author: Heather Lyn
series: The Salvation Society
published: 11 July 2021
publisher: Wild Thorns Press
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I thought I found a prince, but he turned out to be a toad. Then that toad turned into a monster and I ran away, taking my little girl with me. Deciding to start over, I moved to Virginia, hoping for a safe place to live and finding so much more. I found my gorgeous neighbor, and he set out to heal my heart, to show me true happiness existed. But when evil comes knocking on my door, I discover that even my newfound salvation might not be enough to protect me.
Being a Ranger was my life, until it was taken away from me in the blink of an eye. I spent years healing and trying to decide what my next steps would be. Owning a boxing gym is my own slice of heaven, and I never thought it would get any better until my new neighbor moves in with her little girl. I want them more than my next breath of air, but I have to prove to her that I’m worth the risk. I’ve vowed to always protect them, but soon enough I’m fighting to keep that promise. And if I can’t, we just might lose everything.
Revive, part of the Salvation world, is such an engrossing read! I felt just about every emotion as I read this book, from romance to fear to anger to sadness, and everything in between. The author writes characters well, making me feel everything they did. And the balance of the romantic elements, the suspense elements, and the personal stories of both main characters was absolutely perfect, which was why it was such a page-turner.
Genevieve and Sawyer had an instant connection, but what I love the most about them is that they were both flawed characters in their own ways. Both had baggage from their lives before, something that most of us can identify with. And I appreciated that there was no pushing of the romance. Instead, it felt real as it developed over the course of the story. One of the things I loved most was that Sawyer, even with his potential alpha-male tendencies, wasn’t a jerk with it. He simply loved and care for Gen and her daughter. That was refreshing! And Gen… that is a strong female character which I ADORED! She escaped a terrible situation and found a way to build a good life for herself and her daughter. She was everything I love in a female protagonist.