Monday, May 11, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "Salvation"

Salvation by Robin Covington
Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LLC (May 11, 2015)
Series: Nashville Nights, 2
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it. 

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.

Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero. 

Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.

Can they save each other?

When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

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Reviews of Covington's Previous Novels:

Playing the Part -- Kame

Sex and the Single Vamp -- Pat

Sweet Southern Betrayal (#3) -- Pat

Temptation -- Pat

Playing with the Drummer (#3) -- Pat

Daring the Player -- Pat

Pat's Review:

This is the second in a series and Ms. Covington again treats us to fascinating characters, sexy scenes and a strong female heroine.

Carlisle Queen barely survived a terrorist attack; a bombing that cost the life of her lover and best friend and left her with shrapnel imbedded perilously close to her spine that could paralyze her or end her life. Not the life this young Olympic Medalist swimmer expected for herself. Carlyle suffers in constant pain she relieves with marijuana, heavy duty pain pills ( legal and illegal) and the oblivion they offer her. She also loves the release random sex gives her. Carlisle lives with the knowledge that someday she will be paralyzed and has decided she cannot live that way, and when the time comes she will take her own life. She has moved to Nashville to go to college, mainly to distance her self from her overprotective and smothering parents.

Mateo Butler is a TA for Spanish at the university. He just so happens to have Carlisle in his class. He is fascinated by her and feels a hint of attraction from Carlisle. Her name around campus is Ice Queen. He is unsure what his life will be, he has planned to go to medical school, but the death of his beloved sister from a brain tumor has derailed his plans and left him floundering. Carlisle finally shows up at a party at his home and the Ice Queen seems to be warming up to him. They agree to a one night stand, but that night was HOT, and Mateo wants to more. He learns more about her life, pain and the need for drugs. He is not going away.

Suddenly a Doctor offers a possible miracle. Should she risk it, or live or die the way she is?

 I can't imagine a life living with chronic pain or the threat of sudden death. Carlisle is an amazing, strong, stubborn heroine. The more time Mateo spends with Carlisle, the more he learns more about what type of man he is. Some interaction with the characters from Redemption (Nashville Nights Book #1) adds a nice touch. This is a thought provoking novel with sizzle and romance. I highly recommend it.


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Pat's received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) 

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1 comment :

Red Iza said...

This is quite an unusual story, great review ;)