Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: Redemption

Title Redemption

Series The Bet, book 2

Author Francette Phal

Release Date December 20, 2012

Ellie Holbrook has endured a lot in her short life, but after so many years of heart break, she’s set to get her happily ever after and Devlin Westport, her boyfriend of three years, is just the man to give it to her. Fate, however quickly intervenes when the man who shattered her heart so completely ten years ago comes back into her life. But the worst of it comes when Nicholas finally discovers the two little secrets Ellie kept from him all these years. All hell breaks loose soon after that and it’s all Ellie can do to safeguard her heart against heart break once again.

Ruthless business magnate Nicholas Grayson has sacrificed everything to amass his global empire. Seated at the very top, poised at the helm of his corporation nothing can possibly touch him. That is until he learns the truth about the twin children Ellie kept from him. But just when he shakes off the astonishment and works on integrating himself into their lives, an enemy from both Ellie and Nicholas’s past brutally rips his children away from them.

A race against time will yield devastating events and Nicholas and Ellie must rely on each other to save their children.

I hoped and prayed that Redemption had seen an editor. Sadly, it was much like the first book. There were grammatical and spelling errors everywhere.

When I reviewed the first book, Beautiful Disaster, I had a hard time. I started the review thinking that I was going to give it rave review. The more I thought about it, though, the less that made sense. Now, after reading Redemption I have no idea why I ever thought Beautiful Disaster deserved rave reviews.

Besides the editing issues, the story just... I don't even know what. There's more going on in this book than there was in the first book. It felt messy and ridiculous. It seems like Phal just threw different story lines into the book to make it longer. Nothing tied together nicely.

I didn't like the characters this time around. While I wasn't too fond of them in the first book, I liked them even less in this book. I didn't care about them and I didn't really understand the craziness. The biggest disappointment for me was Nicholas 10 years later. Ellie wasn't much better. The only character that I ended up liking was Maddie. I liked her transformation into a more confident and happy woman. Everyone else was just nonsense.

There's much more sex in this book. While I was hesitant to call Beautiful Disaster erotica, there's no hesitation here.

After everything is said and done, I feel like I've wasted my time reading both of these books. They are both just a hot mess. My previous review of Beautiful Disaster had to have been influenced by... I don't know what. I do know that I wouldn't rate it as highly now as I did then. I doubt that I'll be reading any more of Phal's work, especially if she doesn't invest in an editor or at least let some beta readers help her with editing.


2 out of 5 stars

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