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Throwback Thursday Review: Release Me by Farrah Rochon

Posted May 2, 2019 by Casee in Features, Reviews | 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Release Me by Farrah RochonReviewer: Casee
Release Me by Farrah Rochon
Series: Holmes Brothers #1
Publisher: Indie, Leisure Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2008
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 325
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Tobias "Toby" Holmes was destined for NBA stardom. But when an SUV crashed into his car during his rookie year, his dreams of playing pro-basketball, along with his spine, were shattered. After floundering from one job to another, Toby has finally found his niche in the music business. And when the singing sensation he discovered is pegged to star in a new reality TV show, Toby finally sees light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel.

Sienna Culpepper has loved her childhood best friend forever, though he has never seen anything other than the girl with skinny legs, cornrows, and mad skills on the basketball court. When Toby returns to their hometown of New Orleans to start his career as a record producer/manager, Sienna is resigned to loving him from afar. However, when Sienna and Toby find themselves working together, feelings arise that has them both rethinking their friendship.

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

This review was originally posted on May 27, 2008

Release Me is the second book in Farrah Rochon’s Holmes Brothers Trilogy. In her debut book, Deliver Me, we met the Holmes brothers and their mother. Toby is intriguing from the start and his story will not disappoint readers of this series. If you like the friends to lovers storyline, even better.

Since a car accident ended his basketball career, Toby Holmes has been trying to find his niche in life. He has finally found it in managing the music career of Aria Jordan. When he’s approached by a producer who is beginning a reality show for musician hopefuls, Toby realizes that he needs good publicity for his client and goes to the best firm in New Orleans. Little does he know that he has put himself directly in the path of his childhood best friend, Sienna Culpepper.

Sienna has loved Toby for years. Since her high school days of playing basketball with him, Sienna has wanted more than Toby’s friendship. Knowing that she never had a chance has become a shield that she puts between herself and any potential lovers. Even knowing that her chances are non-existent, Sienna can’t help the feelings that Toby invokes in her.

Now, two people that have a life of friendship between them are seeing things in each other that they have never seen before. Sienna is seeing that while the core of who Toby is remains the same, he has never dealt with stroke of fate that left him without the career he so desperately wanted. As for Toby, he is looking at Sienna differently than he ever has. For years his brother Alex has tried to tell Toby that he and Sienna were meant for each other. Always thinking of Sienna as family, Toby has never looked at her as anything other than a little sister and his best friend. Now, Toby is forced to look at Sienna as the formitable, successful woman that she has become and admits to himself that she may just be everything he’s ever wanted in a woman.

While I liked Deliver Me, I didn’t necessarily like the heroine. Sienna was a great heroine. She was a woman that knew what she wanted and went out and got it. Overcoming past trauma to be with Toby was something that Sienna didn’t know if she was capable of. Forced to take a hard look at what she would be giving up, Sienna’s strong nature would not let her hide behind something that has shaped and changed her life for the past 10 years.

Romance readers should enjoy both Deliver Me and Release Me. If you like straight contemporary romance with no suspense, you’ll enjoy both these installments of the Holmes Brothers Trilogy. I can’t wait to see what Rochon has in store for Alex Holmes. She also writes some of the best secondary romances that does nothing but enhance the book.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Dorchester. You can buy it here.

Holmes Brothers

four-stars


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New Release: Rescue Me by Farrah Rochon

Posted January 27, 2009 by Casee in Promotions | 2 Comments

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Sometimes love needs a little push…
His two younger brothers have both taken the plunge, and now the entire Holmes clan has their sights set on him. But Alexander Holmes is no fool for love. He’s been there, done that, and all he has to show for it is a whole lot of scars and one beautiful little girl. Unfortunately, his precious angel has become a terror in the classroom, so Alex has no choice but to trade in his tool belt for a text book.

And sometimes it needs a big shove…
When Renee Moore sees the new parent volunteer waging war against the school copy machine, she can’t help admiring his obvious…assets. After all, there’s nothing sexier than a parent who’s involved—especially when he has a rock-solid body and a voice that makes her weak in the knees. Even more important, underneath that hot exterior is a man she knows she can trust and respect. All she has to do is convince him to give love a second chance.


I love Farrah Rochon and it’s not just b/c she’s a good friend of mine. Rescue Me is the third book in her Holmes Brothers Trilogy.

Other books in the series:

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It’s out TODAY, so go check it out! Buy it here.


