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Letting Go

(Awakenings #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,020 ratings  ·  64 reviews
An Impulsive Proposal…
The terms of Sabrina’s grandfather’s will require for her to be married in order to gain her inheritance. In a moment of weakness, she proposes to a handsome stranger at work. She needs someone to play a part, and she’s willing to sleep with him to sweeten the deal.

A Promise of Passion…
With a failed marriage haunting him and something to prove, Jo
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Published February 14th 2019 by Lost Goddess Publishing (first published February 11th 2010)
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Smut Junkie
FUCK Fifty Shades of Grey - READ THIS INSTEAD!

HOLY CRAP! I have seriously mixed feelings about this book.

Overall I LOVED this story! I started crying a little before the end and I currently feel like I'm emotionally distraught....yeah, over a book! I seriously feel like I have a broken heart!

For some reason I had some trouble with Jonah....and I can't really put my finger on it, but something about him just bothered me. He DID, however, grow on me more as the story progressed, and much like Ch
Unpredicatble, erotic, sweet, tender, hot, maddening.... I really enjoyed this read. Color me surprised.

The opening of this book is so cliche it should come with syrup. Girl's grandpa dies leaving a will that states she must be married by the age of 30 to collect her inheritance. Done much?

Of course she asks the first guy she sees at work. She doesn't even know his name. A guy she sees as sweet, sensitive and quiet. A lurker who rarely speaks and could clearly use the money.

The hitch, he turns
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get this one at all. I tried to like it but it just felt strange and offputting to me.

First off, we have the ridonkulous set-up which is another "I have to get married to get my inheritance" trope, which always leaves me cold because I really don't know how legal something like this could be. But okay let's say it is legal to force someone to marry we have several other problems with this scenario.

One problem is that apparently Sabrina has put off this impending marriage deadline for a
Lydia Michaels
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Letting go is a story that stays with you. Michele Zurlo writes with sensual, to the point precision that displays a masterful knowledge of the subject. This is more than a BDSM story. It’s a journey of self awareness. She points out subtleties often overlooked in love, such as jealousy being the counterpart of security. Her writing is sharp, informed, and gripping.

What should have been a one year affair, unravels the moment Jonas admits he and Sabrina have started a fever that needs to burn ou
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, erotica
Well, I finally finished Letting Go. I'm not even sure why I bought it as it is about a rich chick called Sabrina and her grandfather dies. In order to get her inheritance, she has to get married and stay married for a year. She chooses Jonas who she works with and hardly knows. Not the most original theme and not one I really like.
Sabrina is very boring, prudish and sexually repressed. At the end of the book, she isn't anymore! She could easily come across as being very cold or stand-offish, b
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-often
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author's Cut Version, 2019
WOW. I didn't read the original Letting Go Awakenings, but was lucky enough to get a preview copy of the Author's Cut version releasing in February 2019.

May contain spoilers:

Sabrina and Jonas (oh my gracious, Jonas ... sigh). As happens in this genre, they're thrown together in an unnatural way. But these characters are fresh. It's not a stale premise with these characters. Sabrina's fascinating in that she's driven and successful, and not overly lovey. But she's also
Colin Milton
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good erotic tale

First book of the authors I've read was completely caught up in this intriguing storyline. The sex scenes were very hot along with the story of a marriage of convenience between two polar opposite will it last or blow up see for self worth buying really enjoyable
Rebecca Rose
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The power driven Sabrina Breszewski needs a husband. Still reeling from her grandfather's death, Sabrina leans she can only get her inheritance if she's married by her thirtieth birthday, proves it to be real love and it last a year. Too bad her birthday is in three day!

Surprise wasn't the only thing Jonas Spencer was when he received the marriage proposal from Sabrina. Intrigued was more like it. She's a beautiful power house and Jonas has fantasized about being with her from the moment his eye
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm, 5-star-reads
What if you were kinky, but never realized it? Then, what if you finally stumbled onto someone who recognized your needs, and could fulfil them? Awakened all the things inside you that you were unaware existed? What if that deeply personal, highly sexual, and emotionally wrenching journey was laid out in a book from your point of view? How, you learned to let go what you thought you knew, and found the new you, the happy you, the fulfilled you, and the you you never knew existed, yet, yearned fo ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW, talk about an eye opening world for both Sabrina and Jonas. They are the main characters in the book Letting Go. Sabrina needs a husband quick to fulfill the terms of her grandfather’s will. So she offers Jonas, a co-worker an indecent proposal. But that is just the start of this fiery storyline. The author does an amazing job of letting the readers see inside the lives of Sabrina and Jonas and takes us on an erotic trip to the point it’s almost like we are right there experiencing all the ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first read from this author - I quite enjoyed this book.

Sabrina had a mission, a stipulation to her Grandfathers' will, she needed to marry before her 30th birthday, which was next week, how the heck was she supposed to do this - no prospects. In walks Jonas, hmmmm......

