Unlike most eighteen year olds, I had the weight of the world on my young shoulders. Desperate to do right by my family, my questionable choices led me to the pits of hell.
Steel bars, three meals a day and no contact with the outside world; regret consumed my every thought. Desperate to pay my penance, forgiveness and a happily ever after wasn’t the plan.
But there she was.
Warm, passionate and unexpected, Emerson Lane was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was all a man like me could want and everything I didn’t deserve.
Redemption wasn’t something I thought I would ever find. Until she found me.
Jagger made a terrible mistake when he was 18, a mistake that saw him put behind bars for fifteen years. A sentence he believes he deserves more than anybody else. Certainly, nobody beats him up more than Jagger beats himself up. After twelve years in prison, he is granted parole and the solicitor who brings him the news is like a breath of fresh air for him. Emerson wakes something up in Jagger, he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like her but for some reason she sees him. Not the prisoner, or the boy who made the terrible mistake, but the man he is, she sees right into his soul.
This is my first Marley Valentine book and I am so glad it was recommended to me by one of the beta readers. While there were moments where I would have liked to have seen more of their developing relationship this is a gripping story of two people from two different worlds who on paper should never have fit together yet the moment they meet the sparks are undeniable. In fact, their meeting was my favourite scene in the book and I highly recommend reading just for that scene alone.
I particularly love that it is set in Australia, it’s nice to get away from the books set in the US, and I could clearly hear their accents and see the locations. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story. I was thrilled when I got to the end and found out another book is coming with Jagger’s twin brother Hendrix, who I was totally crushing on throughout the Reclaim. I can’t wait to get my teeth into that one.
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Series: A Redemption Novel #1
Author: Marley Valentine
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 29 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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