Monday, May 11, 2015

MAY 11 || release day { review }

This week we'll be having more than one RD{R}, as we have a Monday release (Salvation) and two Tuesday releases (The Griffin's Secret and Retribution).

Salvation by Robin Covington

Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LLC (5/11/2015)
Series: Nashville Nights, book 2
Genre: New Adult Romance
Source:Purchase links || amazon | bn || add to goodreads

Rating: ★★

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?

**A portion of the royalties from this book will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation**

Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. A Night of Southern Comfort, her debut novel was nominated for the RT Book Reviewers Choice Awards for Small Press and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. Her books were also nominated for the Bookseller’s Best Award and the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. You can find Robin at her website (, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!) and her beloved furbabies.
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{ review } .

--- this is a title that I wasn't so sure I was going to read. It popped up on my review dashboard and I passed it up a number of times before going through and requesting the title. Little did I know, I also had book one in my stash of to-read books, waiting ever so patiently in one of two (yes, two) "to read" categories on my Kindle app.

Don't be me.

Just read this darn book.

It is definitely going on my "Best of 2015" list simply due to it's realness.

Teo and Carlisle's love is quick -- freight train in a tunnel, quick -- and it's messy. They learn, they break, they move apart, and they find their way to solid ground.

We have Teo -- who watched his sister battle cancer and eventually 'give up'; in his mind, he didn't do enough to save her and allowed her to choose death. That is something he vows to never do again. Then he meets Carlisle.

Carlisle was an Olympic swimmer who lost everything in a terrorist bombing. She walked away from the attack, but has shrapnel in her back -- her choices, though, are limited. The only surgeon willing to do the surgery isn't currently willing to do the surgery on her, and the pieces are shifting and will eventually paralyze and or kill her.

Teo has been eyeing Carlisle at school for the past year or so, he and his buddy Zane nicknaming her Ariel due to her swimming and long red hair. She never goes to parties, but one night she shows up and that, they say, is history.

Their relationship is fairly gradual -- but when the love hits, it hits hard and fast. it takes time before Carlisle confesses her life and plans; when she does, he confesses his fears and his sister's story.

Both of these two wanted to save the other from pain and wanted to put the other's needs before their own -- but they never truly talked things out. Reading their story is like reading a true, coming of age, relationship progress. They make mistakes that college kids make. They say things and do things that they will regret.

...but when all is said and done, they will learn that their love is one that is meant to be -- as broken as it started, as unlikely as it seemed...

Their's was a story I enjoyed to pieces. Like I mentioned, I didn't realize I had TEMPTATION (it was a free read on Amazon and I snagged it) and am looking forward to cracking that open, as well as reading the rest of the series. Robin has done an amazing job with this group of friends and I look forward to seeing more of them as the series progresses.

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