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Review: Just Let Go

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Review: Just Let Go

Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Fresh off yet another disappointing finish on the slopes, Alpine skier Grady Benson stops off in Harbor Pointe, Michigan expecting a quiet, peaceful meal. What he gets instead, is a mouthy heckler intent on ruining his night. He doesn’t need anyone to point his flaws out to him. He already knows them all. He especially doesn’t need to hear it from some loudmouth in a tiny town at the back of beyond. When his famous temper slips its leash, the damage he does to the diner is another footnote in a long list of transgressions. Hauled off to jail, he’s stunned to learn that – this time – his fame and money won’t get him off with just a warning. He’s about to spend the next 30 days doing community service, starting with fixing the diner he wrecked. How in the world is he going to make the Olympic team if he’s going to miss nearly all of the qualifying races?

Quinn Collins has lived in Harbor Pointe all her life. In fact, she just bought the only flower shop in town – partly because she loves the store, but mostly because it used to be her mother’s shop. She’s never really noticed all the people in town who have shown love to her, because she was too busy missing the one person who walked away, deserting not just her husband, but two little girls who needed their mom. Quinn’s main goal the last few years, has been to win the Flower Expo, and prove to her mother, one of the Expo judges, that Quinn has value, and didn’t deserve to be tossed away.

When it’s Quinn’s turn to keep Grady busy, sparks fly. She’s unimpressed by his athletic prowess, and doesn’t understand why everyone treats him like God’s gift to humanity everywhere he goes. Grady, on the other hand, can’t figure out what it is about Quinn that draws him in. She makes him regret his reputation, and makes him want to be a better man, and he’s finding out that he enjoys nudging her out of her comfort zone.

Can Grady show Quinn that he’s not the man she read about on social media? Can he show her the heart that beats beneath his perfect exterior? Can they both learn that their histories don’t have to define them forever? Will letting go of their pasts set them on a course for love in their futures?

With deeply flawed characters, gentle humor, and heart-wrenching backstories, Ms. Walsh breathes life into Harbor Pointe. I loved how small town life was portrayed. I recognized many aspects of my own small town, and I’m sure every other reader will also recognize bits and pieces of where they live in the pages of Just Let Go. This has been a joy to read! Romance readers should absolutely add this to their TBR stack.

 

Rated G: Overall G, although the allusions to Grady’s past can be a bit questionable.

 

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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