ARC Review + Giveaway: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

15 Aug 2015

Book Title: The Moment of Letting Go
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: Standalone
Release Date: August 11th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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...



"Have you ever had that feeling...when you know deep down that you should do something? Like if you don’t do it, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life?” 

It's no secret that J.A. Redmerski is one of my favorite authors after putting out books like her Killers series and The Edge of Never. This time around she brings her readers on yet another journey of self-discovery and a story that wants to make you put your life into perspective. 

Sienna Murphy, a 22-year old who's an event coordinator and despite her fear of heights (and flying), she recently landed a wedding gig in Hawaii. Goal-oriented and striving on stability, Sienna is not one who take risks. But when her path crosses with one Luke Everett, a surfer with a carefree personality, she begins to question her current life along with the choices she've made. 
"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. Everything about him screams change and the unknown and if you let him in, your meticulously planned life will never be the same again."
The one thing I love about this author's work is that there's always something I could take away after finishing it. There was a lot in this read that resonated with me especially Sienna and in a way, I saw a lot of myself in her. There are days where you just want to throw all caution to the wind and leave your worries behind. Even when she started to learn about how much more she is capable of, there were parts of her that still stayed true to herself. I connected to her character easily and it was easy for me to understand the choices she made. 

Both Luke and Sienna had a slow building relationship, no insta-love and their time spent together exploring Hawaii was one that captivated me throughout the entire read. And Luke was such a gentleman of all sorts. Also did I mention he paints beautifully? Seriously. But what made me swooned the most is how Luke genuinely cares for Sienna and how he helped her to overcome her fears. 
“Fear is just the part of you that wants you to fail. It’s all of your regrets and your pain and your failures wrapped up into one emotion. It’s a weakness, nothing more.”
The story wasn't laced with any sorts of heavy drama or angst but it was definitely geared more towards the emotional end. The main and side characters alike all had depth to them that allowed you to understand their fears and insecurities, to be able to connect to them and experience their journey. It's not just about letting go but it deals with the acceptance of loss and moving past it. 

Once again, JA Redmerski writes a story that I believe everyone can easily relate to and brings you to places that you'd wish you could experience it yourself. It wasn't any grand or exotic story but to me, it was one that was honest and heartfelt. Luke and Sienna's story is more than just about learning to live and let go but to learn to heal and love again. Sometimes all we need is a simple story to remind us about the little things in life that makes us happy and this book did just that.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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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