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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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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.
Genre: Literature/Fiction, Contemporary Romance.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I haven't yet read the second book, read the first ages ago and yesterday re-read that ready for reading book two. Today hopefully, maybe tomorrow. (edit 10 Sept - read it now - review at end)
Wow, what a read...its so packed with emotion, sadness, and really tugged at my sensibilities. I veered from hope to despair, from happiness to the depths of sorrow. It contains some really dark vibes at times – and of course that’s right up my street.
Its not all despair and melancholy though – there are breakthroughs when you feel this time they really will come through, and then dammit, something else happens and poor Bess or Lane is sent back to their demons.
I loved Bess, she’s really struggled to get back after hitting the bottom, nearly dying and ending in rehab. She was determined to put her past behind her – sadly though it wasn’t to be left behind but crept up, sneaking in by way of Lane.
Until then though she’s working hard, filling every hour she can with her job, attending meetings for addicts and with looking after the wonderful Brooks Bailey, her rescue dog. Its quiet up in the mountains where she lives but it suits her. She’s a small group of connections, they can’t really be called friends - more acquaintances really, from work or the addiction group. Somehow she’s getting by in life, its not fun but hard work but its all she knows now.
Lane, he’s got his own troubles and is always pulling his twin Jake out of situations. Then That night happens, when Bess collapses at Lane’s feet and somehow in the muddle of getting help for her he doesn’t follow up what happened, just leaves Jake and runs.
He’s now a rich and successful CEO, and then on a working visit to a hotel he runs into Bess. Of course she doesn’t remember him, after all she was hardly in a position to notice anyone, and he just can’t stay away from her, there’s an attraction he can’t shut down. He’s never short of ladies, they flock to him being the magic duo of rich and good-looking, but it’s Bess he wants. Slowly he persuades her and they begin a relationship. Its fraught though from their demons of the past, from so many things that I began to think they’d never come through together. It was so tense at times, so edge of seat wondering what would happen, and then some beautiful moments when all was going well.
Of course secrets always come out in the end, and Lane’s knowledge of her collapse comes out just when things are going really well for them. Its not only that secret that comes out though, there’s the connections from the twins past, the secret that plagues Lane, gives him terrible nightmares, but he refuses to admit it or talk about it when Bess questions him. She loves him and wants to help, but each time he runs, just shuts her out and goes. It’s what he’s always done to cope but this time, if he wants Bess he needs to face up to his past.
It’s a complete novel, and wraps up beautifully with a quick glimpse into the future. Its a wonderful novel, more than just a simple romance, a feeling that this story could be real, and has some great secondary characters; Jake, Shirley, AJ, James – they all play a special part in making this book come alive for me.
Stars: Five, a great read, a romance but so much more than Just a romance...
ARC of book one provided by Netgalley and publishers.
Book two was so much luck book one, a very different story but with the same amazing characters, ones you love, ones you don't...I so felt for Jake, his view of himself was so awful, he felt he didn't deserve to be happy. I could understand his grudge against Shirley, what she said, what she did has left him with self loathing, with lifelong issues and he's a broken man inside. Yet he's such a generous person too, has good freinds, works hard, treats people really well. He's turned his life around and yet still struggling to find his place in the world and then...he meets Allyson.
He's besotted with her, in the same way Lane was with Bess. Its that Something - not really Love but some kind of powerful Pull - that made them both change their lives, made them decide That person simply must be part of it. Jake's facing an uphill battle though. Like Bess, Allyson also has secrets, difficulties, things she hides from everyone. Slowly he wears her down - and what a man, he knows what he wants and goes all out. his past though isn't all behind him, Allyson's present brings her into real danger and at some point the two collide.
An amazing, emotional read, with real depth, not a light and fluffy romance but a very real feeling one, with some heart stopping moments.
another full five stars.
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