How Not to Let Go (Emily Foster)

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From the author of How Not to Fall comes an electrifying, powerful new story about love, trust, and emotional surrender.

Once upon a time, med student Annie Coffey set out to have a purely physical fling with Charles Douglas, a gorgeous British doctor in her lab. It didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, secrets — and desires — were bared, hearts were broken, and Annie knew she had to leave this complicated, compelling man who remains convinced he can never give her what she needs.

Walking away is one thing. Staying away is another. Annie and Charles reunite at a London conference, rekindling a friendship they struggle to protect from their intense physical connection. Little by little, Annie gets a glimpse into Charles’s dark past and his wealthy, dysfunctional family. Soon, she’s discovering what it means to have someone claim her, body and soul. And she’s learning that once in a lifetime you find a love that can make you do anything… except let go.


Hey! Once again, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so head to her blog in the next few days to check out her take on this book.

First and foremost, beware that this is a sequel to How Not To Fall, and I honestly don’t think you can read, understand and enjoy this one, without having read book 1 first. So, even though I do think this book is awesome, you should definitly pick up the first book first.

Once again I loved the writing, I think Emily Foster truly has a way with words. This book was entertaining and fun like the previous one, but it was also deeper and more emotional than the first one. But contrary to book 1, this one is told in dual POV, and WOW, it changes everything.

Annie is still a great narrator, but this whole story is about Charles.

I have to say that I’ve never read a romance with such a well done pacing and character growth. A long time passes since Annie fell for Charles and he tells her that he can’t love her, and again, a lot of time passes within this book. And Annie grows a lot, she learns how to let go of some things while protect others, but Charles learns how to deal with his past and present, and accept the future. And so much happens!

This book surprised me a lot. I liked the plot, the pacing and the characters (obviously). But I loved the talks, the depth, the understanding. I loved the support. I loved how they talked about everything that mattered and how everything made sense.

One of the issues I had with the first book was the amount of sex – crazy, I know – but here the balance was perfect, and it had way more meaning. I loved it. And I really liked how each little action had a reason behind it.

I don’t want to talk more about the book, because I don’t want to give anything away, but just know that I loved it. It was one of the most profound NA books that I’ve read.

So, I highly recommend this series. Read it. Think about it. This is not a perfectly happy NA book, it’s raw and gritty and it somehow felt real. Again… READ IT!

January TBR

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Welcome to my first TBR of 2017 :). I have to say that I’m kind of in love with my new color scheme… Back to the matter at hands… I read 25 books last month, and that was a lot, though I know that I won’t be able to have a repeat performance. For this reason, I’m aiming for 14 reads, and hoping that I can surpass it.

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  1. Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
  2. Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
  4. Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) by A.J. Pine
  5. Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
  6. The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
  9. The Room Mate (Room Mate #1) by Kendall Ryan
  10. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  11. Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  12. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  13. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
  14. To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage

December TBR

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Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

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  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

How Not to Fall (Emily Foster)

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In her witty and breathtakingly sexy novel, Emily Foster introduces a story of lust, friendship, and other unpredictable experiments. . . 

Data, research, scientific formulae–Annabelle Coffey is completely at ease with all of them. Men, not so much. But that’s all going to change after she asks Dr. Charles Douglas, the postdoctoral fellow in her lab, to have sex with her. Charles is not only beautiful, he is also adorably awkward, British, brilliant, and nice. What are the odds he’d turn her down?

Very high, as it happens. Something to do with that whole student/teacher/ethics thing. But in a few weeks, Annie will graduate. As soon as she does, the unlikely friendship that’s developing between them can turn physical–just until Annie leaves for graduate school. Yet nothing could have prepared either Annie or Charles for chemistry like this, or for what happens when a simple exercise in mutual pleasure turns into something as exhilarating and infernally complicated as love.


Hey! Once again, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so head to her blog in the next few days to check out her take on this book.

Now guys, I have to admit that I have a few contradictory feelings about this book. I honestly really liked it, it was an entertaining and fun read (for the most part) and I absolutely loved the writing. The story is told from Annie’s POV and she’s a fantastic and funny narrator.

I really liked Annie and, for the most part, I liked Charlie too, though I feel, that even after having finished the book, Charlie is still a bit of a mystery to me. I like him, I understand him, I like that he was always honest and truthful and tried to put her first, but at the end of the day, I think something is still missing from his story… something big.

I loved “The Thing” and how Annie and Charles explored it, and I loved seeing their relationship grow from colleagues to more. It didn’t bother me for one second that he was her post-doc. Actually, living in the academic universe myself, the difference between them was very small, so I actually loved how informal their relationship was from the get-go. I liked that they took time to get to know each other and actually talked and evolved.

My problems started about halfway through the book. Let me just say, this book has a lot of sex. If I didn’t know better, I would say that this was an Erotica novel, and not a NA book, but hey… So, lots of sex. Lots and lots of sex. Some really really HOT sex. I’m cool with it. Until it morphs a bit into the problematic of absolute trust and absolute surrender and control, and I… don’t know… it made me feel uncomfortable. Especially towards the end, when his self-restraint loosens a bit. There’s nothing wrong with those scenes, at all, nothing violent or anything like that. They both want it, and like it, but I don’t know… if you read it, talk to me about it.

I really liked the ending. Fair warning, this book doesn’t have a HEA, and it is the first of a series, so the next book picks up exactly where this one leaves off. At the end, there’s no resolution for the couple. There’s a resolution for Annie, and I was so proud of her for sticking to her guns and doing what was best for her. I think that both characters go through some transformation, but at some point during this story, Annie loses herself a bit, so I’m glad she ultimately did what she had to do.

I’ll for sure read the next book in the series, because I want to know how this will get resolved. If Charles will realize that he can be the person she needs, even if he thinks he can’t and won’t ever be able to. I’m also curious as to how they’ll solve the long distance thing.

I would recommend this book, because ultimately it was funny, sweet and hot. But I do think that this is not for everyone… so be advised 😉 .