AND the series is now back on Amazon and has been revised in regards to the heroine’s age and the “location” of the story (she is slightly older now in this revised version, and it has moved from Florida to Georgia). The author says the storyline is still the same and this is still forbidden love with an age gap. You can read her entire Q&A about these changes on her website.
FORBIDDEN LOVE ALERT (that’s the author’s own warning!!) & I received some fast and furiously-excited recommendations for this series!!! I mean SUPER-recommendations from our very own book crew.
I haven’t read it but I keep seeing the huge love for it every time a new book is released.
Take a look:
Stacey: I have a recommendation!! Balance by Lucia Franco. It was so freaking good. I can’t wait for the second in the series. Holy cliffhanger! It’s a coach/gymnast forbidden love story.
Liz: I just finished Balance by Lucia Franco and OMG is all I have to say about that.
Ratula: Ratula: Lucia Franco’s much anticipated followup to Balance (Off Balance Book 1) – Execution came out on Monday and OMGGGGG it is crazyyy amazing. Taboo, addicting, pretty much a soap opera. Pretty much kindle crack and my top read for 2018.
Robyn: Good Lord, I need to thank whoever recommended Balance by Lucia Franco! This book is most definately forbidden. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because of the drastic age difference, but something just hooked me in. I couldn’t stop reading this book. Now I’m on to book 2, Execution. These books are very well written and if you like gymnastics, it’s another plus.
Nay: I’m halfway through, and that one scene at about 43% knocked my socks off!!!
Robyn: OMG! Just finished Execution by Lucia Franco. I don’t know what to do with myself over these books! I was like, he did NOT just do that! But, then I was like, YES, yes he should do that…most definitely. Then I hated him again for doing that.
GAH! My morals and ethics tell me I’m totally against this underage forbidden thing going on. But, then I’m like what if…..whah! I’m all over the place. Lucia please put me out of my misery and release book 3, which happens to be named Release!
This a complete trainwreck and I really need to know what happens next! Don’t you have any pull on this Maryse?!
Nay: Robyn–I couldn’t have said it better myself! Kova with all his Russian hotness is one of the sexiest, most brooding, yet confident heroes I’ve ever encountered–and I’m crazy about him!! But I’m the same with with all the forbiddeny stuff. Gah! And with that…
Maria: This series is the BEST!!! Each book is so, so perfect. Dismount the last one and it is incredibly amazing!! It left me at a loss for words.
Sharon F: I haven’t posted much on my reading for a long time now. Life just has been hard. I found myself in a reading funk and NOTHING appealed to me.
I looked thru my Kindle and thought I would give Balance by Lucia Franco a try. I downloaded it with Execution and Releases ages ago from your recommendation here. I abandoned Balance a few times because it just didn’t catch me – well, I picked it back up many months ago and I could not put it down.
This series has EVERYTHING I look for in a book. Angst, the male lead was a Russian jerk – it was complicated by age. I could go on and on. I tore thru the 3 books, not knowing there was a fourth book. Well, amazon banned it and the other books. I caved and bought Twist on Apple (?) books. It was worth the price, but there was another huge cliffhanger, with no date on the fifth book. This is why I try to read an entire series – I’m just not patient and this series riveted me to distraction, and that hasn’t happened since Thoughtless.
Finally, Dismount released early and I devoured it. I had to keep putting it down because I could only take the angst in small doses and I didn’t want it to end. I can’t recommend this series enough. Because the story is controversial, the author is going to be releasing re-edited books to conform with delicate sensitivity. I give this series a solid five plus stars. Happy angsty reading!
Adrianna Rossi is no stranger to the rigorous demands required of her body. Years of pain and determination make her one of the best. Olympic glory is the ultimate goal, and she’ll do anything to achieve it. Even if that means leaving home to attend World Cup Academy of Gymnastics, a training center that serves one purpose–producing champions.
Perfection, precision, and dedication are required of his athletes. When two time Olympian Konstantin Kournakova is persuaded into training the young hopeful, he immediately regrets it. She doesn’t come close to his high standards. As the relentless pursuit of her dream keeps her striving, a passion is ignited within him.
Kova’s power and domination, coupled with Adrianna’s fierce tenacity, reveal there is more for her body to learn. Every interaction can be misconstrued, but there’s no mistaking the darkening of his gaze, the lingering of his touch, or the illicit image of his bare skin pressed against hers. Integrity is on the line. One toe off the beam and their forbidden desires could ruin everything they’ve worked for, throwing it all off balance.
SERIES READING ORDER
- Balance (Off Balance Book 1)
- Execution: A Forbidden Gymnastics Romance (Off Balance Book 2)
- Release (Off Balance Book 3)
- Twist (Off Balance Book 4)
- Dismount (Off Balance Book 5)