Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review & Excerpt: The Redemption by S.L. Scott


He was everything she never wanted. Yet, she couldn’t stop thinking about him.

Soulful, amber eyes

A sex, drugs, and rock n’roll reputation

A body that beckoned for sin

Three years ago Rochelle Floros was living her dream come true… then lost it all. On the worst day of her life, the last person she expected to be there for her was a rock star and tabloid favorite. Now, she’s trying to rebuild her life after the tragedy that destroyed her fairytale. Slowly, she found herself captivated by a sexy, bad boy drummer she had known for years.

Rochelle was caught between the grief that shrouded her heart and the charismatic man that made it race. What she didn’t know is if he was being sincere or toying with her heart. The Redemption is about finding the pulse of your soul in the most unlikely places and giving love a chance to grow.

Can what she wants really be what she needs? With his rhythm and her passion, can they make music together? Or will their harmony be lost forever?

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I pull my hand away slowly, leaving all the feelings we were developing behind in the palm of his hand. “The timing is wrong.”


Startled, I jump in my seat.

Lowering his voice, he says, “That’s a cop out. I know you feel something for me. I see how you react because I also feel it when I’m around you. There’s something here and you’re just scared.”

“Scared of what?”

“Scared to have a life without Cory and thinking you have to justify it to others.
The problem with that is that when you start justifying it, it will make you feel like your ;ove for Cory was less. It wasn’t. It’s just different. He’s not here, Rochelle.”

“Stop it. Stop talking about Cory and take me home.”

“Now you want to stop talking about him?” He looks surprised. “I can’t win with
you when it comes to him.” He shifts the car into drive.

“This is not a competition, Dex.”

Disappointment slides onto his face. “Then why is he being shoved in my face
every time we make a move?”

“This is one of the reasons why we won’t work. We see things very differently.”

“One of the reasons? Name another because from where I sit, we fit like two
puzzle pieces clicking together.”

“You’re a supposed recovering addict. You have sex with anyone who offers.

“That’s it. Right there. You play like you know who I am, but you don’t. That’s
why the lies are so easily believed. I can tell what you’re doing. You’re giving me an out that I don’t want. You’re allowing yourself to believe the worst about me to ease your conscience, but it won’t—”

“You know what? Not everything is about you and your past. You lost a band mate and friend, but I lost my soulmate!”

What I thought about The Redemption
3.5 Stars

Rochelle Floros has lost her husband, the talented guitarist for the band The Resistance.  It's not easy losing your soulmate, especially when she's in constant contact with the remaining band members. She's part of the band too,  handling their management. 

When she hooks up with Dex, the bad-boy drummer with a drug problem, she's forced to look at a lot of things in her life -- her children and her readiness to start a new relationship, her mother-in-law's feelings, and how Dex's reputation for drugs and sex with his rock and roll is going to work in her life.

So she runs. There's a lot of running in The Redemption. For a good part of the book, Rochelle and Dex come together and then break up.  I've got to be honest and say that it was a bit tiresome.  I believed Dex's depth of feeling for Rochelle and I was super frustrated when he stepped back from her every time they were getting close.  I could have liked this so much more had they stayed together and tried to work out their problems instead of running away to deal with them on their own.

I did like the story of Rochelle and Dex, it was more of an execution issue for me with The Redemption. Rochelle's children were wonderful secondary characters and I would have loved more of them and Dex's interaction with them. I was interested in some of the other band members and so I picked up The Resistance, the first book in this series. 

So good story for the most part, but too much on-again-off-again for me. 

ARC provided for review.

The Resistance ebook is on sale right now for $.99 

About S.L. Scott:

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.


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