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- Publisher: DA Publishing (26 Feb. 2018)
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- Language: English
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Release (Symbols of Love Book 3) Kindle Edition
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This the very first book that I have read by Dylan Allen, and it won’t be the last. I was hooked from the beginning. This book will break your heart and then rebuild it for you.
This story revolves around the characters of Lilly and Harry. Both having experience hurt in their lives. Trust has been broken in ways which can change a person.
Lilly is portrayed as a strong, independent woman who has distanced herself from her family and relationships. In the story we learn how Lilly was hurt, her trust broken and left devastated. Although she has distanced herself from her family, she is there for her sisters when they need her help. She holds a secret that is bursting to come out. A secret that not even her beloved sisters, the friends she once had or her mother no about.
Harry is a tall, dark and handsome man. Having travelled to Ghana on business, recovering from getting his heart broken. Like Lilly, he hides his feelings from friends and family. He never intended to find romance on a business trip, but something about Lilly draws him to her.
Can Harry help Lilly? What is her secret? Can a chance meeting change Lilly’s life for the better?
Release has lost of twist and turns, it will leave to you feeling emotional. I can say that this book as grace, Dylan Allen is able to write about a subject matter that has lasting consequences, for the individual but also their families.
Harry and Lilly’s story will anger and captivate you. Make sure to have your tissues reading.
**** 4 Stars
This book touches on sensitive subjects and we're thrown right into the story with the prologue. I knew right away that this was going to be a powerful story and I was immediately addicted. I couldn't put Release down and frantically turned the pages to see if Lilly would finally open up and let others support her like she so clearly needed. Lilly was incredibly strong and I admired her for it but I feel she was surviving rather than living until she met Harry who ignited something inside of her. I think she finally realised that it was time for her to let those closest to her be the strong ones for a change.
This book takes us to not one but two different locations and I can't decide which I love more. We get to visit Ghana, which feels exotic and the perfect place to start a love affair. Then we get to visit England, which feels almost regal with mentions of castles and Earls. Both are perfect for Harry and Lilly’s journey and really set the tone for each part of their story.
I don't re-read many books or series but this is definitely one I'd happily read again and again along with the first two books of the series, Rise and Remember. If you haven't yet read Release, then I recommend you download it and prepare yourself for an emotional roller-coaster ride with characters you'll fall in love with. You won't be disappointed!
Why you should read it: I really like the way Dylan Allen writes - she's smart, engaging and knows how to make the chemistry sizzle between her characters. I would recommend you read Rise and Remember before attempting this one, because it contains some necessary background you might miss if you dive straight into this one. This story is pretty absorbing - an enigmatic woman with a ton of secrets and who is miserable - you spend most of the book trying to unravel those secrets. She's a tough nut to crack and her exchanges with Harry are loaded with angst and passion. I enjoyed the story's setting too - I was given a great sense of place and the beauty of Ghana. It makes me want to hop on a plane!
It's also an interesting study in family dynamics and the roles we play within them. Are those roles forced on us, or do we take them up willingly?
What you might struggle with: This book is intense. Like all the time. There's no let up and very little levity. Lilly is a closed book and she gives very little away. As the reader, you're privy to more information than her family or Harry, but after a while, I became exhausted by her. Which is tough to say, as she's been through a lot, but I wondered WHEN she'd actually start sharing. Harry has to keep chipping away at her exterior and I felt it was hard going at times. The kept secrets stayed secret up to the final third of the book, so before getting to the point of revelation, there was quite a bit of repetitive scenes and inner monologues. However, bit by bit, Lilly's personality did come through and her love for Harry developed and it was beautiful to read.
Rating: 3/5 for a hard going read (at times). It had its bright spots, but I just felt weighed down with all the secrecy then the eventual unravelling of secrets.
Top international reviews
Lilly is a mystery to those that "know" her. She is drifting through life trying to deal with her anger and self doubt that resulted from a traumatic event. She guards her emotions and her heart with impenetrable armor, wielding control as a weapon. Harry is a hard working and focused man. He values tradition, family, and truth. He has been burned in a past relationship and isn't looking for anything complicated. Both Lilly and Harry have internal demons they are trying to extinguish. However, their sorrow is a common cord that somehow connects them.
Lilly and Harry's meeting is not ideal. It is an awkward encounter that leaves both of them reeling and unsteady. Their is a magnetic pull between them that they try hard to deny. I loved how they would momentarily open for one another and then their heated dislike would return ten fold. It felt visceral and passionate. The sexy times are filled with five alarm blaze level passion that will have you overheating. Then their brief and intoxicating affair ends on tenuous terms.
When Lilly and Harry unexpectedly meet again, they struggle to find their footing. There is undeniable hurt, anger, and confusion separating their hearts and minds. Their road back to each other is fraught with fear, misunderstanding, and outside interference. Throughout it all, their connection is palpable and resilient. They must fight for their love. They fight with themselves, with each other, but most importantly for each other.
Release will take you for a heart-wrenching and exhilarating ride! You won't want to put this book down. These characters will make you ache and beg and cry and laugh. I finished reading Release and was left in a state of bliss and satisfaction. Dylan Allen.....mind blown!
