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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Revenge and Redemption by Jennie Brumley

Revenge and Redemption by Jennie Brumley
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Length: Full Length (195 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

How far will one man go to avenge his sister, his last remaining family?

Luke Hardcastle is a man on a mission. No one hurts his little sister and gets away with it. No matter how small the role she played might have been. Penny Royale helped her aunt destroy Luke's sister, and now she will help him destroy her aunt...or he'll destroy her instead.

How far will one woman go to protect her new found freedom, and her inexperienced heart?

Finally free of her domineering aunt, Penny Royale knows peace of mind for the first time. And she'll do anything to protect that peace. Even submit to blackmail. But when being blackmailed means pretending to be the mistress of the tall, dark and wickedly handsome Luke Hardcastle, the man she's loved from afar for so long, how will she ever survive when his thirst for vengeance is satisfied...and he no longer needs her?

“That guy has been staring at you forever!”

What a great eye catching way to start a novel. Who is the man? Who is he staring at? Why? What will happen? Ms. Brumley quickly grabbed my attention with this simple sentence and kept it throughout a story that was both sweet and sexy.

The story revolves around Penny Royale and Luke Hardcastle, both of whom have been hiding crush on one another for the past ten years and who belong to rivaling families.

What attracted me about Penny’s character and what makes her so lovable is both her innocence and the fact that she is a woman with curves insecure about her looks. In a world like today where top models grace every magazine cover and ad, I felt thoroughly identified with Penny and her fears. Even more so when like in real life there are women and men out there ready to destroy her little self- esteem.

Something else that I particularly loved about Penny were her daydreams; they are both erotic and funny.

Luke on the other hand is the knight in shinning armor which every girl wants: he accepts you for who you are, he is rich, handsome, caring, secretly and absolutely in love with you for the past ten years…sigh. I wish I had a Luke around.

Reality is however, that this adoration the characters feel towards each other becomes a little repetitive. The issue is solved though when they start a more or less real relationship and the focus becomes convincing Penny that she’s not living a lie.

Although, their first kiss seemed a little too sudden and abrupt, it was intense nonetheless. Revenge and Redemption definitely had quite a few steamy and passionate scenes, without being vulgar or too explicit.

Finally, I noticed an editing flaw on page 22, when all of a sudden the line ends with “End Excerpt” in capital letters. Fortunately, a minor mistake couldn’t stop me from reading ahead and wanting to discover the fate of these two characters and their hidden passion. I was completely involved with them and couldn't wait to see how it all worked out.

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