A nice escape read despite the tough themes it tackles..
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Premise (from Goodreads)
Nearly the last remaining member of Olivia Cattenach’s family has just died overseas and left her overcome by grief. But when a soldier shows up at her ranch with a final message from her brother, she finds new purpose. Nathan Roldan is as formidable as they come. Bulging muscles and inked to boot, he looks like every bit the bad boy he claims to be. Except, under his shuttered gaze and behind his walls lies a gentle giant. Determined to carry out her brother’s wishes, she chips away at Nate’s layers and discovers more pain than any person should ever have to endure. And a passion she never dreamed was possible.
He’s not the hero she thinks he is…
Nate’s mistake got a fellow comrade killed, and a deathbed promise to take care of the guy’s sister lands him in Wyoming with the hope of redemption. But he wasn’t expecting…her. Beautiful, witty, and sweet, Olivia is everything he doesn’t deserve. Born a nothing, he’ll die a nothing. Though guilt is a living thing, temptation is too hard to resist. Somehow, she’s unleashing his restraint and unearthing feelings he buried long ago. He wants her. More, he’s worried he needs her. She’s trying to save him, but when she learns the truth, he’ll lose the only happiness he’s ever known.
Review (No Spoilers)
Thank you to BookTasters for providing me with a complimentary eBook in exchange for a honest review!
When I saw that this was one of the romance options available from BookTasters, I jumped at the chance. I read Kelly Moran’s Bewitched (also with BookTasters) over a year ago and enjoy it quite a lot. If you’re interested in reading my review of that book, you can find it here.
Redemption is a novel that features the classic “secret” trope. Nate is an ex-soldier who watched his one and only friend die right in front of him. As part of a promise made during these moments, Nate travels to Wyoming to watch over his friend’s little sister, omitting how deep his part in the tragedy was. He dedicates himself to watching over her from afar, but neither of them can deny the building chemistry between them.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading about Olivia and Nate’s journey. Nate is someone who grew up under extremely hard circumstances, with no one to care for him properly. Throughout the book, we watch as Olivia slowly chips away at his hard exterior to show him what it means to be loved and cared for. With trauma as deep as Nate’s, will one woman’s kindness be enough? You’ll have to read to find out!
The reason I rated this book three stars instead of something higher is simply because I felt like the storyline was a bit too perfect. The novel tackles a lot of extremely dark themes such as domestic abuse, PTSD, and grief. But, a lot of these conflicts were solved much too quickly for my tastes. It made what started off being a relatively realistic storyline turn almost fairytale like. In fact, I’d probably label this book as a relatively light read, despite these themes.
If you’re interested in reading a romance novel about a young woman showing a closed-off ex-soldier what it means to be cared for, then you should definitely give this a shot!
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