Lessons in Letting Go
Series: Study Abroad, #3
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“Ten minutes ago, I was just an American student studying abroad in Spain. But now? Now I’m a professional soccer player’s muse. His good luck charm…”
Soccer star Rhys Maddox’s recovery from an injury isn’t going well—until one night with a beautiful American and a few terrible pick-up lines changes everything. With Laura at his side, he plays smarter, runs faster, and fights harder than he ever has on the pitch. She’s just the good luck charm he needs to turn his flailing career around.
Laura Bennet begins her semester in Madrid with plans to ditch bad habits and worse boyfriends. But when she unexpectedly gets caught up in Rhys’s A-list life, her plans are put on hold. Who wouldn’t skip class to fly on a private jet with a studly Welsh footballer? It’s a no brainer, or so she thinks. Turns out Rhys’s glamorous lifestyle hides an obsession with appearances—an obsession that makes her totally miserable. Determined to take back her happiness, Laura decides to dump Rhys and tackle a “Spain Bucket List” on her own.
But Rhys isn’t letting his good luck charm go without a fight. He’s spent his entire life trying to earn his way into the big leagues, and he’ll do anything to win—even risk his carefully crafted image to help Laura with her bucket list. Will he be able to let go of his ego? Or will he and Laura ultimately let go of each other?
I was so, so excited to hear the next book in Jessica Peterson’s Study Abroad series was going to be Rhys and Laura’s book! I’ve been waiting for their story ever since I met them in Spanish Lessons. The bits and pieces I got of them in the first two books really intrigued me.
Lessons in Letting Go was a great story, but it wasn’t exactly the story I was expecting. That’s not a bad thing, but it surprised me. I thought Lessons in Letting Go would be a lighter sports romance. It wasn’t. It was a complex story about two imperfect people who didn’t see their true reality. Lessons in Letting Go was filled with very real and raw feelings. I loved that!
Rhys and Laura’s chemistry was undeniably sexy. The heat they put off had me fanning myself so often throughout the book. Their sexual connection wasn’t the only thing they had going, though. They truly brought out the best in each other, like all couples should.
Things couldn’t always be sunshine and rainbows, though. This is an NA romance after all. Rhys and Laura’s drama was very intense and angst filled. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but I will say that it affected how I felt about Rhys. I expected to fall in love with him a lot faster than I did. He wasn’t as easy to love as I wanted him to be. Rhys was so consumed by the pressures placed on him that he let them takeover his life. I didn’t like who he was when he wasn’t with Laura. It took a long while to feel he was worthy of her.
Laura was probably one of the most true-to-life heroines I’ve read. I loved her. Despite being beautiful, she had so many insecurities. Her thoughts and emotions were so easy to identify with. I felt like I was experiencing the ups and downs of 20-something life all over again. I honestly don’t know if I could have made the same choices Laura did toward the end. She was a lot stronger than I probably would have been in the same situation.
Lessons in Letting Go was a great book. I truly enjoyed the journey this story took me on, and now I can’t wait for the next couple of books. I am so excited to read Rachel’s novella and to take a trip to London in Peterson’s next full length novel!