I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Salvation by Robin Covington
Series: Nashville Nights #2
Published by Burning Up the Sheets LLC on May 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Letting go never felt so good.
Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.
Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.
Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.
Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.
Can they save each other?
When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?
Carlisle Queen lives each day like it’s her last because it just may well be. Still suffering from the after effects of injuries sustained in a bomb blast that killed her boyfriend, she knows that death is an eventual certainty unless the shrapnel remaining in her body is removed. That also means that she won’t be starting any long term relationships but her handsome Spanish class teaching assistant, Mateo Butler, presents a challenge to that resolve.
I loved this story! It’s not your typical new adult tale, only the ages of the couple fitting the category. Both Carlisle and Mateo are somewhat old souls who’ve dealt with some tough issues but are surrounded by loving, nurturing families. Their romance starts with a hot, steamy encounter that she intended as a one-time event but he had other ideas. What follows is a reluctant relationship that burns hot fast and is tested when life shows up in a bad way.
What really works here are the rough roads Carlisle and Mateo face and how they respond. I also liked how the realities of someone suffering from debilitating injuries and pain were portrayed. They were so young and learning how to communicate and manage a relationship (with no experience in how to do it) under these circumstances was portrayed honestly and without filters. Some of their decisions broke my heart but seemed true to character.
I was unprepared for the depth of this story and was pleasantly surprised, even though it’s a tough one. Resilience, strength of character, love and commitment were themes that resonated loudly for me. I’m so glad I read this book.