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- Print Length: 311 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.; First Scarlet Rose edition (November 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4ITMS7
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Luke's Redemption (A King Security Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Luke is a sexy DEA Agent who is assigned to go undercover and retrieve the flash drive that Katya stole. In order to do so, he must get close to Katya. However, he gets too close and actually falls in love with her.
There are fireworks between Luke and Katya! After a night of steamy passion you could totally feel the chemistry between these two characters!
I liked Luke and Katya, but found them to be somewhat ridiculous. However, as far-fetched as their actions seemed, it’s also what made these characters realistic. I personally couldn’t forgive and forget as easily as Katya, but I am sure there are many women out there who would – and have.
Luke is HOT!! His sexiness definitely helps overlook some of his flaws – but he does come with baggage! Later in the book he does have some redeeming moments, which does help make up for the heartache he put Katya and I through – lol! But still for me, it’s a long road uphill for complete forgiveness.
Sadly, I found Katya to be somewhat pathetic as she fondles over Luke and allows him to treat her like crap. There’s even one point where SHE feels guilty and sorry for him betraying her! But I guess I have never had that intense relationship with someone that I could look past no matter how they acted or treated me – where love was the only thing that mattered.
Katya is betrayed by Luke not once, but TWICE!! His number would definitely be deleted out of my phone and I would not give him another chance! But Katya is in love and wants to be with Luke regardless. I know holding grudges is never the answer, but if someone broke my heart the way Luke did it would take me quite a while to just get over it.
This book is well researched and thought out. There is extensive detail that makes it easy to picture – including the steamy scenes! The book’s pace is mostly steady, but does contain a few slower, dragging scenes throughout. This book also switches between multiple POVs – which wasn’t actually confusing, it was written well enough to easily follow and I liked hearing from the different perspectives. I also really liked the supporting characters – very interesting and entertaining! I am so looking forward to discovering more about the sexy King Security men!
There were only a couple of things that I didn’t like in this book. I hated the long timeframe wait between the main characters. Five years just seemed a bit too drawn out. Also, I wish Katya hadn’t forgiven Luke so easily. He hurt her, he broke her heart, he used her, and so much more, and she just let him. Yes, I wanted these characters to get together, but I think Katya should have made Luke work for it a bit more.
All in all, I really did enjoy reading this book! There is so much to this book! This book is full of excitement, action, mystery, suspense, crime, passion, betrayal, regret, heartache, forgiveness, love, secrets, second – and third chances! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a complex romantic suspense book filled with hot, steamy, passionate scenes!
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Ex-Marine Luke Hunter has an assignment: get the memory stick from Katya and deliver it to his boss at King Security. His family history with drug abuse only reinforces his determination to succeed in this job. Luke doesn’t plan to seduce Katya, just get close enough to snatch the drive, but she enchants him so completely he cannot resist taking the innocence she offers. When magic of their night together drains away in the chill light of dawn, Luke realizes the enormous mistake he’s made. Pocketing the memory stick, he turns his back on his new lover and disappears, leaving Katya confused, grieving, and, as she later discovers, pregnant.
Luke’s Redemption is Anni Fife’s debut novel. It displays the tell-tale passion of a first book. Although many of the tropes are familiar (loss of virginity to a soul-mate, secret baby, and so on), Katya’s intense emotions keep the book fresh and indeed, quite harrowing. Time and again she is betrayed and abandoned, but stubborn courage plus her devotion to her daughter keep her from giving up. Ms. Fife writes Katya’s sections of the book in the first person, making the heroine’s agony all the more immediate.
The sections from Luke’s point of view, in contrast, are written in third person. When I noticed this discrepancy (about halfway through the book), my first thought was that this was an editing problem, but the distinction is consistent throughout the novel. The third person narrative has the effect of distancing the reader from Luke’s feelings. I wonder if this is why the author made this artistic choice.
The book covers a period of more than six years. Since this is a romance, Luke finally does overcome Katya’s (justified) distrust to create the conditions for a HEA. My personal opinion? He doesn’t deserve her.
I read a lot of romance reviews that comment on the reader’s reactions to the characters as people. Most of my reviews, in contrast, tend to focus more on the literary characteristics of a book.
In the case of Luke’s Redemption, however, I found myself disliking Luke enough that it interfered with my overall appreciation of the story. As he tries to win Katya’s love, he repeatedly promises her honesty, respect and protection—then fails to deliver on these promises. He’s a conceited chauvinist who treats her like a weakling and refuses to allow her to make her own decisions. Meanwhile, he acts as though he’s blind to the threats she faces from the dark, criminal forces arrayed against her. In the final crisis, he watches helplessly while she single-handedly subdues the vilain.
Luke is also unpleasantly bossy in the bedroom, in a way that I (an avowed fan of BDSM) find distinctly non-erotic.
Despite my feelings about the hero, I actually liked Luke’s Redemption quite a lot. Ms. Fife writes clear, vivid prose that moves the story along at a brisk pace. Katya’s emotions carry the book. It’s inspiring to watch her build a life after having it shattered by her encounter with Luke. Their mutual chemistry is so strong that you want her to reconcile with him and experience some happiness. He’s such an extreme alpha, though, that I found this outcome a bit hard to believe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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