Book Review: Salvation – Stephanie John

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blurb

A chance meeting turned my world inside out.

Intelligent, sexy, and rich. With a dash of roguish charm and a cocksure smile, Nathan Blake is the ultimate fantasy. He can have any woman he wants with only a glance.

And he wants me.

My past has left me broken and humiliated, wary of men like him.
I cut myself off from the pain, moving thousands of miles away to escape every reminder, determined to start anew.

I’ve been second best before. It isn’t happening again.

One kiss and I’m caught under his spell, drawn to him with every breath I take.
I can’t resist.
The passion that explodes between us becomes an intense connection
neither of us thought we’d share. Or need.

The suffering inside me reflects his – a pain I know he feels, but can’t bring himself to reveal.

I have no idea his love can heal me – that mine can heal him…
…if only I can let down my guard for him and trust.

review

 

I don’t really read books with sexy young billionaires with issues and the beautiful women who beguile them. It smacks of Fifty Shades and really the best thing about that whole spiel was the movie soundtrack (that and the fact that I discovered how far back in my head my eyes could roll). So if I knew that this book was about a sexy young billionaire with issues I probably wouldn’t have read it. But I am so happy this came across my way.

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I love some angst and tension in my romance and I love a couple of flawed characters who make terrible decisions and this book had all of that plus some extra steaminess to boot. Instead of a heroine who was way too naive for her own good and would do anything for said issued billionaire, I got one who was strong, witty, fun and completely realistic. She was someone I could respect and relate to. Instead of getting a broody, arrogant alpha hero with control issues I got someone who was funny and sexy with just enough intensity and cockiness to keep you wanting more.

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The back and forth banter and their constant push and pull (mostly thanks to Kara) kept me nailed to the pages. The chemistry between them was on fire and Nate definitely knew how to deliver the good stuff. All in all I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing with a lot of fun and sexy times but also moments that were surprisingly emotional and heartfelt. A really refreshing read that may make me look twice at other books with this trope.

 

(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

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author

Most days, you’ll find Stephanie John on a yacht, wearing a very skimpy bikini, drinking champagne, eating chocolate and never gaining weight.

When she isn’t asleep and dreaming, in real life you’re more likely to find her at the school gates, wearing whatever she dragged on that morning, drinking copious amounts of coffee. She still eats chocolate, though — everyone has their vices, right?

Somehow, amidst the chaos of full-time mummy duties, she manages to write. Contemporary romance has always been her favourite genre to read for as long as she can remember (age-appropriate, of course).

Never in a million years did it occur to her to write one of her own. Now, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

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