Monday, February 24, 2014

Letting Go by Maya Banks

Title: Letting Go
Author: Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Published Date: February 4, 2014

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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, 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 would be 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 but 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.
My Thoughts:

Letting Go, by Maya Banks, is the first book in her erotic Surrender Trilogy.  Letting Go starts on a somber note.  It is the 3rd anniversary of the death of Joss' husband and she, along with her husband's best friend Dash, head to the cemetery to pay their respects as they have done every year since his passing.  However, this year is different.  Joss has decided that she is done mourning and she plans to reclaim her life.  No longer will she be the heartbroken widow locked up in her house while she watches life pass her by.  Instead she is stepping out and reclaiming her happiness.  Dash can tell something major has changed inside Joss, but is at a loss to what it is.  

Later that day Joss meets with her best friends, Kylie and Chessy. Joss shares with them the steps she has taken to change her life.  She loved her husband with all of her heart, but he was not able to give her one thing she yearned for in their sexual relationship- dominance.  Therefore, Joss has decided that to move on she needs to enter into a dominant/submissive relationship- she just doesn't know with whom yet.  

In order to find the perfect man for her new lifestyle, Joss has joined a private club that deals in such matters and arrives there ready to jump start her life.  However, Dash ruins her plans when he walks into the club and spies Joss on the arms of another.  All hell breaks loose as he sprints her out of the establishment and demands to know what is going on.  The conversation that happens next is an eye-opener for both Joss and Dash and they have some serious decisions to make.     

I really enjoyed Letting Go and reading about the journey Joss and Dash embarked upon.  My familiarity with dominance and submission goes no farther than Fifty Shades, so my eyes were opened in many ways reading Letting GoJoss was tired of making decisions and wanted a man to make them for her.  It was hard for me to understand why Joss, who was a very independent woman, would want to give up her freedom in order to feel free.

I'm very much looking forward to the second book in the Surrender Trilogy, Giving In, which will be published in May 2014.  As much as I enjoyed Letting Go, I have a feeling that I will love Giving In even more.  The second book centers around Kylie and Jensen, whose chemistry was very evident in Letting Go.  Banks set up a great back story for Kylie which I am very interested in delving into.

If you are looking for an erotic romance, Maya Banks' Letting Go is a great choice. It has romance, friendship, and heartache along with great characters.  Check it out!  

Maya Banks

*I have been provided a complimentary copy of the book, Letting Go, for the purpose of review.*

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