He was everything she never wanted. Yet, she couldn’t stop thinking about him.
Soulful, amber eyes
A sex, drugs, and rock n’roll reputation
A body that beckoned for sin
Three years ago Rochelle Floros was living her dream come true… then lost it all. On the worst day of her life, the last person she expected to be there for her was a rock star and tabloid favorite. Now, she’s trying to rebuild her life after the tragedy that destroyed her fairytale. Slowly, she found herself captivated by a sexy, bad boy drummer she had known for years.
Rochelle was caught between the grief that shrouded her heart and the charismatic man that made it race. What she didn’t know is if he was being sincere or toying with her heart. The Redemption is about finding the pulse of your soul in the most unlikely places and giving love a chance to grow.
Can what she wants really be what she needs? With his rhythm and her passion, can they make music together? Or will their harmony be lost forever?
“Here’s the truth of the matter. If we do this... again, there’s no going back to square one tomorrow. Not for me. I won’t be able to act like I don’t care about you, like I haven’t thought about you every day since we were together last. So it’s easier to stop now than later.”
With a discouraged sigh, I say, “You’re stronger than me, Dex.”
“No, I just know my greatest weakness is the woman beneath me right now.” He rolls over sighing in a way that shows frustration has set in. Turning his head to me, he says, “I want to f**k you so bad, but I also want to do all that making love stuff too. And if we do that, I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.” He sits up and walks to the other side of the room, leaning his back against the wall.
I prop myself up on my elbows, caught by the heaviness of the emotions I’m suddenly feeling for him.
“Go to sleep tonight. Fly home tomorrow.” He walks into the shadow of the entryway. “I’ll see you in a few weeks.”
I hear the door open as I fall back on the bed, my own sexual frustration setting in. But just when I hear the door close, the weight of his body lands on top of me and he kisses me hard. Surprised, my eyes fly open, but then I go for it just like him and kiss him back with just as much passion. He pushes off of me again and stands between my legs.
“I make very few promises in life, but this one I can make to you. Rochelle Floros, I’m coming for you. It’s our time, so get ready for me.” He turns abruptly and leaves me sitting there stunned... and tingly.
After reading The Resistance and getting a brief peek at Dex, I was looking forward to getting his story in The Redemption (a very apt title, by the way). It was great to go back into the band's world and get to know more about some of the secondary characters from the first book.
The writing was just as good in this book as the first one, and the depth of the characters that we get to see is very satisfying. You can see just how strong Rochelle really is-regardless of what she might think-and you get to see Dex come to terms with all of his personal demons. You can't help but root for him to make it through all of his issues because you can clearly see he really does want to change.
While the story overall is a great continuation of the series and it dealt quite well with some very heavy topics (drug use, death, family issues), the constant back and forth...they're together, they're not...they're together, they're not...it honestly was wearing my patience a bit thin as it kept happening over and over...and over yet again. I can understand both Rochelle and Dex are both going through a lot, but after a bit I almost felt like I was watching a tennis match.
My overall rating...3.5 stars for this sexual-tension filled, deep topic story of...well, redemption of course. Even if you didn't care for Dex after The Resistance, you'll love him after reading The Redemption.
About S.L. Scott:
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.
Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.
Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.
Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.
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