Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Redemption Lane (Crossroads #1) by Rachel Blaufeld

Sometimes the past bleeds into the future.

Bess, a wild party girl running from herself, literally falls victim to her demons when she collapses in the most unexpected of places.
Lane, a tightly wound, up-and-coming CEO who can’t seem to stop enabling his brother, doesn’t know what hit him when Bess falls at his feet and into his life.

It was a night she doesn’t remember, and one he can’t forget. 

But rather than stay and help the needy college coed, Lane decides to teach his brother a long overdue lesson––a decision that later comes back to haunt him and only adds fury to the transgressions of his past he is already fleeing from. 
Years later, Bess and Lane meet again. She doesn’t know him, and he doesn’t share that he knows what happened on that ill-fated night when she almost died. After all, he has a web of complicated lies from his own youth to protect.

Both are seeking salvation in the arms of others and ignoring the truth—that the only road to redemption lies in confronting your past.

When the past and present collide, is there any chance at redemption?

Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★★

Redemption Lane, Rachel Blaufeld's newest book in her new series, Crossroads, is a stark reminder that things always have a way of coming back full circle.  These characters are extraordinarily crafted in a way that will pull at your heart strings while making you feel so much love, passion and need.

Lane Wrigley is a self-made millionaire, playboy.  He wears his armor strong by never having relationships while working non-stop.  Dabbling in all different types of women, yet never having more.  Now living in Miami, he's running from a past that always seems to find a way of haunting him.  A chance meeting at one of his hotels back home in Pennsylvania brings Lane face to face with the woman that has been in his dreams since that fateful day at his brother's gym.  The woman who was screaming to be saved, but he refused to help.  So, hope takes bloom for Lane and he can't let her go again.

Bess Williams is a recovering addict.  She struggles every day to stay on the lamb.  Now working as a hotel waitress, Bess lives a simple life.  She has her dog, Brooks Bailey, her small cabin in the woods and a routine that helps keep her sane.  Since her comeback from the dark-side four years ago, Bess hasn't been with a man, didn't feel that she would ever be able to enjoy the company of a man because of her caustic past.  In walks Lane Wrigley and everything changes for Bess.

This was a phenomenal story filled with passion, love and redemption.  However, the bigger picture here is how the author brings to light a dreaded topic across the world, addiction.  Whether it's drugs, alcohol, sex, lies, etc. it all can torture a person the same way.  I was impressed by the author's carefully, elegant manner of hitting on this topic with a need and hope that will leave the reader feeling complete once again.  I can't express how much this book touched me to the core of my soul.  As with her other books, Rachel ensnares the reader and won't you let go! What a beautiful atonement, Rachel.   

Hero -  Lane Wrigley 5.0 stars
Heroine - Bess Williams 5.0 stars
Steam Level: 5.0 stars 
Plot: 5.0 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes 

Would I recommend this book:  Yes! This book was everything I was hoping it would be.  From the beginning, I was captured by the underlying storyline and the beautiful characters that will hold your heart and never let go. 

Would I read other books by this author:  Yes! Absolutely!  I've been a hug fan of everything Rachel Blaufeld from the beginning with her Electric Tunnel series.  I am immensely excited by this new series, Crossroad's series.  As always, she writes in such an eloquent manner that always satisfies her readers!  

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

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