Wednesday 13 May 2015

Review: Salvation - Robin Covingtion

Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.

Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.

Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple off months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.

Can they save each other?

When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

Nashville Nights Series:
Redemption (June 2015)

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Carlisle was an Olympic swimming champion with 12 medals to her name when a terrorist bomb turned her world apart, not only did she watch her boyfriend and most of her friends die but she was injured so badly that she's facing the risk of permanent paralysis. Her life has she knew it is over and she'd rather take her own life than spend it in a wheelchair. Mateo has his own problems and is still struggling to cope with his grief and anger over his sister's death. Neither of them are looking for a relationship but they can't deny the chemistry the feel. Can two damaged people find a way to heal themselves and each other.

I loved Temptation so I was really excited to get my hands on this sequel, especially when I found out that Mateo is Matt's cousin so we'd get to catch up with the previous couple as well as meet a new one. I had high hopes for Salvation and I have to say that Robin Covington once again pulled it out of the bag when it comes to creating scorching sexual chemistry between her characters. Carlisle and Mateo burn up the sheets and I enjoyed spending time with them. I was actually a bit nervous about how Carlisle's injury would be handled but I thought the author did a great job of tackling a difficult subject with sensitivity. As much as I hated the way Carlisle was so convinced that life in a wheelchair wouldn't be worth living I could certainly feel her pain and uncertainty, she had been through so much and I don't think anyone knows how they would react to that unless they were in her position.

Everything was going really well and I was loving the book until about three quarters of the way through when Carlisle made a decision that really bothered me. I can't really talk about it in detail without giving spoilers so I'll just say that I think she took the easy way out and that I would have enjoyed the last part of the book so much more if she'd just taken a different route. It didn't help that I hated Mateo's reaction to what she did. As much as I could understand where they were both coming from some things really bother me in romance and this was one of them. I'm well aware of the fact that most people wouldn't have the same issue here that I did though so I know a lot of people will love the story in spite of that.

Even with the part that upset me I still enjoyed reading Salvation, I particularly loved the changes we saw in Carlisle towards the end of the book and I was proud of the way she had pulled her life back together. This is an intense story, one that is full of emotion and fantastic chemistry between the main characters. We are also introduced to the main characters for the next book, Redemption, and I'm particularly excited about getting to spend more time with Zane and Emory!

Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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