Letting Go by Molly McAdams
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.
It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?
Emma - 4 Crowns
Book 1 in the new series Thatch.
So before I start this review I will inform you that unlike so many of Molly McAdams books, where she slays your heart with an unexpected death - Molly has in her cruel and sadistic mind decided instead to start the book in this way.
Grey and Ben are childhood sweethearts. 3 days away from there wedding and things couldn't be any more perfect. Having been with Ben since she was just 13, Grey has her whole life planned out and she couldn't be happier... BANG!! One phone call brings her world crashing down around her. Ben is dead and the life she has dreamed of is plunged in to darkness.
The book starts 2 years after the death of Ben. Grey is getting ready to graduate college but this day won't be a celebration, it will just be a reminder of all she has lost. Having isolated herself from her friends and family following Ben's death, decisions now have to be made about her future. How does she keep moving forward when Ben took her heart with him?
Throughout the darkness that followed Ben's death the one person she has come to rely on is his best friend Jagger. He has been her support and has understood the grief and devastation that she has lived with. Jagger is determined to be there for her wherever and whenever she needs him and that includes accompanying her on her move back to their home town Thatch and the memories that will engulf her there.
This is Grey and Jagger's journey of letting go of Ben and moving on with their lives. Secret feelings will be uncovered, feelings of guilt and betrayal will weigh on them both, but through all of that, will love and loyalty win? Letting go will be hard, but not doing it together may be even harder.
Molly McAdams is the queen of emotionally charged, angsty reads for me and Letting Go doesn't disappoint. This is everything you expect from one of her books. I love the thought she put into this book, how she has this ability to ring out every emotion in the way she writes. She has once again created a H/h that you will relate to and that you will fall in love with. Any woman in love will relate to Grey when you imagine being in the place she finds herself, however for me it is Jagger who steals the show. The love he has always had for Grey is tangible, so much so that everyone, even Ben could see it shine from within him. They say everything in life happens for a reason and this book is the epitome of that.
If you are a Molly McAdams fan, you need to jump onto this book asap. It is beautifully written and so emotionally charged that I defy anyone to not be touched by this book. Letting Go is a fine example of finding love again with someone you least expect, but that was under your nose all along. I look forward to future book in this series and i hope that we get a book for Charlie and for the wannabe frat boy trio - A highly recommended must Read!!