by Dr. Rebecca Sharp
Release Date: October 22nd
From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes an emotional, small-town romance with a twist…
For years, I was close enough to fame to touch it. Taste it. Drink it.
Until one more drink became my answer to everything.
Until one night I made a mistake which couldn’t be undone.
So, I cut all ties to my former life and the addiction that destroyed it. And I left in search of redemption on the other side of the country.
After months building a new future, I thought my past had stayed put.
Until I opened my front door to find she’d followed me.
Taylor Hastings. My sister’s best friend.
And the good girl I’d never been good enough for.
Not then. Not now. Not ever.
One glance at Taylor’s face told me she’d come searching for a safe haven. One glance at the swell of her stomach told me she hadn’t come alone.
I didn’t hesitate to offer her my help and my home because looking out for her was the right thing to do…
Even if the way I wanted her would always be wrong.
So, I kept my distance. And Taylor kept her secrets.
Until one kiss changed everything.
Until one kiss made me realize it wasn’t our first.
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Redemption is an angsty read that goes out of its way to tug at readers’ heartstrings. The author mentions in her note afterward that at least one major character and plot point is based on a real life person and experience, which makes those parts even more poignant (honestly, I did not see that coming–which was pretty much the point, of course–though she does give us clues that something is going on with that person). It’s a story of second chances, starting over, and, of course redemption.
I liked both Ash and Taylor, though I wasn’t a fan of all of the secrets. For two people actively hiding at least one big thing from the other person, they each got pretty bent out of shape when they found out that the other one had a secret as well–pot, meet kettle? Honestly, neither one of them ended up voluntarily confessing their own secrets, so it didn’t seem like either of them really had a leg to stand on in that argument. I would have liked a lot more honesty from them both–hopefully they will have it going forward.
Their romance was both sweet and steamy, though the timing of the story felt a bit uneven, dragging at times and going along rather quickly at others. Taylor was 5 months pregnant when she showed up, but the epilogue was three months after the events of the rest of the book. Surely the book’s events took more than a month to occur? It felt like more than a month, and I seem to recall weeks being skipped internally as well, though perhaps my recollection is off. Either way, time in the book seemed a little wonky.
Redemption was my first book from this author, and the first in a new series based in small town Carmel, California. It is related to another standalone by the author ( Reputation –Taylor is Blake’s best friend, and Ash is her brother and Zach’s best friend), but you don’t have to have read it to understand this one. Given how Ash apparently acted in the other book, he might also have to “redeem” himself with its readers as well… 😉
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Dr. Rebecca Sharp, while using a pen name, is actually a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband – the love of her life.
She enjoys working in her practice with her father as well as letting her creativity run free as an author. Growing up she’s always loved a good love story and finally decided to give writing one of her own a go.
After graduating with her doctoral degree, she now enjoys spending that thing called free time traveling with her husband, cooking, and knitting.
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