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REDEMPTION (Forgiven Series Book #2)


I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome. And once I have faced my problems, only then will I find redemption. 

Josh Walker and Lauren Pierce are opposites in every way. While Lauren is a committed student and girlfriend, Josh is a player with a very twisted moral compass…

Or is he?

Growing up with an addict for a father, Josh experienced disappointment from an early age. He puts on a front, shielding himself from everyone. Until he meets Lauren.

Lauren has it all. An accomplished softball player she maintains good grades, has great friends, and is in love with her dedicated boyfriend. Her life is pretty much perfect…until it’s not. 

When two bruised souls collide can they help each other overcome their problems? Or are some souls just destined to be lost?


What a touching tale of two lost souls that end up helping each other find their way.  This is the second book in the Forgiving Series. I didn't read the first book, but you don't necessarily have to read it since this book is the story of two different people connected by the first book. Neither Josh nor Lauren saw each other coming, especially Josh, the player who thought he was perfectly content with his life style. Sometimes variety can go from being the spice of life, to just becoming monotonous. Josh would never admit that to himself though, because until he met Lauren, he never had to question his life. This was a great easy read, that touched the heart and made you cheer for a successful HEA. Lauren was never the one-night stand type of girl, so how was she going to be able to fight the instant ravenous attraction she had to Josh. She wanted him badly and was not under any disillusioned dreams of it being more than just one night with Josh. He was completely upfront about his man-whore ways. 

"I felt the tension between us, and it had me considering things I normally wouldn't do. If I wanted Josh it would only be one night, but for someone as sexy as him, I might be willing to do it...literally." -Lauren

The temperature was definitely turned up when they were at the bar, and they both couldn't bear the tension any longer. Despite warnings from their friends about hooking up with each other, they did the dirty anyways. Life has a funny way of turning the tables on you. Josh never looked forward to the next morning...having to give the boot to the one nighters and all. The one girl that he actually looked forward to waking up to in the morning, ended up sneaking out during the night with no trace left behind. Lauren completely ninja balled him, and he was left confused as to way it even bothered him in the first place. She knew what she was getting into, but couldn't help wanting to see him again. The connection felt by both of them was much more than the amazingly hot sex they shared. Of course, they both refused to acknowledge these feelings. They both decided avoidance and distraction would be their primary objectives in order to keep their emotions in check. That completely back fires on both of them. Josh finally comes to terms that he wants more with Lauren and is willing to fight to win her over.

"Give me a chance to prove to myself. I've already tried pretending that I don't want you, and it didn't work. You need to let me show you that you are all I want. It's more than physical. I've never enjoyed a conversation with a girl in a bar as much as I did the other night." -Josh

Lauren and Josh both hold the baggage of abandonment by their fathers, which is another thing that connects them. Lauren's father found his job more important and was never around unless it benefited him in some way. Josh's dad on the other had was in and out of their lives while he was young and found that his pain meds were more important than his family. Both Lauren and Josh deal with these issues in their own ways. Josh resorted to distancing himself through his one night stands, and Lauren found her escape through softball. Unfortunately tragedy strikes and Lauren is forced to deal with her left behind emotions of her father that have forced their way to the forefront. When life tests your will...sometimes we don't deal with it in the right way. Their love gets pushed to it's boundaries and neither of them think they have the strength for it to be redeemed. 

"I knew I wasn't being fair to Josh but it was as if I had no control over my actions. Even his touch had me pulling away. My heart still wanted him, but I felt unworthy of his love." -Lauren

The title of this book is so appropriate. You think that in the beginning it is Josh that needs to get his chance at redemption. Who knew that in end it is both of them that strive for a chance for another chance. Their strength as individuals and as a couple gets tested left and right. It was endearing to see how much effect they both had on each other. It was a great story and I enjoyed Josh and Lauren's journey from one-night stand to proving their love at all costs. I would recommend this book and series to my fellow readers.

"Lauren, you're my Jersey. You're my Jersey because you comfort me. You've wrapped yourself around me so tight that I don't know how to be warm without you. Most of all you're my Jersey because, no matter what happens between us or whoever you are, you are always close to my heart." -Josh
4 out of 5 Passionate, Fighting for Love Stars!


