Genre: NA, Romance
Released on: August 31, 2015
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Goodreads Summary: When Kat was forced to leave the only home she had ever known due to her brother’s secrets, she wasn’t prepared for what was waiting for her in Tennessee or the choices it would force her to make.
Kat instantly knew she didn’t like Blake Reagan. He was cocky, stubborn, and infuriating. What Kat didn’t understand was why she couldn’t stop thinking about him or the way he made her feel.
The last thing Blake expected was for Kat Archer to storm into his world and turn it upside down. He thought he had her pegged from the beginning, but she destroyed everything he thought he knew. Blake was willing to fight to push his way into Kat’s heart, but she put up a wall at every turn as she clung to her past.
If she stayed, she’d risk the only family she had left. If she left, she’d lose Blake and every piece of her heart that he’d managed to steal.
I’ve said a few times before that there is nothing wrong with reading a good cliché novel from time to time. And I’m right, I have no shame in admitting that. But it also forced me to look beyond that and find something that makes a book unique, despite its clichéd tendencies.
With Holly Renee’s Letting Go, for me, it is in the characters. (Key note: when looking for what makes a story unique – the characters is a good place to start). Just from the first time these two characters meet each other (when Blake is literally balls deep in another girl), I could tell that the way they respond throughout the story is what would make it unique.
But first, let’s outline the cliché. Let’s get all that out of the way now so we can get to the good stuff. Okay, ready? Girl has a past, she’s got to get out of town and go back home. Girl then meets Boy and feels hot attraction (despite the fact he’s balls deep in another girl). Then Boy gets intrigued by her, but doesn’t want to get too close. He just can’t go there with her. But of course, circumstances push the two of them together and BOOM – hot spicy times. Now that that’s out of the way…
I really like the character of Kat. She’s fiery, sometimes a little too much for her own good and it often winds up with her in situations she needs help getting out of. Poor girl has trouble thinking before acting sometimes, but she’s good about following based on instinct and emotion. Her interactions with Blake definitely teach her to be a little more level-headed when it comes to making decisions. But, most importantly, she is one of the guys. She’s grown up with male figures all around her and learns to be part of them, not against them or on the outside of them. She’s pretty badass in that way, and I admire her tenacity for going up against guys like it’s no big thing. Wish I had that confidence.
Blake…oh man. He’s intense. Intense and often puts his own foot in his mouth because he, too, doesn’t think before saying or acting. But something happens when you put those two together and they balance each other out. I often like when Kat is able to prove him wrong and show just how much of a badass she is – and Blake finds that oh, so attractive. Makes for some very spicy times between these two.
Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this story. I’m intrigued enough to keep reading to the second book in the series which features two different characters but are people we’ve met in the first book.
MY RATING: 3.5/5