Review ~ Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter @GenaShowalter

Posted November 27, 2017 by Tanya in Contemporary Romance, Reviews / 11 Comments

Review ~ Can’t Let Go by Gena Showalter @GenaShowalterCan't Let go by Gena Showalter
Narrator: Savanna Richards
Length: 11 hrs 50 mins
Series: Original Heartbreakers #5
Published by HQN on October 31, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 416
4.5 Stars
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale about an icy war vet and the only woman capable of melting him…

With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men. Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off. The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.

To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away. She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.

As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future...or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.

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In Can’t Let Go, we have two characters we met in the previous book, Can’t Hardly Breathe. Ryanne is one of Dorothea’s best friends while Jude is one of Daniel’s buddies and business partner in their security firm. Jude has a pretty bad attitude, justified after all he’s been through, but he takes it out on Ryanne and her bar while fighting the attraction he has for her. He doesn’t want to be attracted, especially to someone who is serving drinks. Even responsibly, she is still a bar owner.

Jude’s mind makes him do things that I was a little confused about. He takes his determination not to feel again to extreme measures. Especially when he feels his wall against Ryanne cracking. He is really and truly messed up emotionally. Ryanne is a fun character. Her feelings are pretty much out there for the world to see and her determination to save her bar is admirable. She can be down, but she’ll bounce right back with creative ideas on how to fix the troubles that befall the bar. Mud and oil wrestling? Foam parties? Between Ryanne and Selma, they come up with some fun ways to prove they are here to stay.

I have to admit, that even though Jude causes a lot of his own problems, I really felt for him. He has some pretty hard breakdowns in his journey to Ryanne and they are heartbreaking. That just made the changes in him, and the happiness he gains so very special. Of the three, (Brock, Daniel & Jude) I think Jude is my favorite. His problems just seem so much more intense. I love the side of him that Ryanne brings out, and the man she is with at the end is so much different than at the beginning of the story. He actually learns innuendo, which Ryanne is queen of to my great amusement.

It may sound corny, but I LOVE the way Gena references her other books here. Video games and cat names after her other series and mentioning other authors and their books. It is fun to see that carryover.

Overall, Can’t Let Go was a fun, romantic read with some great characters. I have always loved Gena’s characters, which is what brought me over to her contemporary. I was not disappointed and loved them all. Can’t Get Enough (coming out Dec. 5th) is going to have to really bring it to top my love for Jude and Ryanne!

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared onNightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan

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  • Great review. Need to try her CR on of these days!

    • I love Gena’s sense of humor and how she brings it across in her stories, even the CR. This really was a good one, and you know how little CR I read! LOL

  • I have just had a blast with this series and this book was so wonderful to read, I loved seeing how Showalter wrote this one. Jude and Ryanne are just perfect together.

    • They are perfect together aren’t they?! Loved their story and the overall change of Jude’s character. Ryanne rubbed off a bit on him and I loved it. They are a great pair!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Wait…Showalter writes contemporary?!? LOL I believe I’ve shared with you that I haven’t read her and I honestly didn’t know she wrote outside of the paranormal genre. But it seems as though she does it well. 😉 I’m happy you enjoyed this one, Tanya! And I’ll make sure to get some Showalter in my reading queue.

    • My heart breaks that you haven’t read Gena yet! LOL I think I would recommend her PNR first though, so you get some of her references and get a feel for her humor and writing. One of my favorite authors!

  • I’ve read her Lords of the Underworld, but that is it. I haven’t tried this narrator. I’m glad this one worked well for you. I didn’t even realize this series was out. That shows how behind I am with her work.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • This is the last one pubbed by HQN too I think. The next one is self-pubbed. Seems like all my favorite authors are going that way these days. You know how little CR I read, so these really have to have her usual fun to them to get my interest. So far, I’ve been really happy. Still can’t wait for the next Lords book though!

      • I’ve noticed a lot of authors going towards self publishing. It gives them more control over their work.

  • I am a huge fan of her LotU series but I haven’t yet started on these, they sound wonderful and I’m pleased that you enjoyed it.

    A great review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

  • I need to try her contemporaries. Her PNR are hit and miss with me, but this sounds really good