Audiobook Review: Can’t Let Go (The Original Heartbreakers #5) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

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The Original Heartbreakers #5
Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin Audio
October 31st 2017
11 hours and 50 minutes


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale about an icy war vet and the only woman capable of melting him…

With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men.  Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off.  The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.

To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away.  She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.

As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future...or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.


This series is one that I’ve loved and adored. I’ve been devouring the audio books one after another falling in love with the town, the characters, and the stories. But this one was disappointing. The only reason I finished this book was; because of the narrator Savannah Richards. Her voice is like a lure and she captured me even though I was so perturbed with everything that happened. If I had had the actual book in my hand I would’ve thrown it into the sea.

I feel like I read something totally different then everyone else and so with that, I’m going to be ranting. You have been warned.

We have Ryanne who is an independent strong women. She knows what she wants and yet she lets Jude into her life even after he emotionally hurts her over and over again. One time I can see forgiving, but multiple times no way.

Then we have Jude a former Army Ranger who is suffering from PTSD and the death of his family, wife and twin daughters.

I wanted to like both characters, but I ended up yelling at them and rolling my eyes. Jude comes off as a prick and Ryanne well she is kinda cool, so I didn’t dislike her, but was upset with how she had goals, new her mind, yet she changed them and accepted Jude. She did try to get him to live again, she gave her all into getting him out of his funk, but he gave nothing or as little as possible. It was sad to see this type of relationship.

Their romance wasn’t a romance. It was teenage hormonal lust. My god they sleep together, only because they can’t resit the attraction anymore. Jude doesn’t like her as a person or what she represents. The author tried to label their romance and she mentioned it as friends with benefits, but it wasn’t even that. It’s teenage lust… They didn’t even date. Didn’t do the little get to know you things people do. It was sexual tension and sex. Nothing more. As for the sex well it’s scorching hot and the sexual tension was of the charts, but you can’t have a relationship based on that alone.

I was also so upset with how Jude treated Ryanne. I was upset that she kept letting him back into her life. Why did she give her verginity to this man? Ya, he’s sexy as sin, but he doesn’t respect her as a person. As for their first time and her first time having sex, she goes on and on as to how it was the best sex of her life. Well duh, you haven’t been with anyone else.

Another thing that upset me was when Jude got a vasectomy, it’s a big life altering decision that would affect his future. He did this at the begging of the book all so he could sleep with Ryanne without fear of having kids anymore. He want’s to get her out of his system. He’s afraid and doesn’t battle his fears. He lets them rule his decisions. Well the joke was on him in the end. Their little get-together even though they still used a condom and she’s on the pill; which it should have been imposable, made the imposable.

Last. Marriage. He didn’t ask; because he loves her, not for the company, not because he cares about her in anyway, only because of the baby does he ask. He can’t even talk or say the word baby. Neither one has said I LOVE YOU. Such a frustrating moment. Ahhh….

These two shouldn’t have been together. I rolled my eyes so much. I got frustrated a lot. I just can’t rave about this book, because it had to many button pushing issues for me.

The only thing I liked was the little bit of conflict with the mob boss who causes trouble at Ryanne’s bar.

Unfortunately, Can’t Let Go was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

Audio: Savannah Richards continues to amaze me. Even though I disliked this book I adored the audio. Her voice is a lure and enchanting. She brings the characters to life. I highly recommend the audiobooks for The Original Heartbreakers series.

Audio Narration: 4 Stars
Book Rated: 1 Star

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

12 comments on “Audiobook Review: Can’t Let Go (The Original Heartbreakers #5) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

  1. Whew that sounds like a hot mess. Yikes!
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    • Ya!!

  2. Bummer! This book sounds horrible. I can’t stand that type of “romance”.
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    • It’s sad this one didn’t have the romance I’ve liked in the previous books or one I’d have enjoyed.

  3. Wow Angela I had to do a double take here. How disappointing for you, glad at least you liked the narrator

    • It was disappointing. Really do you see have such a dislike for a book and with a series I’ve been loving, but it happens. Savannah Richards is a fabulous narrator and one I highly recommend for audio lovers. Thank’s Debbie for stopping in.

  4. just got a few of her books the other day…. the covers….SIGH

    • The covers for the Everlife series are pretty. I like her covers the different series/books she has. Hope you enjoy!

  5. To bad about this read. Ty for a honest review angela! They all can t be good,but it does happen sometimes. Shared on all my socials!

    • It’s so sad when a series you are enjoying has one that just hits you the wrong way… =(

  6. I am so sorry you didn’t like this one! Their were definite relationship issues and the whole vasectomy thing really pissed me off. I felt like he suffered so much that actually admitting to feelings even to himself was impossible. I felt a little better when he gets over himself enough to introduce Ryanne to his previous wife’s family instead of hiding his relationship from them as he first attempts to do.

    I will admit, I did a little “ha take that” when his little vasectomy trick didn’t work! LOL

    • I was so sad I disliked this one. I was devour the books one after the other and just love the sweet romances, but this one rubbed me the wrong way. I did of course adore the audio. Savanna Richards is a wonderful narrator. I’m still waiting on book 6 to come out in audio, so I can listen too it.