Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Release by Louise J.

Title:  Release
Series: Captured Series #2
Author: Louise J.
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publish Date July 22, 2013
Review Source:  ARC provided by author for review


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SYNOPSIS:

Brooklyn

I knew from the start that I should stay away from Dane, and I would have – if he’d stayed away from me. Astoundingly sexy with a consuming presence of unspoken command, he enthralls me to the point of almost being incapable of rational thoughts, almost being incapable of resisting him. My hands want to explore him. My tongue wants to taste him. My body begs to experience him. I crave him. Now he’s starting to intrude on a level that’s harder to fight. I know what he wants from me. I also know that Dane is not the type of man you expect to keep.

Dane

Things are never straightforward with women like Brooklyn. She’s not the kind whose bed you can slip out of and walk away from without ‘special connections’ or ‘emotions’ expected or offered. She’s the type of woman I prefer to keep my distance from, but like an undersexed, hormonal idiot, I still pursued her. I swear getting turned on by her is like getting turned on for the first time in my life. Now I have her in my grasp, but I know where this will lead. And I’m never the one that gets hurt in situations like this.

A woman who has barely put her broken-self back together and a man who turned his back on love a long time ago. When Dane and Brooklyn first met it appeared to be a simple case of lust between two opposites, but it was the beginning of an intense, emotional journey that would bring forth the pain they both attempted to leave in their pasts, and an encapsulation of feelings neither welcomed but were powerless to stop. Sometimes in life there is no choice but to take a risk.

*Release takes place in the months leading up to the end of If Only (book one in the Captured series), and includes major spoilers from Joe and Callie’s story.

                                                                         

REVIEW:

We were introduced to Dane in the first book of the series If Only.  As you remember he and Gerard were very big "play boys".  Well Release picks up during the time Callie is in Arizona.  Dane gets pulled into going to a ballet with Saffron and Adam as a third party.  He sees Brooklyn there dancing and is immediately drawn and curious about her.  After the show the three of them go to a local bar to meet up with several of Saffron's friends that are involved with the production.  Saffron pulls Dane who is her big brother to the side and tells him to stay away from her friends and friends of her friends. In no sort terms she tells him not to "shit on her doorstep".  Adam finds this humorous and picks at Dane about it.  As the evening progresses Dane spots Brooklyn on the opposite side of the bar.  As he watches her, she watches him. Her friend and roommate Kayla sees her watching Dane and quickly warns her off of him by telling her of his playboy status.  She knows that she should avoid him at all cost, but still finds herself watching him from afar.  After they both go home that night, they are still thinking of each other.  The following day Brooklyn goes with her two roommates Kayla and Leona to the beach.  She happens to look up and a little ways down from them is none other than Dane, Joe and Adam with Jake and Nathaniel their two sons.  Dane spots Brooklyn and runs up to speak to her.  Knowing he was told by his sister to stay away, he just can't seem to.  Dane knows that she has been warned off by Kayla so instead of asking her out on a dinner date, he invites her to meet him at the cafe just up from her apartment. She reluctantly agrees, because her curiosity gets the better of her.

After the first breakfast date, the two of them quickly find themselves falling head first into a storm of emotions that neither one of them wanted or knows how to react to.  Dane and Brooklyn each continue to fall more and more in love with each other, but neither want to face the damages they suffer from because of past relationships.  Brooklyn doesn't want Dane to find out about the horrific relationship that she barely survived getting away from, and he doesn't want to have to talk of the short lived relationship that he had with his only other love that was quickly cut short because of an accident she had.  Because of these problems neither want to completely let go and relish in the love that they share.  Dane knows that Brooklyn is keeping something from him because of the nightmares that she has, but she refuses to let him completely in.  Brooklyn waits everyday for the other shoe to drop and Dane to break her emotionally.

 We are also taken back to when Callie comes home and Dane talks with her, then sets up their meeting with Su helping.  We are also given a glimpse into Gerard's possible personality shift and longing to be with one particular woman.  Where will the journey between this group go.  Louise takes us on a tangent of feelings between all of them.  Will they each get their one shop at finding their perfect soul mates, or will the moment get by them? 

I loved reading the first two books in this series.  I can not wait to see what will happen with this group next.  I really want to see each of them to find their HEA.  Stay tuned for the next book......

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Louise J has always been a daydreamer, but never considered writing a novel until days before typing the first words to If Only. Joe and Callie (and Gerard) appeared in a dream and her mind has never been her own since then, and she’s never alone. When she’s not writing she spends a lot of time missing out on huge chunks of conversation, movies, and TV shows thanks to many wonderful, but highly invasive characters bouncing around in her head, showing her their stories. In the name of research, those fabulous characters have led her to parts of the world she never would have dreamed of, and, as a result, has gained some of the most amazing memories. The rest of the time Louise J is trying to be a good wife to the greatest husband she could ever have asked for.

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