By accident she meets Kyler King, a beautiful young man with a tragic past as well. He has no interest in settling down with anyone. With a reputation as being emotionally unattainable, he uses this façade to hide the burdens he bears every day.
As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets they have kept hidden threaten to surface. An unannounced visitor causes their pasts to collide with their present. Will their secrets prove to be too big of an obstacle, hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?
Warning: This book is intended for readers 17+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters
Goodness gracious! I feel like I’m constantly reading books about people losing people. If that’s not bad enough, this book adds the additional drama of a love triangle! That’s not even counting all the other situations and events that occur throughout the book that I can’t share without ruining the story. I feel like I’ve been sucked up into a whirlwind of emotion and spit out on the other side slightly shaken up, but relieved I’ve made it through in one piece. That kind of makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy this read, doesn’t it? That’s not the case at all. I liked the story – a lot. It’s just intense.
The Upside of Letting Go is that once you do, you can find the happiness you deserve. It’s just, the whole letting go part can be a bit rough. Haley Martin has decided that the best way to “let go” is to run. She ran all the way from New Jersey to Alabama. Escaping the past should be easy from over a thousand miles away. The death of her family, the mistakes she made while trying to cope, and the only guy she’s ever had real feeling for shouldn’t be able to reach her at this distance. They shouldn’t but they do.
When Haley meets Kyler King, she knows from the start that there is something special about him. He seems to “get her” on a level no one else does. He makes her think and feel things that only one other guy ever has – Jude. Jude was there when the “accident” happened. He worked hard to try to pull her through and all she did was hurt him. She had to leave him in the past, but maybe Kyler could be her future. Only one problem… (Okay, there is more than one problem, but I’m not sharing the rest of them with you) Kyler is a little bit of a man whore. He doesn’t do relationships; then again, neither does Haley. Sometimes you find exactly what you need when you least expect it. You have to learn to let go of the past in order to hold on to your future.
This is a tough one to review. It’s hard to really fill you in on the story without giving too much away. I have a soft spot in my heart for this book because I actually graduated from Montclair State University (the college Haley transfers to The University of Alabama from) and I grew up maybe 10 minutes from Little Falls. It’s always neat when you have a personal connection to a book. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It was just very intense. It deals with some very serious topics – death, suicide, and infidelity to name a few. Just when I started to feel like things were going well or the story was at a lull, Nacole surprised me.
I’d definitely add this one to your TBR list. Nacole packs quite a punch with this debut novel and I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Here’s to hoping it won’t leave me as emotionally drained as this read did. I’m still trying to recover and this was two books ago!
Nacole is providing one lucky winner with an e-book copy of The Upside of Letting Go. All you have to do is share on your Facebook or Twitter and comment here with the URL showing you did. You can share once per day, and you get one entry for each place you share! :) Giveaway is open internationally, and ends on Tuesday, May 28! Good luck!