Series: Redemption #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Military, New Adult, Romance
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When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.
Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.
Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
It’s not secret that I like books with a military theme, and I really liked this one, because the hero of the book is a wounded vet who is having a hard time readjusting to life he had before his injury. I think the main reason why I liked this book though is because the two characters really evolve and grow throughout the course of the book, and I really love when that happens.
So Olivia lives a pampered life in NYC and everyone has these expectations of her and what she is suppose to do with her life. Only she’s made some mistakes in her relationships and she feels like she needs to do some penance. So she decides to volunteer, I think she had her sights set on out the country building schools for orphans but her family had other ideas and found her something a little more local. Olivia thinks she is going to be helping out an elderly war veteran, but she was oh so wrong about the elderly part.
Paul is a guy who is seriously hurting over what happened to him in war. He’s young though, and he should be recovering and living his life, but he can’t seem to move past it. He doesn’t even really try to. He just sinks himself into books and alcohol and is grumpy and rude to anyone who tries to help him. He basically makes a sport out of getting rid of the people his dad sends to help take care of him. Only this time is different, he has an ultimatum, make it work with Olivia or be cut out of his fathers life and money.
I loved the dynamics between these two. Olivia geniunely wants to help him, but she knows that he is not going to accept her help, so she starts with little things, like challenging him to things, or just never giving up and staying in the same room as him whenever she can. And of course Paul isn’t about to let this girl just show up and run the show, so he messes with her in whatever way he can. He looks into her life, trying to figure out why she is there. He messes with her emotions whenever possible, and in general can be a real jerk to her.
But watching how the two of them react to each other is just so interesting and fun to read. I loved the push pull of the whole thing. These two people grow so much as individuals during the course of this book, and I loved that. I was really pulling for them to be able to get their acts together and find their happily ever after. I would easily recommend this book to lovers of new adult.