Release

Release

After Kova’s devastating betrayal, Adrianna must become her own champion and place her Olympic dream ahead of all else. In doing so, she ignores the warning signs as both the extreme training and unending heartbreak begin to take their toll. There is no atoning for what Kova did. The vow he made cannot be undone. With boundaries set and lines clearly defined, Kova will now...

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Title:Release
Author:Lucia Franco
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Release Reviews

  • Jill

    I don't even know where to begin. Release, was seriously such an amazing story. I want to preface this by saying that this is a series you MUST read in order.

    Ok now that that's out of the way.... HOLY SHIT I loved this book. In Exectuion, we were left crying on the floor nursing our broken hearts. Release was everything I needed. Adrianna setting (and sticking) to her boundaries made me love her even more. The growth in her character since Balance is a nice thing to witness throughout this seri

    I don't even know where to begin. Release, was seriously such an amazing story. I want to preface this by saying that this is a series you MUST read in order.

    Ok now that that's out of the way.... HOLY SHIT I loved this book. In Exectuion, we were left crying on the floor nursing our broken hearts. Release was everything I needed. Adrianna setting (and sticking) to her boundaries made me love her even more. The growth in her character since Balance is a nice thing to witness throughout this series. KOVA KOVA KOVA.... God, Kova is everything. Even when he's wrong, he's right. Even when he's bad, he's good. I loved everything about this story. EVERYTHING. If you are a fan of the series, you will love this story, and if you are new to this series, and you're of fan of forbidden romance, do yourself a favor and start the series. Lucia is the queen of angst & will forever take the cake as my favorite forbidden romance author!

  • Ginger

    How can I describe my feelings about a book that I've been excited to read since the end of Execution? Ohmigodthisbookwaseverythingandmore!

    In the third book in the Off Balance series, Ria is heartbroken but more determined than ever to push her fears and pain aside and focus on the only thing left in her life that she can count on, gymnastics. Her determination fuels this story but so does her denial of the truth.

    I love this book the most because Ria has grown tremendously over the other two boo

    How can I describe my feelings about a book that I've been excited to read since the end of Execution? Ohmigodthisbookwaseverythingandmore!

    In the third book in the Off Balance series, Ria is heartbroken but more determined than ever to push her fears and pain aside and focus on the only thing left in her life that she can count on, gymnastics. Her determination fuels this story but so does her denial of the truth.

    I love this book the most because Ria has grown tremendously over the other two books, but her growth comes from deep hurts caused by plenty of secrets and lies. Kova, who I love dearly, has proven he is not a villainous man but a flawed one with emotions and a soft side for Ria that shows in his actions more than his words. Lucia Franco has made these characters shine and changed my opinion of Ria (who I grew to love in Execution) and Kova for the better.

  • Olga therebelreader

    This book had me completely hooked from beginning to end. Lots of books touch me for various reasons but this one touched me deep and left me with chills. It’s a story of lies, secrets, powerful love and inner-strength. The storyline was well written and the characters were so well developed that as I turned each page I was drawn deeper and deeper in as the story developed between Kova and Adrianna! This book covers some touchy subjects but is written so well that you can almost feel the struggl

    This book had me completely hooked from beginning to end. Lots of books touch me for various reasons but this one touched me deep and left me with chills. It’s a story of lies, secrets, powerful love and inner-strength. The storyline was well written and the characters were so well developed that as I turned each page I was drawn deeper and deeper in as the story developed between Kova and Adrianna! This book covers some touchy subjects but is written so well that you can almost feel the struggles all the parties are going through.

    If you are looking for something light and drama-free – this is NOT the book for you. It’s hard, it’s painful, with some serious issues raised, but felt so real and touched my heart deeply.

    Thank you for the opportunity to read it!

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  • Book Maniac Forever

    I finished

    a few days ago and I'm still reeling over this spectacular read! Lucia Franco crafted an unputdownable and compelling story bursting with all the feels! I was fascinated by Ria’s arduous journey toward her dream and her damaged relationship with Kova. This novel is one hell of a ride packed with ups and downs that left me completely drained!

    played with my emotions as I was put in a whirlwind of intense sensations!

