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How Not to Let Go

(Belhaven #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  137 reviews
From the author of How Not to Fall comes an electrifying, powerful new story about love, trust, and emotional surrender.

Once upon a time, med student Annie Coffey set out to have a purely physical fling with Charles Douglas, a gorgeous British doctor in her lab. It didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, secrets and desires were bared, hearts were broken, and Annie knew s
Paperback, 1st edition, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Kensington
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Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I loved the first of these two books, How Not to Fall and, with it ending on a cliffhanger, I couldn't wait to dive in and see how Charles and Annie would find their way back to one another. Whilst the first one was somewhat of a sex-fest, this one was aimed at an emotional level with both Annie and Charles coming to terms with how things ended between them, whilst reacquainting themselves and reaffirming their friendship. And this time we've crossed the pond to Charles' home, London.

I didn't h
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
***3 STARS

Review to come closer to release date of 12/27....
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
This was a DNF around 35%. I'm not assigning a rating because I don't think it'd be fair. Not only did I not finish this, but I was unaware it was a sequel and have never read the first book. I received an ARC of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, so this is my attempt at that review:

- I only actually read the first 35% of this, and then skimmed the rest.

- The main character has recently stopped a pseudo-FWB situation she had with a her former TA, and apparently she fell in lo
*** Spoilers below, this book follows on from How Not To Fall and this review spoils all over both of them ***

Oh, Ms Foster, this did not go well. This did not go well at all.

Where to begin? What Foster has done here is doubled down on all the worst bits from the first book. All the fun of the opening two thirds of that book doesn’t make a reappearance. Instead, we get endless introspective dialogue and psychological discussions. Gosh, it was tedious.

The Monster from the first book rears it’s
This author needs a bigger following. Like for real. Smart, sexy, hilarious, emotional. Second chance at it’s finest. I need more from this author as soon as possible.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
To love someone is to love the process of them, not just the way they are but the way they grow. To witness a human’s personal evolution is to worship at the altar of their true selfhood. And all you have to do is listen well. Listen to what they say, what they don’t say, and the context in which they’re saying it. Keep listening. And then listen some more.

Alrighty, this is gonna be short and apply both to How Not To Fall and How Not To Let Go.

I found this duology interesting, yet frustrating—s
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romanticals
Bound to take a step down for me after the first book. How Not To Fall was brainy and sexy, this was angsty and emotional. And that’s good, I’m glad Foster takes the love/crush/attraction and puts it through the paces. Done right, that’s one of my favorite things to read. But where Annie and Charles were mature and intriguing in the first book, often beyond their years, here it’s all feelings and tears and Charles’ internal loathing in a way that’s more suited to adolescents, not adults.

And ag
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖
Que decepción, la verdad que el primer libro me había gustado y me pareció un soplo de aire fresco dentro del género, no se puede decir lo mismo de esta secuela.

Mi lectura fue más o menos así:
Razón: No soporto a Charles
Modo fangirl: pero si es feminista!
razón: qué tiene que ver que sea feminista?
fangirl: es que sabes lo difícil que es encontrar a un chico feminista!!! y encima que lo diga!!!!
razón: te conformas con tan poco, todos los chicos deberían ser feministas, además Charles es un manipul
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read the second book of this series for 2 reasons :

1) because it had Charles POV
2) therefore I wanted to know what the stuff with his dad was all about so I could finally understand all the drama and the "I can't love you because of my family's story stuff"

So. From what I've read, there is no valuable reason to explain all this excessive drama around the characters' feelings. The book is just full of useless and corny metaphors of psychology to illustrate the battle that the chara
Isa Bel | Manta de Histórias
Esta leitura fiz em formato digital. Confesso que raramente leio ebooks mas foi um bom desafio. Senti a falta do passar das páginas. A memória do amor, conta-nos a história conturbada do relacionamento de Annie e Charles. Apaixonados mas com um medo incrível de se magoarem. Cada um deles luta com as suas próprias inseguranças. Charles é um homem atormentado pelo passado e constrói muros tão altos, quase intransponíveis. Caberá a Annie descobrir o caminho para o coração de Charles. Emily Foste
4.5 stars
Spoiler warning!
This is a direct continuation of part one of The Belhaven series, How Not To Fall, and while the reader is given enough context to understand what happened in the previous book, it will not make as much sense or have the emotional resonance for the reader unless you have read the first one. Seriously, these books are two halves of a whole story. Also, you will probably get spoilers for the first book in the series in this review. So maybe skip it until you've read part
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
3.5 stars!!! While not as riveting as the first, this was still a strong read from Emily Foster. I love this authors style of writing, even if I do have to look up words as I go. Annie and Charles's love story is far from over and it seems that fate is destined not to keep these two apart. With their two paths crossing once again, it is not long before that ever present connection that these two share combusts once again and these two set the pages on fire.

