Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton

Don't Let Go

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-By-Play novels, running from the past isn’t nearly as satisfying as facing the future…Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass th...

Title:Don't Let Go
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ISBN:1472228294
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages

Don't Let Go Reviews

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    Nov 07, 2015

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    A heroine with a passion for baking and setting down roots, a sweets loving hero who dreams of escaping connections, a cute pooch who charms them all, and lots of heat? Yeah, Don't Let Go was a good time.

    The quick of it is that Brady is biding his time until he's saved up enough funds to start a bike shop somewhere else. He doesn't want ties to the community or to settle down. But everything and everyone around him? Hell

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    A heroine with a passion for baking and setting down roots, a sweets loving hero who dreams of escaping connections, a cute pooch who charms them all, and lots of heat? Yeah, Don't Let Go was a good time.

    The quick of it is that Brady is biding his time until he's saved up enough funds to start a bike shop somewhere else. He doesn't want ties to the community or to settle down. But everything and everyone around him? Hell bent and determined to get this man attached. To the town, to the people, to the girl, to a sweet little pup all by itself. Hope may just become home after all.

    So. I had a good time with this one but at the same time it wasn't a perfect read for me...

    I really loved both Brady and Megan. They're fun people who are passionate about what they do--he does custom paint jobs for bikes and she's a baker. I loved seeing that spark that lit in them when they were working. They were both a little damaged but not too much. He was cute and a reluctant socializer. She's a caretaker and both kind and sweet.

    They were pretty hot together. The sex scenes were steamy and plentiful. They also did a lot of stuff out of bed that was fun like going on a poker run for charity which was neat to see.

    I love love love his puppy! Brady found a little dog and totally rocked at being a puppy daddy. It was so cute and totally adorable. Yall. He even got little goggles so the pup could bike ride with him. It was so cute!

    The food was yummy too. Megan's a baker and that's one of the ways she shows people how much she cares about them. And she cares a LOT! lol Muffins and strudel and cheesecakes and cupcakes and cookies and omg I wanted to go to the bakery up the street and just eat all the goodies.

    There was SOOOOO much page time devoted to everyone else in town. I like catching up with past characters but it felt like a good 50% of the book was them going to events and gatherings with her friends then his new friends then all the friends and it was just too much. Baby shower, book club, basketball games, dinner out, birthdays, baby being born, another baby being born, group work day on someone's house, BBQ, wedding, visiting the babies!, men suck party, another night out for drinks or dinner. It was just excessive and I quickly became bored of the group time and them rehashing the same things over an over again when they got together. Everyone wanting babies, talking about the babies, pushing Brady and Megan together, asking how they were doing and this person was doing and on and on. I had to force myself not to skim. Just too much.

    So, Don't Let Go, was a hard one for me to rate. Brady and Megan and their romance? I'd give them a four star even though their relationship was heavy on the sex and light on everything else. It was still pretty solid and I enjoyed my time with them. They were funny and touching and easy to be with. When all the other elements are added in, though, it lands the overall book on a 3. It was just too much of everyone else and instead of adding to the romance and story they were a detractor.

    ~~~~notes~~~~

    5/16--Yes! Yes! It's in my hands! #MustReadFaster

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    Nov 19, 2015

    The Hope series by Jaci Burton is quickly becoming one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series. If you love small-town romances that are sweet and are very family oriented, then you’ll absolutely love Hope and all the wonderful characters who live in this quaint, friendly town.

    Brady Connors is kind of an outsider. He’s a loner by nature and doesn’t really like to mingle with the others so much ever since his brother died. All he really likes to do is just work on his bike and stay in his apar

    The Hope series by Jaci Burton is quickly becoming one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series. If you love small-town romances that are sweet and are very family oriented, then you’ll absolutely love Hope and all the wonderful characters who live in this quaint, friendly town.

    Brady Connors is kind of an outsider. He’s a loner by nature and doesn’t really like to mingle with the others so much ever since his brother died. All he really likes to do is just work on his bike and stay in his apartment above the garage. However, he gets paired up with pastry owner Megan Lee who is chatty, sweet and very considerate. When she notices that Brady has been alone for far too long, she extends her kindness and reaches out to him, inviting him over for some cake and coffee. It’s quite sweet how these two get together because Brady is just so clueless with what to do, but Megan won’t let him retreat so easily.

    I wouldn’t say this book is a slow burn because the romance does move at a swift pace, but Burton does take her time in making sure that the romance is believable and true to the characters. I loved both the hero and the heroine in this novel, but if I have to choose one favorite, it would be Brady just because I find being in his head so interesting. Because of his loner status, he has a much greater distance to travel emotionally and I think Megan coaxes him out really well.

