Book Review: Absolution Road by Rachel Blaufeld

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Title: Absolution Road (Crossroads #2)
Author: Rachel Blaufeld @rachelblaufeld
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 262 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Michelle's Review

Absolution – 1: act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties; 2. state of being absolved.  I got this definition from dictionary.com, why you may ask? Well in order to get into the mind of Jake Wrigley, you need to know that this is what he needed but wouldn’t necessarily let himself have it until he meets the red-headed Public Defender with legs for days, Alyson Road to possibly him getting said absolution.  This is the second book in the Crossroads series, but you can read as a standalone.  I still suggest you read Redemption Lane.

 

If you already read Redemption Lane, Jake is Lane’s twin, but he’s the twin that always messes up and Lane is always bailing him out of one situation after another.  Jake is trying hard to be better and being more responsible.  Besides being strikingly handsome, extremely buff, he owns several gyms wants to open many more.  Yet you will sense his guilt.  He continues to blame himself for tragically losing his parents. 

 

Alyson Road is a public defender, a do-gooder, she has had a tough upbringing.  She doesn’t have many friends too busy for any friends.  Her first time meeting Jake was Christmas Eve in jail, and after her mini interrogation (which I loved), she thought she would never see him again.  Was it fate that would bring these two together?  Months later, these two characters are driven towards each other.  As much as Aly wanted to stay away from Jake, she saw something sweet yet haunting about him.

 

Ms. Blaufeld can write some good angst.  There were times I had to put my Ipad down, I was anxious, crying or really annoyed about something, but the story keep me reading.  I was rooting for Jake and Aly and I remember when I got to a certain scene, I was really upset that I had to message the author and told her we weren’t friends anymore lol (I was joking of course).  As much as I loved Lane in Redemption, my heartstrings pulled towards Jake in Absolution Road.  The sexy times was pretty hot, I thought for a minute Jake was going to break out some BDSM toys lol.  Overall, a heartwarming story that will leave you smiling at the end.  You all must add Absolution Road to your TBR list.

– Michelle

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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