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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Released by Kimber Chin

Released by Kimber Chin
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (33 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Fifteen years ago, Alvar went to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Finally released, he comes face to face with the real murderer - the only woman he has ever loved.

With the elements of love and murder pronounced in this story, “Released” by Kimber Chin promises to be an exciting read. A man, Alvar, goes to prison and serves fifteen years for murder. But he didn’t do it. When the story begins, he’s finally free, and he faces the woman who did it, a woman he loves. He turns Edenia away at first.

As the love story unfolds, he begins to believe that there’s more to things than he had believed. He grows closer to Edenia, who is a wonderful person. The reader is sure to like both her and Alvar.

A sense of danger grows. Alvar fears for Edenia’s life because the circumstances on the night of the murder he served time for are a bit mysterious. Edenia’s best friend complicates matters as well.

This short, fast-paced tale keeps up the suspense, and the romance is charming and tender. Alvar and Edenia come across well, as characters that will draw a reader in. Some details in the bedroom are hinted at, but it’s not steamy.

It’s hard in a story this short to get more specific without giving things away, but my favorite element was the love between Alvar and Edenia, and the author effectively demonstrates Edenia’s inner conflict.

At times, I was confused though with point of view. “Released” also could have used a little more description.

Overall, it was an enjoyable story. Mystery and romance mingles in a quick read that answers the intriguing question: Is there love after murder?