Release blitz review: Release by Dylan Allen

88DAFF84-3F8F-4231-A56F-C74B561B1D76Book: Release

Series: Symbols of Love #3

Author: Dylan Allen

Release date: 28 February 2018

Format: ARC review copy

Main characters: Lilly, youngest daughter to a large family harbouring a terrible secret. Harry, a man with his own issues and secrets, but who is entranced by Lilly and determined to get under her armour.


I’m here for pleasure.
And in paradise, I don’t have a past. I don’t have pain, my secrets don’t haunt me and I can be anyone I want.

He’s here for business.
Harry’s intoxicatingly handsome, rich, and also the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. So, it’s inconvenient that sparks fly every time our eyes meet.

Indulging in an affair wasn’t on my agenda.

But fate isn’t a mistress to our intentions; And what starts as a strike of lightening on a moonlit beach ignites a fire between us that will span continents.
Meeting again in the unlikeliest of circumstances feels written in the heavens.
And I’ll need the courage of the gods to tell him the truth.
They say the truth will set you free… but what if it destroys you first?

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.

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