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He is Her Salvation
Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there's no way out―except death. She will fight the odds to survive, but there's no one in the world she can trust, nowhere she can run that the cult can't find her…until her handsome, brooding neighbor takes her into the safety of his arms.
Luc Stanek craves a quiet life. But he doesn't hesitate when a desperate woman lands, bloodied and branded on his doorstep. Soon he finds himself drawn into her chaotic world, caught in the center of an apocalyptic war…and determined to save the fierce beauty no matter the cost.
This read was different than the usual New Adult romance I tend to find myself picking up. I am drawn to characters with baggage and difficult pasts they have to overcome and I hadn’t read a religious cult one yet. It definitley had a different feel to the whole story, almost an innocence so huge it was hard to wrap my brain around since the members of the cult were so isolated. I don’t know if I have a feeling either way towards this “genre” but it was interesting for sure!
Abby was a very strong heroine, and she knew the cult was wrong even if she couldn’t exactly figure out why. She wanted to leave to get medical help for her friend, which is how she met Luc. She was looking for work, but it turned into oh, so much more. Luc was very rugged and a total manly man. He was a stand up guy, but also really stand-offish. However, Abby did something to him and he just softened. He was so closed off and the last thing he was looking for was a relationship, but when it’s right, it’s right.
The romance and chemistry were there from the beginning. It was as if opposites attracted and these two had a connection. I enjoyed it, but I can’t say I felt it 100%. I think I found their connection and friendship more believable than their physical relationship. I also struggled because they seemed to be doing of lot of “things”, yet to me Abby had some serious injuries and should not have even been able to move, much less get frisky with Luc.
The plot was good, but where I struggled was the detail of the torture Abby went through. I prefer the fade to black over explicit. I spent nearly the entire book waiting for another shoe to drop biting my nails. I had to put the book down a few nights in a row because I wasn’t sure when she would be captured and what they would do to her and I wasn’t up for reading about it. However, I did love the dynamic and the story, I was just a baby with the stress of it all!
The ending nearly killed me. I was so stressed out, and I can honestly say I wasn’t sure how they would get to the HEA. It was good and I wish I had been more relaxed while reading, but I didn’t know what I had to anticipate. However, it worked out even better than I could have imagined and I loved it
Rec it? Yes. If you want a New Adult romance that is a little different, yet still a romance through and through, this is a great addition for your TBR.
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