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(Redemption # 1)
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing September 2nd, 2014
Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both... or destroy them. When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing. Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible. Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
Okay Olivia secret is hurtful. It even sucks that she let herself do what she did but broken...no. Paul on the other hand, he has reason to be broken. He's not just physically broken but the scars run deep down in his mind. Caught in an ambush he can't find peace that is until Olivia came.
I liked the characters. Although Paul was a jerk I knew that a reason would be given as to why. The romance was quick and hot. I would say spoiler alert but seriously you all know there's going to be a happy ending. I have to admit that I am not a fan of it for this book. I think the two of them should have used the "hook up" as a healing experience and kept it moving. They just don't work as a couple for me.
It's a medium paced novel. The end plot is predictable. Since it focused in the love story the growth for the characters to go through was in reference to the romance.
Should you read it? Sure. I know it seems like I didn't like it but it delivered on what I expected. Who should read it? Fans of romance.
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio. Connect with Lauren: Facebook | Twitter | Website
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