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(Off Balance #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,770 ratings  ·  333 reviews
After Kova’s devastating betrayal, Adrianna must become her own champion and place her Olympic dream ahead of all else. In doing so, she ignores the warning signs as both the extreme training and unending heartbreak begin to take their toll.

There is no atoning for what Kova did. The vow he made cannot be undone. With boundaries set and lines clearly defined, Kova will now
Published April 30th 2019 (first published April 24th 2019)
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KimberDeann It says on her page that the book will be released on May 2nd but I was able to find it on itunes and read it.
Nadia This is a five book series and only two have been published. If you like to wait until all books in the series are published, you are looking at maybe…moreThis is a five book series and only two have been published. If you like to wait until all books in the series are published, you are looking at maybe two or three years of waiting.(less)

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Release, book 3 of 5. Reckless & ultra-forbidden affair between aspiring gymnast & her hotter-than-sin Russian coach!

Books in Off Balance series should be read in order:
Book 1: Balance
Book 2: Execution
Book 3: Release
Book 4: Twist
Book 5: Dismount

My review of book 1: Balance

Release, told from Adrianna’s POV, is an ultra-forbidden affair that pushes the envelope of right and wrong, skates and crosses the line of what’s appropriate even lawful. A glued-to-your-Ki
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
This series has me fucking hooked. I can't get enough! I didn't really start reading book 1 until Sunday. It's 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, and I'm ready for book 4! I actually have to take a break for an ARC, but rest assured I will be jumping right into Twist when I'm finished. I need to know what happens next! I feel sorry for myself already, because I know when I'm finished reading the fourth installment, I'm going to want to 5th one desperately. 😭 Too bad for me it's not out yet. 😫

Release s
Olga therebelreader
This book had me completely hooked from beginning to end. Lots of books touch me for various reasons but this one touched me deep and left me with chills. It’s a story of lies, secrets, powerful love and inner-strength. The storyline was well written and the characters were so well developed that as I turned each page I was drawn deeper and deeper in as the story developed between Kova and Adrianna! This book covers some touchy subjects but is written so well that you can almost feel the struggl ...more
Isabella. R
5 Release Stars ⭐️
There are taboo stories that make us slightly uncomfortable and then there is the ‘Off Balance’ series.
Make no mistake, this series is the real deal.

Release cannot be read as a standalone. It must be read after Balance and Execution.

This is a significant age gap romance. It is the forbidden story of Russian coach Kova and his young protégé gymnast Ria. Lines became blurred when they entered into a sexual relationship.  This series is filled with high octane angst, heartbreak b
Carla Bulian
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sincerely I’m speechless! This book took my breath away.
The characters are ... I don’t have words to describe them. There are so emotions, love, secrets. It’s powerful.
Poor Adrianna... She didn’t deserve such horrible things.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Ugh!! It’s not over?!
As much as I love reading her books I was really hoping to have an ending for these characters. The author showed us the softer side of Kova which I loved but he’s still an asshole! As I read I could see Adrianna maturing and my heart actually felt for her. Why a cliffhanger?! I hope she releases the next one quick! Will these characters get a HEA???
Marilyn Gabriela
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Ms. Franco, what have you done to us? All other taboo reads pale in comparison. Until this next book is released I’ll spend my time on goodreads searching for something just as good.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How can I describe my feelings about a book that I've been excited to read since the end of Execution? Ohmigodthisbookwaseverythingandmore!

In the third book in the Off Balance series, Ria is heartbroken but more determined than ever to push her fears and pain aside and focus on the only thing left in her life that she can count on, gymnastics. Her determination fuels this story but so does her denial of the truth.

I love this book the most because Ria has grown tremendously over the other two boo
Medusa Scribbles
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Abibliophobia-the fear of running out of things to read 🥺
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars

The angst!!! Oh my goodness! The drama is palpable! I can’t take much more of this, but I certainly can’t stop! Please read this series, you will not find a more interesting or entrancing group of books!😍
I'm not sure what to make of this. I adored the whole forbidden thing along with the mucho angst, but in this book the angst took an unexpected turn. Not a fan of that particular sort of angst (view spoiler)

Ends on a cliffhanger. Available on ku. Not sure I want to read any more of this series now.

Book Maniac Forever

⭐️ 5+ "Mind Over Matter" Stars ⭐️
I finished Release a few days ago and I'm still reeling over this spectacular read! Lucia Franco crafted an unputdownable and compelling story bursting with all the feels! I was fascinated by Ria’s arduous journey toward her dream and her damaged relationship with Kova. This novel is one hell of a ride packed with ups and downs that left me completely drained! Release played with my emotions as I was put in a whirlwind of intense sensations!

“Even thou

This was stupid good. I'll be honest, as much of a fan I am of Lucia, I was scared shitless that this book wouldn't live up to my expectations. I was afraid my personal issues would make me sneer at the parallels I knew would be present. I was afraid that there was no way this series could keep being a five star read each time. I don't know about you guys, but in a series, for me, usually the first two books are so great, and then it just.....DIES. So, I had that
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
After the long wait for this book it certainly wasn’t worth it.

The author is dragging out the story (which frankly has become boring) into another TWO books. I can’t see how she can stretch the story any further as it could easily have been concluded in this book.

She made some odd changes to Hayden and Kova’s characters. I preferred them both in the previous books.

As I have said before, Adrianna is only 16 yet her internal monologue comes across too mature. It does not read like the voice of a 1
I’m ready for #4. So ready, like I need it now. 😩😩😩
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)
What a ride!

