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Letting Go

(Surrender Trilogy #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  12,132 ratings  ·  1,016 reviews
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Berkley
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Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ok, let me start by saying this is killing me. Not many months ago I told every single friend I knew that enjoys romance, "BUY EVERYTHING MAYA BANKS WRITES". And now, I am slowly but surely losing faith I can keep buying her new material. Maya, as a fan of yours who LOVED your Sweet Series, who reread the McCabe Trilogy so many times I can quote it word for word, you need to slow down. I feel like Maya took too much on, and is releasing too much too fast. And Maya, your editor is letting you dow ...more
Swept Away By Romance Joint Review For Letting Go

Kristen – 3 Stars
Kathleen – 3 1/2 Stars

What worked

Kristen: Surprisingly it was the light BDSM aspect of this story that I loved the most. It gives a good introduction into the intriguing world of BDSM. I finished this book with a better understanding of why people are drawn to this lifestyle.
I also loved that this book wasn't overly steamy. Letting Go is a character driven story and I appreciated that it wasn't bombarded with copious amounts
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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If you have been following me, you might be asking yourself, "What's the deal, Nenia? Why are you reading all of these books if you don't like them?" Well, here's the thing, Dear Reader. I purchased most of the author's collection at a used bookstore because I'd heard good things, and then immediately regretted this decision upon picking up the first book in the Sweet series. Stuck with 10+ books I didn't like, and a following of fellow
Kaley Rice
Feb 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I think I'm just about done. Maya Banks was one of the first romance readers I read (The Darkest Hour, book #1 of the KGI series) and I was hooked. She could do no wrong so when I felt "meh" about her pregnancy & passion series, I brushed it off. I started off enjoying the historical fiction series until I ended up DNF'ing one (the second title in the second historical trilogy). I made it through Rush, endured Fever, but the insta love in Burn had me DNF'ing that. I wasn't thrilled with the fant ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
**I only rate a book a 1 if I DNF it however, this doesn't deserve a solid 2 either**
RATING: 1.5/5

Um yeah. I eventually gave up on this madness but then forced myself to finish the last two chapters, if for nothing but to prove I could.

This wasn't for me in any way shape or form and I honestly can't rate this one higher than this. It was just bad. The plot, the character development, and the actions and language of everyone were just lacking everything. A book intended to be about a new relatio
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-goal
This book was just meh to me. And I usually love books by Maya Banks! I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought the book was repetitive. OMG, we get it! Your husband is dead, you hooked up with his best friend, how could you do that? And the constant "I'll never find perfect love again". Come on!! There was too much wallowing for my taste. Lots and lots of inner dialogue about the same shit over and over again. AND how many more times can you use the phrases "fate is a fickle bitch" and "xxx, ...more
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kathleen and Krista's Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance
Joint Review by Kristen and Kathleen

What worked Kathleen: The descriptive feelings between the many different characters throughout this book were excellent.
I thought the character development was very well done throughout this book. The friendship Joss had with her two best friends was absolutely marvelous. They were ALWAYS there to support each other. The descriptive information about all the characters made me feel like I really kne
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Have you ever heard the saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." Well for once, I'm not living by that creed. Seriously, did I just waste 2/3 days reading this crap? There is only one other book I can think of that I just plain couldn't finish. Unfortunately for me, I keep telling myself it has to get better so I instead punish myself by reading the rest! Carson, Carson, Carson. That's the only name I saw. Sentence after sentence calling out Carson's name ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm
I'm a little torn on this one. On the one hand, I love Maya Banks' writing. She always produces quality work. On the other hand, this book is about a 24/7 D/s relationship. That's something that really doesn't appeal to me, and my inner feminist was screaming at Joss throughout much of this book. It just didn't sit well with me that Joss seemed to move from being taken care of one man to being taken care of by his best friend. Do something for yourself woman! Go back to school...your life is abo ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1)

This is the first book in the Surrender Trilogy. I am a big fan of Maya Banks. Her writing is exceptional, the story flows well, I loved all the characters that were introduced and learning who they all are makes you look forward to the next book in this series.

This is a story about a woman who has lost her first love in a tragic accident. Moving on after three years is a step in the right direction for Joss. Joss has some hidden desires and decides it time she
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Letting Go
1 Star

As a fan of Maya Banks's romantic suspense and historical romance series, this book seemed a natural choice when I needed a BDSM book for a challenge. Let me preface this review with the disclaimer that BDSM is not a preferred genre, and as such my comments will more than likely not be in line with the many readers who enjoy this genre immensely.

As it turns out, the BDSM elements are not the reason for this one star review. Rather the writing, characters and story are so weak as
Sophia,"Coco against the grain"
I was a bit bored. I felt the dialogue was repetitive ,and found a lot of the scenes repeating themselves. I,also never really connected with the characters. This could have been a wonderful book but missed the mark. This is one of those times I wish gr had a point system. This was actually a 2.5 for me. I will read the next one because I have liked most of her books. Hopefully,this was a fluke...
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book should have been entitled Carson because the entire book centered around him and what he would think, what he wanted and if he was ok with what was happening! The entire book!! I couldn't believe it!! I am sorry to say this because I love Maya Banks and her work, but her last three books, Burn, After the Storm and now this one, have not been up to par at all, and they almost read as the same exact story with a little bit of a twist in the names of the characters. The stories are very r ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Letting Go does not work for me. Its too cheesy and have no story. The whole story takes place in utopian BDSM world where everything is perfect, including the steak. I still tolerate Maya Banks cheesiness in Sweet series (hey, i like cheesey romance story if it is excuted very well).

