The Upside of Letting Go

The Upside of Letting Go

by Nacole Stayton

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Haley Martin is no stranger to loss. One tragic event takes her entire family, leaving lingering nightmares to torment her at every turn. She decides the only way to let go of those nightmares is to literally move away from all that is familiar. Boarding a Greyhound bus, she leaves behind her past filled with heartbreak and misery, in hopes of starting a new life.

By accident she meets Kyler King, a beautiful young man with a tragic past as well. He has no interest in settling down with anyone. With a reputation as being emotionally unattainable, he uses this fa�ade to hide the burdens he bears every day.

As Kyler and Haley�s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets they have kept hidden threaten to surface. An unannounced visitor causes their pasts to collide with their present. Will their secrets prove to be too big of an obstacle, hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?

Warning: This book is intended for readers 17+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016550923
Publisher: Nacole Stayton
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 465,053
File size: 459 KB

About the Author

Christian �Nacole� Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family and The Bachelor. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos, iced coffee, and happy endings.

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The Upside of Letting Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate doing this... There was too much, I felt there was pieces of various books I have read cramed together and it just was not good. The main characters made little to no sense in the begining and the author forced situations and then lost track of her own timeline. Don't waste your money like I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book was very poorly writen. Very.....
HB1 More than 1 year ago
Bad writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***3 Stars*** The story started off good then Im not sure..just became 1 big mess. **198 pages**
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Debbie8306 More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story of love, life, loss and coping. Told with a storyline that flows the characters are easy to relate with, funny and heartfelt. This story takes us on a journey focusing in on the self destructive acts we play upon ourselves when we feel there is no other outlet. We watch as the characters hide themselves in what they feel will provide the comfort needed to lessen the ache. It shows us that we have no control over what our hearts want and without knowing it our minds crave. It is a story of loss, creating friendships, family, finding love and all of the factors that surround these things. It is a story about trust and leaning on others. A beautifully told story of hope and happiness. A tender look at life and how we deal with the hand we have been dealt.
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I really loved this book. The characters were very likable and the storyline was great!
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J_M_Miller More than 1 year ago
Great debut, Nacole! I loved Hale and Kyler's story. They both have suffered through a great deal of tragedy and loss in their lives. When they meet, it is an odd connection, and Hale thinks it could potentially be just another fling, but something is different and neither of them fully understand right away. When the sparks begin to fly between them, there's no stopping their connection for it is one that will truly test time. They travel a bumpy road full of loss and love. I was able to feel their love and their hardships and it was fun to be a part of their journey!
Mamaeck More than 1 year ago
If you liked Thoughtless and The Edge of Never (two of my favorite reads), I have no doubt that you will like this book too! The Upside of Letting Go is one of those books which truly exceeded my expectations more than I could have ever imagined. The book, deemed to be New Adult, had a cover photo of a young man pushing young woman on a swing, and it just didn't draw me in or "intrigue" me. However, from the time this book originally showed up on Goodreads, the cover photo has since been updated. After reading the book, I still don't feel that the cover does the book justice, but I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. Otherwise, I think, NO, I KNOW, I would have easily overlooked it and would have missed a well-written storyline with relatable and developed characters who took me on one heck of a ride filled with a mix of emotions. With a duffel bag hung over her shoulder, Haley Martin boarded a Greyhound bus in New Jersey, leaving behind a past filled with heartbreak and misery, in hopes of starting a new life in a new college town over 500 miles away. It is in Alabama where she meets Kyler King, a beautiful young man with a tragic past as well, who has no interest in settling down with anyone. "I'm standing face to face with the blue-eyed God from the admin office I saw earlier today. Once again I'm speechless. Our eyes lock, and I feel something I haven't felt in a very long time: lust." Haley and Kyler start spending more and more time together since their respective roommates are dating. But they reach a mutual agreement that they are just going to be friends with some occasional benefits. Neither one of them is ready for the honesty and commitment of a relationship nor are they ready to talk about the defining moments in their lives...the moments which are responsible for building the retaining walls that have protected their hearts...the moments which led to Kyler permanently sleeping with the light on. (Oh, and let me tell you, when you read those "benefit" scenes, you won't be disappointed!) "I feel his eyes gaze over my towel-covered body in a hungry way that should make me feel violated but only turns me on. In this moment I don't care about anything else except filling this void in my heart, and with Kyler looking at me like he wants to accomplish the same goal, I know what's about to happen." With an understanding and strong connection due to those defining moments, their friendship blossoms into true love. Sometimes we can't understand what another person has been through unless we have lived it ourselves. Haley and Kyler have that understanding. "Two can play this game, and I don't think he knows he is playing with fire. I've gotten pretty good at loving and leaving, so if this is what his cold shoulder is about, then tonight I'd be more than happy to give him a whirl and send him on his merry way. I know I'm supposed to steer clear of him, and Lord knows I do not need a relationship of any kind, but sex is just sex, right? He is gorgeous, and it's hard not to appreciate beauty when you keep running into it head on." Unfortunately, an integral piece of Haley's past shows up in her present and threatens to change her new life, the new Haley, and the relationship which she and Kyler have fought so hard to hang onto. And it was at the end of this book that I truly felt that cover did not do the book justice. In my mind (and before I knew who the inspirations were behind the characters), I knew Haley was absolutely beautiful. Although the cover of the book shows a broken girl, a motorcycle, and darkness, there is also so much light in this book. Yes, drama and some angst take place, which would explain why I literally went through an entire bag of Hershey Kisses with Almonds. At one point, I wanted to stop reading. I didn't want my bubble to burst. I smiled, I gasped, I cried, and I screamed "what the hell?" on more than one occasion. Yes, I literally had emotional whiplash from the characters as well as the storyline that completely sucked me in and made me feel like these people were my personal friends. Without a doubt, The Upside of Letting Go was a 5 star read for me, and I am so thankful that this book literally landed in my lap! Great job Nacole Stayton, and I eagerly await your next book with anticipation! You should be very proud of your debut novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow....great characters and great love story :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! I totally LOVE it! Every single page was a surprise!
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purpinkrose More than 1 year ago
Wow what can I say about this awesome book. This is a Debut book by Nacole Stayton and what a book. Be warned this book will invoke every emotion possible that you have. You have been warned. Haley Martin gets up and moves away from her home town to a different city, different life and different school. Its here that she meets Kyler King and EVERYBODY warns her about him, BUT Kyler king falls head over heels for Haley. When they start to trust each other and tell each other their secrets, fate steps in and knocks these two down again. I would love to go more into depth..... BUT I CAN'T, it would ruin it. I read this book from start to finish in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I cried in parts of this book because I could relate to a certain part( sorry I still can't say) and that made me cry even more. I went through the roller-coaster of emotions with them and then some. I was emotionally drained at the end of this book, I just sat..... I loved this book. The cover doesn't do it justice, I have learnt a valuable lesson over the last 6 months - not to judge a book by its cover and I am so glad I did. I loved the characters, pace and flow of it. The only thing I didn't like was that it finished..... My advice to anyone reading this book is this- Make sure you are in the room on your own, you wont want to be disturbed. Make sure you don't have places/people to see, you wont want to be disturbed. Make sure you don't have a natural disaster waiting to happen, your not going to move.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the book was so well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really got in to this book. I was shocked, sad and happy throughout this book. The reason I gave it not 5 stars was towards the end it jumped around and it was like a movie fast forward through parts than stop than fast forward again.
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