The bossiness or lack of, for both of the characters was interesting - Jonas was certainly comfortable in his sexuality but not confident at all with his feelings or what he wanted in his life; whereas Sabrina was totally out
Diane G
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a real gem of a book that slowly draws the reader into a beautifully told, well written story of love and life. The story keeps you interested until the last page. It has humor, suspense, romance, BDSM and a true awakening for Michele Zurlo’s main character, Sabrina. She needs a husband quickly and Jonas agrees. They set the terms and the reader realizes that there is an attraction between them and they try to deny it. Wonder how long they will last with that limit. LOL Michele is an ama ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sabrina impulsively blurts out a proposal to her co-worker Jonas in the boardroom one day. Jonas accepts just like that. She needs a husband to fulfill the terms of her grandfather's will and he needs money. Simple transaction except Jonas insists on sex and as much of it as he can get from Sabrina. The longer they go, the more Jonas, a Dom, realizes that even if she doesn't know it, she is a true submissive. Jonas doesn't trust or want love, but he is fascinated with Sabrina. He slowly leads he ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read from this author and it will not be the last. WOW!! Absolutely brilliant story. I found the premise of Sabrina and Jonas unique and inspiring. Completely a different take on a women discovering her sexuality. It was relatable to me in a way yet still such a fantasy with a crazy starting premise.

I loved that you had both POV. Giving us both POV you truly see the inner workings of both of them coming to terms with falling in love with each other. I have read a lot of
Johanna Sawyer
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author I received a copy through Booksprout in exchange to read and give my honest opinion.

This is a Dom/sub relationship experience that I felt was written beautifully. Jonas is propositioned by a higher up in a company he works for because due to a clause in a will she won’t inherit unless she’s married by the age of thirty.

What did I like? This story has an amazing story that takes the couple over the course of the year they have to be married for Sabrina to inherit. I loved
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, Intense and a Pure Joy to Read! Michele Zurlo is one of my very favorite authors for a reason. Her books hit you in the heart and make you feel right along with her charachters.
The story of Sabrina and Jonas does just that - when Sabrina found herself in a pickle to gain her inheritance she enlisted the help of co - worker Jonas but she had no idea how this mad would change her life.
Jonas was game from the start because he had fantasized many times about the lovely Sabrina, now he had
Darcy Smith
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story. I loved the story and how well it was written. It has a beautiful flow to it boy is there drama, suspense, and hot romance. The chemistry between Sabrina and Jonas is so fluid that you can feel it throughout the entire story. It is beautiful but oh so sexy. It has amazing support characters that so much to the story. The drama that is played out throughout the story adds just the right element. This is one fantastic read and is a must read.

I received a free copy of this bo
Karla Schneider
If you're here for the plot, then might as well go watch The Proposal or My Fake Fiancé, as it's so cliché you can just insert your own plot. Now the twist was, she's an alpha sub? Sort of? No. She tried at least, she played the victim like any damsel protagonist. But that's what we read erotica for right? Yeah, but the sex scenes were each no more than one paragraph in length.
It was a let down.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great characters that will keep your interest extremely well.
The chemistry, sweetness, and twists in plot kept things interesting.

I was very impressed with how simply and effortlessly this author told this addicting, multi-layered story with well-developed world building and great characters and still manage to make romance feel so fresh!

I received a copy of this book. This review was posted voluntarily.
Carmela Dimattia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book is amazing. Michele Zurlo is a new author to me and I have absolutely loved reading about Sabrina and Jonas. the how and why they get together is quite interesting and we can only hope that this is their forever. I can honestly say do yourself a favour and read this book. Cannot wait to read more.

I received an Arc copy and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Kathy Mccalmon
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fake marriage story. Sabrina needs a husband for a Year so she can get her inheritance. When she proposes to Jonas he is all for it with one condition. The marriage has to be real. What will happen with this couple?

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written by Michele Zurlo; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story was entertaining as the characters navigated their way throughout the story. I was hooked immediately by the incredible emotional connection I felt for the characters. I could feel the chemistry between them which was exciting and enjoyable. Good story
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much repetition

There were several times the author gave background material she had given 5 pages earlier. Good story line but shallow character development.
Linzi Baxter
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michele sucked me into the story and I found myself saying one more chapter until I reached the end.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Letting Go is a book that will draw you in and keep you engaged until the end. It has all of the feels. I really enjoyed it.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be a light-hearted BDSM romance with a typical plot that would give me a bit of enjoyment plus a stress-reliever in between the more darker romances I favor. But this book was so much more than that. The author takes a plot-line so tried and true as to be trite and makes it new with interesting characters, who behave and act like real people with real feelings. Ms. Zurlo is new to me, but I will definitely be reading more from her!

Sabrina is a manager in an advertisi
I loved this story!! At first glance, I wasn't so sure of how this book would pan out - the premise is the tired have-to-get-married-right-away-to-get-an-inheritance. And Sabrina doesn't really need the money, she doesn't want it to go to her evil cousins. A few days before the deadline she's at work on a Saturday, sees Jonas and asks him to marry her. After some negotiating, including that their arrangement includes sex, Jason says yes and they immediately fly off to Las Vegas to seal the deal. ...more
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Book rating: 4.25. Heat rating 3.5. I bought this book as a hot little smutty read, but it was so much more (in fact, it wasn't really that smutty at all.) Though the story is typical, (career woman must marry by 30 to get her inheritance. She has 3 days, and marries a stranger), the way it played out was so much more! Both characters work in an ad agency together. She is an uptight straight laced boss, he seems to be a mild
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Michele Zurlo is the author of the Awakenings, Doms of the FBI, and the SAFE Security series and many other stories. She writes contemporary and paranormal, BDSM and mainstream—whatever it takes to give her characters the happy endings they deserve. Her childhood dream was to be a librarian so she could read all day. Some words of wisdom from an inspiring lady had her tapping out stories on her fi ...more

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