Review – Redemption and Regrets – L.A. Cotton

Summary:

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.

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Review:

Silver Stars 5

When reading the first three Chastity Falls books, Braiden is clearly an entitled brat with a mean streak. He lives and trades on Daddy’s name and reputation, but all that ends when he takes it too far and ends up in prison. So, can Braiden redeem himself when given his own voice?

We start Braiden’s story upon his release from prison. His time inside hasn’t been easy – thanks to the very name that used to get him his own way back in college. At twenty-six, he’s no longer a kid, but he’s very unsure of how he’s going to fit into the world that has moved on without him.

To give him time to stew over a decision he has to make, Braiden goes to stay in a small town, alone. He’s not alone for long when he meets Cara (now, I have to admit I worked out Cara’s circumstances quite early on, but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the book). Braiden is confused… he doesn’t do relationships, so what is it about Cara that he can’t get her out of his head? – This and the decision Braiden must make are what kept me turning the pages. Will he follow his heart or his head?

I never expected to like Braiden – yet, when I finished this book I found myself respecting him. He admits to his mistakes, learns from them, and even apologises for them, but he has determination to not let them define him any longer. This is why this book gets a 5* rating from me.

I’ve seen a lot of chatter about more books in the series, but I personally feel that Braiden’s story is the natural end to our time in Chastity Falls.

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