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- Print Length: 557 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1975895940
- Publication Date: September 7, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0757WD51V
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This duet really did me in. I love where both stories took us. The were both emotional, angsty, frustrating and more. I just love Rachel Blaufeld's writing. She has this way that has you connecting with the characters, even the secondary ones, and the story.
I finished reading this duet a few days ago. I waited to do my review because I knew I would bawl and I wanted my thoughts to settle on both stories. When I get so emotionally invested like I was, I tend to fall in a book funk of sorts. So, I just right into a dark romance thinking that would help keep me out of the funk. It did help. But as I sit here now and reflect back on the things, I can feel my chest tightening, throat clogging, and tears welling.
I love both Lane and Jake. I don't think I could pick a favorite so being the book whore that I am, I'm claiming to be my new BBFs. Seriously though, there were times when I would think, "I think I like Lane more because of this or that" or "I like Jake more because he does this". But when it comes down to it, I liked them for who they are individually. While they are identical twins, they each have their own redeeming qualities and pulled at my heartstring in different ways.
I know I should have reviewed each book seperately but I couldn't stop in between books. I just needed read Jake's story right away. I think it's best to read both of these books back to back anyway.
Rachel Blaufeld is a favorite and I look forward to reading more from her.
5 - "I shouldn't have ever left." Stars!
Its no secret that I have fallen out of love with the overly dramatized, angst fests that some authors release nowadays. You know the kinds of books I mean, where everyone in the main characters past/family has died, There are demons are aplenty, addictions abound and just when you think it cannot get any worse, something else is dumped on the pile just to depress the plot even more.
I do however still love drama and angst when it is well written, relevant to the story, and actually adds something to the plot and the relationship between the characters it is about. Rachel Blaufeld hit that balance perfectly with Redemption Lane.
The story between Lane and Bess is intricately woven and exquisitely written. It's unpredictable in the directions it takes, and the author pulled everything together in a way that I could never have predicted when I started reading.
"I shouldn't have ever left."
A love story in the truest sense, it isn't rushed, in fact 5 years passes between their first and second meeting, and a lot has happened to both of them in those years. Bess isn't the woman Lane remembers from their brief meeting. Bess doesn't even remember their first meeting...
My heart was on autopilot until I met you, and you made it beat steady and strong again.
Told from 3 points of view, I got pulled into this story, the reconnection between this couple takes time, the story builds, and every secondary character has relevance, nothing is glamourised and everything is developed so well that you see the story in your minds-eye as it plays out, even better some of that relevance of certain things you do not realize the importance of until the latter stages of the book.
There was solace in the time I was left alone with my memories.
And absolutely outstanding read, this is my first book by the author, and I am moving straight onto the next book in the series; Absolution Road I enjoyed it that much!
Absolution Road -
5 - "One and a half is better than none." Stars!
Absolution Road gives us the second Wrigley Brothers story. This time it is Jake and although he featured in Redemption Lane his character was not one that came across as particularly likeable for a lot of the story. Of course as that book progressed you did see more of him and his motivations in relation to his interactions with his brother Lane, and the reasons behind a lot of his actions.
Jake is a troubled character, and Rachel Blaufeld, has given him a story as emotionally engrossing and beautifully written as his brother Lane’s was. I think what strikes me most as a reader with this authors books is that although the romance is integral to everything that happens, the story is so much more than that.
Jake for all his complexities, and personal demons is essentially a nervous teenager when it comes to his relationship with Aly, having been more of the one and done, kind of guy before she enters his life, I found his nervousness about entering a relationship with her and his second-guessing of everything he tried to do for her so endearing, this big muscled hulk of a man, bought to his knees by the one woman you would least expect him to really be attracted to.
Once again the author also gave us a strong female, Alyson Road is someone you can empathize with, strong and independent, Jake’s pursuance of her and the almost innocent bumbling along of his efforts to do the right thing, but usually in the totally wrong way gave this couple a lot of moments together where you just kind of stopped reading to smile to yourself for a moment.
”You’re not in control when it comes to this. I am.”
There is a lot going on in this book, all relative to Jake and Aly’s developing relationship. The reasons for their initial meeting have far reaching consequences as the story between them plays out. Once again the author took the plot somewhere I wasn’t expecting it to go, and I think that is one of the huge assets her already pretty stellar writing skills, added to the dual POV and the inclusion of Lane and Bess, it was an unputdownable, emotional thrill-ride of a read.
I am a relatively new member of the Rachel Blaufeld fan club, I went for full lifetime membership after reading this series. To say I await her future releases with eager anticipation would be a massive understatement, and I cannot recommend this book and the series highly enough.
Just like Lane and Bess before them, Jake and Aly don't exactly meet for the first in the best of circumstances, not with Jake needing a lawyer and Aly being the public defender that steps in for his case. Jake is done having his twin brother take the burden of covering for him. He's saddled with a great deal of guilt over the deaths of their parents, and even as he develops feelings for Aly, doesn't think of himself as someone worthy of her time, what more her love. These two have their struggles, and there's one hell of a twist that comes up when you least expect it. That's par for the course when it comes to this author, who has made it a habit of lulling me into complacency before tossing a grenade of sorts to check if I'm paying attention. How can you not when the writing is this great?
The books are in the order they're supposed to be read, and yes, I'm highly recommending that you do read Redemption Lane before even attempting to read Absolution Road. This isn't one of those box sets where you can read the last book first. There are spoilers in the second book and books one and two are tied together, so do yourselves a favor and read them in order. Blaufeld's writing is, as always, impressive and she mixes her angst with some lightheartedness and balances her romance with heated moments. I confess that I loved Lane and Bess's story just a teeny, tiny bit more than I did Jake and Aly's, but that doesn't mean the latter is far inferior to the former. The Crossroads Duet is one of the rarefied few that is consistently fantastic all throughout. It gets five stars. ♥
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Okay note to self, I need to calm down. But I can't!! This series left me in RUINS!Read more