Release [ RELEASE BY Kery, Beth ( Author ) Feb-02-2010[ RELEASE [ RELEASE BY KERY, BETH ( AUTHOR ) FEB-02-2010 ] By Kery, Beth ( Author )Feb-02-2010 Paperback (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Februar 2010
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Max hires Sean as COO in Max's security firm. Genny loves her husband Max, but she and Sean have a strong attraction. One night, Max initiates a menage a trois among the three of them. A few days later, Max is killed. Genny avoids Sean for three years. The story begins after those three years. Genny's house burns down, and she goes to the company penthouse for temporary housing. Sean just happens to be there. Genny is reluctant to stay there with him, but the snow storm and Sean convince her to stay at least one night. By the next day, lust has brought them together. Also Genny learns someone has broken into her clothing store and storage locker. Sean fears for her safety and helps her deal with these attacks and the mystery.
Very hot sex scenes. A lot of sex scenes, and they are well done. There is more sex than story, but there is just enough story to keep you interested. There are mysteries about some happenings three years earlier. By the end of the book, the mysteries get solved. Sometimes the author has scenes which make me a little uncomfortable, but I like that. It's got an edgy feel. Sex scenes include ménage a trois MWM, bondage, whipping, sex toys, and rear door activity.
Story length: 328 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious words. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 14, most of them many pages long. Setting: current day Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana. Copyright: 2010. Genre: erotic romantic suspense.
I've reviewed the following books by Beth Kery. Dates are copyright dates.
INDIVIDUAL NOVELS - NOT IN SERIES - CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER.
4 ½ stars. Daring Time 2009
4 ½ stars. Release 2010
4 stars. Explosive 2010
3 ½ stars. Exorcising Sean's Ghost 2009
3 stars. Paradise Rules 2009
3 stars. Wicked Burn 2008
3 stars. Gateway to Heaven 2011
PART OF SERIES (SERIES NAMES IN PARENTHESES):
3 stars. Velvet Cataclysm 2011 (Princes of the Underground #1)
2 ½ stars. The Hometown Hero Returns 2011 (Home to Harbor Town #1)
3 ½ stars. Addicted to You 2011 (One Night of Passion #1) under author name Bethany Kane.
The 3 main characters are Sean, Genny and Max. Max has been dead for 3 years when the book starts, but with the numerous flashbacks and the pervasive effects of his manipulations in the present, he is definitely a major character. I didn't much like him to begin with, and the more his personality and scheming was revealed the more I disliked him. There is also a villain of sorts, since the unmasking of Max's killer is the driving force behind the suspense plot. But I can't help feeling the true villain of this piece is Max.
Genny is, or rather was, naive and rather gullible. Much younger than Max, he was a father figure of sorts to her and she was clueless about his true character or orientation. Though the blurb says that Genny loved Max, it seemed clear to me that she wasn't IN love with him, plus their sex life was tame tapering off to non-existent. In the present she is more enigmatic, holding her thoughts and feelings close to her chest, but the reader is aware that she suspects Sean killed her husband. In many ways Genny makes the biggest journey in this story. She is awakened to the truth about Max, she is awakened sexually by Sean, and she comes to grips with her feelings and submissive desires.
Sean? Oh man what can I say about this guy? Intense, charming, dominant, tender, sexy, tenacious. For Beth Kery fans who found Vic somewhat insensitive and Shane somewhat, er, unhinged, I promise you will love Sean. He ranks right up there with Ryan for me. I've noticed that Beth's heros (and heroines) stint sometimes on the I Love You's. But not Sean. He loves Genny and he tells her so, and not just at the end of the book either. His feelings show with every touch and kiss and gesture. The moment she appears back in his life he's determined to regain her trust and get close to her again. He's also determined to get through her barriers and make her admit she loves him too. He suspects she may have killed her husband but he doesn't really care, his loyalty to her is absolute.
Now back to the ménage. I appreciated that it was presented in a realistic way with real consequences, not as a be-all and end-all "ultimate pleasure" thing. Genny's uncertainty showed during the scene, as did Sean's although he was more eager to seize his one and only opportunity to be with Genny. Things are awkward between them afterwards, both immediately and later. Both Genny and Sean regret what happened, although again he less so because at least he has his memories for 3 long years. Sean and Max quarrel violently. Genny plans to leave Max. A mess all around. As for the scene itself, I didn't expect to find it hot. But when the focus lingered on Sean and Genny for long periods, it was. The intensity of his feelings for her made every touch sizzle. It felt like Sean and Genny making love, not Sean, Genny and Max having a threesome. And I got caught up in it more than once. Then Max would say something or do something, and I was jolted out of the mood, and I just wanted to b1tch slap him and tell him to shut up and get out of there already.
