8/16/15

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO BY J.A. REDMERSKI!!

Title: The Moment of Letting Go
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Release Date: AVAILABLE NOW!!

SYNOPSIS:
You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...
THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO
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 . . .
PURCHASE HERE:
Sienna Murphy is careful. She's always in control, she doesn't like to be caught off guard. She's always a bit afraid of handing someone else the reigns. Luke Everett is a free spirit, a risk taker, a man who likes danger and the adrenaline rush of extreme sports. These characters seem like polar opposites when they meet by chance on the island of Hawaii, where Luke spends his days teaching surf lessons and Sienna is on location for a few days as an event planner organizing a lavish wedding. As different as their lives are, Sienna and Luke seem to just fit, like a yin and yang. Sienna came from nothing so she strives to work hard and earn more and never have to struggle. Luke knows what it's like to have money and material things and so he's sought to simplify his lifestyle. Sienna lives with fear and is so careful, so calculating and organized. Luke doesn't seem to be afraid of anything anymore and he's spontaneous in all he does. One might even say he's reckless. As opposite as they seem, this story is very much the journey of Sienna and Luke learning so much about themselves through this newfound relationship. They teach each other to open up, conquer their fears and figure out what they want in life. The Moment of Letting Go is a beautifully written story of adventure and self discovery and healing and love.

This story felt like a leisurely stroll rather than a fast paced ride. It's very much a slow building story of two people just figuring it all out. Told in alternating first person points of view, the facets of these personalities, the secrets of their pasts are revealed slowly to the reader and even more slowly to each other. This book is one you can just curl up and get lost in. It's a comfort read very reminiscent of The Edge of Never, one of my favorite books by this author. I enjoyed the pace of the story but, I'll admit, I grew a little restless for things to pick up the pace during the first half. However, around the 65% point, the story took a very emotional turn and I couldn't read fast enough. I was gripped from that point on, by the emotionally taxing, heartbreaking evolution of the story. This story is romantic fiction in the truest sense. While I typically prefer authenticity and believability, even in romance, for the sake of a sweet love story, I could overlook some of the (very minimal) cheesy dialogue toward the end, and the marginally unrealistic moments (the letter...how could she not read that letter?) But with that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's different, it's heartwarming, it's a wake up call to focus on what's most important, to live and to love fully and unconditionally.

Jessica's Rating:

Then he gets up and grabs my hands from the tops of my bare knees, pulling me to my feet.
“We’re going swimming,” he says. “And we’ll talk more about this later…like on the day your vacation is over and you’re standing at the gate in the airport about to kiss me goodbye.”
“Wow, you really think highly of yourself, don’t you?” I can’t keep the laughter from my voice.
“Damn straight!” he says and pulls me along beside him. “Before these two weeks are over, I can guarantee you three things.” He holds up three fingers as we continue onward toward the water. “One”—he holds up one finger—“you’ll never want to go back to San Diego once Hawaii is done with you.” He holds up two fingers. “Two—that photography love of yours will start to take the place of everything else in your life. And three”—he wiggles three fingers and we stop on the beach where the water can pool around our feet—“you’ll kiss me at least once before you go home.”
I blush hard and it feels like my eyes are bugging out of my head. “I might peck you on the cheek or something, but—”
“No,” he says, smiling and quite serious, “it’ll be a full-on, tongue-dancing kind of kiss.”
I smack him playfully on the arm—something is fluttering around inside my belly.
“Geez!”
Luke grabs my hand and pulls me out to the water with him, where we swim and hang out on the cliffs until late in the afternoon. People come and go throughout the hours, sometimes leaving us with Alicia, Braedon, and a few of their close friends to have the area to ourselves for a while before more people show up in intervals.
“Backflip!” someone says just before Luke jumps into the water for probably the twentieth time.
And every time he does it, it ties my stomach up in knots. But there’s something about him that I can’t quite figure out when I watch him leap off the edge of that cliff; it’s not overconfidence or showing off or recklessness, but something deeper, more profound. Maybe it’s a sense of freedom, or a natural high that consumes him while he’s in the air, as if he had been born with a pair of wings that only he can see. But the more time I spend with him, the more intrigued I become. Sure, he’s gorgeous and funny and polite and all the kinds of things—so far—that would make my mom love him to death. But what intrigues and excites me more is how he
kind of makes me want to jump off that stupid cliff regardless of how scared I am of it.

J. A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries. 

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