Review: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

Posted August 10, 2015 in Review / 7 Comments

Review: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

The Moment of Letting Go

by J.A. Redmerski
Published by Forever on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .


I want to recommend this book to every 18 -29 year old I know.  Heck, I just want to recommend it to everyone.  It’s not so much that this is book is piece of literary excellence; it’s good but it won’t be one of the great classics.  The overall message of this story, or at least half the message, is what I “preach” to every young girl I meet who will allow me talk their ear off.  It’s also partly the life I’ve actually lived.

It is going to be so hard for me to keep this post confined to a book review and not go off on a tangent about my life experiences.  Please bare with my love for this book…

Sienna Murphy is a young wedding coordinator at a highly prestigious wedding planning company.  She lives in San Diego and her clients are celebrities and the most affluent families.  She credits her success to luck and works tirelessly so she never has to go without the security of having money.

On one of her most trying jobs, she meets Hawaiian surfer Luke Everett.  They briefly meet on the beach at the resort where she’s planning a wedding.  After a nice, light conversation, Luke offers to teach her to surf.  Of course, Sienna has no time in her schedule for it.  She has to head back to the mainland.  But she’s intrigued by Luke and his message of just letting go before life goes by (I’m completely paraphrasing here 🙂 )

Luke and Sienna are so much alike but Sienna just doesn’t see it.  They are at completely different places in their lives and it’s going to be near impossible for these two to get together.  She’s a tourist, he’s a local.  She travels all the time for work and lives in San Diego, he stays in Hawaii and barely works.

I really wish I could tell you more about their back story but I just can’t bring myself to ruin this a tiny bit for anyone!!  I will say this though: I found it completely clever of Ms. Redmerski to use Sienna’s fear of heights as a connection between Luke and Sienna AND as a driver of their two backstories coming to closure (or a solution).  Does that even make sense?  I hope so…

Let me put it to you this way:  I’m afraid of heights, too.


I’m tied to the top of the rock wall with webbing and a climbing rope that is tied to a log at the bottom.

Nothing debilitating like Sienna but enough to not like driving across bridges.  I also used to be very involved in rock climbing.  I’ve competed in indoor gym competitions (and won!) and I’ve climbed some of the major areas in the United States like Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, Little Cottonwood Canyon (UT), and Joshua Tree.  Why did I climb? redriver200 Because of the rush you get from letting go of your fear and beating it to a pulp as you look down from the top, hanging on gear you set yourself, relying on the fact that you did it correctly and that it holds.  It’s a feeling that you never forget.

You can also say I related to this book on a whole other level because I understood Luke and his friends and their love for high risk sports.  Oh, I do miss surfing, too.

Okay, steering back to my review…

I’m a fan of Ms. Redmerski’s Edge of Never “series” so I’m familiar with her style of writing.  It’s dialogue driven and evenly paced.  There are some beautiful descriptions of the islands that helped me feel like I was there on vacation with Sienna.  Side characters perfectly balanced the two lead characters.  My favorites were Melinda and Kendra (despite the fact that Kendra drove me nutso, she was a well written complicated character).

Oh!  Romance!  Well, if you read either of the Edge of Never books, this book is just as HOT.

Honestly, this book is really just a great summer vacation book to read for pleasure and relax with.  It’s just nice to be reminded every once in a while that in the grand scheme of things, the little everyday troubles don’t matter.


About J.A. Redmerski

J.A. Redmerski

J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. She has since signed three more deals with GC/Forever for titles THE EDGE OF ALWAYS, SONG OF THE FIREFLIES and THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages. THE EDGE OF NEVER made it to #2 on the New York Times bestseller eBook list, and remained on the #1 spot on Amazon for two straight weeks. THE EDGE OF ALWAYS also made the New York Times bestseller list.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have already been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers.

Jessica is a lover of film, television and books that push boundaries; and she’s a sucker for long, sweeping, epic love stories. Things on Jessica’s wish list are to conquer her long list of ridiculous fears, find a shirt she actually likes, and travel the world with a backpack and a partner-in-crime.



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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7 responses to “Review: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

  1. Kristin!! I didn’t know you rock climbed! You need to move back to Cali so we can be besties. lol. I have no doubt I’ll love this book. Redmerski rocks. You NEED to read her In the Company of Killers series. For realz, yo.
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    • K

      Dude – why do you think I’m such a clinger?!?!?!? I already knew we would be besties 😉 Especially when you told me you were a runner….

      I just heard about In the Company of Killers when y’all were reviewing it the other week!!! I WILL read it!!! It looks darrrrk…… 😀

    • K

      You really should bungee jump! It is a blast!! I’ve only done it once and it was from a crane but it was so cool! I don’t think I could ever do THAT again! If you have someone else with you, you can’t chicken out. I’ve heard Las Vegas is good place to do it 😉 New River Gorge does it every Fall, too!

    • K

      I was wondering why no one was picking up this one either!!! I got it through Edeweiss, maybe that’s why???? I hope it does well!

  2. I had completely forgotten that the book was coming out! I’ve been waiting for a NA book ever since her last NA series. I’m excited to see that you connected so well with it. I love the sound of it and your love for the book really comes through your review!
    And OMG! You’re a rock climber! I wish I could be as cool, but I’m a disaster in nature!
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