Friday, July 17, 2020

Review: Dismount by Lucia Franco

Adrianna and Kova let caution fly for love despite the odds. Each lesson learned formed a new scar for them to bear. And now that her father knows their secret, the damage left behind is irreparable. They both must pay for their actions.

Torn apart, Adrianna is forced to face the last challenge of her gymnastics career alone. While Kova, the beautifully anguished man who has been at Adrianna’s mercy giving her everything she’s demanded, has no choice but to walk away.

Adrianna and Kova survived deception and betrayal. Now they face their greatest enemy. Time. With just one hurdle left, the clock is winding down to the final moment. Adrianna must soon realize life is more than an Olympic dream. But in order to live and salvage them both, she will first have to save herself.

5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Dismount is the book that I and anyone else that has read this series has been waiting for.  Lucia Franco has outdone herself once again.  She is master at twisting your heart to the point that it cannot twist any more.  Her writing throughout this entire series has been nothing short of brilliant.  And Dismount is no different.  

I think my biggest question going into this book is how it will all end.  That was honestly my question throughout the entire series.  Giving the age difference and now knowing that Ria’s father is aware of their relationship, it seems that things can only go wrong from here.  Of course, our questions are answered but this story completely went in a direction that I did not see coming at all.  I was all ready for this to start off as Ria and Kova against the world.  While I will not say what happens I will say this, get ready for a very bumpy ride.  My emotions once again were all over the place.  I hurt so much for these two characters.  I hurt for them on so many levels, as a couple and as an individual.  I mean how much more can these two go through.  Haven’t they been through enough?   I think knowing Lucia Franco we can all agree what the answer to that question is.

We were left hanging in Twist in a really big way.  Not only did her father find out about her and Kova, but there was also a physical altercation that left Ria hurt and her father finding out she was pregnant.  Ria is in the hospital and she has no idea where Kova is or what has happened to him, other that her father will make sure that he has no part in her life at all.  Ria needs Kova in so many ways.  Her health is deteriorating, and she is about to find out if her dreams of competing in the Olympics will come true.  Without Kova can she even get through it all?  Will her father find it in his heart to at least let him coach her through it all?  Will Kova and Ria ever get their happily ever?  So many questions and you will get all the answers once you read Dismount.  I am zipping my lips send not saying another word about the story itself.  

Dismount, just like the four books before it, had my emotions up and down and my heart torn in shreds.  There are highs and lows, heartache and happiness, raw and intense moments where you are so afraid to turn the page and see what happens next.  These characters lay it all out, the raw emotions that they feel, the intensity of their relationship.  Some may say that their relationship is toxic, and maybe they are right, but there is no denying how deep their love it, how passionate they are together, how their feelings for each other are so intense that you are not sure if one can live without the other.  Nothing about their relationship is easy, except for maybe their love, because that just seems to come naturally for them.  They love with everything that they have.  

Let me first say that as a mother, if I was in Ria’s father’s position I would have done the same thing that he did.  Yes, in the real world everything about their relationship is wrong, and I have said from the beginning that this book tests all my morals and my sanity as well.  But in this fantasy book world that we have all immersed ourselves in, it feels so dam right.  And that is the reason that her father completely frustrated me. Because as someone who loves to read age gap romances, I want the fantasy.  I watched these two fall in love, I watched them go through so much pain and heartache, I watched them risk so much, and all I wanted was for them to find their happily ever after.  There were times when I questioned Ms. Franco and where she was going with this story.  I worried that maybe this couldn’t turn out the way I wanted.   I swear my heart was in my throat from the very first page to the last.  I devoured this book and did not want to put it down.  I loved that we got to see so much more than just Kova and Ria.  There is more to this story and I loved that we got to see the other parts to this story.  Kova completely broke my heart in this one, and I swear after reading this book there is no doubt that he loves her and that they were meant to find each other.  

I gave this one 5 stars, because of everything it made me feel and because of the direction this book went.  It was the perfect ending.  And the chapters leading up to the end were perfectly written.  My one issue was I felt that there were a few loose ends that needed to be tied up and I may have wanted a little more after the last chapter.  But other than that, Dismount is the perfect ending to this roller coast of a series.  Lucia Franco, you completely blew me away with this entire series.  When you find out there will be five books, sometimes you think how much more story could be told and will I give up after book 3?  But after each book I wanted, no I needed more.   I am so sad to have to say goodbye to Kova and Ria.  It was a bumpy ride, but so worth it!!!  I really hope that one day soon we get Xavier and Avery’s story!  

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