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by Beth Kery

From the author of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Beth Kery comes a story about an alluring woman-who learns that to understand desire, you have to let it run wild. Genny loved her husband Max, but he lacked the sexual charge that was instead ignited by his business partner, Sean. Ruggedly handsome, Sean had a heart-stopping smile that made Genny weak. The more time they spent together, the stronger the attraction between them became. Then her husband offered to share her with Sean for one intoxicating night... That night in the company penthouse, Max and Sean showed Genny the heights of ecstasy. But it was Sean who touched her very spirit, and one-on­one, they were red hot. But as Genny learns, there's a price to pay for such impulsive pleasure. What began as a night of forbidden desire spirals into a whirlpool of murder, sensual submission, secrets, and a scorching passion that threatens to consume everyone it touches.
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ISBN: 0425232719
ISBN13: 978-0425232712
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Women's Fiction
Author: Beth Kery
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1380 kb
FB2 size: 1531 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 457
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It seems I'm finding all of Beth's books are my favorites, Release included! I love how this takes place in the Sauren-Kennedy Penthouse over only days but the flashbacks, mystery and heat are real page turners. I love the back history between the main characters, Genevieve Bujold (Sauren) and Sean Kennedy. I love how they formed a great friendship and an intense attraction years earlier when Sean was the business partner of Genevieve's husband Max. Then their attraction came to life on that fateful New Year's night when tragedy came that would rip them apart for three years. No spoilers.

As always, Beth gives off the charts chemistry with her characters and a beautifully erotic contemporary story. Sean is a deep south, deep drawling, sexy alpha with a 'grin I could feel' and a voice I'd love to hear calling me "girl." It was so heart grabbing that he saw his "Genny" as his even when she didn't, loved his desperation for her. I love how Beth makes sure her characters do that inner searching that makes them overcome their own obstacles-in and out of bed. Other things had kept them apart, kept them from finding any closure but I loved how all the facts came out and they worked for their HEA! I need more Beth Kery asap!
First of all, to be fair to Beth Kerry, the three stars given to this book is not an objective rating, as it, too, was judged by comparing it to "Wicked Burn" though compared to other erotica works it rates a lot higher. I keep buying Beth's books in the hope of finding that much missed for me combination of deep feelings and intense emotions with explosive sexual encounters so well depicted in "Wicked Burn". As in all her books (with the aforementioned exception) characterization suffers in the hands of the numerous sex scenes which seem like well rehearsed acts rather than all consuming, mind blowing, earth shattering, emotionally charged experiences between lovers whose attraction is bone melting.

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.
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.

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

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.