Book Review – Letting Go by Maya Banks

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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 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.


5 Star Review

Letting Go is sexy, gripping, emotional, steamy and utter perfection.  Maya Banks hooked me from the very beginning and left me craving more at the very end.  Where have I been that this is my first ever Maya Banks read?  I know, I joined the party was late but I am happy that I finally joined because if this is what I get to read from her than I am a happy reader. 

Letting Go is a story of learning to let go and move forward.  A story of saying goodbye to one love and open yourself up in hopes of having another love.  For Joss that is exactly what she is forced to do after 3 years of mourning the death of her husband Carson.  Joss is determined to get her life back and be happy again.  Knowing that she will never love someone the way she loves Carson, she is okay with that.  She knows perfection can’t happen twice in a lifetime but she is tired of being lonely and sad.  She wants to feel again and smile again she doesn’t want to hurt anymore.  Always knowing that she has kept a part of herself hidden from her husband is bound and determined to explore her hidden desires.  Joss craves dominance and for the first time in her life she is ready to explore that side of her sexuality and will give it all she has.

Dash Corbin has loved one girl as long as he can remember.  Always hiding his feelings because well let’s face it; it would look bad to make the moves on his best friend wife.  Every since the death of his best friend three years old he has waited for the right moment to make his move and let his feelings for Joss be known in hopes of her seeing him in a different light.  Being her strength and shoulder to cry on since the day Carson was killed he has waited until the right time, not really knowing if there was such a thing.  Dash is willing to place a part of him behind him if that means winning the love and trust of Joss.  His needs and desires that sometimes consumes him he is willing to give up for her.  He is willing to do anything, give her anything to prove that he can love her forever. 

When Dash and Joss come face to face in a setting that neither expect their relationship takes a sudden turn from grieving friends to something that Dash never imagined he could have.  Joss, someone who craves dominance, and Dash someone who craves submission from a woman find themselves seeing each other in a brand new light.  Can they build a dominate/submissive relationship that goes beyond just that and include love?  Or will the ghost of Joss’ husband and Dash’s best friend Carson haunt them forever? 

Maya Banks gave me something I needed.  I was intrigued from the very beginning wanting so badly for Joss to move forward with her life and be happy and wanting to see exactly what Dash was willing to give up for Joss.  It was a beautiful story of letting go and finding new love.  There were ups and downs that left me fuming and then there were moments that made my heart swell with love for those 2 characters.  I was connected with the characters from the very start wanting so badly for them to find their happy and hopefully find it with each other.  The sweet moments were as sweet as honey and hot moments were as hot as fire and Maya left me wanting more.

Letting Go is Book 1 in the Breathless Trilogy.  I need book 2 like it was yesterday – May 2014 cannot come quick enough because knowing that Book 2 is about Kylie, Carson’s sister, and Jensen, Dash’s new business partner, I can only imagine those 2 characters coming together for their own book that will most definitely be a roller coaster ride I won’t want to get off of.