Can't Let Go

Can't Let Go

by Jessica Lemmon

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Sadie Howard would never admit there's such a thing as love at first sight, but she can't deny the connection between her and sexy Adonis Aiden Downey. She also can't deny she loves to kiss him-his mouth might be his most precious asset. Despite every promise to herself not to get involved any deeper than a first date, she can't keep from seeing more of Aiden . . . in more ways than one.

Aiden Downey had no idea the hot blonde from the club would trigger his protective, gentle nature, but the moment she drops her guard and he sees the real Sadie Howard, he's a goner. When a family crisis puts the brakes on their budding romance, can Aiden find a way to hold on to her? Or will he lose the best thing in his life just as quickly as he found her?

25,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455581733
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Love in the Balance , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 132,798
File size: 241 KB

About the Author

Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

Jessica is an ex-meat-eater, writer, artist, dreamer, wife, and den mother to two dogs.

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Can't Let Go 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
lunashimmer More than 1 year ago
This mini e-book is a prequel to Hard to Handle. It gives you the back story on Sadie and Aiden, and I'm glad I read it before reading HTH. Short and sweet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A great novella that gives us the story of Aiden and Sadie when they first met. Despite an instant attraction and strong feelings, when Aiden had a family crisis to deal with the young budding relationship was pushed aside. Beautifully written and an important segment of the series. Recommended.
katkv3 More than 1 year ago
before anything this the first book you guys should read before any other of her books for this series. Sadie and Aiden have both struggled in life. Sadie ex-fiance married her step lil sister weeks just before her big day and now she a one date only rule for guys and Aiden ex-wife cheated on him with his best friend/business partner he is only out looking for some fun. But the night they meet each other they break all the rules. But before they realize how hard they both have fallen for each other. It seems as destiny has a different course for them to follow before it allows them a happy ending. Left on a cliff hanger you have to read the next book before you get your answer.
NinasLiteraryEscape More than 1 year ago
Warning: Proceed with Caution, Cliffhanger ahead! Can't Let Go is a seven chapter novella, that focuses on two main characters Sadie and Aiden. This story starts out with Sadie and Aiden already going on their second date. Sadie is overly protective of her heart and has a strict dating policy; she only does first dates and that's it. But, she's breaking all her rules when it comes to Aiden. They only know each other for a few days, but feels as if they have a strong connection to one another. Things are going good until Aiden is faced with a family crisis and risks losing his new budding romance with Sadie. I believe there could have been a better development regarding Sadie and Aiden's relationship. Don't get me wrong, I did like Sadie and Aiden together. They did have some chemistry going on, but not enough sparks were there. Not only that, but I believe they could have been better fleshed out as characters as well. Honestly, everything including their relationship happened rather fast and so it didn't feel remotely realistic. They went on their second date and then ended up at Aiden's house almost having sex (but didn't) and then Sadie ended up spending the night cuddling with Aiden. Then Sadie suddenly had this revelation that she loves Aiden after a week of dodging and circumventing him. They also kept mentioning that they felt a strong connection to one another, yet I couldn't feel it. I just think that the story could have been better executed as a whole and be more fleshed out. However, while reading, I did enjoy the writing style of the author. Oh yes and just a little F.Y.I, the story ended at 66% (on my Kindle) with a cliffhanger. Ugh. I hate cliffhangers; I despise them. So when Can't Let Go ended on one, I just got frustrated. Now, I'm debating upon if I'll read the continuation of Sadie and Aiden's story in the upcoming novel, Hard to Handle. They're not particularly characters that jump off the pages and make me want to know more about them and dive deeper into their story so I'll see what happens. *I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on October 10, 2013 Book Info  ebook, 64 pages Published September 3rd 2013 by Forever Yours original title Can't Let Go ISBN 1455581739 (ISBN13: 9781455581733) edition language English series Love in the Balance #1.5  other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  AMAZON  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Can't Let Go is a PREQUEL novella to Hard to Handle, a "before" the happily ever after... A LOVE IN THE BALANCE NOVELLA  AN INSTANT SPARK  Sadie Howard would never admit there's such a thing as love at first sight, but she can't deny the connection between her and sexy Adonis Aiden Downey. She also can't deny she loves to kiss him-his mouth might be his most precious asset. Despite every promise to herself not to get involved any deeper than a first date, she can't keep from seeing more of Aiden . . . in more ways than one.  Aiden Downey had no idea the hot blonde from the club would trigger his protective, gentle nature, but the moment she drops her guard and he sees the real Sadie Howard, he's a goner. When a family crisis puts the brakes on their budding romance, can Aiden find a way to hold on to her? Or will he lose the best thing in his life just as quickly as he found her? 25,000 words My Thoughts In my opinion Can't Let Go is a must read prior to book 2 in the series Hard to Handle because the back story to Sadie and Aiden's story is very important in setting up the story line in the 2nd book. Having never read the first book in the series we already missed the initial setup to the series and it would be best not to go any further with this particular couple without getting the full details on the beginning of their relationship and the reason why they broke up. I think you can safely say that a lot of this is covered in the full length novel after having read it but to me it is just a better idea to wait to read Hard to Handle (Love in the Balance #2) after having gotten the full details of Aiden and Sadie's romance.  Can promise you it is well worth your time to read the novella, you will enjoy their full length story more if you do! Order to read books in Love In The Balance Series Book 1-Tempting The Billionaire  Book 1.5-Can't Let Go  Book 2-Hard To Handle  Book 3-The Millionaire Affair  [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
