Yearning Absolution by Rachael Orman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
~I received an ARC from Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review~
I didn't read Yearning Devotion (the first book), so this book was a bit confusing at times, but I was still able to follow along pretty well.
It's a much different love triangle. Basically we've got Gwen who has been in a relationship with McKayla for ten years. Then while they are together, Gwen meets Cole, who she works for at a fashion design company. Gwen ends up entering into a relationship with Cole, which means we've got Gwen with a boyfriend and girlfriend. A little confusing? I was at first until we find out that Gwen was also kept captive for 5 years by two abusive brother. And the only living brother, now that Gwen has murdered the other brother, is after Gwen again. So now, Gwen is juggling two relationships, a new job as her own designer where her boyfriend is the CEO, a jealous girlfriend, and a psycho ex-kidnapper? Piece of cake? ... Ya right!
This book was a nice try at being a somewhat suspenseful romance, but it lacked the suspense, the angst. I wanted more. I wanted to see Richard, the brother coming back to kill (or torture) Gwen, to attack her more than once. I know we should feel worried about Gwen's safety, but even she didn't worry all that much, so when Richard finally showed himself, I just couldn't sympathize with her fears. If you know that someone is out there hunting you down, then don't walk into alley ways or by yourself.
Overall, I think it's a decent book. Definitely not a favorite, but it's not something that I think readers will detest. Some of you may even enjoy it! I think the first book would have made more sense to read, but sometimes we don't have the time. I'm really happy that I was still able to understand what was going on in this book by the halfway point even though I had no idea what was happening in the beginning chapters. That's always a good sign.
Read by Taryn Lee on December 3, 2013
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on December 5, 2013
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