This time it was Angie's turn to laugh. She turned to me her eyes alight with mischief. "So, Josh, how was your night?"

Damn. I knew at some point she was going to bring it up. Not knowing how much Lauren had told her, I figured deflection was the way to go. I smiled, hoping that it didn't look fake. "It was an awesome party. Did you have fun?" I asked.

Unfortunately, Angie knew me way too well. "I had a fantastic time, but stop trying to change the subject. I saw you dancing with Lauren," she said with a smirk.

She was never going to give up. I needed to play this off. Angie didn't need any more encouragement in her quest to find me someone. "Yeah, she's pretty cool," I offered, shrugging my shoulders. "She hit the bar with us after the party."

I saw Caleb watching me out of the corner of my eye. He knew something was up—he always could see right through me. He knew there was more to the story and he was just waiting for a better time to ask.

Angie, on the other hand, looked disappointed. Huh? After all of the threats from Emily, she looked like she was hoping for more. Then again, I doubt Angie had been rooting for me to have a one-night stand with Lauren.

"Josh," she whined. "We have to find you someone."

I sighed. "I'm happy with my life."

She turned her nose up at me. Guess that was the wrong thing to say. "Oh, so you're happy sleeping with a new girl every weekend?" she argued.

"You make it sound like a bad thing?"

I watched the anger flash in her eyes. Oops, definitely the wrong thing to say. She stood up and stepped towards me, forcing me to look up at her. "You're an ass. With an attitude like that, you deserve to be alone," she snarled before storming off to their room and slamming the door.

"Angie," I yelled. Getting up, I walked down and knocked on the door. Even though we disagreed, I still cared about her and didn't want her to think I was a complete jerk. "Angie, I'm sorry. Please come back out."

The lack of response spoke volumes. Turning back to the living room, I went and sat back down on the couch. I looked up to see Caleb glaring at me.

"Did you need to be such an asshole?"       
"Dude, I wasn't trying to be a dick. I just don't get why she’s so determined to set me up."
Caleb shook his head at me. "Is it really so bad? Angie just wants to see you happy."
"I don't need a girl in my life to make me happy. Why is that so hard for you two to understand?" I asked, exasperated.

Caleb leaned forward to rest his forearms on his thighs and clasped his hands together. He took a deep breath before beginning. "Josh, I've known you for three years and I know for a fact you're not happy, and lately it's been getting worse."
He stopped to look down and when he looked back up again I could see the annoyance in his eyes. "Since you haven't seen your dad lately, that's not the reason. And it's total bullshit that you're happy screwing a different girl every night."

That sweeping assumption was like gas to a flame. Who was Caleb to determine what made me happy?

"What gives you the right to tell me what I want? I'm not you, Caleb. If there was someone I really wanted, I’d go after them, not run away. There just isn't one that fits that category." I turned to head back to my bedroom when Caleb's voice stopped me.

"I know something happened between you and Lauren last night."

A thousand different explanations raced through my mind but before I could say anything he put his hand up to stop me. "Don't even try to deny it. It’s written all over your face. I'm not sure exactly what happened, nor do I want to know, but if you're gonna keep sleeping with anything that breathes, please stay away from Angie's friends." Avoiding my gaze he looked down to the floor, rubbing the back of his neck in a way that made me think I wouldn’t like what he was going to say. "I wouldn't want to have to choose between you and her," he said sadly. 

FORGIVEN (Forgiven Series Book #1)


What happens when one moment changes the course of your entire life? Do you sit back and accept it, or fight to live the life you choose? Caleb Jacobs has a past that has haunted him for two years. Knowing he can never forgive himself for the events that led to his departure, Caleb chooses to live a quiet life—concentrating on school, sports, and shots. But when he is paired with Angie for a history project he realizes that no matter how much you try to hide from your past, one way or another it will find you.

Angelina Powers knows what she wants from life. Growing up with only an alcoholic father for company, Angie learned early on in life that you can only count on yourself. But that doesn’t stop her wishing for her white knight. She’s confident, happy and focused…until she meets Caleb. So how will she feel when her potential white knight turns out to be more of a black shadow?

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Author Low Down:

Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves watch SOA, TrueBlood, and The Walking Dead.

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