Laura puts the needs of others before her own and this has unfortunately led to her feeling self-conscious and not loving herself for who she is. Rhys on the other hand is struggling to balance family obligations, football and fame. I wanted to know more about Rhys and his family and maybe even seen them interact with him. The same goes for Laura. As for the characters, I had a hard time connecting with either of them in the beginning.
I actually found Rhys to be very unlikable and even selfish. The lack of communication between these two also bothered me, especially since communication is key when it comes to relationships! Lessons in Letting Go was a steamy, fun read that fell short when it came to the plot and characters. Like hot footballers the European kind and hotter sex scenes? While this is the third book in my series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Check out the first three chapters on my website here.
Can't wait to know what you think of Rhys and Laura's story. View all 3 comments. Rhys is a superstar soccer player and Laura is the regular girl next door that meets him while studying abroad. I think there were more things that didn't work for me in this book that did and thats why I went with 3. Their chemistry was off the charts and their steam was right up my alley. However there were a few things that bugged me. Rhys is doing all of the fame and stuff for his family but he never visits 3. Rhys is doing all of the fame and stuff for his family but he never visits or talks to them.
I would think if he was putting himself out there then at least they would have a relationship. They kind of just existed in his head. It just didn't make sense to me. He was also an asshole most of the book. He was pretty selfish and didn't take her feelings into consideration too long. After he had his "aha" moment he was much better to read.
Laura has many insecurities and that gave me a bit of a whiplash sometimes. Her inner thoughts took me on a roller coaster ride. She as well never talked about her family. I needed more depth. Overall this was a quick and steamy read that lacked the depth I wanted. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt connected to Laura because I'm also a person pleaser and I felt how she felt. I felt her struggle to be herself, to love freely and to have fun.
I know he did many things but emotions can be our best friends and the worst enemies. I'm so glad regarding what happened towards the end. I'm not gonna tell you. You need to read cute, amazing, sexy filled with weird pick up lines to know what I'm talking about!! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review. The bits and pieces I got of them in the first two books really intrigued me.
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I thought Le Note: I thought Lessons in Letting Go would be a lighter sports romance. Lessons in Letting Go was filled with very real and raw feelings. The heat they put off had me fanning myself so often throughout the book. They truly brought out the best in each other, like all couples should. This is an NA romance after all.
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I expected to fall in love with him a lot faster than I did. Rhys was so consumed by the pressures placed on him that he let them takeover his life. It took a long while to feel he was worthy of 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 something life all over again. She was a lot stronger than I probably would have been in the same situation.
Lessons in Letting Go was a great book. And honestly after Javier book 2, I was super skeptical that she could match the level of heat or depth of emotion that was attained in that story. As with many things in life - I was wrong and I happily admit it. LILG was They're finally here! LILG was every bit as full of light, dark, hot, cold and sexysexsex It was beautiful and it transported me yet again to Spain and the magical world of these 6 young lives that I had previously been so engrossed in.
Their relationship was very realistic in its development, I felt. The author did a wonderful job keeping everything as descriptive and real as possible. As with the first two books, I loved this couple and the POVs that let me get into their heads and understand how and what they were feeling as their relationship grew and developed. It really was a wonderful story and I was sad to see it come to an end. Rhys might not have taken the 1 spot away from Javier but he has definitely earned a sacred place among my book boyfriends. Thank you again, JP! I was lucky enough to have Jessica Peterson email a request to review the first book in this series and that book, and ultimately this series, holds a special place in my heart.
So, admittedly I'm a bit biased. That being said, here is my honest review. Laura is under a lot of pressure, pressure that mostly comes from her own head. Pressure to conform, to be better, prettier, more successful. I think we can all find a little bit of ourselves in Laura and her insecurities. She is a different kind I was lucky enough to have Jessica Peterson email a request to review the first book in this series and that book, and ultimately this series, holds a special place in my heart.
She is a different kind of character from the other heroines in this series.
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She is not as easily likable, which I think was carefully crafted on Peterson's part. Laura strives to appear perfect, but we get to see the flaws. So, in the beginning, it was hard to read her struggles and really like her as a person. BUT, as the book progresses, so does Laura and that is when she really shines.
Rhys also has enormous pressure on his shoulders. Pressure to live up to his family's expectations and to break free of the tainted shadow of his father's legacy in the football world. Rhys is sexy and a little cheesy at times and he is easy to fall in love with and yet it hurts to see him try so hard and always feel he isn't good enough. Laura and Rhys have a great start, but begin to struggle as their relationship grows.
