In my previous post I discussed an author by the name of Maya Banks and a brief mention of a future post about her newest novel Letting Go from the Surrender Series.
I finished it this morning and am excited to review Letting Go.
“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” (book bio from banks webpage).
Letting Go similar to Banks other steamy works actually breaks away from her previous novels that I have read. It breaks in such a way due to its emotional complexity. Centered around death, grief, and recovery Banks takes you on a new journey of strong unconditional love. It has been quite some time since I have read a novel like this, where love blooms from death. And I found Banks’ Letting Go incredible; the idea of human nature hurting so painfully that time and connection can heal that hurt. Jossy and Dash reach for one another and only one another. Banks’ novel reminds me J. A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Always. Similarly in the characters devotion to one another in a time of loss. When relationships form it is important to be with someone whom you connect with on a level of trust and understanding that both Banks’ and Redmerski’s characters face.
Writers, like Banks, that demonstrate human complexity forces readers to really think as a whole. Letting Go was a great read that focused on character interaction not only romantically but verbally that was new and direct. Communication is the basis for all great relationships combined with love and trust.
More importantly life is amazingly precious. So remember what is important and love the ones that you are close with.
Letting Go is a great read and I strongly suggest it. Be on the look out for the next book in the Surrender Series, Giving In, coming May 6th.
For more on the series please check out banks webpage and twitter: http://www.mayabanks.com/books/main.php#connected-surrender & @maya_banks