Holy Moly! Lucia Franco has once again managed to control my whole day with her written words!

About Release:

Release is the third book in the Off Balance series and I highly recommend you read tge books in order. I'm completely shocked right now, given that ending there are so many tears and so many questions. 

With her dreams within fingertips reach and gold on her mind, Adrianna must choose between what matters to her and what is most important for her. She's stuck between a rock an
I don't even know where to begin. Release, was seriously such an amazing story. I want to preface this by saying that this is a series you MUST read in order.

Ok now that that's out of the way.... HOLY SHIT I loved this book. In Exectuion, we were left crying on the floor nursing our broken hearts. Release was everything I needed. Adrianna setting (and sticking) to her boundaries made me love her even more. The growth in her character since Balance is a nice thing to witness throughout this seri
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart hurts!

This book was painful! There were actually times I felt nauseated just getting a real glimpse at what it’s like to be an athlete on an elite team trying to get Olympic level. What their bodies go through is beyond grueling and Lucia does such an amazing job showcasing this life. Kova just about obliterated my poor heart. I feel like Ria in that I wish I didn’t love him so much, but I do. I truly believe that he loves Ria, but for some reason his hands are tied. I need the next boo
MC The Bookaholic ♡

Homegirl pissed me off. Kova ticked me off. But aside of their horrible choices and breaking/bringing my heart back together, I’m rooting for their HEA!!!

Shit’s about to get real 100%.....
Alyssa Summer
As someone who didn't love book 1 or 2 in this series, but found them totally addicting ... I had to slightly roll my eyes at myself when I decided to pick this up right away after it went live because really, why would I? I gave both book 1 and 2 three star ratings, and low three stars at that, so it doesn't seem fair that I would hold those ratings but still be so eager to see book #3, right? I really don't like to actively pick up books I don't think I will enjoy, as I feel it is unfair to th ...more
Ros 🌼
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Good grief.

I’ve just closed down my kindle. Honestly I’m laughing; I cannot believe the cliffhanger that this has ended on!

When I started this series I genuinely thought it was going to be a quick one night job. I had no idea of the absolute shit storm of journey that was coming my way.


Now this saga has now spanned over three (long) books, so inevitably there were parts I ended up skimming as I felt it was padding and very repetitive, but as with the previous books, this is compelli
Q.B. Tyler
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden romances are my favorite trope but Release (and the entire Off Balance series) are in a league of their own. Lucia Franco tore my heart open, let her gut-wrenching words seep inside and (somewhat) put it back together and now Ria and Kova will be there forever. I'm completely and utterly obsessed with their story. Lucia has mastered the art of a forbidden romance, giving us so much more than delicious, steamy illicit scenes. This series is so much more than a gymnast's relationship wit ...more
Katie | Katieskindleaddictions
✨Review Release (Off Balance, #3) by Lucia Franco✨

“𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝙊𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝙍𝙪𝙞𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙮𝙚𝙩, 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙠 𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮. 𝙇𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙣𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜.“

This is book three in the Off Balance Series, this series MUST be read in order.

After the insane cliffhanger at the end of book two I was terrified to begin book three. My emotions were all over the place. After Kova’s devastating betrayal I really didn’t know how Adrianna could move past it. Lucia’s writing
Maree Repa
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five Amazing Stars


I was completely thrilled to read book three, Off Balance. Written by the amazing Lucia Franco. I sincerely loved and adored this amazing series. The fabulous characters; Adriana and Coach Kova have certainly made this series a complete success!!

Adrianna Rossi feels like she has been cheated by her coach, Kova. He now had also now been cheating on his wife too.. She had always thought that he cared for only her, but she now knew that was only a lie.

Adrianna was hurt
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jennie G
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Katie L.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now I need some kind of release.
Book 3 in the series, and it did not disappoint, again.
Walls are erected, and torn down. Boundaries are tested, and respected. Villains are revealed. Revelations are LIFE-altering. The future still unknown. Soo good!
Lucia has this way of making you a fly on the wall. This series is slated for 5 books, but I could read about Kova and Ria indefinitely. I’m hesitant to call this slow burn, but I don’t know how else to describe it. The physical relations
Crystal Bell
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series. Release is not a stand-alone book in the series. The series is a taboo romance story that will be uncomfortable for some—a large age gap between a Gymnast and her coach.

In Release, Adrianna deals with Kova's betrayal. And starts to discover some secrets and realizes there is more to it. But just not the whole story. I will say she is one tough cookie. Training is brutal for her and is taking a toll on her body. I love her journey of the gymnastic world.
I still love a
K.S. Rochell
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Lucia has weaved a beautiful, heart-aching tale of Forbidden- love this book was Intriguing, angsty,captivating and so compelling!"

Release left me breathless and on the edge ! I couldn't get enough of this provoking storyline! The writing was pure Brilliance..

“It was Full of blissful torture, breathtaking, heart-stopping this provoking journey will leave you with feelings so raw the characters and their developments will leave your hearts bleeding on each and every page.

"This book has BROKEN M
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Lucia Franco resides in sunny South Florida with her husband, two boys, and two adorable dogs that follow her everywhere. She was a competitive athlete for over ten years – a gymnast and cheerleader – which heavily inspired the Off Balance series.

Her novel Hush, Hush was a finalist in the 2019 Stiletto Contest hosted by Contemporary Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. Her n

Other books in the series

Off Balance (5 books)
  • Balance (Off Balance, #1)
  • Execution (Off Balance, #2)
  • Twist (Off Balance, #4)
  • Dismount (Off Balance, #5)

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