Rhys isn't handling himself well and Laura doesn't like who she is becoming. The story is really one of learning to love yourself and accept the love of others without stipulations. They are sweet and sexy and fun and a hot mess at times and that, for me, was perfect. I really enjoyed Laura and Rhys's story. Kudos to Jessica Peterson for giving us another great read in an all around great series! This was the first book I've read by this author and I couldn't put it down.
I finished it all in one day. There was something about Laura and Rhys that intrigued me. Rhys is the first male hero that after I finished the book, I love him, but I hate him, too. Both he and Laura live for other people. What they do in every day life is about making others happy, not themselves.
When they first get together, Rhys just takes from Laura. She is his good luck charm and even though she This was the first book I've read by this author and I couldn't put it down. She is his good luck charm and even though she wants more, she is just a thing to him and in return she is a shell of a person. When Laura finally decides that she wants to live for her and start checking things off of her bucket list, that is when Rhys finally opens his eyes. He sees the beautiful strong person she is. Not the shell that has been on his arm.
That strong woman, is the one he falls for. They fall for each other hard and Rhys starts to play soccer for him and starts to live his life for him as he has learned from Laura. Then an unfortunate incident threatens to tear them apart. This is where I had a hard time with Rhys, what he did to Laura and how she could come back to him.
He tore me apart while I read it, so I can only imagine how Laura felt and how she could come back from that. I loved how they found their happiness in each other and how they learned they needed to truly make themselves happy and not worry about the world around them. I just hope that Rhys has learned through his mistakes and they get their happily ever after.
And no this isn't a cliff hanger: I just always wonder about down the road. Really great read though I couldn't put it down. Sep 08, Lisa Montgomery rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the characterization for the hero, Rhys Maddox, but I cannot say the same for the heroine, Laura Bennet.
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If this book was meant to be a modern day "Pride and Prejudice," it missed the mark. Laura is I enjoyed the characterization for the hero, Rhys Maddox, but I cannot say the same for the heroine, Laura Bennet. Laura is clingy and insecure. This would certainly not be Elizabeth Bennet. Meanwhile, in many ways, Rhys has some Darcy characteristics, which are explained away by his occupation as a footballer soccer player who needs to keep his head in the game. I did wonder after everything blows up in his face regarding his return to the Barcelona team why Rhys does not have a Public Relations person.
It seemed odd for a "super star. Rhys did not previously hold a bad reputation - a bit of a playboy, but not a substance abuser. If anything, he watches his diet and his exercise to the point of obsession. Split infinitives are numerous: After surprisingly enjoying the second book of the series as much as I did I was excited to get started straight away on this one. At first I hated this book. I found Rhys to be selfish and disliked him intensely although not as much as I hated Laura.
She just stood back and allowed Rhys to take what he wanted. I stuck with it though, despite wanting to put it down a few times, and than god I did. This is my favourite book of the series so far, by a mile. I loved how much Laura grew a backbone an After surprisingly enjoying the second book of the series as much as I did I was excited to get started straight away on this one. I loved how much Laura grew a backbone and grew in confidence because of it.
I love that she stood up to Rhys and told that she not only wanted better but that she deserved. I loved that she stuck to her guns and started to live life how she wanted to. I also loved watching the change in Rhys, watching him understand the type of person he had become and the type of person he wanted to be. Once they started to open up to each other that's when they story really started. This is the first book in the series that had me laughing out loud and crying tears for their heartbreak. When Rhys makes it through to the departure gates at the airport I held my breath hoping that that he would be able to convince Laura to forgive him his mistakes, to take him back and make him whole again.
I loved this book. It surprised me in just how much I liked it as well which is unusual nowadays for the third book in a series to be able to do. First, this book spans several months, so it tends to jump in time more than the other two books in the series have. What I liked about that is that it showed that not all character growth happens quickly, and sometimes we backtrack before we get it right. Love, love, love Rhys!! We all have preconceptions about professional sports players, and Peterson has created a fictional bad-boy footballer whom I will be revisiting again and again.
I think what I liked most about him was that he was a relat First, this book spans several months, so it tends to jump in time more than the other two books in the series have. I think what I liked most about him was that he was a relatively small fish in the big money-making pro sports player pool. His materialism stemmed from wanting to provide for a large extended family, as much as it was to quash the similarities between him and his father.