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Bingeaduckia: The Holiday Inn Contest Winners!

Posted December 18, 2008 by Casee in Giveaway Winners | 5 Comments

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Originally we only had one copy available. Farrah Rochon saw the contest and generously offered a second copy. Without further ado, the two winners are:

Ellory & PamP

Congratulations, ladies! Please send your mailing info to contests at thebookbinge dot com.


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**Contest Alert** Release Me by Farrah Rochon

Posted May 27, 2008 by Holly in Giveaways, Miscellaneous, Promotions, Reviews | 4 Comments

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The lovely and generous Farrah Rochon has offered us 3 copies of her latest Holmes Brother novel, Release Me, to giveaway on the blog.

We’ll randomly select three winners from the comments on Farrah’s interview post, so be sure to leave a comment after you read it.

And we just found out…today is Farrah’s Birthday!!! Join us in wishing her a fabulous one, will you?

Farrah, thank you so much for spending your birthday with us! We wish you a wonderful day and lots and lots of book sales!

Oh, and lookie what I found…a picture of Casee and Farrah at RWA last year. Aren’t they adorable?

Go read Farrah’s interview and leave her a comment (hey, you can wish her a Happy Birthday!) by noon tomorrow, May 28th, to be entered to win a copy of Release Me. Check out Casee’s review of it here.

This book is available from Leisure Books. You can buy it here.

PS. I think that cover is seriously hot. Niiiice


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Guest Author: Farrah Rochon

Posted May 27, 2008 by Casee in Promotions | 11 Comments


Author Farrah Rochon’s 2nd book, Release Me, hits shelves today. She’s here with us to answer some questions and give away three copies of Release Me. I (Casee) was lucky enough to get a copy of Release Me and urge readers to give Rochon a try. You can read my review of Release Me here.

Book Binge: Can you tell us about your first book sale?

Farrah Rochon: Hmm…how much time do you have? 🙂 My first sale story is a perfect example of the rollercoaster ride that is the publishing business. After the 2005 RWA conference, I spent a great deal of time revising another manuscript for another publishing house. It was my second set of revisions, and I just knew they were going to buy the book. They didn’t. I was devastated when I received a rejection letter from the editor apologizing for not buying the book “even though she really loved the story and appreciated all the work I put into revising it”.

The next day, I received news from my agent that Dorchester wanted Deliver Me. I remember reading the email at work and just staring at the computer, completely stunned. Then, of course, I started crying. During those twenty-four hours, I experienced two very different ends of the emotion spectrum.

BB: What is your writing process like? Do you outline or just let your characters take you where they will?

FR: My writing process changes from one day to the next. My first few books, I wrote by the seat of my pants. These were category length novels that I absolutely adore, but am not sure will ever sell. When I started writing longer, single-title books, I discovered I needed some structure. I’ve use different methods to try to create that structure, but every book starts out with a loose idea of what the book will be about, what the main characters goals and motivations are, and a brainstorm of possible situations and scenes. Sometimes they stick, sometimes they don’t, but it all works to get me thinking about the story.

BB: What is your typical writing day like?

FR: Until recently, I worked part-time in the morning and wrote for about 2 – 3 hours in the afternoon in my favorite writing venue, local coffee houses. I’ve taken the summer off to write full-time for a bit and work on promo for my latest release, Release Me. On a good day, I write from about 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at one of the local libraries in my area, rewarding myself with minutes on the internet after reaching certain page goals.

BB: What kind of research do you do when writing a book?

FR: As little as humanly possibly, lol. If I enjoyed research, I would write a historical romance. I’ve had one in mind, but can’t bring myself to write it. Fact is, I’m lazy. I usually write my entire first draft and make little notations that I need to research this or that during the rewrite. I’ve been lucky to have access to different resources that have come in handy during the writing of my novels. With Deliver Me, I was able to question the husband of a friend who happens to be an Ob-Gyn, like my hero, and through RWA, I met a bi-polar writer who happened to go through fertility treatments, like one of my major secondary characters. Researching on the internet is great, but nothing beats talking to someone who has experienced what you’re trying to convey through your characters.

BB: Your debut novel, Deliver Me, begins the story of the Holmes’ brothers. Did you intend to write a trilogy when you first started writing Deliver Me?

FR: Yes, I did. When the idea for Deliver Me popped into my head, so did Eli, Toby, and Alex. At first, they were just friends, but after about five minutes, I decided to make them brothers. The rest took off from there. I’ve had a blast getting to know these characters.

