Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Don't Let Go

Hope #6
Jaci Burton
Contemporary Romance
304 pages
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Source: Finished copy from publisher for review

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close—until he meets Megan.

Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart—unless she can convince him to let go of the past…

Don't Let Go is an easy, sexy read as Ms. Burton's books always are, giving us an enjoyable lead couple along with a scene-stealing (and stuffed chicken-loving) canine companion.

Megan is the stronger of the two in terms of characterization; Brady embodying the classic brooding romance hero with absolutely no desire to fall in love while Megan makes herself a bit more memorable. Instead of waiting for Brady to show interest, or throwing herself in his path in the hopes that he'll take notice and ask her out, she puts herself out there and takes matters into her own hands by inviting him to dinner. When it looks like maybe things might not go the way she hopes despite some pretty strong signals from him, she neither gives up hope nor comes on too strong, instead giving him a little time before she she again takes the initiative.

Brady, while perhaps not stepping outside the romance hero box, is still smoldering in the way of all Ms. Burton's men, ensuring there is no shortage of swoon-worthy moments. His attachment to a tiny stray dog named Roxie only ratchets up his hotness level, bringing a smile to our faces every time he puts her on his motorcycle and trucks her around town. Though he makes us want to shake him when he decides things can't possibly work with Megan and behaves in predictable brooding bad-boyish fashion, Megan more than makes up for his actions by refusing to allow him to cut her down. She stands strong through his bluster, demanding respect when he lashes out in anger and remaining cool, collected and classy when met by his cruel words.

Overall, Don't Let Go is maybe not the strongest book in this series, but it does give us a highlight of a heroine, an adorable dog, and a romance with plenty of heat and heart.

Rating: 3.5/5

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This book was sent to me by the publisher free of charge for the purpose of a review
I received no other compensation and the above is my honest opinion.


  1. Glad this was still a really good read Jenny even if it wasn't a favorite. :)

  2. It's nice to see a female taking charge instead of waiting around for a guy to make the move and then not tolerating the bad boy behaviour. It's great that you enjoyed this one, Jenny, even if it isn't the strongest in the series.

  3. And I still have not read the book I have by her

  4. The attachment to the dog is definitely hot, Jenny. I love that the heroine goes after him. Good for her for standing up to her feelings. I hope he doesn't bother me too much with him lashing out at her and being cruel to her. I'd want to smack him! Stupid stubborn heroes!

  5. Any book gets always extra points for having a doggie!!

  6. That puppy looks so out of place. Lol. Though, now I'm more curious. Nothing like a manly man walking a weedle puppy around.

  7. I saw the cover and I'm already sold. Haha. I haven't heard of this author or series but I'm going to look forward to having a look for sure. Great review, Jenny! :)

  8. Isn't it true that the very best romances have canine companions? It is in my experience! I'm getting ready for my vacations and this series sounds like the perfect choice.

  9. I haven't had much luck with this author but I love Burton's covers--obviously! ;) I'm glad you enjoyed this, though, even though it wasn't a favorite of yours. Great review, Jenny!

  10. Heat, heart and an adorable dog, that is a lot to like.

  11. I read one of her sports themed books and really enjoyed it. I definitely need to read more.