Loving Redemption (Second Chances Series Book 2) by S.M. Stryker
In this mature romance about lost loves, best friends, and second chances author S.M. Stryker brings you the second installment of the Second Chances series. Loving Redemption can be read as a standalone.
Never having a family to call his own Toby Mitchell was a child caught up in the foster system, always being shuffled from one home to the next until he was old enough to join the Marines. Until a job ending injury forces him out of the only family, he’s known.
Raven Whitehorse, raised without a mother had always felt that there was a conspiracy behind her mother’s disappearance. After running away from home at sixteen to try to find her mother, the search for her mother hits a dead end. After landing a job with a new software company, she meets Toby Mitchell the owner of a security firm that her new boss has hired. Toby, wanting to put closure to his childhood, sets out to find his mother, the drug addicted woman that didn’t care enough about her own child to seek the help she needed. Toby feels that without this closure, he can’t move forward in his relationship with Raven.
Raven needs to find her mother to see if the rumors were true and what really happen the day she disappeared. Was she the scared teen that could handle the pressures of new motherhood, was she blackmailed to leave or worse. What secrets will they find, and how will that affect each other?
I’m a sucker for a good second chance/redemption romance. This one had so much potential but didn’t deliver for me.
I’m not a huge fan of present tense but if done right it works just fine. In this story I found there was too much play-by-play that didn’t enhance the story in anyway and left me wishing it was faster paced.
Another thing that bugged me was the characters. It was too unrealistic for me to get into the story let alone believe the romance. That left me really disappointed.
I’m a sucker for HEA and this is one place the book excelled at.
All in all, an okay story that needs some work.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Shelly (SM) married her husband 28 years ago. It was important to her to be able to stay at home to raise their four daughters.
She wasn’t an avid reader, but picked up a book a few years back and it made her re-think about writing, more as a healing process than anything else.
Always wanting to write a story about her life, well at least part of it. She knew it would make a great story…or soap opera, but kids and sports and work and and and. She just never made the time to write. As she got older and her girls grew and left home, she started to rethink the idea of writing again.
Deciding not to put it off any longer, in 2014 she emailed a few of her favorite authors that gave her some very good advice. A year and a half ago she started. It was a labor of love; this was part of her, part of what she lived through as a child and older, it was a story that was all too common of one.
Through lots of tears, she wrote her first book that had a large part of her life in the story, that book was Stolen Innocence. Now she finds that she has to write, this is her outlet her sanctuary, and in every book, she writes there is always part of her life written into it.
When not writing, she is with her photographer husband or with her children and grand kids. She loves the outdoors and being one with nature.