The Moment of Letting Go by J.A Redmerski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
This story was beautiful…powerful….haunting…demanding. Beautiful because you can almost literally feel Sienna and Luke’s growing love for one another with the island of Hawaii as their backdrop. Powerful because the story made you laugh, made you cry, made you feel. Haunting because this is the kind of story that does not leave you whole. It takes a piece of you with it, haunting you forever. Demanding because once you start reading you will not be able to focus on anything else.
Sienna thought she had life fingered out. At twenty-two she was becoming a successful event planner for a very prestigious company. Sought after by the rich and famous she spent her time traveling to exotic locations. She finds herself in the beautiful island of Hawaii. Event planning is her job but photography is her passion. She just hopes that she will find enough time to enjoy her passion on the island.
Luke works at the local surf shop and also instructs surfing lessons. When he sees this beautiful auburn beauty crying on the beach he makes her a deal. Spend three hours with me and I’ll show you how to let go.
“Have you ever had that feeling,” she goes on, “when you know deep down that you should do something? Like if you don’t do it, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life?”
Three hours isn’t enough for Sienna. She has two weeks of vacation time saved up and decides what better time to take it. Luke and Sienna begin the adventure of their lives. She getting to know the island…getting to know this handsome stranger.
“Before these two weeks are over, I can guarantee you three things.” He holds up three fingers as we continue onward toward the water. “One”—he holds up one finger—“you’ll never want to go back to San Diego once Hawaii is done with you.” “Two—that photography love of yours will start to take the place of everything else in your life. And three”—he wiggles three fingers and we stop of the beach where the water can pool around our feet—“you’ll kiss me at least once before you go home.”
Luke you could call a bit of a thrill seeker…ok HUGE thrill seeker. Cliff jumping is a regular occurrence with him and his friends. Sienna on the other hand is deathly afraid of heights. After his brother died, Luke has made it his life mission to fulfill all of his brothers dreams. Skydiving, cliff jumping you name it but there is one sport that is so dangerous he is afraid to tell Sienna. He’s afraid that is she finds out he might lose her.
He takes her to his home (on another island) and helps her with her fear of heights. She in turn helps him heal over the loss of his brother but will it be enough? She feels that he is holding on to her to help feel a void in his heart. Once she finds out about this risky lifestyle she does not think she will be able to stay with him and always have the fear of losing him. So she makes the difficult decision to leave him, leave Hawaii. She knows that if she leaves Hawaii that she is leaving her heart behind.
If the thought of having to leave Hawaii was unbearable before, now, after all of our intimate moments together, how he cherishes me in every single way, the thought utterly rips me apart. Every kiss, every touch, every whisper, ever time he looks at me with those magical, endearing eyes of his, I lose myself a little bit more to Luke, to the possibilities of change; I lose myself in ways I never imagined, or would have welcome before I met him.
Now that she is back in San Diego will she be able to let him go?
Favorite Scene: Him loaning his family jewels before the airplane ride.
He sighs dramatically and says, “Oh, all right,” and then moves his hand down in front of him, makes a really big claw-like fist—I chuckle uncontrollably—and pretends to remove his balls, afterward placing them in my opened hand. “Be careful with them. I’d like to extend my family name somewhere down the road.”