Sharon’s review ~ Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan

Posted November 17, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

Sharon’s review ~ Before I Let Go by Kennedy RyanBefore I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
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
Pages: 384
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3 Stars

“Real, raw, magnificentBefore 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.

 

3 Stars

About Kennedy Ryan

A RITA® Award Winner, USA Today and Amazon Top 12 Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

Kennedy and her writings have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Cosmo, TIME, O Mag and many others. To date, six of her novels have been optioned for television/film. She has a passion for raising Autism awareness.The co-founder of LIFT 4 Autism, an annual charitable book auction, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for ASD families. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son.

Posted November 17, 2022 by Sharon in Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments