Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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 . . .

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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.


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 and is a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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Review by Yvette:

Memorable characters, swoon-worthy romance, exotic locale – The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski is a captivating, breathtakingly beautiful read, perfect for fans of the New Adult genre. While I’m a fan of the genre, I’ve pulled back a bit from reading New Adult because the majority of books I’ve read have fallen into a pattern, repeating the same tropes and churning out a stream of one-dimensional characters. Fortunately the aforementioned qualities do not apply to The Moment of Letting Go, which is exactly the type of story I look forward to reading when I think of a New Adult novel. Protagonists, Sienna Murphy and Luke Everett, are at a point in time where they’re still trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives, and it’s this transitionary period that we get to experience alongside of these characters.

Told in alternating perspectives, the story follows Sienna and Luke, a couple brought together entirely by chance. Meeting Sienna, you get the sense that she's a planner – a bit rigid and not prone to deviation. It's somehow fitting that she's drawn to Luke, who personifies spontaneity with his ceaseless zest for adventure. Their burgeoning romance is sweet and passionate, recalling that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling of having a new crush, where each lingering touch is a noteworthy occasion and every spare moment is consumed with thoughts of that special person. As new and exciting as everything is between them, there’s also an ease between them and a strong sense of familiarity that’s surprising considering they’ve only just met. There's an immediate attraction between Luke and Sienna – a mysterious pull that draws them together – and, as quickly as their connection developed, I appreciated that their relationship developed organically, not rushed despite their limited time together.

The Moment of Letting Go is first and foremost a love story, but it’s also a journey of self-discovery, filled to bursting with energy, with adventure, with life. These characters are multifaceted, with hidden depths that are revealed as Sienna and Luke are laid bare to each other, both physically and emotionally. Their story captured my attention and didn’t release its hold until I was certain of their fate. With The Moment of Letting Go, Redmerski has once again proven herself to be a captivating storyteller, writing a heartwarming story about overcoming fears and embracing fate.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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