Don’t Let Go
Hope, Book #6
By Jaci Burton
Author Website: http://www.jaciburton.com/
In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-By-Play novels, running from the past isn’t nearly as satisfying as facing the future…
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… (Goodreads)
Megan owns a pastry shop in Hope and she is pretty content with her life. She loves her shop and enjoys making delicious baked goods for the town. It makes her very happy when someone loves one of her delicious sweets. She loves her friends and and all of their families and feels thankful for them. But sometimes she wishes that she had that special someone to share her life with.
Brady has returned to Hope and is happy working in a body shop. But what he really wants to do is open his own shop where he can customize motorcycles. But Brady is not really a happy person, not since his brother died. He has become withdrawn and bitter and most times he feels guilty for his brother’s death. He prefers to be alone and does not really like to socialize with others.
But all of that begins to change when he finds a little dog. He finds that he likes her company and realizes he does not really want to find her owner. He even names her Roxie. And when he happens to get invited to dinner at Megan’s, he is shocked that he accepted the invitation. He finds that he has enjoyed spending time with her. And although he knows he will never settle down, and is not even sure if he will stay in Hope, he finds himself wanting to spend more time with her.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Megan has not had the happiest of childhoods and is not really close with her parents. Brady’s whole life changed when his brother died and he is not that comfortable spending time with his parents. Although they both have baggage from their pasts, they find that together they are happier people. Megan’s friends are such a tight knit group and they mean the world to each other. They are there to help celebrate, to console, and to give advice (even if it is unwanted) to each other. This group makes these books extra special to me and adds so much to the story line. I have read other books in the series and it was so nice to catch up on all that was happening with them. We should all have friends like them in our own lives.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and much of the time I felt like I was right there watching the activities going on around me. I felt like I was on the back of the motorcycle cruising along with Brady and Megan. I enjoyed reading about the interaction between Brady and Roxie, it was heartwarming to see this tough guy fall for a little dog.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary romance. I would not recommend letting a young adult read this book due to some language and a lot of steaminess. This is a great series and I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read.