Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review, Excerpt and Giveaway...The Moment of Letting Go by: J.A. Redmerski




THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO by J.A. Redmerski (August 11, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback)
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 . . .




Excerpt:
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.

My Review: (Copy provided)
5 plus stars!!

Oh. My. God. I fell in love with this story! I adored the characters and everything in between. This is the best book I've read in awhile. I can give it more than five stars here on my blog but I wish  I could click on more than five in other review platforms. This book gave me the feels. It had me smiling, laughing, and tearing up. I had the butterflies consistently swarming my belly throughout. It's a book that I will always remember and will be on the forefront of my mind when people ask for recommendations. I feel honored to be able to have read a review copy of this and will definitely be buying a few copies for some fellow readers.

So what's it about? Well I won't go into detail because you have a blurb and even an excerpt but here's a little...Sienna (h) I loved her so much! She was like an old soul to me, she kept people at a distance but within reach, even her family. She took care of her family when she could afford to and kind of held the weight of the world. She was deathly afraid of heights and flying. While in Hawaii for work she meets Luke (H) a handsome surfer. Luke lives his life day to day as an adventure. He is an adrenaline junkie and has been burned by girls in the past that can't accept his life choices. He realizes right away Sienna is different but the problem is, she's leaving. Luke has been depressed for along time and he feels like Sienna can help him come out of it. Can Luke convince her to stay? And will Sienna's fears get in the way?

This book isn't overly angsty, it's actually a pretty sweet story and I absolutley loved what I got out of it. I have to post a few of my favorite quotes because they were too good not to.

Luke: "To be blunt, Sienna, just tell the fear to fuck off and you take control. Seriously. Grow a set of balls-I'll loan you mine if you need them."

Sienna: "Luke Everett is dangerous. He's more dangerous than flying in a plane or jumping from a cliff into water or from a bridge attached by a giant rubber band or getting lost in the forest."

Luke: "You borrowed my balls and never gave them back." 

Luke: "I drank the sky and brought an angel down with me." 

If you haven't figured it out by now I highly recommend this book and am marking it as one of my all time favorites. I already have The Edge of Never on that list and if you haven't read that yet...What are you waiting for?! I want more of every single one of these characters and can't wait to read more by J.A. Redmerski! 

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About the author:
J. A. Redmerski, New York TimesUSA 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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