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This amazing instalment in Kaylea Cross' romantic/military suspense series is unique in many ways. The main couple are older than you would expect to find in romantic suspense, and at the beginning of the story both characters have very realistic reasons to believe they only have a short time left to live.
Luke walked away from Emily many years ago when he found himself in a situation where she was nearly very badly hurt because of him. He was a Navy SEAL and went on to work for the CIA, making plenty of enemies along the way. Over the course of the series, a terrorist connected to Luke's past has been tracking down the women associated with him, and now it looks like Emily could be in danger. Luke is prepared to give up his life in order to finally take this man down, but when he turns up on Emily's doorstep to discover her dying of cancer, he realises they've wasted half a lifetime they could have been together. It looks like neither of them may have much time left.
Absolution takes us from the United States back to Beirut and the sparse expanses of the Middle East. The story is exceptionally well-researched. Everything from the military aspects to the details of Emily's illness to the feel of the different locations is far more detailed and intricate than you'll find in other books in this genre.
One of the best aspects of Absolution was the way the whole team - all the heroes and heroines of past books - pulled together in this one. Everyone got their moment to do their thing, and every single one of these characters is so distinct from the others.Read more ›
This is the last installment of the series and couldn't really be better.
I enjoyed very much that all the main characters of the previous books appeared once again, however, the absolute highlights of the book were the two main characters. Firstly, I liked the fact, that Luke and Emily are a bit older than the usual heroes and heroines of military romance. Although Luke was described in previous books as the absolute alpha male, the author managed very successfully to appear him in a different light in this book. His feelings for Emily were so deep and true that I was more than once deeply moved.
Emily was great. The way she tries to cope with her disease, the ups and downs, the way she feels that she might be running out of time, allows the reader to identify herself with the heroine, especially because her medical condition is somehow always present in any female brain.
Absolutely adorable was the fact how Luke helped her to overcome her shyness and tried to make her feel at ease with herself (sizzling sex scenes incl.). If this isn't true love I wonder what is!
These parts of the book were so "rich" that I would have preferred if the military part would have been reduced to as less as possible. Luke presented himself with such depth that I thought anything that has to do with his alpha male image destroyed this absolutely wonderful image. What a man!
This book breaks so many romance contrivances I can't begin to count.
The couple is older (like over 50). They've been apart but never stopped loving one another. The heroine a physical trainwreck due to illness, surgery and treatments. She is kind...a loving mother, a nurturer to friends and family, keeper of hearth, home and garden. The hero is so filled with angst and so driven you don't see how they could ever get together. Ever...everevereverever.
You start out in the first chapter or so of the book being told there probably won't be an HEA.
Which means you read it in one long sitting, fighing back tears (and I want to make it clear that I rarely RARELY cry with books because it makes me really cranky!) It means you go to work the next day and tell your friends you just read the must unconventional, wonderful romance. It means you post to your friends and readers group that they have to read this book (OK, ALL 5 books because Luke and Emily's story starts in the first one). Heck, you even Facebook about it.
The setting is back in Beirut and again, Cross has done her research, though in this case, it could be she simply has lived and loved someone with cancer. Again, Cross pulls no punches. This isn't "Love Story" where the heroine just gets more beautiful as she gets sicker. This is, however, how love can see beyond the physical imperfections to the soul that lies beneath.
Luke's making Emily feel beautiful again is one of the most moving scenes I've ever read. And Emily isn't flawless, she has committed her own sins against Luke that must come to light. Their path back to one another isn't easy, and the ending allows the reader (such as teary eyed me) to write their own HEA.Read more ›
This series has totally engrossed me for the past week and I will definitely re-read this series. The final book is exceptional. In view of current events, she tells a story that is relevant to today but set in fiction. You invest your time into these characters, most who serve in the military, and it is worth it. You learn to understand them and their motivation. The Author has definitely researched her information for this story and you can tell she cares about lending an air of authenticity to her plot. I have read so many books and you just know when an Author doesn't cheat or cheapen the love scenes. She is able to write them in such a way that they are very spicy but tender when called for. This book, in particular, has some very passionate, compassionate and tender moments between the two main characters who have had a sad history, and the resolution was satisfying. I don't want to give any more away. When the series is read in order, you will enjoy Absolution. I look forward to more of her books.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers' Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.