The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. RedmerskiThe Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski
Published August 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
two-stars
Format: eBook
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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 . . .


Sienna Murphy is in Hawaii to execute a wedding planning job. While everything seems to go wrong and she steps out to take a few deep breaths and relax, she meets carefree surfer-boy Luke Everett and they exchange a couple of words. Luke’s straightforwardness and the way he sees through her struck her, and suddenly make her question all her choices. The first one being stepping on a plane back to San Diego.

What I loved about this book:

  • Hawaii? The setting? But that’s gotta be it!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The pace of the book
  • The flat storyline

I used to be a huge J.A. Redmerski fan, and still think that The Edge of Never is a wonderful book that will forever remain on my Top 20 list of books to read before you die. However,  The Moment of Letting Go wasn’t quite as good as previous books from this author. Two things majorly put me off when reading this book. First:the main characters., and second: the pace and the storyline.

Let’s tackle the first concern first. Well, I just thought Sienna was really kind of a”meh” character. She works a job that she doesn’t really enjoy, she has friends which aren’t really friends because they are both from completely different worlds, and she gave up on so many passions for the sake of the job previously mentioned (and which she doesn’t particularly like).

So yeah, running into a crazy carefree guy like Luke sounds like she is bound to think twice about the life she has been living up until now. But then again, Luke is the complete opposite. While Sienna is more like a “live to work” kind of person, Luke is someone who (casually) works to live, and who wants to live life to the fullest. I just didn’t like neither character was a good role model, and while the point was for them to balance each other out, it took them a heck of a time.

“Death can happen at any time. Life is finite, Sienna.”

And as far as the storyline is concerned, the whole thing is pretty much insta-love as it lives and breathes the moment the two characters meet. Sienna spends a littler over a couple of hours with Luke and they both already feel like this could be more, which prompts Sienna to postpone her flight back to the mainland in order to spend more time with Luke. Rash decision for someone who seemed so buttoned-up, but hey, I understand this had to happen for the sake of the storyline.

“She makes me want to spill my guts, to get out everything in the open so she can make it all better. But I can’t.”

But then, the whole book is about Sienna and Luke trying to see if they fit together. They have chemistry – that much is undeniable – but there’s also the fact that they are almost polar opposites. There’s the crazy carefree person and the person who is afraid and more conservative in general. And of course, the fact that the person who is afraid also has to live with the constant reminder that something really awful could happen to the carefree one. Of course, consequently, there’s a lot of denying, acknowledging and running on both ends, and not necessarily in this order. There is a constant back and forth and it just became boring at one point.

The book was extremely slow moving, and the whole thing about Luke, his past, his brother etc. was dramatized and mystified to no end. The same thing goes for his relationship with Kendall. Much ado about nothing. Plain and simple. It took me ages to finish this book and frankly it wasn’t even enjoyable because there was nothing distracting or entertaining about the book. It felt flat, even though there were a couple of side characters. I just can’t explain why, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

“I wish I could face my own fear – accepting Landon’s death and moving on with my life.”

Well, I must say, this book did end with one of the cutest proposals in the history of books. That ultimately put a huge smile on my face, but I do hold grudges and still think that The Moment of Letting Go was slow as fruit and would have been so much better if the story would have been deeper and more complex.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
2 Stars
All the feels
1.5 Stars
Overall: two-stars