Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Redemption from Kelly Moran in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
Nearly the last remaining member of Olivia Cattenach's family has just died overseas and left her overcome by grief. But when a soldier shows up at her ranch with a final message from her brother, she finds new purpose. Nathan Roldan is as formidable as they come. Bulging muscles and inked to boot, he looks like every bit the bad boy he claims to be. Except, under his shuttered gaze and behind his walls lies a gentle giant. Determined to carry out her brother's wishes, she chips away at Nate's layers and discovers more pain than any person should ever have to endure. And a passion she never dreamed was possible.
He's not the hero she thinks he is...
Nate's mistake got a fellow comrade killed, and a deathbed promise to take care of the guy's sister lands him in Wyoming with the hope of redemption. But he wasn't expecting...her. Beautiful, witty, and sweet, Olivia is everything he doesn't deserve. Born a nothing, he'll die a nothing. Though guilt is a living thing, temptation is too hard to resist. Somehow, she's unleashing his restraint and unearthing feelings he buried long ago. He wants her. More, he's worried he needs her. She's trying to save him, but when she learns the truth, he'll lose the only happiness he's ever known.
First Line: "In the private cemetery on her family's ranch, Olivia Cattenach knelt by her brother's grave and brushed grass clipping from the headstone."
Before he died, Justin gave me a message for you.
Would this message perhaps include some canoodling under the stars? ✨Say yes, or get off my property! #intruder
This book sabotaged me and left me floundering in the dark Black Hole only Kelly Moran can create. Angel of Darkness, play my broken heart and let the dissonance be heard! "Ruined" hardly describes what happened to me. Redemption is writing at its finest. My teeth ached with every betrayal and each chapter that was left unresolved.
Leave it to Kelly Moran to create a conflict so deep - so personal - that you doubt there's any resolution. 🙄 But somehow, someway, Kelly introduces a catalyst that propels the storyline into swoonworthy overdrive!
Nate is a soldier. He also feels responsible for the death of Olivia's brother. (Don't feel guilty, sweet man!) Now Nate is seeking redemption, but Olivia's beauty and grace seem to have paralyzed what is left of his better judgement... Nate can only manage to tell half truths. I sense trouble! This man should grovel through the mud for his sins!
He’d figure something out in the morning. What was one more crime in comparison to the plethora of others?
Speaking of groveling through the mud, it seems like Olivia is groveling through life! Olivia may be a siren, but she is a hot mess! In fact, she has lost her mind. 30, single, and afraid she'll never find someone, she lets her mind settle on Nakos, her friend and supervisor of the workers on the property. No no NO! Good thing Nate shows up because I think Olivia was honestly considering boinking her foreman!
Olivia decides to trust Nate (a questionable decision) and offers him a place to stay (an even more questionable decision). She's under the impression that Nate is a hero, her last connection to her deceased brother, and her final pit stop towards closure.
Ummm more like permanent stop at holy hotness and confusion! 🏁
You claimed to not be the right guy for me. But one minute you act like being near me hurts you, and the next you’re touching me as if you want to be that man.
Nate is a walking juxtaposition. Beautifully damaged, previously a foster child, and a man who has never been given affection. Nate wants to do the right thing, but continues to push Olivia away, only to pull her right back into his sweet wrath. I need a neck brace from the emotional whiplash!
Olivia is willing... right now... but girlfriend is gonna catch on, cowboy! First the half-lies, and now the push-pull syndrome? Tell. Her. The. Whole. Truth.
Insects burrowing under his skin. Knives piercing his chest. A vise squeezing his lungs. Sandpaper grating his throat. If this was what caring about someone was like, what the hell was he supposed to do? Because he couldn’t handle it, couldn’t live like this.
Don't tell me Nate is going to run away, too? Why not, right? We can add this to his spreadsheet of bad decisions. Olivia offers him a home, food, work on her farm, and Nate's heart is too corroded to see a good thing right in front of him. For some unfathomable reason, these two were meant to meet and Nate's pathetic, empty heart is going to be the demise of this relationship. Nate doesn't know any other way.
Why won't Nate just open his heart to Olivia? Nate can avoid the full truth, but Olivia will find out what really happened that day her brother died...
Whether Justin ignored me, figuring there was no threat, or whether he didn’t hear me, I’m still accountable...I was his superior and should’ve paid better attention. I was responsible for him. Me, Olivia. I took away something you loved more than anything.
“You sent Justin inside...?” Lord, she couldn’t breathe.
I don't think Olivia is handling the news very well... Don't run away, Olivia!
Be prepared to have your heart sent into a cycle of of turmoil, and anguish, friends! The pain, the grief. How is Olivia going to find it in herself to forgive Nate and his unintentional involvement in Justin's death? How can Nate forgive himself?
Nate and Olivia are branded on me along with this unparalleled story of love and healing. Both are on a journey of forgiveness, and to find truth... Except the truth might be too much to bear.
Redemption is ingenious and Kelly Moran's unique style is amplified as she takes us on a completely emotional journey. Trust, deception, and inevitably absolution.
Kelly Moran, have mercy on my heart!
Now, it's time to leave me be to soak in my puddle of emotions. I have some canoodling to arrange with a certain... intruder. 😏