Letting Go by Morningstar Ashley
Laura's rating: 4 of 5 iScream Cones
Letting Go is Morningstar's debut book and she did a great job with it. I am a sucker for a good M/M read and she definitely delivers in that regard. I was sucked into the story in just the first few chapters. Part of the subject matter deals with mental illness and I thought the author did a great job of addressing it in a compassionate and educated way. I think we all know of someone who has dealt with a mental illness and the harshness of it.
Alex has spent the past four years raising his younger sister and running his own business. He has no time for hook ups, casual sex or relationships. He has locked that part of his heart away like Fort Knox. Dealing with the ups and downs of raising his sister and helping her deal with the nightmares and panic attacks that she now suffers from keep him busier than most twenty-seven-year-olds. When Alex sees an old acquaintance while out one night, he never imagined that his life might just take a turn for the better. But the walls that he has built up around his heart may be more than Kelley can handle.
I really loved Alex's character, he is very real and believable. He is hard working, caring and compassionate, but there is more to him that lies below the surface. He has stepped up to the plate to raise his younger sister after the tragic loss of their mother. He does everything he can to make Evie's life happy and comfortable. She is the one and only person who can bring a true smile to Alex's face. She is such a bright and outspoken little girl and the love that they have for one another shows. Through it all Alex puts Evie's needs before his own and it is only when he may lose the love of his life that he finally realizes that he to suffers from nightmares and panic attacks as well. Can he finally admit that he needs help to make peace with his past and move forward or will it all be to late?
Kelley's character is Awesome!!! I love how he has this dirty talker side to him. He is thirteen years older than Alex and just as driven and hard working. Seeing Alex again has him wanting to get to know him better and he has this overwhelming need to take care of him. I loved how caring Kelley was. He knew that Alex had his heart locked up tight and he knew not to push him. But he found subtle was to work his way into Alex's life. When he realizes that Alex is not willing to truly open up to him, he has to wonder if he can ever break down the walls that Alex has cemented around his heart.
There were a few times that I had to go back and reread passages in this story. The dialog when there where groups of characters speaking was a little rough. Some of it didn't transition/flow as well as it could of. There were also some tense issues, missing words and grammar issues. This is something that I do not base my rating on as not all ARC's have seen their final round with an editor. Over all Morningstar did a great job with this refreshing read.
4 Learning to Let Go Stars