- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2707 KB
- Print Length: 394 pages
- Publisher: DA Publishing (26 Feb. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B3YM6Y7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Release (Symbols of Love) Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
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
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