Book Review: Letting Go by: Maya Banks

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Series: Letting Go (1), Giving In (2), Taking It All (3)

Review: LETTING GO is the first book in the Surrender Trilogy. Joss’ husband, Carson, died three years ago and she’s finally working through her grief to acceptance. She’s also longing to find the one thing her husband could never provide – dominance. Dash was Carson’s best friend and business partner. He’s also carried a torch for Joss during the entirety of her and Carson’s relationship and beyond. He’s also fiercely dominant and when he sees Joss at a fetish club, he decides it’s now time to act and make Joss his and only his.

LETING GO deals with grief, recovery, and new beginnings. I liked Joss and her determination to go after what she wants once she went through her mourning period. She struck me as an emotionally strong woman and someone who can stand up for herself. The fact she wants dominance in her life doesn’t change any of the above. Dash is finally getting what he wants: Joss. As a bonus, he is getting her submission to him. Yet he isn’t as emotionally ready for this relationship as he thought. I felt he was unfair to Joss, unrealistic in certain expectations, and didn’t educate Joss enough about the 24/7 lifestyle he wanted. The sex scenes are explicit and exceptionally steamy, which was a highlight. I also very much enjoyed the interactions between Joss and her best friends, Kylie and Chessy. LETTING GO is a good, solid story with enjoyable characters overall. I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.

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