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LoonyAlana

Crazy Bibliophile and Book Pimp (Not So Anonymous)

I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books

Currently reading

The Hooker and the Hermit
Penny Reid, Luci Cosway
The Suicide Princess
Anthony Bryan
Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)
Jocelyn Adams
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J.A. Belfield
Release Me - J. Kenner If 50 Shades of Grey and Bared to You had a love child, this book would be it.

Okay, had to let this one sink in and marinate a little. I've seen other people that agree, and some that say adamantly that this is nothing like either of those books, so I think I should clarify why I say this is the 'love child' book of two other popular romances and to make clear that this is still a relatively unique story.

Just as in Bared to You, there are scarred characters. Different reasons, different stories; the characters themselves are not the same save for Ava and Nikki both being 'damaged.' Christian and Damien are both mega-rich, driven, and determined to get what they want. So once again, characters share traits, but they are NOT the same characters. There are a few other things that reminded me of those two books along the way, but Release Me is entirely it's own book.

I found the chemistry to be good, there was no shortage of 'hot' scenes throughout the book, however I was ruffled about the 'rushed' nature of everything. It had a wee bit of creep factor from that, but not enough to prevent enjoying the book. Nikki's past is quite intense, as is her way of coping with it - self mutilation (cutting). That aspect of the story rang quite true and natural; I really feel it was handled well within the story to nurture sympathy rather than loathing within the reader.

There was something about maybe the plot, I can't put my finger on it but something felt just missing to me. It was good, it was entertaining, but it didn't blow me away. I will absolutely continue it (should it become a series) and would most definitely read other books by this author. If you are a fan of spicier romance, and a little kink, add a rich, domineering, filthy rich alpha male, and a beautiful heroine with a haunted past... then run right out and check this out.

I received a free eBook from Random House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.