Sunday, October 14, 2018

Letting Go (Rainier Family #1) by Ashton Cade


Returning home to sleepy Umberland was supposed to be temporary—just to see my family before securing a job in the city. But when my brother's old best friend and my teen crush Ian Barrett is here too, I find myself making excuses to stick around a little longer. He's still everything I've ever wanted, but this former baseball star is also a big-time player... if you know what I mean. I don't know what Ian would ever see in steady, reliable Grant Rainier.

But I also know I can't stay away.

When we start working away together on his dream, I know I'm in trouble. One glance and my heart melts, along with my resolve. Being with him means staying in Umberland and giving up my big-city ambitions, but being without him means losing the best thing that's ever happened to me. How am I supposed to let go of either one?

I've had my share of men, but I've also attracted more than my share of controversy. And since I was a teenager, the Rainier family has always been my rock—I feel like part of the clan. When I see Grant Rainier again, I can't help but remember him as a teenager just off to college... and now the boy is all man.

For the first time in my life, the chemistry is there, and so is the caring.

But should I subject him to the whirlwind of my life? And can I risk the peace and solitude I've given up everything for?

Letting Go is the first book in the Rainier Family series and can be read on its own. 67k words of dreamy, steamy, wishes-come-true love, getting over long-standing fears, Rainiers running interference, and a whole big, bustling, small-town family waiting for its HEA.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Letting Go, by Ashton Cade, not only is the start of what appears to be a fantastic new series, but it's also only of my favorite tropes, brother's best friend!

Grant grew up crushing on his brother's best friend, Ian. With an eight year age difference between the two men, Ian never returned the attraction until now.

This is a beautiful small-town romance, filled with a wonderful couple, and a enjoyable, loving family. Grant and Ian are so fun and sweet together. Their deep love for one another jumps off the page, but they have some obstacles in their way.

They have to deal with Grant's brother not wanting them together, paparazzi, rumors, and the fact that they have different life goals. 

I love Ian's background, as he was a major league baseball player who spent his life hiding his attraction to men, and thus living a fake life. With Grant, this is the first time in his life that he can live authentically. With Grant he is actually happy and excited about the future. I love this.

Their story is beautifully written, hooking me from the very beginning, leaving me unable to put it down. The writing style is wonderful and has a great pace. 

I find the lake and swimming scenes to be exquisite, as they are so intensive, beautiful, tender and accomplished. I absolutely loved these moments!

I am thrilled to have found this series by Ashton Cade and cannot wait to read about the others in the Rainier family. Thank you Ashton Cade for creating this fun and entertaining world!

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