Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.
When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.
I loved the premise of the story. Josslyn is finally ready to let go of the past and move on with her life after the death of her perfect husband, Carson. After 3 years of mourning, she's ready to claim the part of herself that she's long ignored while in her marriage. She has submissive tastes and craves the dominance a man can give her, something Carson never could-nor would she had ever asked it of him- because of the horrific abuse he'd suffered at the hands of his father. She loved her life with him and wouldn't trade it for anything, but she's ready to experience what she's been missing.
Dash has been there for Joss during her mourning, and pined for her for years. Years while Carson was alive. But Carson knew of his best friend's love for his wife, and knew that Dash would never try to come between he and Joss, nor would Joss ever stray, so it never got between their friendship. But before his death, Carson asked Dash to look after his wife and love her like he did, like he couldn't if he were to ever die. At the time, Dash didn't catch the true meaning behind his words, only promising that he would look after her.
Each year Dash and Joss visit Carson's grave on the anniversary of his death. This year, Dash notices a change in Josslyn. She finally seems ready to accept that her husband is never coming back, and he see resolve in her eyes. Usually on this day in the past, they would spend it together, but when they get back to her house she tells him that she has plans later on and needs to get ready. She also apologizes for being a burden on him these last few years while he took care of her, but she's ready to let him go as well and release him from his duty.
"This isn't goodbye," he said tightly. "Just because you think you no longer need me doesn't mean I'm going to just disappear. Prepare yourself for that, Joss."
Joss then goes to meet up with her two best friends for lunch to tell them of her plans to move on with her life.
"You both know I loved Carson with all my heart. He gave me everything. But I've always craved...dominance. And everything that goes with it. And it's the one thing I knew Carson couldn't give me" ... "I'm lonely," Joss whispered. "And I need something, someone to fill that void that Carson left behind. It's time for me to let go and try to move on. I've found a place..."
"What kind of place?" Chessy asked bluntly.
"It's called The House."
I really do think this is a good book, but not perfect. There were some things that really made the story drag for me, and it took me a while to read through it. One of those things was the repetitiveness I found occurring. The characters would say or think something and then repeat themselves not even a page later...and then they'd repeat it again. That got tiring, and it made it very hard for me not to want to skim over things.
Another thing that bothered me was the amount of time the characters' names were being used. A few well placed pronouns such as 'he' and 'she' or 'his' and 'her' could have really helped this story be less choppy. With better editing, it could have been tighter and more streamlined. Aside from the matters I've listed, I did enjoy the book and think those who are craving a new BDSM erotica will enjoy Letting Go. Dash Corbin was certainly a tall glass of water that quenched my thirst ;)