There are taboo stories that make us slightly uncomfortable and then there is the ‘Off Balance’ series. Make no mistake, this series is the real deal.
Release cannot be read as a standalone. It must be read after Balance and Execution.
This is a significant age gap romance. It is the forbidden story of Russian coach Kova and his young protégé gymnast Ria. Lines became blurred when they entered into a sexual relationship. This series is filled with high octane angst, heartbreak but also love. If you are not yet put off; this series is pure insanity. It is brilliantly written, seductive, addictive and gut wrenching. Be prepared to experience many emotions….not all good. If you are into taboo reads, you are missing out by not reading this series.
Lucia Franco was true to her words. I did need a pack of cigarettes and vodka to read this book!
As this is only book 3, Release ends with a cliffhanger.
This is the third book in a series and in order to appreciate this book I would recommend the two previous are read first.
I love this instalment to the series. It is not as angst filled as the first two, nor did I feel it have as many adult scenes, but it shows a maturity in Adrianna and a deeper exploration of Kova. I am always amazed at how Lucia Franco manages to keep this series all written from one POV (Adrianna) and still develop amazing depth in the side characters.
This story gives so much but it is all setting the reader up for the next phase, which I think is going to twist our hearts.
Highly recommend this book and all other books by Franco. She’s an amazing author.
I devoured Release. I feel like I waited an eternity for this book. My emotions rode the rollercoaster with both Ria and Kova. As always, written with perfection. Again with the cliffhanger.... Book 3 in a series that is a must have. Already counting down to the next installment. Lucia Franco is an Author not to be missed.
Release. What can I say. Not much that will do this author and this story justice. It is not often that I am speechless, but after reading release, the words just won't come out. Not the right words to describe how much this book means to me. No words adequate enough to express my gratitude for the effort, no words to say thanks for delivering her characters and for the opportunity of getting to know them, learn with them, grow with them, laugh with them, cry with them, yell with them, and nothing can convey the soul deep emotion that Adrianna and Kova pulled from me. I thought I had seen brilliance with Balance, then Execution, but I was so wrong, the best was yet to be written, with even better to follow on.
Release will not be for everyone. The series will not suit readers who like a soft, gentle love story with no confronting issues. Thos series cover so many things that is a walk on the wild side. Taboo, forbidden, destined to be doomed love is just a few words to describe the surface of this story. The saga that is Adrianna and Kova will astound, shock, move and arouse you. Their story not like any I have read before. The way they were created and the evolution of all that is them is a sight to behold, and is something I am so glad I got to experience. This series is one O will read many times, and each time I do will feel like the first time.
So, to wrap this up, I wholeheartedly recommend readers to one click this author, this series and this book. If you are one to walk on the riskier side of the literary world and have a try anything outlook, are open minded and realise that this is in fact, fiction, then this is the stories for you. You will rejoice having found Lucia Franco and feel forever fortunate that you did. 5 stars.