As president of her own distribution company, Julie Dawson has all she ever wanted -- money, power, and respect. But her carefully crafted façade conceals a torment of abuse and helplessness. After years remaining emotionally aloof, she is finally independent, but alone. Because she refuses to rely on anyone but herself ever again.
Evan Adams is no stranger to success, or personal demons. The horrific trauma that destroyed his twin sister, and tore his family apart, forced him to craft a new life from the ashes of the old. He's content enough, focusing ahead and not dwelling on his murky past. But something important is missing. He knows what that thing is but refuses to acknowledge it.
When a chance encounter brings these two strong-willed but damaged people together , what seems like a long, erotic journey through hell could lead them to a match made in heaven.
MUTUAL RELEASE is a coming of age novel about trust on the long road to love. It started out a bit like a New Adult Romance, morphed into BDSM Romance and then packed some punches and curves near the end. I admit to reading this out of order but... when I realized it, the author assured me herself that it would be okay. I actually got a peek at some of the characters from the series. Now I plan to go back and read the others.
So, anyway, Evan and Julie are complex characters who, on the surface, I couldn't imagine together. Then the author took her flawed characters wrought with guilt and mistrust and brought them together in such a way that had me nodding as it went along. Ms. Crowe creates people, not just book characters. Be prepared for the emotion that comes with it.
"So the things you need to know about me relative to this are," he held up fingers as he counted, "one. I like it rough. Two. I'm in control in the bedroom. I set the stage, I call the shots. You will have an orgasm-several of them, but only when I tell you too. Three. I don't share. You're mine. And four. You have to trust me. Completely. And that is going to be hard for you, I can tell."
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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