Letting Go (Rock Bay #2)

Title: Letting Go (Rock Bay #2)
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link:  Buy Link Letting Go
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: 206 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Andrea

Review Summary:  A crazy, angst-filled romance that’s balanced out by their wonderfully steadfast group of friends.

Blurb: Drew McAuliffe has lived in the small town of Rock Bay most of his adult life. He’d like to be happy, but not at the cost of having his private life under his nosy neighbors’ microscope, so he keeps his bisexuality under wraps.

After a messy breakup that caused him to pack up and move to Astoria, on the Oregon coast, Mason Anderson decides to avoid drama of the romantic kind. All he wants is to start over—alone.

But Drew and Mason were meant to meet. The long looks and awkward half hellos chance offered were never going to be enough. But when they do finally come together on the worst night possible, misconceptions and problems from their pasts get in the way. Until Mason learns to trust again—and until Drew learns to let go of who he thinks he is—a real connection is nothing but a pipe dream.


Letting Go is the second book in the Rock Bay series. You should read the first book in the series, Coming Home, just because it’s a good read, but it’s not necessary to enjoy this one.  The reason I say that is because the first part of this book retells everything important from Coming Home. It also gives a thorough introduction to Mason, who was a very minor character in the first book. I’ve never seen an author give such a detailed account of the previous book and I’m still a bit torn on how I feel about it. It was good in that it refreshed my memory on some of the smaller details but it was also boring because I already knew the outcome of the events. What made it interesting was that it was told from Drew’s perspective whereas in the first book he was a peripheral character. Going into this book I was not a fan of Drew. After Going Home, I saw him as a 32 year old man buried in the closet because of his best friend, a homophobic jerk he doesn’t even like.  I thought he was pathetic and I didn’t like or respect him at all. In my opinion, Drew needed to grow a pair.

Once I got to see the drama of the previous book from Drew’s perspective, my opinion of him changed. He became a guy with whom I could empathize. That’s important because it made a romance between Mason and Drew believable. In this book, Drew’s love interest is Mason. Mason is more my style, he’s a guy I would want to be friends with. Mason is young and he made some mistakes in his past, but he learned from them. He’s trying to get his life back on track and make a new start in a new town. He’s a little unstable, but I like that. 🙂 Drew and Mason brought out the best in one another and I really liked them together. They made stupid mistakes with each other along the way, but they were understandable mistakes, even if they were a little overly dramatic. I thoroughly enjoyed the build up of their romance, even though there was a ton of angst.  I was feeling the chemistry between them and loving them as a couple. Their chaotic courtship was balanced out by the stability of their friends. This series revolves around a core group of friends who are constantly in and out of each other’s lives. They’re an odd mix of people. They hang out just about every day, they joke around and tease each other constantly, but they always have each other’s back. They’re wonderful and continue to be one of my favorite parts of these books.

There is nothing earth-shattering or life altering here, it’s just a good book. I liked the writing style and I found the story comfortable and enjoyable. It’s a nice, easy read that left me feeling happy. I liked it.



  • I was put off by this “there was a ton of angst” since I don’t usually read books that have lots of angst as they drive me nuts. However, I might give this one a try since I read a paranormal book (or two) by this author and I like her writing.

    It occurred to me that the re-telling of the first story from a different POV could be another way to add to the word count, but then I’m such a cynic. Bad Wave. 😮 👿

    • I debated on putting that line into my review. 😆 I decided on keeping it because this was a lot of angst for me. I like angst, but it has to make sense. Stupidity, OTT emotional responses, and poor communication thrown in just to add to the angst drive me crazy. I absolutely hate that type of contrived angst! Letting Go had just enough to keep me intrigued but not so much that I wanted to slap anyone.

  • It’s strange how hard it is to find ways to praise reads that leave you with that feeling. But I know exactly what you mean, and it is a really good feeling.

    Will definitely give this one a try, because that’s just the kind of book I need in my life right now.


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