Title: Bellissimo Rilascio
Author: Leigh Ann Lunsford
Shrouded in obscurity and difficult decisions she chooses the only person that ever mattered. Desperate to prove herself worthy to those around her she embarks on the path least expected launching into a journey she never anticipated.
With relationships hanging in the balance and uncertainty waiting with baited breath, Bianca plummets to the depths of despair in hopes of soaring with eagles.
“I’ve learned the hard way that perfection is all perception.”
“Why does you mind always think the dirtiest thoughts? If this was pre-historic times I’d call you Hornyasaurus.”
“If this is a shell of your former self, I’m going to have to say I’m terrified to see you in full force.”
“Candy is not something to joke about. You can’t take the choice of good candy and bad candy lightly. It’s a staple in the diet.”
“My snark is a natural talent. One can try to recreate it, but they will fail. I’m the master.”
“I haven’t had sex in years and I’m hornier than a blind lesbian in a fish market.”
“Me. You. Us. That’s a threesome I’m down for.”
“I fell in love with someone who lets me rest my head on their chest just to be calmed by their heartbeat… I fell in love with someone who not only accepted but embraced my flaws yet thinks I’m perfect.”
Jackpot! The perfect ending to this captivating and heart squeezing drama was to cap it off with a healthy dose of Ms. Lunsford’s feisty humor and trademark snarky banter. In contrast to the heavier negative dynamics of conflict and struggle occurring in the earlier books which focused on the characters’ angsty teen-age years, Bellissimo Rilsacio chronicles their twenties with focus on recovery, personal growth, healing, and second chances, and provides a vastly more uplifting atmosphere to the plot line. The central characters are finally maturing and slowly working through the myriad issues stockpiled in the previous books. While there was still a heaping helping of drama and heartbreak, this was well-tempered with clever humor and pithy verbal sparring. I greatly enjoyed the more playful and colorful humor to their arguments, as well as their easy camaraderie as they settle and discover their stride. I found this installment to be extremely satisfying and one of Ms. Lunsford’s best.