Mutual Release (Stewart Realty) Liz Crowe
I love romance especially when there’s some sensuality/erotica in it. So was excited to get an ARC of this book. I’ve not read any of Liz books before and hadn’t realised this one was part of a series, though complete in itself. It wasn’t a problem that I didn’t know about the characters from earlier books, as Liz gives a pretty complete summation of their lives and connections in the book. If you have read the other books though I think you’ll get even more from this book, as they have bits about people from the other books in them and that’s always interesting to a reader hooked on a series (well it is to me – I love it when I learn more about a character in a different book, it often shows another side to them)
Anyway – there’s a pretty good description in the book info so I’ll get onto what I did and didn’t like about this book. I found it really slow to start, and I enjoy best books where I’m slammed into the story and feel I care about what’s happening to the characters. I didn’t here, and found it difficult to fully immerse myself in the story and empathise with the characters. I got there in the end, but it was a shame it took me so long.
Its about two characters mainly and how their damaged pasts affects their present romance. I have to say I had a real problem with the first 50% of the book in that each time I felt I was understanding a person the book either jumped ahead, or moved on to someone else, and I did feel that there was too much information about people who didn’t feature greatly in the book. From the excerpts I’d read for instance I thought that Felicia ( think that was her name) was going to be a major part and yet she was really only a bit player. I love long books but I needed to meet and start to understand Julie sooner than I did, and I almost gave up on the book. That would have been a crying shame because it definitely picked up at about 60% and the last third was fantastic, gripping and a real 5 star read. Pity I couldn’t have got to some of that earlier instead of feeling very indifferent about it 😦 Still, reviews and opinions are subjective and we all like something different so maybe what I don’t like works well for others and they enjoy the slow build?
I loved the psychology in the book – I love to know what makes people tick ( and animals – I’ve read loads on horse psychology and body language, and its amazing how much actually transfers well to humans) I’d have liked even more of this, and on how the BDSM linked into the needs Evan and Julie had. I find it interesting how different people find ways of coping with problems and BDSM seems to fill a need for many people. I understood Evans need but was a bit confused at how it was working with Julie – maybe I need to re read. The main story was good and I loved how the sub plots finally connected together to flow into a story with a gripping climax that rounds off all the ends and questions we had.
The book itself was well written and edited, and a decent length – I’ve only kb info not pages but from the time it took me it must be 250-300 I’d guess. Its 872 kb for £3.38. There doesn’t seem to be a paperback version yet, but as there is with her other books I’d imagine there will be at some point.
Stars: that’s a tough one – I’d have rated first 50% at three – maybe even two and a half as it was so slow but then that last third made up for that and was well worth a five – five plus if there was such a rate! So overall I guess its a four star from me. I’d love to read more form the others in this series and once I’ve time ( and pennies… ) I’ll look them up. I do like the continuity and familiarity of a series especially when each book is a complete story and not one of those horrible, horrible cliffhangers that I hate with a passion!