Book Review: Absolution Road

Absolution Road (Crossroads #2)
by Rachel Blaufeld

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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Absolution Road generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review.**

Rachel Blaufeld writes unique stories with fascinating characters. There isn't a time when you don't feel connected to her stories during reading. This newest book is the story of Jake Wrigley and Aly Road - two people who weren't expecting each other but found each other in the most unlikely of places. It's sweet and fast, painful and gripping. After meeting Jake in Redemption Lane I thought I had an idea of what to expect from his character when it came time for his book. In Absolution Road Blaufeld allows him to truly SHINE while she completely dismantles any expectation I had. He's a hero you'll completely fall in love with.

Told from the dual points of view of both Jake and Aly, the contemporary romance story in Absolution Road hails as one of redemption. Letting go, moving forward, and understanding who you are for yourself and who you are while falling in love with another person you least expected. During the best and worst of times we see Jake and Aly emotionally and physically deal with the changes being wrought from the lives. As Aly's future becomes more challenging than she ever expected, Jake's past sneaks up on him to remind him of his deepest wounds.

Blaufeld's writing concisely shows us the darkest pains and brightest pleasures of these two characters. The plot of the book keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. The sexy banter coupled with an overcoming a resistance to change from both characters makes for really excellent dialogue. And the themes running through the book are quite profound. Secondary characters from book one pop up in the story enriching the history and present of both characters. However, Absolution Road can be read as a stand alone. Blaufeld did a great job of making it a complete stand alone title if you choose to not read book one although I wouldn't personally recommend it because you'd be missing another great story.

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