Don't Let Him Go

I Want Morrison, Book 1

Romance - Contemporary
234 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2017
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Author Biography

Kay is an Anthropology professor, former park ranger, and consummate museum geek. She grew up in Michigan and has lived all over the west since leaving there in 2000. She’s lived in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, California, and Nevada. She writes lovingly about the places she’s been and often includes the locales in her stories. Kay writes contemporary romances that include humor, focus on character development, and feature heavy doses of realistic dialogue.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Don't Let Him Go by Kay Harris is book one in the contemporary romance series I Want Morrison, a well-crafted and powerful story of love, family, and what it takes to balance work and romance. Candace Gleason has just passed her bar exams and landed a wonderful job, working successfully as a corporate lawyer. She wouldn’t want anything else as her job is fulfilling and pays a handsome salary. But everything changes when she is handed a case involving the boss’ son, Jack Morrison. Jack is from a powerful family, but not the favored son. Hot, headstrong, and incredibly charming, he immediately gets a hold on Candace’s heart, and her world, including her profession, could be falling apart. She has never wanted anything as much as she wants Jack Morrison, but where can she go with such an easy-going, carefree man?

This lush, evocative story is nothing short of a brilliant introduction to a contemporary romance series that establishes the author as a rising star in the genre. Kay Harris knows just too well how to explore the depths of human emotions and her writing is irresistible, crafted to seduce the reader and to excite their curiosity. I enjoyed the characters, especially Candace Gleason, a calculating, careful, and disciplined lawyer whose defenses get quickly shattered in a way she couldn’t have anticipated when she comes into contact with Jack. The plot is well-paced and builds with mounting tension. The reader is keen on following up with the heartbeats of the characters. Don't Let Him Go is tantalizing, absorbing, and entertaining.

Caitlyn Lynch

Don’t Let Him Go is a charming contemporary romance featuring an interracial couple; Jack Morrison is the epitome of the rich, white trust-fund kid … right up until he realizes that his family’s corporation is ruining lives when they buy up old rent-controlled buildings and evict existing tenants in order to turn the buildings into high-priced luxury homes. After five years of ‘finding himself,’ he comes back and starts a non-profit dedicated to fighting the battles those tenants can’t afford for themselves. Of course, this puts him on a collision course with his family’s corporation. Candace Gleason has come from the exact opposite background – the biracial daughter of two lifelong activists, she dreams of stability, security and making a name for herself as a corporate attorney to be respected. The only problem is that her first job working for the Morrisons corporate law department is an assignment to babysit the black sheep of the family and try to keep him out of jail for his activist actions.

I thought Jack and Candace were a fantastic couple. The sparks of attraction were obvious between them from their very first meeting and Candace’s internal wrestling with herself over her ethical obligations and the desires of her heart were moving and very believable. Jack irritated me at first, especially with his refusal to call Candace by her preferred name which seemed disrespectful, but the story of how he came to realize where his life’s true calling lay was moving and I felt I understood him a lot better by the end of the story. The pair of them really did belong together and I felt that they would make a great team fighting for the poor and dispossessed. I absolutely love the cover of this book; the couple on it look just like I imagined Jack and Candace. I’d enjoy reading more works by Kay Harris.

Rosie Malezer

Don’t Let Him Go is the first book in the I Want Morrison series, written by Kay Harris. Newly graduated from law school, 26-year-old Candace Gleason is mystified when her first task at her new job is that of babysitting her boss’ oldest son, Jack Morrison, who seems to have a vendetta against his family. Curious, yet up for the challenge, Candace meets Jack at his office, only to be ambushed and humiliated by him on national television. Seething, she is relieved when he advises her he is going out of town. After Jack’s younger brother, Hayden, asks Candace to dinner, she accepts, but has to cut the date short when a phone call quickly has her on a plane to Jack’s location, in order to bail him out of jail. From that moment, Candace learns quite a lot about Jack’s plight, his passions and priorities, and starts to fall for him in a big way – so much so, that she resigns from her job to be with him. With jealousies between Jack and Hayden at an all-time high, tensions reach breaking point when Candace accepts her first – and possibly last – dinner at the Morrison Mansion.

Kay Harris’ first book in the I Want Morrison series gives the excellent premise of two brothers, each with different ideals, fighting for the affections of the same woman. I found it odd that the first half of the story was from Candace’s point of view and the second half from Jack’s, but Kay Harris’ choice to do this made perfect sense by the time I reached the book’s end. With brothers from a high-class family vying for the heart of a woman from a middle-class household, and conflicts seeming to come from all directions, the story is exciting and highly imaginative, keeping the reader’s interest piqued from start to finish. Many incidents which you would expect to occur result in quite the opposite, and an unexpected attraction develops, with incredibly steamy interludes. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story with a difference, and recommend it to readers who like a steamy romance filled with adventure, humor, passion, drama, and a world of surprises.