The other sex scenes are scorching hot, fairly kinky, and very numerous. Note: spanking and anal is included (there isn't any in the threesome, thank goodness). The plot is interesting with a twist at the end, and the suspense is good. The atmosphere is angsty and emotionally charged. But the best reason to read this one remains Sean. I love him. He can call me "girl", chain me in his lap, and feed me warm buttered toast any time :-)
Genny's husband Max has been dead these past three years. She professes to have loved him but as she watches their house and all their memories contained therein turn to ashes, she remains unnaturally detatched. She does not suffer from the loss but feels relieved, seeing this as an opportunity to go back to Chicago and the apartment she shared with Max. This place is full of memories for her as it is where she experienced menage sex with Max and his business partner Sean, an experience which changed her view on love forever. Shortly after this affair, Max is killed with Genny being one of the main suspects, though she remains unaware of it. She in turn suspects Sean as being responsible because the sex they shared that night was so ardent, as to leave her in no doubt as to his possessive attraction for her. The tragedy of her husband's death and its suspicious circumstances lead her to break contact with Sean. Now, having nowhere else to go, Genny resorts to the Chicago penthouse, though it is fraught with vivid memories for her, memories that have haunted her life these past three years.
She arrives on a freezing evening just as the city is about to be hit by one of the worst snow storms in years. Imagine her shock and distress when she sees Sean in the bedroom with a volumptuous blonde practicing what she had been fantasizing about all these lonely, loveless years! Circumstances force them to share the apartment (without the blonde) much to Sean's delight who cannot keep his eyes, hands, mouth and other parts of his anatomy, away from her. When her husband was alive, Sean took every opportunity to be with her, unable to resist the strong attraction he felt for her. Max, in fact, encouraged him to spend time with his beautiful wife, sensing the sexual undercurrents that ran between them. He proposed that Sean share his wife for one night and though Sean guessed there was more to the offer than meets the eye, he could not resist making love to the woman he had fallen passionately in love with.
The snow storm brings the lovers together, giving Sean the chance to turn his most extreme fantasies to life. He can demonstrate to Genny the depth of his feelings for her by loving her in ways he has been dreaming about, exposing her to her passionate, unreserved nature. Genny feels guilt and remorse for capitulating to the man she suspects of having murdered her husband but his sexual prowess and drive reveal aspects of her sexuality she was uanaware of possessing. Certain 'coincidences' also lead Sean to the conclusion that someone wishes to harm Genny so he has to protect her by solving the mystery of Max's death.
It is a well written book with a plot which keeps you involved but I would have preferred three dimensional characters. The characters of Sean and Genny did not intrigue me and I would have liked to know something more about the heroes other than their sexual obsession for each other and that they were exceptionally attractive and well endowed. I consider a book to have succeeded in drawing me in when the characters and their predicament linger in my mind when the story ends. In this case I shut the book and had to refer to it to remind myself of their names prior to writing this review. I am certain that Beth Kerry could devise more memorable characters if she concentrated less on the constant turnout of books which traps writers into writing stories which follow a well rehearsed pattern.
Anyway, this and Wicked Burn are my favorite Kery reads so far. They both have great leading characters, hot romance, and interesting subplots. Explosivehad a better subplot than Wicked Burn (a surprisingly good one, actually), but entire-package-wise, Wicked Burn and Release definitely come out ahead, with the former probably being my favorite. This one is good though and very worth reading.
I loved both Genevieve (33 and 30) and Sean (37 and 34). Sean is a delicious hero and is vying with Vic (from WICKED BURN) for my affections, though they're very different from one another. Sean is in love with Genevieve and very open and clear about that from the beginning, he's so caring and affection towards her and his feelings never waver. In this instance, the internal conflict over the relationship is all on Genevieve's side, and considering what she believes it is understandable. Despite that, she doesn't hold herself back from Sean and never pulls the I'm-going-to-be-mean-to-you-to-push-you-away-because-I-actually-love-you move or any other similar manipulation, which I greatly appreciated (hate those).
Genevieve was a very realistic heroine in that she's similar to a real, actual, modern woman, as opposed to one of the two extremes that we often see. I mean this in terms of personality, profession, upbringing, sexual experience, etc. - characters are so often full of extremes and very unrealistic in that sense; both Sean and Genny seemed real, like people you could know.
It's a romantic suspense book and I thought the suspense subplot was excellently done. There were lots of twists and turns that were slowly revealed and while I had an idea who had murdered Max, I was not at all certain of what the motive was and frankly thought it was going to be some really forced and convoluted reasoning that was solely done because the story needed it, as opposed to because it made sense. This was not the case and I loved how Kery tied everything together.
While one of the two main failings in EXPLOSIVE was that the back and forth in story timeline was unclear and confusing at the beginning, here Kery got it right throughout. The first flashback didn't occur until ~30 pages in, so we're allowed to sink into the present day story and see where we are now; then the beginnings of their relationship is integrated and, of course, that fateful New Year's Eve. The back and forths were infrequent, smoothly integrated, and long enough that you don't feel like you're watching a ping pong match.
The entire book only takes place over a couple of days, but there are also the flashbacks and since Sean and Genny have known one another for so long before the present point we're brought in to, the short length of time didn't bother me as it normally would. I was actually bothered by the fact that it took 3 years for Sean and Genevieve to end their estrangement. Sean had initially tried several times to reach out, but Genny kept him at arm's length for valid reasons. She would have continued doing so had her house fire not forced her to find someplace else to stay, and had she not chosen the company penthouse to be that place. Three years just seems like a long time and I find it hard to believe, considering their strong feelings of love for one another (which I do believe), they would have stayed away from each other for so long.