    There are some amazing sex scenes in this one. They’re blazing hot, yet sweet and sexy at the same time. If you follow this series, you’ll also get updates on a lot of the other characters as well. There are lots and lots of babies so you have that to look forward to.

    Fans of Toni Blake’s Destiny series will fall in love with this world that Burton has created. Hope has just the right amount of sweet and sexy to interest any reader looking for an escape! DON’T LET GO is definitely one of my fave books of the year!

  • Stephanie
    Jun 24, 2016

    EARLY REVIEW

    DON’T LET GO: Grief, Growth & Heat

    E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

    After the first two books in this series, which I loved, I think this is the one I like most. Grief is treated as an emotional response with many variables — guilt, sorrow, anger, fear, and shame — not as a simple time-will-heal-all event.

    Brady grew up in Hope and is back the

    EARLY REVIEW

    DON’T LET GO: Grief, Growth & Heat

    E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

    After the first two books in this series, which I loved, I think this is the one I like most. Grief is treated as an emotional response with many variables — guilt, sorrow, anger, fear, and shame — not as a simple time-will-heal-all event.

    Brady grew up in Hope and is back there after his brother dies. He works at an auto shop on auto-body repair. They were close until Brady moved because he couldn’t help his brother as he descended into addiction. He feels all kinds of stuff about his brother but he won’t talk about it.

    I like that Brady’s friends give him some space, but also don’t give up urging him to reengage with society.

    Brady is a motorcyclist and paints them with great artwork. His other car is a pick-up truck which helps keep him a solo act. He won’t paint other than motorcycles either, even though he is talented.

    Symbolism:

    One is alone on a motorcycle; even in a group one is free of talking and socializing, and even, maybe, because it’s noisy and requires concentration, much internal dialogue. There’s all kinds of symbolic reference and meaning here. I don;t know how much more or less Brady was social before his brother died, but since his parents aren’t handling it well either, it’s hard to tell if that difficulty is rooted in their family or if it is an effect of the way Kyle died. Even with another person on the bike, unless you have helmets with some kind of walkie-talkie you only deal with the physical presence.

    Deciding to stay isolated is, however, rooted in nonacceptance. If you don’t feel then you don’t have to change, admit, or come to terms with your problem.

    But, unless Brady were made of stone, an animal in trouble is bound to pick at the mortar in Brady’s wall. And, that is was begins to open the man up.

    It’s tough to read about someone struggling with the aftermath of such a loss. Jaci does it so well that it felt very personal.

    Megan is the opposite – she is the offspring of cold parents but a warm grandmother. But her response to that chilly upbringing is the opposite. She is warm and cooks and bakes as an expression of love and caring. She is generous, but not too pushy. And, she is not a doormat.

    These two have been dancing round each other for a couple of books and it’s clear they are attracted and would suit if Brady’s walls would just come down a little. Do people close themselves up so much? I can say they do; we’d like to believe that all adults can respond to grief with strong emotional skills, but, that is not how it goes for everyone, and not just in response to grief.

    The couple does have some very hot hook ups although they do, like most couples, fall into a bit of a routine. How many ways are there to do it after all? Megan doesn’t seem like the kinky type, but she isn’t repressed or inhibited. And, Burton writes sex well, not uptight, but not crude or raunchy either. I am not a big fan of some sexual language — it just doesn’t do it for me and I found this book just “dirty” enough.

    One good thing about most of this series is that there’s usually enough to allow the books to stand alone and this one also can stand alone, but there is a lot of backstory with other characters and the follow through from them will make you curious, but not confused.

    There are several stories in this series with dogs and this is another. She’s completely adorable!

    I highly recommend DON’T LET GO!

  • Sophia
    Jul 05, 2016

    This gentle yet sizzling small town romance series are like well worn comfort jeans or home-cooked goodness when I want something cozy and familiar. They aren't full of dynamic characters or explosive scenes, but just people trying to find a bit of joy and love along with some fun with their friends and family in Hope, Oklahoma. This latest tackles two characters, Brady and Megan, who have been around for a while in the books. Megan is bubbly and sweet and Brady has been a quiet loner so I was e

    This gentle yet sizzling small town romance series are like well worn comfort jeans or home-cooked goodness when I want something cozy and familiar. They aren't full of dynamic characters or explosive scenes, but just people trying to find a bit of joy and love along with some fun with their friends and family in Hope, Oklahoma. This latest tackles two characters, Brady and Megan, who have been around for a while in the books. Megan is bubbly and sweet and Brady has been a quiet loner so I was eager to get to know them better.

    This is book six in the series. The books all connect in the sense that the past couples and situations have ongoing storylines that carry over so I don't think it makes a good standalone.

