Her innocence is masked with vulnerability. Until her walls crumble…
His world is full of despair. Until he finds her light…
Falling in love seemed to heal them both. Until their haunting pasts threatens to destroy…
Robbie Hayes’s life changed the day a horrific accident shook his foundation. He’s resolved to regain control. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional scars remain.
Will he ever be able to outrun the memories? Can she be his salvation?
Ember Walker’s life hasn’t been easy. Fleeing from a world filled with hatred gives her a fresh start, one she desperately craved. Now, she’s stronger, but guilt and insecurities still plague her.
Will she ever be able to outrun her memories? Can he be her salvation?
Salvation means different things to different people. For some, faith allows them to feel liberated and safe. For others, redemption comes from themselves, finding the inner strength to move past the hardships and survive. And still for quite a few, preservation can only occur when they feel like there is someone always on their side, fighting alongside them so that regardless of the baggage that exists, the ability to free themselves from burden can occur.
Ember Walker is a 23 year old woman who lives the life of a hermit because the scars of her past refuse to allow her to put herself out in the world and do more than survive. She’s extremely guarded and suffers from self esteem issues because she’s always been made to feel that she is inferior and worthless. But Ember’s saving grace comes in the form of a man who has his own demons but realizes early on that Ember’s light deserves to shine and regardless of the fact that Robbie Hayes feels he’s not good enough for a caring and wholesome girl like Ember, he makes it his main priority in life to crush her darkness and conquer her past.
I absolutely adored everything about Ember and Robbie’s story. It’s a text full of raw emotions felt by both the characters and readers alike. I laughed; I cried; I swooned; I raged. Ahren Sanders allows her readers into the complicated and at times dark minds of both Ember and Robbie, so we understand how much their individual torment has shaped their lives. There’s guilt over things out of their control; there’s anger over the situations they were forced to endure, and there’s an immense amount of pain and suffering still to be dealt with and the only way Ember and Robbie will conquer it is to rely on one another, which is easier said than done, especially for Ember, because for the longest time, there hasn’t been anyone in her corner, and she’s only relied on herself.
There are many layers to Ember and Robbie’s story, and Ahren Sanders takes her time in laying them out for readers, so we don’t feel overwhelmed all at once with everything that Ember has gone through and what that means for her relationship with Robbie and the trust she slowly gains for him as their bond solidifies.
With someone who is as emotionally damaged as Ember, Robbie needs to tread lightly and prove to her on a consistent basis how much she means to him, and boy does Robbie step up in HUGE ways. Robbie is an alpha to his core; he’s protective and jealous, but he’s also honest and devoted, which is exactly the type of man Ember needs. When the shitstorm of Ember’s family hits, Robbie takes the lead and does his best to shield her from any further damage at the hands of her spiteful mother and sister, but even he can’t control everything, which is why there’s progress and setbacks throughout the text, and that’s exactly how it should be written in a situation like Robbie and Ember find themselves in with uncontrollable outside forces threatening to continually wreak havoc.
I could go on and on about this book and the experience I had while reading it, but the best thing I can do is allow readers to experience it for themselves because it’s an emotional journey that you won’t regret reading.
Salvation has everything a story should have, and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for Finn’s story!
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
5+ poison apples
About the Author
Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.
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