I liked Redemptions premise and think that it has great potential. I also like the fact that the couple is multicultural.
Having said that, while I like it for the above reasons, I find that, for me, there is a certain lack to the story. Part of that lack is that it could be either that there may have been length constraints or, possibly, editorial constraints as, for me, the story seems disjointed. What I mean by that is that it did not read as smoothly as it could have and had areas that could have been fleshed out detail wise - one of which is that it seems that Keegan goes from wanting to throw Jaxon off of the property to them winding up in a relationship.
Another part of the "lack" (for, well, lack of a better word) that I found with the story is that I kept coming back to wanting to know exactly how it is that Jaxon was asked to look after the ranch. Why him? How did the elder MacLamore know Jaxon? How did they meet?
In the end, while I consider the story to have wonderful potential, I do think it could have been better with more depth and linking of situations.
Book Blurb for Redemption
As a teenager, rancher Keegan MacLamore was not very well liked in the small town of Thayne. He was a motorcycle-riding, longhaired rebel. At eighteen years old, he was sentenced to thirty years to life for a murder he didn't commit. Twenty-five years later, he's released on parole and all he wants is to be left alone. He wants to crawl into a hole and stay there. But his best friend Colter will never let that happen.
Jaxon Lesley had no family growing up but as soon as he could he left Thayne and was quickly picked up for pro baseball. For the last five years, he's been fulfilling a promise to a dying old man -- take care of the Rattlesnake Ranch on the off-season until Keegan MacLamore could return to take over. The moment Jaxon gets to the Rattlesnake and see's the half naked, baseball bat wielding, tattooed hottie with the sad, broken eyes, Jaxon knows he's in trouble. If Jaxon's to redeem Keegan, however, their hearts will have to survive the secrets about to revealed.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.
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