    The story opens with Brady Conners determined to finish enough jobs doing auto body repair at Carter's garage and taking side gigs doing custom painting for motorcycles to earn enough to go out on his own possibly in Hope, but more than likely somewhere new and fresh where the memories of his brother won't haunt him. Brady was very close with his brother, Kurt, and it broke him a little when Kurt's drug habit led to an overdose. Brady had left because he couldn't handle watching Kurt spiral down and Brady feeling helpless that his brother wouldn't take or get help. He and Curt were supposed to open a shop together. Now Brady must continue the dream on his own and he won't get close to Carter, Molly and their friends because getting close and letting people in leads to pain.

    Megan runs the town bakery and loves making sweet things for her friends and caring for people through food. She sees all her friends settling down with men who love them and with babies and wants that, too. Only the only guy to catch her eye is one determined to be a recluse. Her friends challenge her that if she wants Brady then she should go for him. So she does. The way to a man's heart is through food, right? Megan doesn't let Brady's quiet deter her and brings him coffee and sweets, but it is the little abandoned puppy who latches on to Brady that gives Megan her best ally. Slowly, Megan gets something going with Brady knowing full well that he is not a permanent sort of guy and she can't get attached. Only, the heart and the head are not in accord and she starts falling. Can she and her friends help Brady work through his grief to give the hometown and her a chance?

    Alright, I enjoyed this pair together. Brady's pain was hard and it hit close to home since we've had a similar death in our family. I understood why Brady struggled and his parents responded the way they did to Kurt's death. The author wisely gave time so that the grief and guilt wasn't swept aside so quickly that it was insulting.

    Now that being said, this was a very slow-paced story, but not because of Brady's grief. I both enjoyed and was bored by the large chunk of the story taken up with the events in the lives of the larger group of friends. Don't get me wrong, I liked seeing where past characters were at, but yet I felt like it was a progression of one event after the next baby showers, book club, Friday get togethers for the whole gang that didn't do much for this current story. I wanted to see more of Brady and Megan striking out on their own a little and maybe having a separate story line beyond the attraction and working past Brady's grief. The charity motor cycle ride was the bright exception and I enjoyed it. I think this issue I had will depend on how much the reader wants more romance vs the more general story of the group of friends. I like both, but I guess I was in the mood for a little more isolated romance.

    That wasn't a monster issue and I still enjoyed this latest visit with the people of Hope and look forward to what is coming from a certain book store owner and the construction worker she left behind after high school. I can heartily recommend this series for those who want tender, cozy and gently paced Contemporary Romance.

    My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Give Me Books
    Jul 24, 2016

    Even though this is the sixth book in the

    series, this is the first I have read—though after reading this one I am going to go and read the other books.

    is a cute, small town romance.

    Megan and Brody have been set up by their friends a few times, but Megan decides to really go for it with Brody and try to make a relationship with him. Brody is a little put-off from relationships because of what has happened in the past, and, after a while his excuses got a little old. I wanted

    Even though this is the sixth book in the

    series, this is the first I have read—though after reading this one I am going to go and read the other books.

    is a cute, small town romance.

    Megan and Brody have been set up by their friends a few times, but Megan decides to really go for it with Brody and try to make a relationship with him. Brody is a little put-off from relationships because of what has happened in the past, and, after a while his excuses got a little old. I wanted him to get it together, but he took his sweet time. However, Megan was a sweet person with a good heart and she ended up being the right person for Brody.

    This story also focuses a lot on their friends in the town. Most of these people have had their books already, so I got to know a lot of their stories and they intrigued me enough to want to read more about them. I haven’t read a small town romance in a long time and this one was definitely a change of pace from what I normally read. I liked this book; it was sweet and refreshing. ~ Leah, 4 stars

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    A sweet gathering of old friends….

    Each time I come back to the

    series I know there will be a reunion of old friends and another couple in their circle having their chance at love. This outing focused on Megan, baker extraordinaire, and Brady, who wielded his own artistic magic with motorcycles. When a man determined to keep himself aloof from everyone meets a woman looking for that someone special, what could go wrong?

    As usual, there is no crazy drama but also no heart-piercing highs and lows. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the characters. And there is ample opportunity to catch up on what everyone is doing—babies and all! Megan and Brady are, despite some token protests, courting with the usual getting to know you dates and gatherings with friends that bring them only closer. Megan is loving and open in direct contrast to Brady’s quiet and closed-off demeanor. On the surface, at least, they’re definitely opposites, but physical attraction as well as Brady’s addiction to Megan’s delectable pastries are going to keep them coming back for more…

    The back and forth, the will they or won’t they, meant a gentle roller coaster ride of self-reflection, friendship and love. They really did seem to

    each other, and they were given chance after chance to explore what they could have together. With friends, both human and a cute-as-a-button four-legged canine, paving the way, this couple had all the support they could want to see them through…

