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.