New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale about an icy war vet and the only woman capable of melting him…
With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men. Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off. The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.
To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away. She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.
As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future…or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.
Review: Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter is hot, sexy, and charming. The tale is about finding one’s perfect happily ever after. For the main protagonists, that seems to be the hardest thing in the world. Their attraction is there…they have some barriers to fight through before they’re on their way to being happy. Danger, risks, and second chances are major themes provided in this book. Can’t Let Go is the latest title by this talented writer. I usually look forward to Gena Showalter’s books. This one, seemed to not as addictive as her other works. Take the characters for instance. Their lives were messed up and they took on more than they could chew at their present moments. Their past still kept them stuck. The plot sounded promising but didn’t quite reach it with me.
Ryanne is the leading female protagonist. Her relationship with her mother weirded me out. What mother would try to hit on her daughter’s boyfriends? I didn’t know why Gena Showalter went thisnroute with her book but, she did. At first, it was weird and gross. Until later on, which was when the aha moment came on…but still it wasn’t great. Ryanne’s past wasn’t too great but she’s a fighter. I liked her I can do it attitude. Plus, she liked being independent and she was comfortable in her own skin. These things made me like her a lot. Her attraction to Jude is stronger yet.
Jude is the sexy hulk of a man. His attitude would scare off most of the population men and women included. He has male friends who are friends with Ryanne. The female bartender of her own pub, Scratching Post. Weird name…Jude is a fighter, too. His steel like manner doesn’t put Ryanne off. Instead it intrigues her more than it should. She wants to see Jude smile and have fun. Can he have fun? That’s the big question. He’s all stiff and business like. Mr. tough guy. A sexy as hell tough guy. But he has a heart of gold.
There are tattoos & sex before marriage themes that might make those with conventional viewpoints to turn away from this read. Despite that, it’s worth reading. It was fun watching Ryanne try to poke the bear…aka Jude. Jude can only handle so much teasing from the sexy lady who heats up his blood in more ways than he would like. Can’t Let Go seems like the perfect title for this novel. Overall, I recommend it to other readers.