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    I finished

    a few days ago and I'm still reeling over this spectacular read! Lucia Franco crafted an unputdownable and compelling story bursting with all the feels! I was fascinated by Ria’s arduous journey toward her dream and her damaged relationship with Kova. This novel is one hell of a ride packed with ups and downs that left me completely drained!

    played with my emotions as I was put in a whirlwind of intense sensations!

    The trust between Adrianna and Kova is so tenuous after all the heartbreak, but their relationship is slowly on the mend. On a personal level there’s a certain animosity, but on a coach/athlete facet they still have this common passion for the sport. I was dying over the pure joy radiating from both of them during Ria's meets. Her victories are his too! They're so beautiful to witness in these moments that it put wide smiles on my face and made me teary-eyed! I felt like they need this bonding time to help them heal and forgive the mistakes of the past.

    Kova needed to redeem himself for his actions and he delightfully rises to the challenge. He is more than ever devoted to Ria and her well-being. Their dynamic is more emotional focused and the physical pull is only secondary. I felt it was really fundamental to repair their relationship. It doesn't mean they don't get sexy moments, it only means that it's more profound and exquisite!

    is so much more than a romance novel though! It’s most of all a story about ambition, true dedication, conquering adversity, surpassing your limits and losing yourself to your goal. It’s a poignant process to see Adrianna commit herself mind, body and soul to her sport! To achieve her ultimate goal, nothing else matters! Her emotional state is fragile and her body is one the brink of breaking, but she fights with everything! Ria is the epitome of inspiration!!!

    The troublesome revelations of the previous novel are gradually explained, but certainly not fully resolved and it makes the process of reading this series amazing! Other secrets are exposed making this web of lies and deception more than ever intriguing!

    I could rave about

    for a long while, but nothing I can say would do justice to this story! Lucia Franco shaped another masterpiece that filled my heart to the brim, but also shattered it! I inhaled and lived every words with avidity! That cliffhanger was truly hard to take and now I need the next book! This is incontestably another top favorite read for me this year!

  • Isabella.R

    5 Release Stars ⭐

     

    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 bu

    5 Release Stars ⭐️

     

    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.

  • Medusa Scribbles

    This book.

    This damn frigging book.

    I have been waiting for the book for far too long and I have been exciting myself and going a lil bit crazy everytime the Facebook group released something.

    But oh my good lord. This book is just ..

    It’s just...

    Terrible.

    I have never been more annoyed with characters ever. I know Adrianna is 16 but my god. I have never dealt with a more insufferable character.

    And Kova my sweet sweet Kova.. what the hell happened to you!?

    He’s turned into this weird flip floppy vers

    This book.

    This damn frigging book.

    I have been waiting for the book for far too long and I have been exciting myself and going a lil bit crazy everytime the Facebook group released something.

    But oh my good lord. This book is just ..

    It’s just...

    Terrible.

    I have never been more annoyed with characters ever. I know Adrianna is 16 but my god. I have never dealt with a more insufferable character.

    And Kova my sweet sweet Kova.. what the hell happened to you!?

    He’s turned into this weird flip floppy version of himself and it’s made me very sad.

    Four things happened

    1- possibly one of the most stupid decisions ever. And then more drama with said stupid decisions (AKA HES A DRUG DEALER) like what the hell where is this arc going??!!

    2- call your fucking doctor. This was the part cliffhanger of the last book and it’s continued through the -my ibooks says 576 pages; and dear god I seriously hope it wasn’t that ducking long- just please. Call you’re fucking doctor when they’re adamant to see you.

