Redemption and Regrets Chastity Falls #4
by L.A. Cotton
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Suspense, Mystery
Four years ago, I had everything. All it took was the snap of his fingers and he ripped it out from under me.
Betrayed, by my own father.
His enemies want me dead and old allies want me back in their ranks to help take what’s owed. And while I’m trying to figure out what I want, there’s her. The one I watch from the shadows, afraid to bare myself to her—the real me.
Hard. Cold. Deadly.
She should fear me—Braiden Donohue—but I’m not the only one keeping secrets, and I must discover what she’s hiding.
Before it’s too late.
Redemption will be afforded, regrets will be atoned.
Welcome back to Chastity Falls.
I turned to look at her and our eyes connected, locking on each other’s. Her cheeks flushed with color and I liked the way it looked against her pale skin. Cara dropped her eyes for a second before they flickered up to my mouth.
“I was pissed when you tried to save me earlier. I don’t need saving, Braiden.” Her eyes didn’t move from my mouth as she spoke, and my heart slammed against my chest over and over.
Cara might not have needed saving … but I did.
I inched closer to her until our noses almost touched. “I’m not the good guy, Cara,” I warned her.
She should stay away from me. I was no good for her. People got hurt around me. I hurt people.
Cara closed the gap, pressing her lips to mine. For those first few seconds, I froze, unable to move. But like a small spark igniting a fire, I became lost in the feel of her mouth moving over mine, and somewhere deep inside me, a switch flipped. Hooking an arm around the curve of her waist, I pulled Cara flush to me, causing her to yelp into my mouth. Our tongues clashed, fighting for control. I could feel her anger and frustration with every lick and touch. She was taking her shit out on me, and I was more than happy to oblige. She tasted too fucking good to stop, like coffee and strawberry bubble gum. I dug my fingers into her waist, needing her to be closer as our lips explored and nipped and dueled for dominance.
“God, I knew we were the same. I knew you understood me,” Cara murmured into my mouth. But I heard her. I heard every damn word, and they hit me like a bucket of ice water.
“Stop, we have to stop.” I released my hold on her and pulled away, putting some space between us. The flush in her cheeks had spread down her neck and I wanted to taste her right where her jawline met the underside of her ear, but I couldn’t.
This had gone far enough. Cara thought we were the same.
We were nothing alike.
She was just a girl seeking independence, wanting to break away from her father’s rule and live her own life.
And I was the guy fathers warned their daughters about.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Braiden Donohue in Loyalty and Lies, the first book in the Chastity Falls Series. Braiden wasn’t a good man. He wasn’t a good man in books 2 and 3. But he did his time and now this is his story. Can a man who’s been a bad guy actually turn out to be ok? Does he even want to?
When we see him in this story he’s just coming out of prison. He’s spent four years there and he’s done a lot of soul searching and he just wants to disappear and leave that part of his life behind. No one was who they claimed to be and he didn’t want to deal with the crap anymore. But when he got out, his sister brought him back into stuff so deep he’d need hip-waders to maneuver through it. So, he had to leave, had to think things through and that’s when he met Cara. He’s finally beginning to understand the crap that Pierce went through when he met Ana. It’s when he found out who she was that everything changed.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book. I had issues with the last one, but I wanted to see if I could come to like Braiden. I wanted to see if he really was redeemable. I will say that I enjoyed this book more than the last two books in this series. We do revisit some of the other characters we’ve met in past books, but most of them are fairly new. I can’t really say that there are any side characters that have left a lasting impression, at least not any that we’ve not met before. I do like the changes made in Braiden and I do love the fact that he’s utterly lovable and redeemable and he acknowledges who he was in the past and what all he needs to do to overcome being such a person. In this instance, prison did him some good. I liked Cara and I liked how she was tenacious. She knew what she wanted and she wouldn’t let it go.
Ms. Cotton really set herself up with this book. It could have been an utter flop or a great move. I’m so happy that this was a great move. Braiden, who was once so loathesome, became a VERY loved character. And those last couple of chapters though. HOLY SCHNEIKIE! Just sayin’. Ms. Cotton has said this is the end of the Chastity Falls Series. Which is a little sad, but understandable. It kind of makes you wonder what happened after it all was said and done, but then, do we really want or need to know? So, would I recommend this book? Yeah I would. It is definitely worth the read and if you love a redemption story, you’ll want to read the first three and then read this one.
About L.A. Cotton
Contemporary romance and romantic suspense… written with feeling
L.A is author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L.A. immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.
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