The Moment of Letting Goby J.A. Redmerski
Published by Forever on August 11th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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.
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.
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? 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.