Charles's past is what is constantly ho
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 48%

I thought the first book of this dual set was pretty good until the horrible sad, depressing, cliff-hanger. I wasn't going to read this one, but it showed up in my overdrive suggests feed and I clicked because...well....I guess I just don't like to leave things unfinished. Unfortunately, this is so bad I'm left with no choice. I'm not going to go full book rant as it doesn't seem worth the effort. I will just say that when an author breaks up their characters for any reason, in this ca
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cannonball-9
That star rating might change. I'm leaning towards keeping the 4 because my issues are mine, and not the book's.

The second book in the series grows the story of the first, and while it shares characters it is a wholly different beast. I struggled my way through it, perhaps because the mental state of the male protagonist echoed my own.

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Kim Howard
How Not To Let Go is the second and concluding book of this series. Book one focused on the physical side of a new relationship where book two covers the emotional connection. It was about creating and maintaining a healthy relationship when one party is emotionally damaged. Like the first book, book two was an intelligent, contemporary romance that was beautifully written. I found it difficult to put this book down. Highly recommended.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devo dizer que gostei muito mais deste segundo livro da autora do que do primeiro! Com muito mais história que o outro e uma história muito mais bonita!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can see why reviews of this book are less glowing than the first, but I enjoyed the journey all the same. The basic difference is the first book was their sexual journey, this is their emotional journey.

Charles had some deep shit to deal with. I'm glad he gave himself the opportunity to work through it. Annie has matured and is less naive. Though she doesn't carry the epic baggage like Charles, she does face some challenges which for the first time in her life, are not automatically insurmoun
Mónica BQ
My review for How Not To Fall- the first book is here. I link it because my views on the first book are directly related to my views on the second book.

I read both books consecutively. And I enjoyed the first one even with all of the things I didn't like about it.

But when two of the three things I listed as my main problems with the first book were exacerbated here, then I was done. They were The FSoG condescending comparisons. And the crying.

While still very well written the story here gets lo
Lisa Aiello
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-romance, arcs-tbr
I was provided an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
I did not realize this was Book 2 in a series. So, I was dropped into the story with the characters already having a history. But, honestly, that turned out just fine. There was enough there for me to be able to pick right up and understand (although I really do want to go back and read the first one). I really enjoyed this book. The depth of the characters, the style of writing, the author's ability to let you see into what made these peop
Make Kay
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOW NOT TO FALL, book 1, is in my top favorite reads of 2016. It is extremely intelligent, witty, nerdy, and oh-my-god over-the-top sexy. I gobbled it up and panted for seconds. HOW NOT TO LET GO, book 2, is similarly brilliant and nerdy. Foster totally delivers in HOW NOT TO FALL, with a heart-wrenching split in soulmates that is overcome by perseverance and the belief in the healing power of love. What a fantastic message for all of us!

See my full review at Fresh Fiction: http://freshfiction.c
Cocktails and Books
This book made me think I needed to study my vocabulary words because I found myself becoming quite friendly with the dictionary function on my Kindle as I read this.

Charles and Annie had a relationship that often times left me scratching my head. The complexity of the relationship and Charles' inability to grasp that he needs Annie with him rather than pushing her away left me wondering if these two together was actually a good thing. It took awhile, but once Charles accepted his feelings and w
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nar-project
Me gusto mucho el primer libro.
Para el segundo hubiese preferido un desenlace mas sencillo.
Louise Seraphim Reviews
Firstly, before I say anything else. If you happened to come across this book, and haven't already read the first book How not to Fall, put this one down and go find the first book. You will have missed everything that has happened to this couple before the start of this book, and there is A LOT in the first book.

Now, if you are reading this review having read the first book, cool. Now I have no idea why, but I came across quite a few bad reviews for this book before I read it. Not entirely sur
Moon Love
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just unbelievably amazing. I loved Annie and Charles in How Not to Fall and seeing them part at the end was hard, so I was really looking forward to How Not to Let Go. I had no idea how they'd be able to go from two different emotional states, let alone physical locations to one, but Emily Foster did it with panache and flair while also remaining true to her characters. Annie and Charles are not just smart, they're brilliant. I loved how they had to reconcile what they wanted with what the other ...more
The way this sequel ended was a complete surprise to me! It was a welcome surprise but a surprise just the same!

I just love Charles and how endearing he his no matter how broken and how bad he sees himself. My hear just goes out to him and just want to hug him! I love how compassionate and sensitive he is! I love how unselfish and brave he is even when it is so difficult! I just wish for him to find healing and make himself whole again. I just love his character!

Annie on the otherhand is so re
I adored the first in this series so I was eager to revisit this world and these characters. And I liked this one but not quite as much as the first novel. It definitely had a lot of the same things I loved about the first - a feminist, sex positive romance! YES, please. But, I didn't connect with this one quite as much as the first. However, that said, it's a good read and a solid follow up. This is one that you really need to read the first to get all of the depth of the 2nd. Do I recommend it ...more
Carla Gonçalves
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuação de Química do Amor, onde se entende que Charles tem de afastar os seus fantasmas internos para conseguir viver um grande amor... Uma luta interna onde vence... A ler
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars = it was okay. And it was just okay. Less smut, more romance. Meh.
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