Author: S.L. Scott
Publisher: S.L. Scott
Published: November 3rd 2014
Format: eARC | Pages: 375
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
★★★✩ (3.5/5) Stars!
I received a copy of this book from InkSlinger PR, for a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
This was my first book read by S.L. Scott though I do have another of her books on my Kindle that I haven't gotten to yet. The storyline for this one intrigued me. The Redemption was quite a roller coaster. While I enjoyed it quite a bit by the end, there was a bit of frustration with it, some of it good and some of it maddening. Even with that bit of frustration though I was pulled in enough that I didn't ever feel like I wanted to give up on the book. Quite the opposite, I just had to know what was gonna happen with these two. There were moments I rooted for them and others I thought they were a disaster waiting to happen. It was all very up and down from one moment to the next.
Sadness surrounds me and I feel bad for not feeling worse.
From the opening line I knew this was going to be more on the sad side and that Dex was going to be one of those highly broken guys that I love to read about. He definitely has the tortured artist/musician thing down to a tee. Booze, drugs, women, cocky attitude, everything you'd expect from a bad boy rocker. But underneath all of that he has moments of sensitivity and warmth, the moments when he's just so very good and sweet that let you know there's something in there worth fighting for. He does have these times though where I just wanted to throw my hands in the air and walk away because he would slip into moments of douche baggery. Dex is not easy to love by any means. He's a definite fixer upper.
Rochelle was extra tough for me. I really truly felt sorry for her. I mean to call what she's gone through a tragedy is almost an understatement. And I'm not dismissing that fact or that she went through it, but I felt like she was stuck, for a good chunk of the book, forever in that moment. Forever stuck in a tragic event and not even trying to move past it. Just about everything she does hangs on to that grief and doesn't let it go. She may seem all smiles and normal, well as much as anybody is normal, but she was very frustratingly not. I was continually thinking for crying out loud move on after three years you deserve to be freaking happy!
It's not a question as to whether or not these two have chemistry. They have it in spades and it's that intense kind that leaves you breathless. The problem with Dex and Rochelle is her guilt and inability to let go and Dex's absolute obsession and addiction to her. Most of the time, when he wasn't being a butt, I felt so freaking bad for him because of it.
With a break and maybe a few less angsty books in between, I really want to give The Resistance a go. These are standalone books but The Resistance is about the front man in the band. He makes some appearances in this book and at one point even provided me with some much needed laughter to lighten things up. I can't wait to get to know him better as well.
This isn't an easy book to read, it's messy and it's complicated. It's not boy meets girl and they fall in love and there's rainbows and kittens. You've got two screwed up people who struggle to come together. Fighting tragedy, judgement, lies, insecurities, self destruction, vices, and other outside forces. So many things get in that way. Just when you think things may clear up another bomb goes off. But I still really liked it. Sometimes I like messy. Sure there are times when I felt like it was too much but something would always come around that would make up for it. Life is rough and messy though so it had a very real feel to it in that sense. In the end it made me feel and even made me cry. And in this case, those are very good things.