- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601548621
- ISBN-13: 978-1601548627
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,238,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Absolution Paperback – October 26, 2010
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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 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 ›
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.
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 ›
Luke Huchinson is a legend in the SEAL world and the CIA. He lives up to that legend big time. Even at age fifty the legend is fact.
Luke divorced his wife twenty years ago. Why? Because Emily surprised him in their kitchen and he almost slit her throat. This scared the hell out of Luke and realized he wasn't safe to be around. He left his wife and young son because he thought they would be safer without him.
Emily still loves that man.
No man can compare to Luke in her mind. Emily has only been involved with one man since Luke divorced her. A man she finally sent on his way because she knew it just wasn't fair to him. He wanted more than she knew she would ever be able to give.
Luke has come to an understanding with his son Rayne. It wasn't easy because Rayne blames him for the divorce and his Mothers saddness. Rayne's wife Christa lets Luke know something wasn't right with Emily.
Luke has always loved that woman and he always will. No woman measures up to his Emily. But as long as he's hunting Tehrazzi he decides he can't contact her. However Christas message changed his mind and he decides to find out exactly whats wrong.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Luke, Emily, Rys, Ben, Neveah, Bry, Sam, Dec, Christa, Rayne, illness, a plot by Tehrazzi to kill Luke, the death of one fine man named Davis, traitors, friends, lovers, allies, a nearly frozen to death Luke and one hell of an ending.
Just one super read and worth more than five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG! This is a FANTASTIC book! I love Luke & Em' s story. I cried in a few places but it was overall intriguing to read their story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn A. Cruikshank
I feel like I've been on a journey with this Suspense series. Right from book 1 with Rayne and Christa's book I've been waiting for Book 5 to see how things would be sorted with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J-Phi
I was sad that this was the last book in the series. But because these two characters where in the shadows of all the books, the lead up to this beautiful story was unbelievably... Read morePublished 3 months ago by antoinette stefani
Second Chance romances are probably my #1 favorite type. I enjoyed watching Emily and Luke reconnect after twice as many years apart as they'd been originally married. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Red Apple Reader
Initially I wasn't sure about this one, but boy was I wrong. Excellent ending to series! Glad to see Luke and Emily have their HEA.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. Had a lot of action as well as love story. I want more books by kaylea cross.Published 10 months ago by Pakistani k