Redemption's Price

Davida Ann

Jocelyne Blackstone had been in her twin sister Jesslyne’s shadow since their birth. Everyone had treated her ruthlessly, even the man she loved since she was young, Rafe Walker, who loved her sister instead. After her sister’s tragic death, Jocelyne flees her home to a small Texas town known as Redemption. Five years later, Rafe goes on a search for Jocelyne to seek vengeance for the loss of his beloved Jesslyne. Little does Rafe know, his entire world is about to be flipped upside down when the truth of their past comes out.

The difference between love and hate sits on a fine line—a captivating concept this author explores magically throughout this romantic story of enemies-to-lovers. The novel is captivating but a little overly dramatic. The ending explodes with a million different climactic actions, so it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening in the final pages. The slow-burn love between the two protagonists throughout the story makes up a bit for the stodgy realism; but still, the fact that everything that goes wrong is blamed solely on Jocelyne is a little unbelievable. Not to mention, the cliché of constant miscommunication between the lovers gets very tiresome. The people in the small town who support Jocelyne, each having their own mini subplots, lend the story more complex emotions and vaster character development. The era during which the story takes place is vague, which unfortunately makes it harder to comprehend whether some of the language is from a bygone time. Regardless, this novel is quite enjoyable, and the sensual romance will still satisfy all the readers’ romantic wants and needs.

Austen Grace