    3- the other half of the cliffhanger. Frank’s a cheating twat and ‘She is NOT your child’. What the fuck happened? Some more drama that gets glossed over:(

    4- congrats!! And now some shit happens and nothing really happens I guess...- wait!, what??.)-&9-

    Freaking useless stupid inner dialogue and non interactions. Everything felt super weird it felt like Adrianna was aware of “ like hey do you see that girl that’s me and that was the day I fucked my coach” her own existence. Weird.

    But back the to book, it was so loooooong, sooooo looooooooooong. It was almost impressive. Also I’m pretty sure that about 3/4 of the book in every other character in the universe just dies because it’s just Adrianna and Kova, and maybe a doctor if you’re lucky.

    But I thundered on. Everyone was raving about this one bit where your soul is just crushed into a thousand pieces by Ms Franco. Was it when Adrianna decided she was going to hide her feelings? Was it when one of the love triangle people is actually worse than the one we thought was bad? Was it when nobody told Kova happy birthday? Oh and what the freak frack was that ending?! My mind was midway through the paragraph and then got shot in the face.

    So. Writers. They use ‘writing techniques’ to try and evoke different emotions from their readers. And when you are so far into the reading zone, you trip into every single one. Ms Franco used ellipsis, dramatic pauses, metaphors, imperatives, hyperbole, and that super duper confident teenagers voice when they’re dead set on something. Short sentences to make them pop and jump into the next sentence with vigour as you convince yourself it would be a good idea to get a tattoo of your boyfriend of 2 weeks. The paragraph was ending and I was ready to jump into the next one, we’re in the middle of someone’s very own ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. And I was ready to hold Ms Adrianna’s hand as she jumped into her confidence and purpose, ready for her to go and.. And... there was none.

    I jumped off of the metaphorical mountain confident my wings would catch me... and they didn’t. They dropped me.

    Down the cliffhanger I guess.

    I’m going to read the next two regardless. I’ve invested some misplaced like with these characters and I’m curious to see what they’ll do with themselves. But don’t think I’m happy about it.

    I wanted to love this book so badly. But it was just horrendous. I can’t even really believe it exists. And that I read it.

    And that other people are going crazy for it!? Did we read the same book? Did I get the unedited version?

    Good luck with this one children!

  • Jacqueline

    I'm not sure what to make of this. I adored the whole forbidden thing along with the mucho angst, but in this book the angst took an unexpected turn. Not a fan of that particular sort of angst

    Ends on a cliffhanger. Available on ku. Not sure I want to read any more of this series now.

  • Marilyn Gabriela

    I waited this long for that? 😑 I’ve been racking my brain wondering if I missed anything. But NOPE didn’t miss anything since the whole book was her missing doctors calls till nearly the end, when you finally get to find out what her health issues are. Kova was his usual self with a hint of kindness sprinkled in. What I didn’t get is how in the beginning he wanted to tell her the reason why he married Katja and then when she finally wanted to know because that took the whole damn book too he was

    I waited this long for that? 😑 I’ve been racking my brain wondering if I missed anything. But NOPE didn’t miss anything since the whole book was her missing doctors calls till nearly the end, when you finally get to find out what her health issues are. Kova was his usual self with a hint of kindness sprinkled in. What I didn’t get is how in the beginning he wanted to tell her the reason why he married Katja and then when she finally wanted to know because that took the whole damn book too he was just like “your mother is evil” not exactly those words but just enough of a hint to have her reeling on what it could be. Honestly I really do like this series but this book was hyped up a bit too much for me to be like “wow...that was anticlimactic” thankfully I’m on an 8 hour flight so I had nothing but time to read, however I’m kind of disappointed. Yes Lucia can write; I’m not knocking that. I love how she writes, but damn all that hype and time and that’s what I get?! I’m ready for these next two books...which I wish would just be one if each book is gonna have a clue about one thing and then confirmation about another.

    Maybe I need a different perspective, but as of right now it just didn’t shock me the way I thought it would.

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
  • Kayla

    Oh Ms. Franco, what have you done to us? All other taboo reads pale in comparison. Until this next book is released I’ll spend my time on goodreads searching for something just as good.

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