For Jake Wrigley, the future is bleak. Some people are survivors, but he’s getting by on his bad-boy looks and charming smile. He owns a gym, gets into bar fights, and wrestles his demons with rough workouts—both in and out of the bedroom.
For Alyson Road, the future is bright. Life can only improve from where she grew up. She graduated at the top of her law class, cares for her ailing mom, and in her job, she defends those who can’t afford anyone else. Her work is thankless but honest.
Jake’s twin brother has been covering his ass for as long as they’ve been alive, but that all changes when Jake finds himself in front of the fiery public defender, his future in her hands. For the first time ever, he doesn’t want to involve his brother, finally realizing he needs to stand alone, be his own man.
Even if Jake’s never absolved of his past wrongdoings or his heart is never scrubbed of the blackness that resides there, he can do one good deed—protect the beautiful lawyer who touched his soul—until helping her nearly becomes his own undoing.
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★
A beautifully written tale of 2 people who both feel like undeserving of love, Absolution Road was an enjoyable read that captured me throughout.
Jake is one of a pair, he is a twin who has always felt the lesser person for various reasons and is full of guilt over the death of his parents. Aly is a public defence lawyer who grew up poor and has never felt like she belonged anywhere.
They first meet when Aly is called out one Christmas Eve to represent Jake after a bar brawl, and they feel an instant attraction towards one another.
“It wasn’t the time for hitting on the hot public defender, or thinking about eating her pussy. I was in jail, and this was extremely bad.”
Aly is in no way open to showing her feelings towards Jake, but fate has another plan for them when months later they keep bumping into each other, and Jake decides that he is going to take advantage of kismet by insisting she goes on a date with him.
Alyson Road is full of confidence when she is in the courtroom or with her clients, however once she steps outside of her professional box, she is a very insecure and introvert woman. What could the handsome and fit mutli gym owner possibly want with her? Little does she know, that he is looking for love and he sees something in her that he wants to take hold of and protect.
This was a story about two people who were both feeling inadequate, until they met each other and helped the other to heal. There is also a great suspense story going on in the background which made it all a bit more interesting.
“It was like I saw a better me in you. I know I bossed you around and made you move, but something hit me hard with you.”
Having not read book 1, Redemption Lane, I didn’t feel lost at all, and pretty much got the gist of the events that took place prior to Jake and Aly’s story.
This is Book 2 in the Crossroads Series, but can be read as a Standalone. Told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Leaning my chair back on its two rear legs, I couldn’t help but laugh again before trying to contain myself. This chick and her soft demeanor were all business. Of course, she would be. Who else would work on Christmas Eve? I was pretty certain she could have made me wait until the day after Christmas to post bond, but here she was defending the public on the most holy night of the year.
Add a big heart to the brain, tits, and long legs I’d already noted in her plus column. Maybe I didn’t want to bang her, but rather cherish this sweet thing? The reality of that seemed slim, seeing as the smart, good girls didn’t go for me. Nor did I expect them to. I was the bad boy, and I had the guilty conscience to back that notion right the fuck up.
“Of course, Ms. Road. It’s Jake, by the way. Just J-A-K-E. Full name is J-A-S-O-N, but I haven’t been called that in twenty years.” I mocked her spelling with my very own rendition, teasing the schoolgirl, looking for a reaction like I was in the third grade. “So, let’s get down to brass tacks and get my ass outta here so you can head home to your . . . husband? Boyfriend? He must be waiting for a gem like you to come home to start the holiday, right?”
No harm in trying.
As I spoke, she narrowed her eyes and glared daggers at me. “Are you done with probing into my personal life, interrogating me? I’m pretty sure I’m not the one in jail.”
Obviously annoyed, she followed that volley with another few leg switches. Left over right, right over left. I wanted to grab her knees and spread her limbs and dive in, let my tongue dig deep into her folds, make her let go of all that stuck-up bullshit she had going on while screaming my name. She probably tasted like sweet honey.
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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