Book review: ‘Family Pictures’ by Jane Green & ‘Release Me’ by J.Kenner

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I don’t even know why it took me this long to write this book review. I’ve really been slacking on writing book reviews and I have read quite a few books in the last couple of weeks. My bad, guys, my bad. But let me know if you do actually enjoy these book reviews – that will help me in deciding whether I should spend time writing them for you.

It’s official – Jane Green is my favorite author. She is too amazing for words. I mean, she could probably describer herself in a great way but I’m not as good of a writer as her and therefore anything I write about her does not even scratch the surface of her talent. Every single book I’ve written by her has left me captivated and engrossed. Each book is so complex yet relevant.

Family Pictures by Jane Green - book review

Today I wanted to tell you about her most recent novel “Family Pictures”.

Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

“From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes Family Pictures, the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined.  Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school.  They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like.  They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected.  But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.  As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?”

Okay this book… seriously, the best book of Jane Green thus far! My gosh, it was so REAL. I felt like I was living the life along with the characters. I will say that I am glad I didn’t read the intro about the book before reading because I ended up being super surprised when things were happening. The whole story was unexpected, I didn’t really know what would happen and I enjoyed the mini stories of each character. There was a bigger picture plotline but there was a lot going on within each character which made this  a very realistic and amazing read.

I do have to add that there is a very scary story in here about anorexia that one of the main character’s daughters is going through and it is described in pretty vivid detail from the beginning to the end so if you this is triggering to you, I’d recommend avoiding reading the book.

Rating: 5/5

Another book I literally just finished reading is Release Me by J.Kenner. This one is a very steamy and sexy read, similar to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy but not as kinky (whew).

Release-MeNewJpgFor fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
 
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
 
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
 
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
 
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Well, I have to admit this one was good but it did keep making me think of Fifty Shades. I did prefer this one to Fifty Shades because the writing is a lot better and much easier to read, it does not sound like an amateur novel like Fifty Shades did. I also liked that this one was not super kinky and all BDSMy like Fifty Shades was. The downside is that this one was also a bit anticlimactic. There were sex scenes, sure, but the “climax” of the plot of this particular novel was not as intense as I think the author hoped it would be. But I am going to continue reading the trilogy just cause a girl’s curious, ya know? 😉

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Now it’s your turn:

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?

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4 Comments

  1. oh i just LOVED family pictures! now i’m dying to read more jane green books! the anorexia storyline was VERY vivid and indeed could have been triggering. it made me feel uncomfortable because i related SO directly with eve’s thoughts and experiences. but it was also a good reminder to not let myself get back there!

  2. Ooo definitely need to get that Jane Green book into my life!

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