    Things wrapped up quickly and neatly at the end but I know we’ll be back for Loretta and Deacon’s story. Thank goodness Loretta has a bookstore—I feel like I gained five pounds from all the goodies made and devoured in this sweet-filled outing! If you have a hankering for cheesecake—and are trying to resist—enter this story at your own risk… ~ Diane, 3.5 stars

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    Jul 26, 2016
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    Jul 26, 2016

    Amanda's review posted at

    Don’t Let Go is the 6th full length novel in the Hope series by Jaci Burton and it is a great addition to this charming series. Just looking at the cover it was begging me to read it! It is so hot, sexy and adorable all in one which sums up the story itself. Brady Conner is the body repair man at the auto shop and pretty much a loner since his brother’s death a few years ago. Megan is attracted to the brooding man and goes out of her way to

    Amanda's review posted at

    Don’t Let Go is the 6th full length novel in the Hope series by Jaci Burton and it is a great addition to this charming series. Just looking at the cover it was begging me to read it! It is so hot, sexy and adorable all in one which sums up the story itself. Brady Conner is the body repair man at the auto shop and pretty much a loner since his brother’s death a few years ago. Megan is attracted to the brooding man and goes out of her way to connect with him. He fights it at first but he finds it hard to resist the pretty baker and her baked goods.

    This story was about Brady coming to terms with his brother’s death and how he learns move forward with his life. He has it in his mind that he is better off alone, lying low, and staying distant from everyone. That doesn’t last for long as Megan slowly eases herself into his world but not so much to make him totally back away. With each encounter they slowly get to know each other and spend time together, and time with her friends. Brady takes in a stray dog and takes her everywhere he goes. It just adds to his appeal when you see him and Roxie on his motorcycle and how he treats her so well. Brady can’t reconcile his life without Kurt, his older brother, and carries so much hurt and anger around with him. Even his relationship with his parents is strained since they too haven’t moved on after their son’s death. Brady isn’t a complicated person but has a hard time accepting people’s opinions about his life and how he spends his time. Thankfully Megan was there to show him how he can be more accepting if he let them in.

    Megan is that all around American girl who works hard for a living, is a good friend, and wants what most of her friends have. She’s attracted to Brady and takes small steps in getting him to notice her and take their friendship to the next level. Once they let the sparks happens – wowza! Burton is one of those authors that can write passionate love scenes and I look forward to them being in her books. I like Megan and how she let their relationship evolve on its own and experiencing new things with him when they do the Poker Run charity bike event. Megan speaks her mind and is intuitive when she converses with Brady on certain topics that may be too sensitive to broach. What she and Brady have is special and she figures it out that what she has with him isn’t anything she’s felt before and hopes he feels the same. Unfortunately it took a little time on his part to figure it out.

    Don’t Let Go is one of those stories that includes the other couples from the previous books along with a new and budding relationship between Brady and Megan. The author has created a cast of diverse bunch of characters and we see how their lives impact one another, and how they support one another both in fun and in business. The story engaged me and read smoothly from page to page, even if the ending was predictable. I enjoyed it and hope there is more to come from Hope, OK.

    Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Jonetta
    Jun 06, 2017

    Brady Connors recently returned to Hope after a self-imposed hiatus following his brother's tragic death. He and bakery owner Megan Lee were sort of thrown together by well-meaning friends at a couple of events but nothing developed. Brady's not interested in any kind of meaningful relationship, including close friendships, but Megan's sunny disposition and easy personality makes it tough to keep his distance. It also helps that she serves up the best morning

    Brady Connors recently returned to Hope after a self-imposed hiatus following his brother's tragic death. He and bakery owner Megan Lee were sort of thrown together by well-meaning friends at a couple of events but nothing developed. Brady's not interested in any kind of meaningful relationship, including close friendships, but Megan's sunny disposition and easy personality makes it tough to keep his distance. It also helps that she serves up the best morning coffee and sweets at her bakery.

    This is one of those stories where you just sit back and enjoy listening to a fairly uncomplicated relationship develop slowly and naturally. You know there will come a point when Brady's wall around his emotional compartments will reach a meltdown climax but in the meantime, you'll just appreciate two really good people finding their way. The first step to that takedown happens when Brady rescues a stray dog who he eventually names Roxie and decides to keep. Yeah, she often steals the show and that worked for me (and them!).

    What also worked for me was the inclusion of the characters from past stories. Their updates were meaty and helped instill the strong theme of friendship and community in a meaningful way. I loved the narrator as she seemed to adeptly capture both Megan and Brady's personalities, as well as those continuing characters. I love this town, the series and my decision to switch to the audio version. It was just a very nice listening experience. Oh, and including dogs in each story was an unexpected bonus. 3.5 stars

    (I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)


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