by Jessica Ruddick
How long do you hold on?
Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.
And right into the arms of Luke Evans.
But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…
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College student Cori isn’t looking for romance when she meets Luke. Her high school boyfriend hasn’t been dead long, and she’s still dealing with the loss, not to mention the guilt. Then there’s school and life and a million other reasons she doesn’t have time to add romance to her life, but sometimes we find ourselves falling for a person even when we don’t want to.
Letting Go was a fast and easy read, with fantastic writing that really pulled me into the story! There were a lot of moments when I teared up, moments when I laughed out loud, times when I was frustrated with Cori or Luke for making what I thought were stupid decisions, and even moments when I felt angry. But even after all that, when I got to the end of the book my overall impression was “how sweet,” because that’s what this book was. Sweet.
Cori and Luke had an instant connection, but I didn’t feel like they were being pushed together unnaturally, and the chemistry was good. They were two average people who had busy and realistic lives and problems, and there were plenty of hurdles to overcome (not all of which they did gracefully), but in the end I felt like their progression was very realistic, which is what I look for in a story. Perfect characters who don’t make mistakes don’t hold any appeal for me. Overall, a quick and easy read, light but emotional at the same time, and a new adult book well-worth picking up!
╣About the Author╠
Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.
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