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3rd September 2015, Piatkus, 416 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: several strong romance scenes, innuendo, drama, lots of humour
Summary from Piatkus Entice
You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…
Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved – until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.
Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be .
When my favourite Piatkus publicist asked if I'd like to review The Moment of Letting Go and be on the blog tour it didn't take too long for me to say yes. I was intrigued as to what would make Sienna extend her stay. I'd expected that it would be something dramatic, maybe even quitting her insanely high pressured job, but it wasn't, which is part of the reason for the 8/10E grade. The other part is that sometimes I wanted to bash both Sienna and Luke's heads together for not communicating properly.
That said, most of the book is fine. It was easy to skip past the mature scenes, which is always a plus for me. I very nearly quit reading Luke's point of view chapters, but I figured they would be there for a reason, even if initially I found them boring. There's lots of drama for Sienna, not all her fault. I love it when her friend's with her, because she looks out for Sienna and gives Luke the 3rd degree.
I was hugely shocked by Luke's past. What he does is insane, and what happened in his past is a bit horrific, and made me wonder why he'd continue doing what he does. Idiot sprang to my mind! Sienna understandably struggles with the truth, which leads to changes in both her life and Luke's. It was good to see her grow as a person, to become more carefree, more compassionate, and generally live life more, rather than go along with what her job dictated. The title is apt, there is so much to gain when you let go of emotional baggage and fears.
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Another fun romance filled read is A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde (Shop fiction, Romance, Fiction, 9/10E)