Wednesday, July 24, 2013

GIVEAWAY/Review: Mandatory Release by Jess Riley

Mandatory Release


Thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate inmates and his nights trying to rehabilitate his heart--until a new coworker, his high school crush Drew Daniels, walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. Drew is on the run from a painful past that's nearly crushed her faith in love. Together, they might have just what it takes to mend their hearts. If only finding their way to one another were easier than working with convicted felons.

Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, Mandatory Release is a darkly comic look at friendship, forgiveness, and love. It's a story about broken people putting themselves back together and learning that no matter what you lock up--a person, a secret, or your heart--sooner or later, everything must be released.

Contains adult language, sex, jokes about sex, dark secrets, toxic friends, and a little dog named Avis, after the car rental company. A snarky mash-up of lad lit and chick lit for people who read Jonathan Tropper, watch Orange is the New Black, and pretend they don't sing along to TOOL and Gordon Lightfoot in the car, sometimes on the same day.

My thoughts:
Jess Riley....hmmm, how can I start this....She is amazing, talented and authentic, yes that is a great start!  She has the ability to write great dialogue from many voices.  In Mandatory Release she writes from a male voice and Riley is able to capture the spirit of this character in all his flaws, issues, deceit and rawness/realness.  She also writes from a female voice that is insecure, struggling and unsure, but determined to make the best of it.  So besides the great dialogue that is harsh, honest and completely believable,  she writes characters worth reading!  Put these two elements together and you have a 5 star book! Mandatory Release is about so many things; friendship, past mistakes, love, moving on and finding oneself after being lost....It is totally compelling and completely engaging!  I highly recommend this read!  Plus Riley is a Wisconsin author, so what else can I say....all great things like cheese, the Green Bay Packers and Riley come from WI!!!! 


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