Sweetest Salvation penned by talented author Kacey Hammell is a delightful feel good novella that you will enjoy if you are like me; one who savors the delicate blend of romance, intrigue and titillating intimacies. Ms. Hammell is no stranger to the romance, mystery genre consistently doing an outstanding job of pulling the reader into the story from the first paragraph to the last sentence.
Ms. Hammell artistically centers Andrea Sheaver on the canvas of Sweetest Salvation. Andrea is a beautiful, alluring woman with a sweet spirit who is suffering from the agonizing broken heart that may never go away. She has lost her husband Patrick, her best friend, awesome lover and soul mate. She has locked herself away from the life she once enjoyed for nearly a year since the death of Patrick and her baby.
Hunter Sullivan, a dear family friend, Patrick's best man and the godfather to Peter the son of Andy and Patrick. Hunter is a man of honesty and carries a ripped body. He has “eight pack” abs, is tall, and has awesome bedroom eyes. Plus he has a heart of gold. He is a walking fantasy. Hunter is a dreamy man, skillfully sexy, and a hard worker. I admired that. I could not get enough of him as a main character in Sweetest Salvation and I admit I was more than a tiny bit envious of Andrea.
One of the settings featured in Ms. Hammell's narrative is an ultra-exclusive adult club known to an elite clientele as “Splendor” where erotic play is befitting its name with Hunter as the proprietor of this classy, establishment.
Hunter's heart is pained watching as Andy's lifestyle has changed since Patrick's death. As an understanding, trustworthy, compassionate friend Hunter is always there for Andy should the needs arise as she travels the rough roads of the grieving process. Hunter has a vibrant, electrical vibe for Andy. However, Hunter has long since buried that emotion and desire deeply in his soul. This secret emotional roller coaster would never be expressed because of his loyal friendship shared with Patrick since high school not to mention the Sheaver family's adoption of sorts of him into their family.
Ms. Hammell depicts a backdrop of a peaceful day of the sunshine on a clear beautiful, warm day, heightened with light fragrant flowers; what a wholesome setting to embrace you as you move about your day. A day associated with blissfulness. Unfortunately, Andy would not permit herself that luxury and surrender to blissful days of this type since the deaths of her beloved husband and son.
Ms. Hammell uses all the sensory receptors to ignite a sensual explosion among many of her characters. Her supporting cast is strong, enchanting and carries a sense of freedom similar to that of a soft breeze, along the rhythm of a bubbling stream. I enjoyed the encounters between husband and wife; Paige and Nolan and their sensuous role in the Sweetest Salvation. The tenderness of other characters: Bridget, the Sheaver’s, Mrs. Morrow sail throughout this story as a life raft for a grieving widow and mother.
The representations of love in Sweetest Salvation reminds me of warm, delectable, dark chocolate on a plate of the mouthwatering summer berries.
Will Hunter be Andrea's lifesaver rescuing her from the bottomless sea of alienation she has fashioned for herself? Could Hunter's tenderness, supportive nature be the ingredient necessary in soothing Andy's heartache? Can true love and a soul mate be granted twice into a person's life? This intriguing thought continuously tapped on the door of my heart as I devoured Sweetest Salvation.
I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It left me with the wonderful sensation of the meaning of trust, compassion and love. I highly recommend Sweetest Salvation hoping you will experience the same pleasures it provided for me.
In my opinion, Ms. Hammell has earned her sparkling stars for another finely honed narrative.
After the deaths of her husband and child, tragedies that she blames herself for, Andrea “Andy” Sheaver has shut herself off from the world. The only place she finds any relief from her shattered heart is Club Splendor, where she and her husband often frequented. There, Andy submits to pleasure and pain in order to feel something other than grief for a little while.
But Hunter Sullivan won't stand idly by and watch Andy self-destruct. Her husband's best friend, and the owner of Club Splendor, Hunter has kept his love for Andy hidden for years. He refuses to think of her at the club, cold and detached, looking for an easy fix to take away the pain in her heart. Hunter wants her to be vibrant in life again and sets out to prove he is exactly who she needs.
Be Warned: BDSM, spanking, voyeurism, multiple partners