BB: As a writer, what is easier…writing a series or writing a stand alone?

FR: I’ve only written one stand alone novel, the very first book I wrote back in college. I love reading connected books, and love writing them, as well. Although, I must admit by the end of the final Holmes Brothers book I was happy to say goodbye to that family. It’s not easy keeping track of all of that information. I bow down to authors like Suzanne Brockmann, Brenda Jackson, and others who have long-running series that are tightly connected.

BB: What does it take to make a series work? How do you make a reader want more, more, more?

FR: In my opinion, in order to make a series work, you have to make readers feel invested in the lives of your characters. The characters have to be interesting enough to demand that their stories be told. I started setting up the last book in my Holmes Brothers series early on in book #1, when I introduced the fact that the eldest brother was raising his young daughter after his wife was killed in a car accident, along with her lover. I’ve had so many readers tell me that they are already in love with Alex because they sympathize with his situation. He is, by far, my favorite of the brothers, and I think it’s because I’ve had enough time to develop his character into the perfect man…umm…with a few issues, of course. 🙂

BB: Let’s talk cover art…do authors have any say in what their cover will be?

FR: Just a few days ago, I would have answered no to this question, but I was recently asked to give input for the cover of my upcoming novel, RESCUE ME, the third and final installment in the Holmes Brothers series. It’s funny because they asked for physical descriptions (i.e., height, build, age, eye color), and I had the hardest time remembering what my characters look like. I’m one of those readers who tend to gloss over the author’s descriptions, and figure readers would just do the same with my books. Sometimes, they don’t! I can’t wait to see what my publisher comes up with based on my description of the delectable Alexander Holmes.

BB: Did you choose the titles “Deliver Me” and “Release Me”?

FR: I chose neither. I have the hardest time coming up with names for my stories. I leave that to family members and friends. The one exception is my younger brother. When I was looking for a title for Deliver Me, his suggestion was Love in the ER – Stat! Yeah, that would have just flown off the shelves, lol.

BB: Deliver Me took place in a post-Katrina New Orleans. As a native to that area, what was it like to write about something that directly affected you and your family?

FR: Actually, Deliver Me was written and already being considered for publication before Katrina, but after the storm, my editor suggested I either change the book to post-Katrina times, or include an author’s note. I decided to change the book because I knew I would have to address Katrina in the subsequent Holmes stories. Katrina and its affects have become a part of the landscape of New Orleans. It’s great to remember the city as it was before the storm, but you can’t ignore that it did happen and our lives are forever changed by it. It’s something I live with everyday, so naturally, with books set in New Orleans, I must address it. I’ve made sure, however, not to harp on Katrina. It is very subtle in my books.

BB: As a new author, can you tell our readers why they should give your books a try?

FR: That’s about the hardest question ever. Of course, my initial answer is because they are the most fabulous books to grace the shelves of Barnes & Noble. After letting the air out of my over-inflated head, I’d have to say that readers should give my books a try if they’re in the mood for a good, old-fashioned boy meets girl story. Don’t get me wrong, I adore romantic suspense, paranormals, and all those other subgenres, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for a good straight contemporary romance. Those are the types of books I write.

BB: What do you have in the works currently?

FR: I’m working on an entire new series. This one surrounds a fiction football team, the New York Sabers. Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports, and am fanatical about football (seriously, I’m counting the days to football season).

The first book, PLAYING WITH FIRE, is the story of all-star wide receiver, and new restaurant owner and author, Torrian Smallwood. He clashes with popular book reviewer, Paige Turner, after she rips his new cookbook/autobiography to shreds. The two battle it out on a local morning news program in an Iron Chef-like cooking competition, where things heat up in more ways than one.

A secondary storyline featuring Torrian’s full-figured sister and another member of the New York Sabers football team is a nice change of pace for the readers out there who know that women with a little extra on the hips deserve love too. 🙂 I’m having a great time writing this book.

BB: When can we expect the third and final installment of the Holmes’ trilogy?

FR: The release date for RESCUE ME is February 2009.. I love Alex, and can’t wait for readers to see him get his happily ever after. With everything his ex-wife put him through, he deserves to find love.

BB: What made you want to be a writer?

FR: It’s something that has always come naturally to me. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and the writing grew from that. I wasn’t always sure I wanted to be a published author, but during my last year of graduate school, the writing bug bit me once again, and its teeth have yet to let me go.

