Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Blog Tour: J A Redmerski's "The Moment of Letting Go."

The Hopeless Romantics Book blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for J A Redmerski's "The Moment of Letting Go." 


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 . . .

Review: Surj

If you loved J A Redmerski's "The Edge of Never," then I guarantee that you will love this author's latest release "The Moment of Letting Go." This was such a beautiful, poignant story about misplaced guilt, forgiveness, overcoming fears, taking chances and embracing life and all that it has to offer. Luke and Sienna's journey to finding their Happily ever was sweet, romantic and (at times) sexy as hell but equally, there was undercurrent of mystery and suspense that left a nervous feeling in my gut, my instincts telling me that all was not as it seemed and this perfect little bubble the characters found themselves in had the potential to burst at any moment. To be honest, as I read this book, there were times a familiar feeling came over me... a sense of deja-vous... like I'd been there before with different character. And then it hit me. Was this going follow a similar path to "The Edge of Never?" Don't get me wrong, Sienna and Luke's story was definitely unique in it's own right but feeling and sense of foreboding just wouldn't leave me. Well fear not peeps because I got it wrong.. completely wrong. In fact, "The Moment of Letting Go" took quite the unexpected turn towards the end but luckily, it was one that felt realistic and true to the characters I'd grown to know and love. 

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.

Talking of characters, how could I not love Luke and Sienna. Here were two people who didn't realise how lost they were until the found each other. On the face of it, Sienna and Luke couldn't have been more different. I mean ambitious event co-ordinator for the rich and famous meets adrenaline junkie surfer dude.. yup world's apart. But from the moment they met, there was a connection. Neither could describe it or explain it but what they felt ran far deeper than physical attraction. This wasn't just a holiday fling and it definitely wasn't your average romance. This was so much more than that. This was a journey of self discovery for both Luke and Sienna. It was about realising your hopes and dreams and making them a reality. It was about overcoming the fears that stop you from fully appreciating the opportunities that are out there for the taking. This was about letting go of the past and embracing the future and sometimes, just sometimes, the people that help you along on this journey are those that you least expect. 

“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. We’re all stronger than our weaknesses. 
Sometimes we just need someone else to help us find that strength.”

I loved the slow building connection that developed between Sienna and Luke. From friends to so much more... what they shared was unconditional and beautiful. And even when things did progress, it was emotional and meaningful and just wow. These two really did belong together but in my heart of hearts I knew that each of them had their own hurdles to jump before they got to that HEA point. 

Everything about "The Moment of Letting go" meant I stuck with Sienna and Luke's story. From the multitude of emotions I experienced to the style of writing. From the picturesque setting of Hawaii to the character and story development, this really was a beautiful, captivating, thought provoking read and one I would whole heartedly recommend. I'm really hoping that this is just the first book in a series because I'd love to see some of the other characters get their own books too. 

My heart is breaking into a thousand unrecognisable pieces; tears burn the back of my eyes
as I force them down; my chest feels heavy like a stack of bricks sits on top of it;
my throat is beginning to swell and I can't fucking swallow. 

I rated "The Moment of Letting Go" ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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.


About the author:

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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