This made him a likeable rich, famous person. Laura's struggle with perfectionism and societal expectations are something almost every woman I know can relate to. Her quest for self-acceptance spoke to me in ways that few heroines' stories do. And, well, the sex was freaking hot! I don't want to get into spoilers, so I will end by saying I recommend this book to anyone who can handle realistically flawed characters and graphic sex.
She creates a bucket list of different activities she would like to accomplish while there. His coach, agent, and team all are concerned if he ever will get it back. Having a lot on his shoulders, Rhys tries to put strict guidelines on his life. Although, still frustrated, he goes out and happens to meet Laura. He then surprises everyone by having a great game and deems Laura his good luck charm. His number one concern is helping his family. Granted, he lost focus of what really matters, but his heart was in the right place.
I have not read the first two books and had no issues with following this story. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend you add it to your TBR list! It was a lot of little things that annoyed me. Jul 21, Erin rated it it was ok. But this one I just skimmed. Jul 30, Lindsay Studstill rated it it was amazing. I had to read the whole thing start to finish in like 3 hours because I HAD to know if things worked out. After all of the anxiety disappeared I actually really enjoyed this book.
The story turned out extremely cute and I loved it. Nov 23, Quinn Fforde rated it really liked it. There are some plot holes and inconsistencies, but the emotion between the H and h kept me reading. The drama is just ridiculous. Omg, I'm new to Jessica Peterson, but I have to say, after reading this book I am having a hard time deciding which of her books is my favorite Aug 16, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: An emotional roller-coaster, in a good way mostly! May 26, Monica A. Predictable, but a cute and light read nonetheless!
I received an ARC of this book from the author. This was an amazing book, and it held a really important message within it's pages. Being "perfect" will never make you happy, being true to yourself is what will bring you real happiness. Laura always tried to be "perfect". The perfect girlfriend, with the perfect looks, and the perfect body. When she realized how unhappy she was with herself she tried to make a change when she got to Madrid, but old habits die hard, and when she starts to fall in I received an ARC of this book from the author.
When she realized how unhappy she was with herself she tried to make a change when she got to Madrid, but old habits die hard, and when she starts to fall in love with Rhys, she starts to fall back into old patterns. Rhys is a star player on Madrid's soccer team. He has to make sure he is the best and always has to make sure he's seen in a good light.
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Popular is a top priority for him, especially because his family is counting on him. When Rhys and Laura meet, it all seems great, but eventually their need to be perfect starts a toxic spiral downward. Before they can be happy with each other, they must be happy with themselves. Laura couldn't stand up for herself, and Rhys was just an ass, always taking and he was so materialistic. The book really turned for me during the one party scene when Laura finally realizes she can't live like that anymore.
After that I connected better to them, and it's because they were finally starting to be true to themselves. This book was excellent, and I loved seeing the journey of Rhys and Laura's relationship play out. I think my favorite scene was at the airport: It was absolutely adorable! I highly recommend this book! I can't wait for more books from this series. Jessica Peterson's writing style totally draws you in, and I love how she describes all the settings throughout the series. Regrettably, Laura and Rhys's story fell short for me.
I couldn't connect with Laura I get too easily frustrated with heroines who require convincing—again and again—of their physical beauty. Where's the fantasy in that? Rhys' wasn't the fantasy either. When he, in the 11th hour, suddenly becomes tender and notices and appreciates Laura I just didn't buy it.
I love this author just not this book. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review. Rating and review next week on my blog. Cover update request 3 18 Jul 27, Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years.
Having found solace in the likes of Mr. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Marth Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. Other books in the series. Study Abroad 4 books. Books by Jessica Peterson. A couple of crises, hard lessons in letting go and a growing understanding self-knowledge became the stimulus for radical change and the road to recovery.
Never the less, lessons and inspiration can be drawn along the way. The narrative is warm, funny and, in places, profound. A good read - especially for anyone is at the tipping point, when the clutter begins to take over - or beyond. Nov 09, Jill added it. I laughed , I cried, I identified Fabulous book and yes I have started decluttering with a whole new mind set. Jan 25, Melissainau rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh Corinne, you give me hope. May 07, Emily Wrayburn rated it really liked it Shelves: I am the opposite of a hoarder.
