Title: Craving Redemption
Series: The Aces MC #2
Author: Nicole Jacquelyn
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Asa and Callie had nothing in common. He was an Ace, raised in the club and loyal to it above all else. She was a high school student with braces on her teeth and a narrow view of the world.
They should have never crossed paths.
But when Callie decides to defy her parents, and Asa goes on an errand for the club, their lives collide. He saves her, and she mesmerizes him.
They part believing they’ll never see each other again.
Neither could have predicted the chain of events they’d put in motion.
Now the two have to navigate the dark waters of a relationship built on tragedy and need without drowning in guilt for things outside their control.
How do you love someone when the worst decision of your life was the reason you met them?
Craving Redemption is one of those books that just guts you right from the start. Nicole Jacquelyn certainly didn’t pull any punches as she wrote Asa and Callie’s heartbreaking story. Her words paint a vibrant picture of a world that tests the limits of loyalty and love. Filled with chaos, rich with blood, and fueled by revenge, Asa and Callie’s book was mesmerizing. Emotions run incredibly high and I felt my heart ache with every single moment of angst our characters experienced. The majority of this story takes place before the events of the first book in the series, Craving Constellations, and as such we get a completely different look at the dynamic within the Aces MC. I loved seeing some of the MC leaders in a new context, it helped me to connect with them and better understand the camaraderie of the Aces MC. We are introduced to some fantastic new secondary characters, like Cody and Farrah, who were not only incredibly intriguing, but played unexpected roles in Asa and Callie’s story. I am definitely curious to learn more about both characters in the future. Craving Redemption is hot, intense, and totally unpredictable – Nicole Jacquelyn has definitely impressed me with her growth since the first book in the series.
“But a man? He’ll make it clear that he stands between his woman and the world, no matter what the consequences are. And then he’ll prove it.”
Asa aka Grease was a force to be reckoned with. From the moment we met him, he is quick to protect and unafraid of a fight. Over the course of the story I liked him, hated him, loved him, resented him, and alternated between wanting to kill him and kiss him. He lived his life fiercely and unapologetically, resulting in a more than rough ride to a happily ever after. Asa was young and reckless when we first met him, but the responsibility he finds himself feeling towards Callie has him rethinking his untamed lifestyle. We definitely get to see some great growth from this character, and I’m happy to say that it made his wildness totally worth it. Initially, Callie seemed like the last person who was capable of riding out the storm with Asa, but the bumpy road she was forced to travel brought out a strength in her that was absolutely beautiful. I loved the way Nicole Jacquelyn developed this character. For me, Craving Redemption was her story completely and I found myself instantly connecting with Callie. Callie’s insecurities, vulnerabilities, and very real fears gave her an authenticity that was undeniable. For someone so young, the past that haunted her and the uncertainty that lay ahead felt like a mountain standing between Callie and the life she deserved but I found myself climbing it with her, every step of the way.
“Sorrow was such a small word for such a huge emotion.”
While there is certainly a lot of MC action happening in the background, the majority of the novel focuses on Asa and Callie’s relationship and the way the MC alters and influences it. The initial relationship between Asa and Callie was puzzling to say the least. The circumstances of their meeting and Callie’s total dependence on Asa robbed them of any sort of solid foundation on which to build something lasting. Paired with the rapidly developing and incredibly strong feelings they shared, their relationship felt volatile. This foreboding tone kept me on edge, waiting for the moment when one wrong move would cause everything they’d built to implode. I have to applaud Nicole Jacquelyn for her ability to capture that kind of instability while keeping the characters moving forward and continuing to develop their relationship. There were a few stagnant moments that slowed the pace of the novel, but for the most part, Craving Redemption was intense. The emotional turbulence and overall suspense of the storyline kept me captivated and ensured that I will be back for more of the Aces MC series.
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Don’t miss the rest of The Aces MC Series:
Craving Constellations (The Aces #1)
Craving Absolution (The Aces #3)
Craving Resurrection (The Aces #4)
The Aces MC Box Set