Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: The Protectors, #8
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance / Vigilante
Page Count: Approx 250
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
My job is to save lives. But what if the one that needs saving is the one I was sent to take?
At 33 years old, Phoenix Jones once had a stellar military career ahead of him. But when tragedy struck his family, he walked away from the path he’d chosen to be there for the one who needed him most. Except fate is a bitch and when she once again takes Phoenix’s future in the cruelest of ways, he must find a new path.
When a former army buddy introduces him to Ronan Grisham, the leader of an underground vigilante group, Phoenix knows he’s found a new family and nothing and no one is going to take that from him again. So when Ronan asks him to shadow a young man who participated in a brutal crime against Ronan’s husband, Seth, when he was a child and appears to be targeting him again, Phoenix doesn’t even hesitate for a second.
Even knowing what he must do if the young man proves to have gone back to his old ways.
Because family is everything…
I can’t come back from what I did. I’m not sure I even want to…
An ugly childhood left Levi Deming with little to do but dream of a day when he’d be free of his tormenters so he could carve out a simple life for himself, preferably somewhere far away from the family who never let him forget he was less than human. But one terrible choice at the tender age of 16 changed everything…
Wracked with guilt for the role he played during a home invasion gone horribly wrong, a now 24-year-old Levi is trying to piece together a life where he can maybe do a little bit of good, even knowing it won’t make up for the lives he helped take and it definitely won’t give back the future he stole from the young man whose agonized screams still haunt him night after night. If it were only about him, he’d walk into the nearest police station and happily tell them to lock him up and throw away the key.
But it isn’t just about him anymore…
I expected to find a hardened criminal. What I found was something else entirely…
With Ronan’s orders to terminate young Levi if he so much as even jaywalks, Phoenix expects an easy job with one clear outcome. But when a violent encounter forces Phoenix to interact with Levi, he quickly realizes the case might not be as black and white as he thought. Instead of finding a criminal with no conscience, Phoenix discovers a young man battling impossible odds and near crippling guilt.
When his feelings of disgust and anger begin to fade and turn into something else, the would-be hitman is forced to make a terrible decision between the family he needs and the young man more intent on seeking judgement than redemption.
Redemption by Sloane Kennedy is book 8 in her sensational series, The Protectors. This series is about men from all walks of life, who have been hurt, damaged, left bent and alone – who come together and provide justice for crimes the system has let go. In this book we are taken back to the night that Seth’s life changed forever, the night his parents were brutally murdered and we see it through the eyes of one of the perpetrators. Levi Deming may not have known what would happen that night several years ealier but he has never forgotten the carnage left behind. He has been paying for it ever since. When Ronan is alerted that Levi has been visiting Seth’s old house – he puts Phoenix on the case. His orders – watch him and if he steps out of line, terminate him.
When Phoenix meets Levi he knows his world will never be the same…now he has to figure out how he can kill Levi when he is the person who just cracked the ice around his heart.
So, This book was one that just didn’t ever really pull me in. I am not sure why, I love the characters – the plot was great, I just didn’t click with these two. Even so, I still think it’s a good book, I enjoyed it and liked seeing characters from past books in the storyline. I love the action and romance scenes that Ms. Kennedy expertly weaves, along with the suspense and excitement leading into the next story. I am glad that Seth was able to get closure and also show what a strong man he is by forgiving Levi. Phoenix’s story was heartbreaking, yet again showed just how strong we can be when there is no other choice.
Overall, a lot of emotion in this book and dredging up of the past. A solid story that I would recommend ~ love always finds a way and redemption is always possible!
Review Copy of Redemption provided by Sloane Kennedy for an honest Review.
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