Let It Go

Mercy Celeste
Let It Go
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
September 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Eli had a temper. Creed seemed to be the main focus of that temper. For ten years the two of them left a trail of destruction in their wake. Rodeo, beer, and fists was all they had in common. Until the judge in Eli's hometown had enough and sentenced them to house arrest. In the same house. They'd learn to get along or they'd kill each other. Either way it was a win for the tax payers.

Trapped alone on Eli's rundown Florida ranch, Creed discovered Eli's secret, one that he shared. But he didn't count on Eli learning all of his secrets, especially the one that would shatter their newfound truce.

Scarred to his bones, Eli avoided relationships like the plague. But there was always something about the quiet Creed that pushed his buttons. Falling in love with him was never part of Eli's plan. When it happens he's unprepared and out of his league.

But when a shared enemy comes calling Eli can only think of keeping Creed safe. He never dreamed that their lives were linked or that Creed's former life could destroy them both. Will love be enough to save them both or will they return to their bitter rivalry.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Mar 12, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
LET IT GO took that step away from the usual style I'm used to when it comes to this author. It's still labeled by great characters and an engaging plot, but the hot chemistry I'd gotten hooked on with the first book as well as the perfect balance between the unpleasant and perfect was missing.

Creed and Eli had been at each other's throat since they were kids, competing in the same competitions and aiming for the same awards. There was a certain spark between them, that some undefined shimmer that turned to admiration, even affection into violence, and they'd kept on polishing that light for years.

One incident too far and they end up confined together on Eli's farm, and realize they have more in common than one would think, and all those presumptions they made about each other were as far from the truth as they could possibly be. But they don't only share good things, they also have an enemy in common, a man who'd done more harm to the men than one guy should ever be able to.

I liked the men; from the beginning they had a certain dose of appeal to them that I had no trouble connecting with them. I also liked the story and the slow development on the romance. They really did fit well together, both so wounded and desperate for affection – it was hard not to feel for them.

But this time, the balance in the whole book was somehow off for me. I do like to read about violence, horrible past and unadjusted men, but in this instance, the violence was too much. I could read it and really had no issues there; but be warned it is rather gruesome and explicit, not for the delicate readers. However, the amount of it in the book was overwhelming; in a sense that it overshadowed the characters and at one point I got pretty much numb to it. Piling up one tragedy after the other didn't seem to have the same effect when the connection between Creed and Eli wasn't as well developed as the violence itself.

I did finish the book, and I am glad to have met the guys, but even before reading the last few chapters I could have easily turned away and never found out what happens at the end. So while not necessarily bad – just different – LET IT GO wasn't as pleasant a read as I'd expected and before pushing anyone to read it, I would definitely warn about the heavy abuse.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is a fellow author at another publishing house.
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