Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton #Review #Giveaway

Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton #Review #GiveawayDon’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Series: #6 Hope
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Jove on July 26, 2016
Pages: 302
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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This gentle yet sizzling small town romance series are like well worn comfort jeans or home-cooked goodness when I want something cozy and familiar.  They aren’t full of dynamic characters or explosive scenes, but just people trying to find a bit of joy and love along with some fun with their friends and family in Hope, Oklahoma.  This latest tackles two characters, Brady and Megan, who have been around for a while in the books.  Megan is bubbly and sweet and Brady has been a quiet loner so I was eager to get to know them better.

This is book six in the series.  The books all connect in the sense that the past couples and situations have ongoing storylines that carry over so I don’t think it makes a good standalone.

The story opens with Brady Conners determined to finish enough jobs doing auto body repair at Carter’s garage and taking side gigs doing custom painting for motorcycles to earn enough to go out on his own possibly in Hope, but more than likely somewhere new and fresh where the memories of his brother won’t haunt him.  Brady was very close with his brother, Kurt, and it broke him a little when Kurt’s drug habit led to an overdose.  Brady had left because he couldn’t handle watching Kurt spiral down and Brady feeling helpless that his brother wouldn’t take or get help.  He and Curt were supposed to open a shop together.  Now Brady must continue the dream on his own and he won’t get close to Carter, Molly and their friends because getting close and letting people in leads to pain.

Megan runs the town bakery and loves making sweet things for her friends and caring for people through food.  She sees all her friends settling down with men who love them and with babies and wants that, too.  Only the only guy to catch her eye is one determined to be a recluse.  Her friends challenge her that if she wants Brady then she should go for him.  So she does.  The way to a man’s heart is through food, right?  Megan doesn’t let Brady’s quiet deter her and brings him coffee and sweets, but it is the little abandoned puppy who latches on to Brady that gives Megan her best ally.  Slowly, Megan gets something going with Brady knowing full well that he is not a permanent sort of guy and she can’t get attached.  Only, the heart and the head are not in accord and she starts falling.  Can she and her friends help Brady work through his grief to give the hometown and her a chance?

Alright, I enjoyed this pair together.  Brady’s pain was hard and it hit close to home since we’ve had a similar death in our family.  I understood why Brady struggled and his parents responded the way they did to Kurt’s death.  The author wisely gave time so that the grief and guilt wasn’t swept aside so quickly that it was insulting.

Now that being said, this was a very slow-paced story, but not because of Brady’s grief.  I both enjoyed and was bored by the large chunk of the story taken up with the events in the lives of the larger group of friends.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked seeing where past characters were at, but yet I felt like it was a progression of one event after the next baby showers, book club, Friday get togethers for the whole gang that didn’t do much for this current story.  I wanted to see more of Brady and Megan striking out on their own a little and maybe having a separate story line beyond the attraction and working past Brady’s grief.  The charity motor cycle ride was the bright exception and I enjoyed it.  I think this issue I had will depend on how much the reader wants more romance vs the more general story of the group of friends.  I like both, but I guess I was in the mood for a little more isolated romance.

That wasn’t a monster issue and I still enjoyed this latest visit with the people of Hope and look forward to what is coming from a certain book store owner and the construction worker she left behind after high school.  I can heartily recommend this series for those who want tender, cozy and gently paced Contemporary Romance.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at www.jaciburton.com for excerpts, her blog and contest information.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I need to start this series. It sounds like something I would enjoy. Sometimes I struggle with romance books that seem to focus on a group/town rather than just the couple. I like it when past characters are mentioned, but I read this one series and it seemed more focus was on the residents of the town rather than the couple featured in the book and it drew me out of the story.

    • This is a cozy heartwarming series and generally the books have focused on the couple. This was the only one that really made it more a group story and it was still good just not as focused on the romance as I like. I know what you mean about the focus being on others so that the romance suffers being not so fun.

  • I haven’t read any of the books in this series so I entered the giveaway. Sounds like a good book to me.

    • Yay, good luck, Mary! These are easy going everyday people so it is fun to pick them up and read.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Its been a while since I read her. Thanks for the great review and the giveaway too!

    • You betcha, Debbie! Good luck on the giveaway. 🙂

  • The poker run really was so much fun. That’s the type of friends event I like seeing (even though those were new ones). But just a taste as the hero/heroine are having their romance/getting to know each other. I had a rough time with all of the many friend get togethers in this one. Usually I like it but it was too much for me this go round. I did really enjoy the hero/heroine though 🙂

    • Yes, we are definitely in tune for this one. I felt the same way. The charity ride was probably my favorite part. 🙂 They are a good pair.