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Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Redemption in Love by Nadia Lee

Format: .mobi (provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Four Isles Press
Release Date: February 12, 2014

It's love or nothing...

All Amandine Monroe ever wanted was to fit in with her glamorous and wealthy in-laws and live happily ever after with her irresistible billionaire husband Gavin Lloyd. Three years after the wedding, she's still nowhere near fitting in with her in-laws, and Gavin has given her everything--except his heart.

When she finds out she's pregnant, she decides she can't raise her child in a home devoid of love. If she can't have Gavin's heart, only a divorce will do.

Possessive and driven, Gavin won't let the only woman he truly cares for walk away without a fight. He demands full custody of their child or a chance for them to reconcile.

Saving their troubled marriage will require more than expensive gifts and a second honeymoon. If Amandine and Gavin can't overcome their pride and private fears, they'll have to let go of each other forever...

What is a man to do when he has more money than he can spend in a lifetime and yet his wife is so unhappy she wants a divorce?

Amandine Monroe was wildly in love with Gavin Lloyd when she married him. However, three years later she realizes that while he has showered her with every material possession a woman could want, he has never given her the only thing she ever wanted: His love. Pregnant with their first child, Amandine makes the difficult decision to walk away from her marriage, certain that Gavin won’t put up a fight.

Gavin is used to just buying whatever he wants, he’s never had to actually work for a woman’s affections until now, and it may be too late! Desperate to keep his wife from leaving him, he gives her a choice, full custody of their child or a chance to save their marriage. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to save his marriage. All he knows is that Amandine is unhappy with the way things are so he has to change things.

Redemption in Love definitely has that “money can’t buy you happiness” message sewn into almost every scene with Gavin and Amandine; it was obvious to me but not so much to Gavin. Poor guy, I felt bad for him at first. As a public figure, he’s a solidly good man; he’s responsible, charitable and truly believes in whatever cause he supports. In business he has an abundance of confidence and charm but because nobody’s perfect, what he has in his public persona, he lacks in his private one. It’s amazing how acts committed by his older, loser of a brother Jacob when they were younger could totally impact Gavin as an adult and make him almost emotionally unavailable. Gavin’s struggle to figure out what his wife wanted from him was interesting, this man had everything money could buy, was a smart and successful businessman yet he couldn’t put together two and two when it came to Amandine.

As a couple, Gavin and Amandine obviously have some work to do but I’m glad author Nadia Lee didn’t give them so many problems that it seemed like their relationship wasn’t worth saving because it is. Gavin and Amandine respect one another, they have great physical chemistry and they’re both proud and supportive of the other’s accomplishments. They were just missing one very important thing, or at least Gavin was and he was so dense about it that I wanted to shake him!

Amandine wasn’t without her flaws though. I felt that Amandine didn’t have a strong enough personality to match Gavin’s. He steamrollered her for so long before she stood up for herself. It wasn’t that she was weak; she was just so in love with Gavin and had such low self esteem to be much of a partner to him, let alone challenge him when she felt emotionally neglected. I felt she didn’t make Gavin really work for the reconciliation and it wasn’t until the end that his ego was well and truly deflated. She should have kicked his ego down a few notches with a more “no-nonsense, I’m serious about this divorce” attitude. Gavin needed to be humbled as a man. I kept waiting for that moment when Gavin would realize that all the money in the world wouldn’t keep him from being lonely if Amandine was gone. That moment never truly hit Gavin. He just kept throwing money at the problem up until the very end.

Final Verdict: Redemption in Love was, at least for me, a quick read, I finished it in a few hours partially because Nadia Lee has such a smooth and uncomplicated way of writing that I didn’t find myself having to slow down and backtrack because there was too much going on. It’s that simple yet effective method she has that keeps me coming back for more.

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