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Before I Let Go

By: Kennedy Ryan
Narrated by: Wesleigh Siobhan,Jakobi Diem
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Publisher's Summary

“Real, raw, magnificentBefore I Let Go is the beautiful angst I love to read.”Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage.

Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It's hot. It's illicit. It's all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

Award-winning and bestselling "powerhouse" author Kennedy Ryan is at her absolute best in this compelling, scorching novel about hope and healing, and what it truly means to love for a lifetime (USA Today).

©2022 Kennedy Ryan (P)2022 Forever

Critic Reviews

"Ryan is a powerhouse of a writer."—USA Today
“Every time I think Kennedy Ryan can’t possibly raise the bar any further, she proves me wrong in the most delightful way possible."—Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling author of Neon Gods
"Every time Kennedy Ryan sits down to write a book, she is hunting big game from page one."—Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author

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Amazing

I wasn't ready. omg. The emotional tug and war! The pen game was mind blowing but the way the narrators brought it to life. omg. amazing. I am left not knowing how to feel.

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Must Read

A beautiful love story that deals with the fears in relationships, and the collateral beauty in healing to manifest better relationships.

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Let Go!

I absolutely couldn’t wait for this story to be over. It was repeated narration that really could easily have been summarized in 2 hours instead of 13. Waste of my time and credit!

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Didn't Give What Everyone Said It Gave!!!

**SOME SPOILERS**

I was afraid of this. Before I Let Go has gotten nothing but glowing reviews so, I’m a little bummed that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as everyone else did. But, this doesn’t surprise me. If I’m keepin’ it a buck, I didn’t think I’d like it. I’m not a fan of black authors who write interracial romance. I just don’t think they can give us the black experience black readers expect and I definitely did NOT get that with this book. But, I can appreciate the heartbreak Yasmen and Josiah went through. To lose a parental figure and your baby back to back then, to turn around and lose the love of your life is beyond devastating. But, the love is still there and these two manage to find their way back to one another. The author’s exploration of mental health was done very well. I thought she did a phenomenal job of showing us all sides of divorce, grief, depression, and trauma. However, if I’m being honest, I didn’t like these characters. I thought Yasmen was extremely selfish. She acted like she was the only one who lost Aunt Byrd and Henry, and she was the only one who was allowed to grieve. Josiah was soft and had absolutely no BDE. This is foreign to me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the black male lead didn’t exude BDE. Ladies, y’all know how we are about these male characters. They show up, snatch our souls, and we’re ready to pull up and fight each other if somebody claims our man. But, I didn’t get that from Josiah. There was no confidence, charisma, or swagger about him. There was nothing forceful about his character so, needless to say, I’m not pullin’ up on nobody behind Josiah. Y’all can have him. I thought there would be way more drama with Vashti and Mark. I just knew they were going to start all kinds of ish to keep Yasmen and Josiah apart but, their characters were kind of lackluster. Honestly, she could’ve omitted them from the storyline all together. If you blinked, you missed Mark. And, we won’t even discuss the lack of character description for Yasmen, Josiah, and Deja but, how detailed the descriptions were for Soledad, Lupe, and Mark. That’s a discussion for another day. To say I was disappointed in this book would be an understatement. I had so many issues with it. First and foremost, it’s NOT a black romance. They slapped a black woman on the cover, gave the characters “urban” like names, and horribly disguised it as black romance. The lack of blackness was problematic as well. Kennedy Ryan had the perfect opportunity to write a book strictly for us and she failed epically. You have a couple that lives in Georgia. One of the blackest states in the US. Yasmen and Josiah live in a city that’s Atlanta-ish so, why is it they couldn’t have a black gay couple as their neighbors?!!! Why couldn’t the restaurant they bought be black owned?!!! Why couldn’t both of Yasmen’s best friends be black?!!! Why was her love interest a blonde haired blue eyed man named Mark instead of a black man with dreads named Malik?!!! I’ll tell you why. Kennedy Ryan’s target readers are white women so, she made this book just black enough to satisfy black readers and make her white readers comfortable. Too much blackness may have started an uprising and, well, she and her publisher can't have that. Don't wanna upset the masses. Listen, if you’re not willing to give black readers the black romance we deserve without worrying about how your core white readers will feel then, stay on the interracial romance side of the fence. We’re good over here. Before I Let Go did not give what y’all said it gave. While it was a decent enough read, I just wasn't wowed with it like everyone else. Thank God for Wesleigh and Jakobi because, had I not listened to the audiobook, I probably would’ve DNFd it. I think it’s safe to say I won't be reading the other books in this series.

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Stellar!

Kennedy Ryan has done it again! This book is so thoughtfully written. I love the depth of the characters, storyline and issues explored here. This is a must listen!

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One of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a long time

Simply beautiful. A journey of love, loss, and grief …and everything in between. The narrators just made a beautiful story even more so. Well done.

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Good read!

Really enjoyed this! Sometimes the characters drone on in their own thoughts…but overall so good!

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Beautifully Written 😍

I was skeptical at first but quickly fell in love with the characters and their story. Amazing narrators I truly got lost in this story and didn't want to be found!

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I looovvvedddd this book so much my first book by Kennedy Ryan and baby she did not disappoint I love reading and listening to authentic stories and black romance this book gave what it was supposed to give Wesleigh Siobhan and Jakobi Diem bravo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 for bringing this masterpiece to life I truly enjoyed it!!!! Most definitely Top Tier 💓

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Very well written

Couldn’t stop listening to the book. They way she was able to capture my attention was wonderful. Love the story.

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