Let Go by Allie Winters [ARC REVIEW]

Let Go (Suncoast University Book 1)Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: June 27th 2019
Source: Author
Format: e-ARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars.5

She keeps her heart locked up tight 

Putting yourself out there? Getting close to others? No, thanks, I’ll pass. It’s safer to keep to yourself. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. So when I accidentally tell the muscled hunk I’ve been secretly drooling over all semester how I really feel about him, it’s not like I meant for him to take an interest in me. I don’t want a boyfriend. Not even when it turns out he’s so much more than just brawn. 

My goal for so long has been simple – get into grad school. And when I get a dream TA position at the beginning of the new semester that will help me achieve just that, I’ll have to forget about him now that he’s my student. Easy, right? 

He wants her to let go of all that control 

I can’t get her out of my head – the shy, sexy brunette that’s trying so hard to keep me at a distance. I can be patient, though. Anything to break through that reserve and get under her shields. But just when I thought I’ve succeeded, she’s off-limits. Say hello to my new TA. Even though I’m hot for teacher, there’s no way she would risk this opportunity. Right?

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ARC provided by the Author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

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“Charlotte, let me give you what you need. Let Go.”

Be still my swooning heart. Let Go is the first book in the Suncoast University series and the debut novel of Allie Winters, that tells the love story of Charlotte, a girl who firmly believe that the safe zone is the best zone, and Luke, the guy determined to get her to take a chance on him.

Now I am a sucker for a good taboo story, and when I heard that this had the elements of a student teacher relationship, ya girl jumped on it. I became invested in the relationship between Charlotte and Luke and how their attraction to each other before she became his TA was instant and pulling. The chemistry they have between one another I think is more deeper than your typical insta-love relationship and we get to see that on display during Charlotte’s time as his teacher.

I really enjoyed being able to connect and relate to Charlotte’s struggle of putting herself out there and talking to new people. As a person who struggles with those traits as well, it was nice to be see that representation within a character, especially the heroine of the story.

Though I did really enjoy my time reading this bad boy, I must note that it did take me a while to really hook into the storyline and understand where the characters where coming from as the beginning takes off at a super slow pace, where we don’t see the student-teacher trope until closer to half way into the novel; to which when we do, its transition is sharp and felt jarring to the flow that had been already set up. There is a bit of repetition of action from our heroine as it felt like with almost each scene her actions or reactions where the exact same, which made me feel like her character development stalled a lot throughout the novel.

“This is not a love letter. This is a dirty letter. A sexy letter. A letter to make you lose control. Because that’s what I want from you–uninhibited passion.”

However, once you get to that second half of the story–things take off for the better! I could not for the life of me put my kindle down as I wanted to see how the story would play out. It was such a joy finally watching Charlotte learn how to let go and be the person she truly is. Luke was a character that really came through the page for me; I love watching how he brought out this different side of Charlotte whenever she was with him, that spoke volumes to who she was truly as a person. Luke in himself, is a swoon worthy gentleman that had me smiling and swooning at his efforts to make Charlotte his and to just be.

Overall, I was highly entertained with this novel, and feel like this was a really good debut for Allie Winters. With swoon worthy hero, and a relatable heroine, Let Go is a quick, cute, and humorous contemporary romance that I highly recommend to anyone yearning for a good new adult romance.

Huge thank you to Allie Winters for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.

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