So, I read Hard to Handle and lurved it! I fell completely in love with Sadie and Aidan, but I kept wishing I knew the whole story of what happened to them. Of course I know it was to care for his mom, but I just wanted more. Well, lo and behold, I had completely missed this little nugget here. Now, stuff makes sense. This is the novella that starts it all for Sadie and Aiden and it is hawt! Loved it! I am now a huge fan of Jessica's and I can't wait to read more from her *Copy kindly provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
Literary_etc More than 1 year ago
Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go was originally scheduled for an October release with Hard to Handle set for September, but the dates were changed. While some may hate the ending to Can’t Let Go and call it a cliffhanger, it really isn’t one. If you haven’t read Tempting the Billionaire, you don’t need to in order to enjoy Can’t Let Go, but I do recommend it because you’ll have a better understanding of the time frame. It’s not necessary though! Those that read Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire will remember Sadie and Aiden. Both are secondary characters and we know from Tempting that Sadie ends up dating Aiden. What we don’t know is exactly what happened between the two of them. Crickitt attempts to get to the bottom of it, but Sadie quickly changes the subject and responds to her questioning by stating, “All men are bastards.” Can’t Let Go takes place alongside Tempting and I really enjoyed getting the information gaps we didn’t have in Tempting filled. It’s because of this that I don’t consider the ending to Can’t Let Go as a cliffhanger and think of the novella as a supplement to Tempting the Billionaire. We have great character development and it’s pretty clear that both Sadie and Aiden carry emotional baggage. For Sadie, there’s an underlying issue involving her ex-fiancé, Trey. We also get a glimpse of her relationship with her family and their reaction to her phone’s ringtone says a lot. I suspect there’s more to this and I’m sure Lemmon will go into futher details in Hard to Handle. As for Aiden, his comes in the form of an unfaithful ex-wife and his mother’s cancer. It’s really easy to see why these two would open to each other in some areas and keep others a secret. As much as I want to shake some sense into them, particularly Aiden, I can’t fault them. In their position, I’d probably do the same thing. Ultimately what makes this frustrating is Aiden’s inability to come clean to his family about his divorce. What makes this even more heartbreaking is Sadie’s reaction to it and what she thinks of herself, “She knew the truth about herself, how she’d always been a little too hard to handle.” Ah, why doesn’t Lemmon just drive a stake through my heart? My poor Sadie. A few people might question Sadie’s love for Aiden especially in such a short time period, but I feel I have to defend her. Remember, Sadie has been guarding her heart especially after the incident involving Trey (I won’t go into details because I don’t want to go into spoilers) and it’s understandable she’s cautious. When she meets Aiden, she’s not expecting a connection much less have a conversation about the past. Both open up to each other and it’s the sharing of these past experiences that bring them closer. I know a lot of people also complain about “insta-love” in romances and while these two fall fast, keep in mind that love at first sight does happen. What makes these two different is that both are cautious about falling in love, but they are also take the time to get know each other. Aiden is aware of her limits and even though he wants to push them he doesn’t and respects her. The writing is engaging and there are several humorous scenes. Lemmon has a talent for writing flawed characters and making you become emotionally invested in them. I laughed and cried and by the end of it, I experienced a beautiful emotional roller coaster. If I can take a moment to virtually high-five Lemmon for her use of what I’ll call Easter eggs. This is the second time she’s referenced something related to her hero’s real life inspiration. I’m not saying what they are because it spoils in the fun of coming across these and I love that she does this! I loved Can’t Let Go and I’m dying for Hard to Handle. I’m secretly hoping there’s a Trey and Aiden confrontation because let’s face it, Sadie needs a champion. If you’re a fan of contemporary romances, I highly recommend Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go. Just have a box of tissues at hand because you’ll need it. If you need to vent your frustration over Aiden, I’m listening!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Can't Let Go by Jessica Lemmon introduces us to Aiden and Sadie.  The meet at a nightclub, and that night go back to Sadie's home together.  But the night doesn't end as one would expect as Aiden and Sadie instead bare their soul's to each other instead of their bodies. Sadie is a one date kind of woman, but Aiden is very intrigued by her.  When he asks her to go out again, Sadie surprises even herself by saying yes.  After a disasterious ending engagement, Sadie trust no one but herself.  She wants to be the one in control, even though she is drawn to Aiden.  Aiden shakes her control, making her feel more than she wants to for someone she just met.  "Sadie didn't want to feel this kind of attachment to anyone.  She didn't want to worry whenever he was late, or whenever he was out on his bike and the weather turned.  She didn't want to care this much, dammit." In a matter of days, Aiden and Sadie fall hard for each other.  But Aiden can only let himself get so close to Sadie.  He is hiding things from his family, and for now must hide Sadie from them too.  Sadie seems to have more issues than a broken engagement, but in the span of a short novella we aren't privy to these.  And if Aiden can't be honest with his family, can he be honest with Sadie?  He might end up giving up the best thing he's had in a long time, even though he just found her. Can't Let Go is an introduction to Hard To Handle, a full length novel that will come out soon (I hope!) where I'm hoping we'll delve deeper into Aiden and Sadie's relationship.  Crickett and Shane are there briefly, from Tempting the Billionaire, and it looks like we might see more of them in Hard to Handle too.  I liked both Aiden and Sadie, even though Aiden especially frustrated me because of his lack of honestly with his family which can only result in hurt for Sadie.  No matter what his reasons, I felt like he should have been as honest with them as he was with Sadie.  I felt like I got a good grasp on their personalities from this novella. Jessica Lemmon gives us a quick read with Can't Let Go, I like the feel of it and how it ties into the other books.  There's a little bit of sexual tension, lots of humor, and love at first sight (which I totally believe in by the way!).  It is not a stand alone novella, and I feel like it ended too abruptly, even for a cliffhanger.  I will definitely be reading Hard to Handle as soon as it comes out!