So I did have a bit of a morbid curiosity regarding how one becomes a hoarder. Corinne Grant does go into this aspect. She talks about the psychological barriers that prevented her from throwing out anything, and how hard it was to ever face the fact that she had too much stuff. I have to admit, this first section of the book was quite sad, bordering on depressing. I did become more engaged once Corinne began discussing the catalyst for the change in her mindset, which led to her beginning to clear out her stuff. This included a trip to Jordan, where she interviewed refugees, and realised that the problems she had paled in comparison to these people.
Having just travelled to Nepal last month to witness the work being done by UN Women post earthquakes, I engaged with this section on a personal level. I was rooting for Corinne as she faced her demons and changed her life, and I had some feelings of second-hand pride at the end. This is definitely an uplifting story, and I recommend if you are into reading memoirs, or if you have an interest in the subject matter. This review is part of my Australian Women Writers Challenge for Click here for more information.
Oct 29, Canda rated it it was amazing. I knew I was disorganized, and have always joked about being a hoarder Corrine was able to talk about the intense emotional issues that lie under the surface while still totally approaching the whole crazy situation of clinging to "stuff" with humor and optimism. It is like eat. Beautiful, funny, sad, dysfunctional and redemptive all in the sa Incredible and Hilarious. Beautiful, funny, sad, dysfunctional and redemptive all in the same breath.
Mar 15, Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it Shelves: This was a good book, but I found it very typical and many of the events mentioned in the book just seemed too far-fetched. May 01, Heidi rated it liked it. Interesting memoir of a woman who gradually realizes she's a hoarder and starts working to overcome the problem. She did a good job explaining hoarders' emotional connections to objects--she might hurt her socks' feelings if she throws them out, and her mom's old broken breadbox reminds her of after-school snacks around the kitchen table.
Every object in Corinne's life is linked to a memory, and she's afraid she'll lose the memories if she gets rid of the objects. A turbulent breakup with a long- Interesting memoir of a woman who gradually realizes she's a hoarder and starts working to overcome the problem. A turbulent breakup with a long-term boyfriend throws Corinne's world into a tailspin, and she finally realizes she has to grow up and remake herself.
At the beginning of the book she's utterly useless: It's unclear how she got to this point. She blames the whole thing on a chance encounter with a little girl in a toy shop when she was a child, which I found bizarre. But whatever Corinne's issues were, she finally finds a way to overcome them. It seemed a little simplistic to me: She came home, threw away all her junk, wrote off the ex-boyfriend, and became a completely different person. I'm happy for her but kind of skeptical. The trip to Jordan was my favourite part of the book. That's a stunning figure, especially considering that the two countries I call "home" throw a fit when asked to take in a couple of hundred refugees.
It was interesting to me that the Sunnis and Shiites said they all worshiped in the same buildings and lived in the same neighbourhoods before Iraq's war with the United States. Some of them didn't even KNOW they were Sunnis and Shiites before the outside world started turning them against each other.
I wish that section of the book had been longer. Apr 14, Lauren K rated it really liked it Shelves: I believe this memoir was originally released last year, but has been re-released in May in a new paperback format, so I snapped up the opportunity to have a read of this memoir after reading some raving reviews, and it did not disappoint. This confident, bubbly comedian who I have loved to watch on television shows such as Rove and Good News Week back in the day, behind closed doors was really quite anxious and overwhelmed with fear of letting go and being alone.
It was quite a feat, reading the process that Corinne undertook to de-clutter not only her home but also her overworking mind to move on with her life. I loved her honesty around her difficulties with her ex-boyfriend Thomas and how her best mate Adam stood by her through thick and thin. Dec 31, Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it liked it. There were three motivations behind me picking this book up at the library. The first is that I am a fan of Corinne Grant who is an Australian comedienne who regularly appears on one of my favourite shows, Good News Week.
The second is that having not long finished Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things I was interested in seeing just how much of a hoarder a 'celebrity' could be and thirdly because I had nominated the book for my Aussie Authors Challenge. I think Corinne approaches There were three motivations behind me picking this book up at the library.
I think Corinne approaches her personal story of hoarding with humour while still acknowledging that it's a serious issue. While her habit never reached the televised extremes in shows like Hoarders , as she describes it, it certainly impacted on her life in a detrimental way. Corrine is able to describe her attachment to things in a way that makes sense to me, in fact its not all that different for my own reasons for keeping the boxes of things that crowd my spare room.