Lilly, the middle of the Hassan sisters, is considered to be the backbone and binding of the family. The one who always listens and steps in when needed. Unfortunately, that meant that when she needed to be supported and seen she wasn't. Being a strong, independent and self-reliant woman, she went it alone. Retreating into herself for preservation, she created an alternate persona that couldn't be hurt.
This is a story of what happens to a person's spirit when their connections in life are broken. What happens when someone goes strictly into survival mode to get through. Dylan Allen takes what is an all to common experience and cuts it open to reveal the bleeding, festering wound that it leaves behind, a wound that time does not heal. Her characters are vibrant in their truths, all the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Lilly is someone you know. Her thoughts and responses are the ones you see in your sister, your friend, your co-workers ~ even if you don't understand them for what they are. Harry is the man who comes across as blunt and slightly cold but is the person you always expect honesty from. Each have deep set hurts that make them the way they are. Fate brings them together to give them what they are missing within themselves.
Release runs the gamut from heartbreakingly candid to bitter sweetly revealing to erotically sexy. Ms. Allen's story will, at times, will leave you with tears, at other times wondering what and why her characters are doing what they do and at others it will shine brilliantly hopeful and love filled. Release begs the questions, what would you not do to protect your heart and sanity and then what would you do to set yourself free?
Release is about Lilly, the middle Hassan sister from the series, who is hiding a lot of pain behind a strong facade. Harry, the hero, is hiding a lot of pain and disappointment behind a strong facade as well. These two have a bit of a rocky start, but the two have a strong connection which transcends continents. As a result of their sorrow and pain, they create a series of misunderstandings which reveal secrets that I wondered if they would be able to overcome. Lilly and Harry’s journey is a passionate and dramatic one, which kept me on my toes.
Each book in this series takes place in a different location and Ghana and England come to life in Release. Ms. Allen always does a wonderful job letting the reader experience the setting. It’s one of the favorite things I like about her books.
Additionally, I enjoy the relationship between the sisters, Addie, Milly and Lilly. These books are about how family can ground you, especially in times of need. Additionally, the secondary characters shine. I especially enjoy Jan, Harry’s housekeeper, and would love to read about her more! She has lots of spunk and is a special addition in the book.
This is the third book in Ms. Allen’s Symbol of Love series, but can be read as a standalone.
Their next meeting is being stuck in an elevator with nothing but time. Whether 'fate' or destiny plays a part they are stuck in an elevator and share a first kiss. They kiss like they might not ever be rescued. It is a kiss they share that will leave them never the same. Like they might die in the elevator and this might be the last kiss with anyone ever again. But they are rescued shortly after and fate or universe will bring them back together? She knew that trouble was coming and had arrived in the shape of a walking, talking, breathing definition of tall, dark, and handsome. They both have issues, and being able to trust problems.
The great advice given to Lilly by a very wise woman is; “I've lived a long enough life to know nothing is as bad as it seems. I also know that no secret stays a secret.” That she should tell her story, before someone else does, and she may not like their version. Pretending means there is a lack of trust, and if they have a second chance, by some miracle, they should hold on for all it is worth. If they had not met they wouldn't know the power of ever knowing the powerful connection that a person can only have with their soul mate. But Lilly is tempted to run when things seem hopeless. Light can't be seen without the dark.
I love the writing and advice:
“There's not a kinder soul in the world. No one's heart is as wide open and giving as yours. But until you decide to start being honest, you always will find freedom elusive.
The truth is your responsibility. Not just to yourself. But to the people who you love.”
“Wherever I am, wherever I go-if you’re there, it feels like home. Your heart is home.”
“If you stumble, I stumble with you and we catch each other.”
“We stand there, two hearts that refuse to be parted and two souls are each others reason for everything.”
“ I bask in the fairytale that is life. I had to fight for it, we never once let go of each other, This love is my truth. And it set me free.”
The fourth book from Dylan allen was such an absolute winner for me . It probably is my favorite book of hers . You know why? The story inside was
so deep and raw and angsty and it totally sucked me right in .
At first, I felt sorry for lilly and then I was angry at her and as Dylan took me through journer I learned to understand, empathize with her and ultimately love her .I loved how Dyan potrayed her Character and how she developped it . The way she grew up and stood for herlsef against everyone who dared judge her . The way she let go of her painful past , grudged and turned everything into drive and love .
Now Harry , oh man , that hero completely stole my heart, I didn't think I'd love him more than Dean from Remember but I totally did . He is pretty much a unicorn . Strong yet sensible . Gentle but can be really harsh . And most of all I loved how he called Lilly out on her BS :)
Let's talk about the riting now shall we ?
I already loved how her writing was simple yet it sucked you right in but in this book she upped her game something fierce . THE GRIT! she was completely Ruthless and unfraid to make her characters stand out . She just made them REAL . The chemistry and the way it was written was absolutely mesmerizing . I loved every second of it .
