Zoë Whitmore is in love with her best friend, but haunting memories and a guilty conscious have been holding her back from letting her be with him.
Owen Stevenson is unknowingly paying for the sins of his father. He doesn’t understand why Zoë can’t look at him for more than a few seconds or why his touch is unsettling at times. All he’s ever wanted was to love her, to protect her, and to be hers, but it’s not so easy.
She pushes, he pulls.
She hurts, he loves.
Both are holding onto ghosts of their pasts and in order for them to peruse a relationship they’ll have to let them go.
WARNING: This is a darkish New Adult friends-to-lovers romance kind of book. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggers of child sexual abuse, and some sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 18+
Title: Let Her Go
Author: Briana Pacheco
- New Adult
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*
I have mixed feelings about this one. It was an enjoyable book but I didn’t love it. This author definitely has potential and I would buy more of her books, but this one isn’t a favorite for me.
It’s a friends-to-lovers romance (which is the best kind, in my opinion.) Zoe and Owen have known each other since they were in kindergarten and Owen has loved Zoe his whole life. His love for her was borderline creepy at times. He was weirdly obsessed with her but if I’m being honest, I have no idea why. Zoe didn’t stick out as a favorite female lead for me. I was frustrated with her at times, but I didn’t dislike her. Same with Owen. I didn’t love him, I didn’t hate him. They were just okay.
Something happens in Zoe’s past and I don’t want to spoil anything, but he ends up getting colored contacts to hide his green eyes since they trigger bad memories for Zoe. It was a sweet gesture but I found it a little strange.
Another thing that didn’t sit right with me is this line in a note from Owen:
“My eyes dropped to your lips and damn it all to hell I was going to kiss you. I didn’t care if you slapped me.”
If you think someone is going to slap you for kissing them, you probably shouldn’t be kissing them.
While there were things that I didn’t like about this book, it also had some lovely little gems like these:
“She’s my life; my entire existence. I want to know everything she’s thinking and feeling. I want to know why she’s sad most days and pretends to be happy. I want to love her the way she deserves to be loved.”
“‘Making you happy is my favorite thing to do.”
“I clutch my chest every time the little boy gets a year older and finds something else he loves about his best friend. First it’s her eyes, the color of his favorite candy. Second is her laugh, it reminds him of his favorite song. Third is the way she loves and cares about others, always making sure they are taken care of”
This story had its swoon-worthy moments and it was a cute read, I just wasn’t dying to pick it back up every time I had to put it down. Like I said, I do think this author has a lot of potential and I’m excited to see her grow as a writer.
- Sexual abuse of a minor
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About the Author
Briana Pacheco is the author of New Adult novels (DON’T LET ME FALL, SOUNDS OF YESTERDAY, A SKY FULL OF SECRETS, and LET HER GO), a twin, a dreamer, a tattoo lover, easily swooned by accents, and a little bit of an extrovert but a whole lot of introvert.
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