Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 15, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction / Romance / African American & Black, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Southern, Fiction / Women
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“Real, raw, magnificent—Before I Let Go is the beautiful angst I love to read.” —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.
It couldn’t save their marriage.
Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.
Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It's hot. It's illicit. It's all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?
Award-winning and bestselling "powerhouse" author Kennedy Ryan is at her absolute best in this compelling, scorching novel about hope and healing, and what it truly means to love for a lifetime (USA Today).
As always author Kennedy Ryan showed her mastery of the written word in both emotional and intimate scenes, but for me the romance aspect and excess angst of this book just did not work for me. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books
I usually love second chance romance so I was excited to read Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan but for me, there was too much emphasis on the “then” than the “now” and too much angst. Yasmen and Josiah were married and seemed to have the perfect life; good marriage, business, children and then a series of tragedies tumbled their relationship down. Divorced and getting on with their lives they are pulled back together.
I had a really hard time liking either of the main characters and I waited for them to move past their physical appreciation of one another and turn into more but that never really happened. That’s not to say there weren’t aspects of this book that I enjoyed. Ms. Ryan’s exploration of mental health and getting the help one needs when dealing with loss, love, and depression was done well. I loved the support network and friendship aspect of this book and the lessons learned. However, I did not feel the supposed connection these two had and felt that was because of the lack of character development and the fact that I could not connect to either character. I just kept waiting for more in this book and when it didn’t come, I was disappointed.
As always author Kennedy Ryan showed her mastery of the written word in both emotional and intimate scenes, but for me the romance aspect and excess angst of this book just did not work for me.