Things that does not work for me:
1. The dialog is very stiff and cheesy.
2. There is no characters development. 1 dimensional character. And the dream about her dead husband is makes me cringe.
3. No story, no laye
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-ordered
Sweet, Sweet, BabyJesus! I feel like one of those seagulls in Finding Nemo--"Mine! Mine! Mine!" ...more
Angela Lane
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I am a HUGE Maya Banks fan. I buy every book she writes on release day. I find her incredibly stalk-worthy. Letting go is the first in a new three part series about three female friends. I guess the female version of the “Breathless” trilogy.

The first book is about Joss, (whose name was SO similar to Josie in Burn, I had to go back and double check that it wasn’t the same!) a young widow trying to move on with her life, three years after the sudden death of her husband. She has found love once,
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
3.5/5 stars

Full Review (originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks:
Joss has been mourning her beloved husband, Carson, for three years. She loved him with all her heart but it was time to move on and live her life. And also seek the one thing her husband couldn't give her: Joss wanted a dominant man to her submissive. She never thought she'd find it in her husband's best friend and business partner, Dash.

I have enjoyed Maya Banks' novels in the past,
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Review copy provided for an honest review


While this was overall a good read, there were some aspects of it that really bothered me. It is a story about Joss, who has been mourning her dead husband for the past three years, and Dash, her husband’s best friend, who has supported her throughout her trials.

Joss finally decides she’s ready to move on and to seek what she couldn’t have with Carson-a man to dominate and own her. So she goes
Josslyn Breckenridge
Dash Corbin

I'm not going to lie, in the end I didn't really like Dash. He was kinda jerky, and not in the cocky alpha-hole way I've come to like. The way he flipped on Joss so easily bothered me. Now beyond that I did like Joss and Dash's story. And I like the overall cast of this trilogy. I'll really interested in seeing what is up with Jensen and Kylie.

On a random note did anyone else notice all the men, well the living men, have two first names. Dash Corbin, Jensen Tucke
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Letting Go begins on the third anniversary of her beloved Carson’s death. She visits his grave and has decided that the time has come to let him go and live her life. Once she leaves his grave, she vows to not return. This is not how she wants to think of him and she knows that he would want her to move on.

Joss has been researching D/s relationships and has decided to visit The House, a club which we learned of in Banks’ Sweet Series, that is a hub of D/s activity. When she tells her two best f
Joss accepting that she needed to move on with her life rang true to me. Three years is a long time to grieve for someone. That she would decide on the anniversary of his death to explore the parts of herself she's been denying held a bittersweet irony. Her journey back to herself was one of the better parts of the book for me.

I felt Dash's pain when it came to Joss. To be in love with your best friend's wife? Ouch. Especially when said best friend dies and the woman you love mourns him for 3 lo
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book itself was really good and the BDSM-aspect was actually kind of refreshing for this story. It did not seem over the top erotic or even painfully weird, just normal. The characters were held realistically and honest. Their relationship seemed romantic and passionate, which is maybe one of reasons i liked the book this much. Also the author kept the more dominant scenes pretty authentic. Dash and Joss were a strong couple. I can see myself reading more of Maya Banks in the future. I did n ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Between a 3 and a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed this book, but on the dominance and submission it was a little lacking.
Liz F
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted on Kindles & Wine

I’ve read a couple of books by Maya Banks, but I honestly didn’t realize what a big deal she is. First of all, she’s written A LOT of books. A lot of great books! Second, she’s a full-on New York Times AND USA Today #1 best-selling author, with a book that debuted at #1 on BOTH of those lists! So we at Kindles & Wine are truly honored to kick off her blog tour for Letting Go, the first book in her brand-new Surrender trilogy. But, dear readers, I have to be honest,
Christy Seale
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Somewhat like 50 shades, naughty 😂. Very repetitive, found myself skimming a lot.
Three years ago Joss Beckenridge expectantly lost her husband in a car accident, and has been living a fragile, miserable ghost existence ever since. But it’s time for things to change. Joss is ready to stop grieving her husband and move on with her life. She’s ready to get back out in the world and try new things, and FINALLY explore the one desire she had that her husband was unable to sate: her need for dominance. She’s thrown for a loop when she walks into an exclusive adult club and finds D ...more
This is my first Maya Banks book and I’m really hoping that she was just off her game or something because if Letting Go is a perfect example of her other works, then I’ll be less than enthused to check out her other books. Perhaps I had a little too high of expectations regarding this book but it definitely wasn’t what I expected. I believe it’s safe to say that this book disappointed me.

I enjoy reading erotica and all the different forms it takes. Good sex and good writing aside, what helps ma
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa by: Amber Rose
I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Letting Go. The first book in a promising new erotic trilogy, it sucked me in and once I finished it I caught myself jumping right back in at the beginning. As of writing this review I’ve now read the story twice and there will soon be a third time. A heroine so strong that she can be honest with her friends about her physical and emotional needs even if they don’t fit societies norms? A hero so in l
Anna's Herding Cats
3.5 stars

Oh . Yes. Dominant sexy men abound! Be still my heart. Letting Go was a fun, sexy and emotional start to the Surrender Trilogy. I loved the characters, the set up of finding love in an unexpected place, the little bits of humor and the delicious steam that heated up the pages as Joss and Dash figured out their new relationship and everything that came with it...

The quick of it is that 3 year ago Joss lost her husband in a car accident and has grieved the loss ever since but she's ready
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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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Surrender Trilogy (3 books)
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