BB: You work a full time job in addition to writing (I think you do, anyway). Will you be able to write full time in the future?

FR: I don’t work a full-time job at the moment, but I hope to return to full-time work in the fall. After over two years of working part-time, it’ll be interesting to balance a full-time job with my writing. Of course, the ultimate goal is to write full-time, but I know that doesn’t happen for everyone.

BB: What advice would you give aspiring authors?

FR: If you think writing the book is the hard part, think again. Writing the book is the most joyous part of this process, and if you’re not having fun doing that, this isn’t the business for you. I had been a member of RWA for nearly five years before I sold my first novel, and thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but I had no idea how promotion, revisions, and all the other stuff that happens after the sale would really affect me. It’s been an eye-opening experience, and not all of it has been fun. That’s why I think you must enjoy the writing part. Even when the story has me pulling my hair out, there’s that anticipation of knowing that I’ll eventually break through whatever wall that has me blocked and experience that writing high when everything just starts to flow. Gosh, there’s nothing like being in the zone. I love it!

BB: Are there any other genres that you intend to write in?

FR: Inspired by my 15-year-old sister who actually became a reader after devouring the first novel in Harlequin’s Kimani TRU line, I’ve decided to try my hand at writing Young Adult. It’s been fun, but the one thing it’s showed me is how old I am! None of the things that were cool when I was a teenager is cool anymore (including using the word “cool”!)

BB: Racism in romance is a hot topic throughout blog land. What are your thoughts on that?

FR: Gosh, talk about a vast topic. I can’t even begin to narrow down my feelings on this subject. For one thing, I believe it goes a lot deeper than where books are shelved in stores (for the record, I am very much against shelving by race instead of genre). I personally believe it stems from the deeply rooted racial issues that have plagued this country for generations. It’s heartbreaking that after years of struggling to get published, I will probably never experience the success other authors who sold around the time that I did see, simply because of my skin color. Wow, just writing that makes me think I’m writing about a time before I was even born, not 2008. It’s amazing how blatant the racial divide issue is in publishing.

I’ve heard readers give different reasons as to why they haven’t tried African American romances; some of them I buy, some of them I don’t. Let’s face it, for years I attended the free book giveaways at RWA and saw African American authors like Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson, who have been in the business for years, sitting with books stacked up on their tables, while new, white authors–many I had never heard of–ran out of books. You can’t say that was a shelving issue. Often, I just wanted to scream “Just go and get the book!” It was extremely uncomfortable, and telling, to see all the authors who look like me being ignored.

I would love to have a serious, academic discussion about the racism in romance topic, but all too often I’ve seen it disintegrate into name-calling and the blame game, so I tend to stay out of it. I’m just happy the issue has come to the forefront again. Let’s just hope something comes out of it this time.

BB: Who is your favorite romance author?

FR: Judith McNaught

BB: What is your favorite romance novel to re-read?

FR: Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

BB: Pepsi or Coke?

FR: Coke.

BB: What’s your biggest weakness (shoes, books, chocolate, etc)?

FR: I cannot pick between chocolate and books. Sorry. Just can’t do it.

BB: Chocolate or Vanilla?

FR: Vanilla? What’s that?

BB: Coffee or Tea?

FR: Coffee. Lots of it. Every. Single. Day.

BB: Favorite movie?

FR: Seriously? You want me to pick? Wow, I’d have to say The Color Purple, followed closely by A Few Good Men and The Shawshank Redemption (oh, and Pretty Woman, and Ever After, and…) you get the picture.

BB: Favorite T.V. show?

FR: For each day of the week, right? No? Well, I guess I could say Survivor. It’s the ultimate psychology experiment. Although I do love Grey’s Anatomy, and about a half-dozen others.

BB: If you watch Dancing with the Stars, who should win this season (Casee: Yes, I’m obsessed)?

FR: Jason Taylor. Is he still on there? I don’t watch the show, but I loooove football and cute guys, and he’s both!

BB: Favorite color?

FR: Green. Don’t ask me why my website it purple. I’m still trying to figure that one out.

BB: Mexico or Hawaii?

FR: Hawaii!

BB: Fly or Drive?

FR: I would fly to my mailbox if I could. I hate driving.

BB: Beach or Mountains?

FR: Mountains.

Thanks again to Farrah for being here with us today!

You can learn more about Farrah by visiting her website or blog. Be sure to check back later today for our contest!


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