I'm sitting here with a glass of wine in hand, my mind in a whirl at how breathtaking this story was. Since Dylan's debut release of Rise, I've read all her books, and they just keep getting better.
Dylan is unashamed at her approach to some of life's hardest topics to handle, and I'm here for it. Lilly and Harry's story is no different.
Everyone deals with trauma differently, but Lilly's method is withdrawal. From her friends, from her family, from life. She sequesters herself into a blind path of ambition and isolation. But she's so strong, to her core, and brave and witty and intelligent. Her life-altering experience is something many can relate to, but the outcome is her story to tell. She lives a life choosing not to feel when it comes to the opposite sex. But while on holiday with her cousin in Ghana, one man threatens to turn that life upside down.
Harry, though quite the dirty talker, is also strikingly regal and practical. So practical, he doesn't agree with the concept of something blowing your mind. Seems a beautiful and feisty woman might change that. Like Lilly, though, he lives a very focused and driven life.
I love the love/hate relationship these two have when they are first getting to know each other. It's like fuel to the fire when that first kiss sparks an explosion. I'm a lover of angsty, emotionally-driven stories, and Dylan hits it out of the park in Release. Plus, Lilly and Harry are so hot!!!
Lilly's symbol of love stands for freedom and emancipation. Her story of life, love and despair says it all.
You don't necessarily have to read Rise and Remember before delving into Release. Though each book centers around a different couple, the story is continuous.
Harry and Lilly are fully fleshed out characters with flaws, histories, trauma, personalities...they feel vividly real. At times, reading from Lilly’s point of view, I felt as if I were reading my own diary. Their interactions play out like a real couple...they open up, withdraw, come back, and repeat. It’s a fascinating interplay of emotional vulnerability that sucks you in as you root for them to sort out their issues and just give in.
I loved this book. I loved this couple. I loved the emotions I had reading this. I will read Release again. I strong recommend it to any romance reader, and people who enjoy stories about love, vulnerability, and connecting to others.
There is a reason for that, Lilly begins as a mystery. Slowly throughout little bits and pieces of her past and her pain start fitting together until you get a full picture of her. There are some hard parts to read but it’s not there for shock value, it has purpose in the narrative.
Harry is very much a fairy tale prince. Charming, handsome, and loving. And after all she has been through, she needs a man like Harry in her life, someone to break down her walls.
We get to see how the family all comes together after their father returns home.
This book definitely has mature content and all that so bear that in mind (which is true of all of Ms Allen’s books, so if you’re picking up this 3rd book, you probably already know that ;) )
Now that this series is complete, I’m excited to see what Dylan Allen comes up with next!
Their story was beautiful and emotional. It deals and handles a topic which is very important and current. Lilly and Harry’s love and their fight for each other and themselves were incredible. Release was a wonderful conclusion to the Symbols of Love series.
Lilly and Harry were such complex characters. There was so much emotional baggage and demons of the past weighing them down. Their struggles were so internal that even their well intentioned families couldn't see them or their pain. Yes, Lilly and Harry don't quite have a fairy tale meet cute, but it's clear from the start that their connection is unparalleled. They challenge and argue with each other, each giving as good as they get. Though some of the exchanges are quite hurtful, they're also honest and real. I was equally in love with and annoyed by Lilly and Harry at different times in the book. What I appreciate most about Dylan Allen's books though, is that she allows her characters to be human. They make mistakes. They hurt. They overcome. They forgive. They love.
Lilly and Harry's story is not an easy one. There is plenty of family drama, twists, and revelations that have you on an emotional roller coaster. It's more than a love story between 2 characters. It's also a love story between parent and child, brothers and sisters, and most importantly, of yourself. I have loved each of these sister's stories so much and cannot recommend this series enough!
ps - I am still DYING from the scene in the car following Louis and Cara's wedding! Camille was seriously THE BEST comic relief ever!
Dylan Allan writes a extremely beautiful but heartbreaking story and once again I lament not buying stock in a tissue company.
Thank you, Dylan, for giving us Lilly and Harry's story. It was as beautiful as Lilly is in Harrys eyes.
I enjoy this author writing technique, it’s unique and truly one of a kind. I love, loved the other two books in this series, all the same, this one didn’t ensnared me like the others.
Lilly’s story was just an exhausting read and her struggles suddenly became my struggles. I simply detested the way she went about things. She was gloomy and depressing and for good reasons, but dang it sucked the reading enjoyment from the book.
Harry I liked him, but when he’s around Lilly he’s not likable because Lilly’s on and off emotions make their chemistry not believable. Her angst made the storyline a painful, torturous read.
Lilly kept aggravating me with what happened to her years ago and yet never spoke about it to her kin. She hightails it for selfish reasons. I just couldn’t grow into her character at all. She’s cold, secretive, rude, and acts as if the world owes her for her internal distress.
I found myself at times trying to understand Lilly’s plight, but I couldn’t because she had so many opportunities to tell someone about her past yet she never said anything. She emotionally drained me and not in a sympathetic kind of a-way.
This story was not as enjoyable like the others, however I do love the author's way of writing, just didn’t like Lilly’s character and Harry’s character suffered because of this.