Redemption and Regrets
by L.A. Cotton
Chastity Falls #4
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Suspense, Mystery
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Four years ago, I had everything. All it took was the snap of his fingers and he ripped it out from under me.
Betrayed, by my own father.
His enemies want me dead and old allies want me back in their ranks to help take what’s owed. And while I’m trying to figure out what I want, there’s her. The one I watch from the shadows, afraid to bare myself to her—the real me.
Hard. Cold. Deadly.
She should fear me—Braiden Donohue—but I’m not the only one keeping secrets, and I must discover what she’s hiding.
Before it’s too late.
Redemption will be afforded, regrets will be atoned.
Welcome back to Chastity Falls.
I turned to look at her and our eyes connected, locking on each other’s. Her cheeks flushed with color and I liked the way it looked against her pale skin. Cara dropped her eyes for a second before they flickered up to my mouth.
“I was pissed when you tried to save me earlier. I don’t need saving, Braiden.” Her eyes didn’t move from my mouth as she spoke, and my heart slammed against my chest over and over.
Cara might not have needed saving … but I did.
I inched closer to her until our noses almost touched. “I’m not the good guy, Cara,” I warned her.
She should stay away from me. I was no good for her. People got hurt around me. I hurt people.
Cara closed the gap, pressing her lips to mine. For those first few seconds, I froze, unable to move. But like a small spark igniting a fire, I became lost in the feel of her mouth moving over mine, and somewhere deep inside me, a switch flipped. Hooking an arm around the curve of her waist, I pulled Cara flush to me, causing her to yelp into my mouth. Our tongues clashed, fighting for control. I could feel her anger and frustration with every lick and touch. She was taking her shit out on me, and I was more than happy to oblige. She tasted too fucking good to stop, like coffee and strawberry bubble gum. I dug my fingers into her waist, needing her to be closer as our lips explored and nipped and dueled for dominance.
“God, I knew we were the same. I knew you understood me,” Cara murmured into my mouth. But I heard her. I heard every damn word, and they hit me like a bucket of ice water.
“Stop, we have to stop.” I released my hold on her and pulled away, putting some space between us. The flush in her cheeks had spread down her neck and I wanted to taste her right where her jawline met the underside of her ear, but I couldn’t.
This had gone far enough. Cara thought we were the same.
We were nothing alike.
She was just a girl seeking independence, wanting to break away from her father’s rule and live her own life.
And I was the guy fathers warned their daughters about.
Review of Redemption and Regrets
‘God, I knew we were the same. I knew you understood me,’ Cara murmured into my mouth. But I heard her. I heard every damn word, and they hit me like a bucket of ice water. ‘Stop, we have to stop.’ I released my hold on her and pulled away, putting some space between us. The flush in her cheeks had spread down her neck and I wanted to taste her right where her jawline met the underside of her ear, but I couldn’t. I wouldn’t.
Redemption is for those who want something to live for. Regrets are for those who already missed their chance. There are several chances to change and multiple paths to traverse down, but the right one is out there just waiting for that one person. Cotton shares a world that allows her readers to deeply connect with her characters, allowing them to live through the life that she has created. The life of everyone in and around Chastity Falls. Redemption and Regrets is suspenseful, yet hopeful with a dash of steamy romance. Cotton’s compelling fourth installment allows readers to think about the actions and consequences of the life that they choose, rather than the life that they were born into.
Braiden gets picked up straight from prison by his sister and her bodyguard after four long awaited years. Life on the outside has changed drastically, including his family’s whereabouts. Now, in Astoria instead of Chastity Falls—there are some new players in the game that want Braiden to be their scapegoat. The Donahue name proceeds Braiden and Briony; they only have each other now. Forced to lay low in Forest Grove while he makes his decision, outside of Chastity Falls and Astoria, Braiden has a chance to think about what is best for himself—not what everyone else wants from him. Four years allowed for a lot of thinking, but thinking is not the only thing that takes him away from his troubles. With his track record with women…he is completely blindsided by the beautiful blonde with the disgusting bubblegum habit. Braiden meets Cara; she is snarky and independent. They really seem to get close very quickly, but neither of them had any control over their emotions around one another. Cara ignites a fire within Braiden…like he has never felt before. When push comes to shove, Braiden knows that no one has ever made his heart open to the possibility of escaping the life that he once proudly owned up to. But, he knows that any relationship can’t last…especially one with a woman who keeps her own secrets. Braiden and Cara might very well share a common secret, but will he find out what she is hiding before it is too late? Before someone finds where he is?
Cotton does a superb job with character development and originality. Her installments have all maintained a sense of suspense, danger and character dilemma that continue to flow steadily throughout each book. This fast paced novel is easy to read, entertaining and emotionally riveting. This author has penned another wonderful installment that will both enrapture and plunge the reader into the depths of the intriguing plot surrounding the new outlook of Braiden Donohue. If you are a reader of young adult and college, you might want to try this series out.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
Other books within the series:
Loyalty and Lies #1
Salvation and Secrets #2
Tribulations and Truths #3
Chastity Falls Box Set #1-3
About L.A. Cotton
Contemporary romance and romantic suspense
… written with feeling
L.A is author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.
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