Monday, September 28, 2015

Review of Absolution Road (Crossroads #2) by Rachel Blaufeld

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. 

Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★

Absolution, an act of absolving, a freeing from blame or guilt.  It's something that a lot of us long for or need, whether in a small or a monumental way.  In Rachel Blaufeld's newest book in the Crossroads series, Absolution Road, she takes us on a journey of grace and liberation.  This excursion brings to life Jake and Aly's story.  Jake is Lane's twin brother from the previous story, Redemption Lane.  We are visited by Lane and Bess as well as some of the other characters we know and loved in prior books.

Jake Wrigley is messed up.  On the outside everyone sees muscles and a pretty face.  On the inside, deep down in the very depths of his soul he knows he's no good!  Jake has felt this way since his parent’s death. He blames himself because it was his fault.  Sure he's successful in his gym business.  Thanks in part to his brother.  But it's hard for him to get close to anyone, because he doesn't feel he deserves a happily ever after.  That is the way he felt until he meets Alyson Road one Christmas Eve.  Fate seems to play a part in this meeting and everything begins to change for Jake.

Alyson Road is an up and coming public defender.  Coming from nothing, she always watches out for the underdog or someone being taken advantage of, even if it causes her unrelenting trouble.  Everyone deserves a fair shot.  However, when she comes in contact with Jake Wrigley as his court appointed attorney, things get really interesting and she finds herself wanting her own piece of happiness.

From the very beginning I was hooked.  Rachel Blaufeld has a way of corralling you and keeping you pinned up until the very end.  I am in awe of her ability to conjure up the most beautiful stories with amazing plots.  This novel left me happy, in angst, crying and then shouting hallelujah all at the same time!  When things get rocky, the story gets even better.  This is a must to add to your library!  Exquisitely satisfying, Rachel!

Hero – Jake Wrigley 5 stars
Heroine – Alyson Road 5 stars
Steam Level: 5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

 Buy Links:  Amazon US/Barnes & Noble

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