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, 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 would be 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 but 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.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
I am a huge fan of Maya Banks and never say no to the offer of reading one of her books! Her Breathless Series (Fever, Rush & Burn) is by far one of my favorite series of last year. So when I had a chance to read Letting Go, the first in the Surrender trilogy I jumped at the chance. Each book is a standalone in the series, much like Breathless, with each book following a different set of characters that all interact in daily life.
I really liked this book. It was a sweet story of a heroine after losing her husband and learning how to not only cope but to move on from him and find the one thing that she's been missing. Enter Dash, the hot dominant alpha male who's been hiding in plain site. You get to watch the struggle between these two characters as they try to figure out how to deal with each other.
While I did truly like this book it is a bit different from the previous books from Maya Banks. Everything I've read from her usually starts on the steam very, very quickly. But this story seemed to get a slow start. If you are a fan of Maya, like I am, just be prepared for a build up. It's totally worth it but it definitely doesn't move as fast as her other stories. There is more romance, more sweet and then finally the steam! And damn the steam is HOT once it hits you full force!
I would highly recommend this book to romance readers who love their stories steamy, but this is not an overly erotic book. It's a great starter read for new fans of Maya Banks and a great first story in the series. Not to mention that I'm super excited to read more about book two!