Review: Release by Beth Kery


Title:  Release
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group (USA) 4/2/13
Length:  320 pages


Genny loved her husband, Max, but something was missing—a sexual charge that was instead ignited by his business partner, Sean. He was ruggedly handsome, and he knew it. He had a heart-stopping smile and a slow, sexy New Orleans drawl that made Genny weak. The more time they spent together, the stronger the attraction between them became. Then her husband offered to share her with Sean for one intoxicating encounter…

But what begins as a night of forbidden desire quickly spirals into a whirlwind of murder, sensual submission, and secrets, and a scorching passion is kindled that threatens to consume everyone it touches.

What i thought

Let’s start off by saying that i really wanted to like this book since i’m a huge fan of almost everything that Beth Kery writes, but in this case, i think that that my expectations finally fell a bit short.  What we have here is a story about a romance that wasn’t appropriate at one point in time and seems like it could work out in the present day, yet one of the pair won’t let it happen.

So circumstances of a force of nature (i.e. a blizzard) and a crime (Genny’s house burning down )force Genny and Sean together.  what happens from there is far from unexpected and literally took the exact path that i figured.

The other frustrating piece to me is that there was a definite element of suspense written into this story.  who killed Max and were the house fire, break in and accident against genny intentional and if so who was behind it?

Long story short, i had hoped that the answers to all those questions would lead us somewhere besides exactly where it did.  I was hoping for a little bit of a twist and i didn’t get that.

The redeeming quality

what’s great about Beth Kery’s writing though is that she tends to get very descriptive and graphic in the nature of her sex scenes.  we really get a sense of what’s going on, what each character is feeling in the moment, and it’s definitely hot and steamy.  so from my perspective – that and that alone saved this book from being a 2.  i give it 3 stars.  let me know if you have a difference of opinion though, i’m always open to hearing about it!


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