Absolution Road by Rachel Blaufeld

Posted October 4, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Absolution Road by Rachel BlaufeldAbsolution Road by Rachel Blaufeld
Series: Crosswords #2
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Romance, Sports
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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.

I’m a pretty big fan of Rachel Blaufeld, she write really emotional/character driven books. I also kind of love that she writes love stories that seem to be just a tad unconventional, there is always one element that really sets her books apart. So I was excited about this book, even though it was the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first. Thankfully, this book can so be read as a standalone.

So this book follows Jake and Aly, and both of them have some hard stuff in their pasts. They meet when the book opens and Jake is sitting in jail on Christmas because some guy was spouting off at the mouth at a bar, and Jake used his fists instead of his words. Thankfully it all worked out, and they started running in to each other around town. Jake was always attracted to Aly, and while sure, Aly thought Jake was hot, she was a lot more leery about getting involved with a past client, plus he had that whole kind of bad boy vibe and she wasn’t really sure she was ready for something like that.

So Jake as a character was kind of sad, he carries so much guilt around with him that it literally impacts every aspect of his life. When he was a young boy, he was playing around and the end consequence was something horrible, he was just a boy, and clearly it was not his fault, but he is so haunted by his past he walks around feeling completely unworthy and like there will never be any redemption for him. It’s really so sad to read. But as the book goes on and he lets himself really feel for Aly, he starts to make a lot of progress as a character, and it was actually really enjoyable to read his evolution.

As for Aly, well I liked Aly a lot. Part of why I liked Aly so much is because she has worked so hard for her life, and even though it is a very modest life (she lives on the bad side of town and doesn’t even have a car), she worked hard to become a lawyer, and she works even harder to make sure her mother is taken care of. She’s definitely socially awkward, and in no way prepared to be in a relationship, but what I liked about her is how she pushes back when she needs to. I loved that Aly calls Jake on his BS. There is also a major suspense storyline having to do with Aly’s job as a public defender, and it results in some serious character development for Aly (some of which is kind of heartbreaking), but I don’t want to ruin the storyline for you, so I won’t say much more than that.

All in all, I did enjoy this book, and I enjoyed kind of watching how these two people were able to be there for each other even in the hardest of circumstances. They had great chemistry together, and I loved the people that they surrounded themselves with. If you are a fan of Rachel Blaufeld, like I am, I think this is a book you will for sure enjoy.
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About Rachel Blaufeld

Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense, and Sports Romance fiction. She recently asked her readers to describe her, and the adjectives they came up with included: insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking the heat up in the dead of winter.

Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing muffins and plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end deliciously.

Blaufeld, also an entrepreneur/blogger, is fearless about sharing her opinion. Before turning her pen to fiction, she captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for the Huffington Post and Modern Mom.

Most recently, she shares conversations from being “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After” on USA TODAY.

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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