Review & Giveaway: Letting Go by Maya Banks

Wednesday, February 5

Title: Letting Go*
Author: Maya Banks
Series: Surrender Trilogy #1
Genre:  contemporary erotic romance
Publisher:  Berkley
Format: print and ebook
Date/Year: February 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Michele 

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

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.

My Musings:

LETTING GO is the story of a woman who already found and lost her perfect love, but has decided after three years of lonely mourning that it’s time to go after the one thing that was missing in her otherwise perfect marriage. Josslyn will never forget Carson and the once in a lifetime love they shared. But both Carson and his sister Kylie suffered unspeakable abuse from their alcoholic father and could never have understood the need Josslyn had for a man to take charge in the bedroom and bring her both pleasure and pain. Three years is a long time to mourn. It’s time for Josslyn to find someone who will dominate her sexually in the way her late husband never would.

After Carson’s tragic death, Dash was the solid stable core at the center of Josslyn’s upside-down life. As her husband’s business partner and best friend, he has worked hard to ensure that she was taken care of in all ways, except the one he most desired. For unknown to anyone except Josslyn’s late husband, Dash has been head over heels in love with her since the moment they met. It was his misfortune to fall in love with his best friend’s girl, but to his credit, he never acted on those feelings or even gave her a hint he felt that way about her. Now that Josslyn is finally ready to put her marriage in the past, Dash will stop at nothing to make sure that she becomes his. He was prepared to take his time and move slowly toward his goal, even if it meant ignoring the Dominant side of his personality, That all changed when Dash saw Josslyn walk into a private BDSM club on the arm of another man. Could Dash have her as both his love and his submissive? Or would Carson’s memory always be an obstacle between them?

One of my favorite erotic romance series last year was the Breathless trilogy by Maya Banks, so I was happy to learn that she had another one planned for this year. Just like with that series, the Surrender trilogy features a group of interconnected characters with overlapping storylines but each book can still be read as a stand-alone story. This first book does a good job of setting up all the relationships between this group of friends and provides clues to how the other two books will progress without turning into a data dump. A special bonus for readers of Maya Banks’s Sweet series is the appearance of Damon Roche and "The House", his members only BDSM club in Houston. This trilogy takes place in that world so I’m looking forward to more glimpses of those beloved characters in the next two books.

For me, the best part of LETTING GO was how Maya Banks portrayed the perfect tension between Josslyn’s needs and Dash’s insecurities. Just because they want to make things work doesn’t mean that their new life together is without problems. The problems they face are exacerbated by their inability to fully share what they are feeling, and the initial disapproval from their friends and loved ones only makes things worse. Josslyn’s struggle to embrace her new life with Dash feeds into his irrational sense of competing for her love with the ghost of her dead husband. Their individual fears and doubts inevitably lead to a terrible misunderstanding, and it takes a near tragedy to finally force them to communicate more fully so they can have the happy ending they both deserve.

LETTING GO is a beautifully written depiction of how a widow and her late husband’s best friend learn how to move forward as a couple while honoring the memory of the man they both loved. It features Maya Banks at her best, with the heart-rending emotions and scorching sex scenes her readers have come to expect. Kylie’s story is next in, GIVING IN, and I can’t wait to read it.


Overall:  5 stars
Sensuality level:  4
(intense private BDSM scenes between the hero and heroine, one semi-public BDSM scene involving a second man) 

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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today and bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy.  Her other chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.  She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets. 

If you'd like to learn more about author Maya Banks and the books she writes you can find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

To celebrate the release of LETTING GO, the first book in her Surrender Trilogy, her publisher, Berkley, would like to giveaway a print copy of LETTING GO, to one lucky Musings follower.  (US only)  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Cheryl S. February 5, 2014 at 3:13 AM  

Love Maya's writing style. I can't wait to read this new book. I'm currently on my 5th KGI book and I'm loving them!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Carol L. February 5, 2014 at 4:25 AM  

I started reading Maya's books with her Highlander Macabe trilogy. LOVED it. Then I read her Breathlesss and Colter's series. No matter what genre she writes I find them all amazing.Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Carol L
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Kathleen O February 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM  

Maya's books will always be on my book shelves.. It was a great day when I discovered her books a few years ago...

Texas Book Lover February 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM  

I haven't read any of Maya's books yet. I recently picked up her Breathless Trilogy to read and this series sound like it will be really good as well!

books4me February 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM  

I love Maya's KGI series and this sounds like a different series that I can't wait to read!


erin February 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM  

I'm dying to read Maya's books!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Artemis February 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM  

What intrigues me about this book is the friends to lover trope. Especially, the scene when she walks into the Club on another mans' arm. I can imagine the Alpha's hackles getting ruffled at that! Oh how yummy. Yep, definitely want to read this one.

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