to be followed by an action-packed, emotion-filled second half that had me riddled with anxiety waiting to find out how the story would end. A fascinating cast of secondary characters complemented Grey and Jagger. Getting to know Charlie, Graham, and the rest of this tightknit group was an adventure in and of itself. Molly McAdams has definitely written something special with this novel. Grey and Jagger’s journey is unconventional, emotional, and inevitably hopeful. I’m excited to see what else Molly McAdams has up her sleeve for the Thatch series!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Thatch series:
To The Stars (Thatch #2)
Show Me How (Thatch #3)