Like Corinne I tend to attach memories to objects and I could relate to her story in a way I can't to the extreme compulsives. In fact I am wondering if I am uncomfortably close to Corinne's original level. Mixed in with Corinne's hoarding story are the personal anecdotes of her childhood, career and broken romance, mostly these stories to show how circumstances influenced her hoarding behaviour.
If you have difficulty in letting things go then this book might offer you some motivation or insights into your behaviour, if not its still and interesting read. Lessons in Letting Go is an entertaining and unpretentious memoir with insight into the issue of hoarding. Apr 22, Julia rated it it was ok. Although Corinne Grant is a comedian, this book is not really a comedy. While it is enjoyable, and has some comic moments, the strength of the book is the honesty with which Grant reflects open a time in her life when she was struggling and process she followed to get her life back on track.
I raced through this book, at first compelled to discover how Grant would overcome her compulsive hoarding problem, and then inspired by her great success. Even those of us who aren't true hoarders often hav Although Corinne Grant is a comedian, this book is not really a comedy. Even those of us who aren't true hoarders often have more stuff cluttering up our lives than we really need, and this book offers inspiration and tips to make the de-stuffing process easier.
I delivered 2 large cartons of donations to my local op shop within a day of finishing reading! Dec 27, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who would have thought that funny clever woman I had so often admired on TV had such a disorder. I'm not exactly sure what to call it-was such an interesting, motivating and sometimes personally painful book to read. Corinne is so honest in her recount, analysing how and why she realised she was a hoarder and how she eventually let go of all that stuff. It is very easy to read, in fact after I started it last night, I had to force myself to put it down and go to s Who would have thought that funny clever woman I had so often admired on TV had such a disorder.
It is very easy to read, in fact after I started it last night, I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep, Corinne had me as enthralled as I would have been with a suspense novel, I just HAD to keep reading to find out how she did it! If you are a hoarder or have hoarding tendencies , know or love a hoarder or just want an interesting read, I'd recommend this. Jan 03, Melissa rated it it was ok. I was enjoying this book at the start however it goes into a strange place towards the end when she writes about her trip to Jordan. It seems forced and politically motivated. The storyline also involves a lot of repetitive pining over her ex-boyfriend which is part of the topic of letting go but I found to be a very boring plot point.
Dec 29, Marian rated it liked it. It was like an eat pray love hoarder version. Corinne's adventures are fun and, being a reformed hoarder myself, for me, it is the emotional strings and memories attached to the object that makes it hard for me to let go. This book was really cool. Jan 15, Louise rated it liked it. I was listening to Corinne and was interested by her story, thought provoking and fun!
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Sep 15, Paula rated it it was ok Shelves: More of a pity fest, actually. Jan 30, Helen Yee rated it liked it Shelves: I could definitely relate to Grant's hoarding compulsion however I'm still not whether whether this is supposed to be a memoir or a self-help guide?
I've tended to like Grant's work as a comedian. Her on-stage persona of self-confessed clumsy dorkiness continues to shine through. It's a welcome relief after reading a spate of somewhat self-absorbed memoirs by American comedians - maybe it's an Aussie thing, or are self-absorbed memoirs just a tautology? Jan 30, Shannon rated it liked it. I would love to recommend this book to others, but unless you have a high tolerance for drunken sailor level language maybe skip it. The message is fantastic and I loved, loved her journey and honesty. Hate when a book makes me feel so conflicted to review, but there you have it Feb 15, Pug Cake rated it liked it.
Since I'm a big fan of "Hoarders," I did enjoy reading all about this girl and her mess, and then her cleaning up her mess. I could have done without that whole section on her trip to Jordan. Even though she apparently discovers herself there, it was unrelatable and unappealing. May 30, Roz Naughton rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. She is a very funny writer And the fact it is based in Melbourne makes it more local.
May 02, Charlie Kramer rated it really liked it. This book is touted as being an uproariously funny memoir. It was a moment in time when I formed a deep bond with the book which remains with me even though I finished reading the book several weeks ago. Once the emotional atta This book is touted as being an uproariously funny memoir. Once the emotional attachment was formed, she continued through her life to adulthood forming attachments to every single thing she owned.
Corrine even hoarded a flat apartment. I have seen television shows about hoarders and in the past I have been utterly mortified at how they live.
The amount of junk they collect is horrifying to my very neat demeanour.
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