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Redemption by Randi Cooley Wilson

December 19, 2014 Author Bio, Blog Tour, Excerpt, Interview, Review 0 ★★★★★

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Review || Excerpt || Author Q&A Redemption by Randi Cooley WilsonRedemption by Randi Cooley Wilson
Series: Revelation #3
Published by Self-Published on December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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A LOVE RETURNS.
A LOYALTY IS BROKEN.
AND WAR BEGINS.

For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true.

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Readers captivated by Revelation and Restraint will become enthralled with Redemption.

*Mature Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance*

review

Reviewed by Joanne

*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the author in exchange for review*

*Warning! If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, there may be spoilers ahead*

I have been desperate to read Redemption following the shocking end of Restraint! Asher had gone, Gage was back, as Eve’s protector no less, much to Eve’s disdain. What would become of Asher, my favourite Gargoyle?
 
Well fear not, because he does return, but not before poor Eve has to suffer withdrawal symptoms due his lack of presence. Literally – because they have been bonded, Eve feels his disappearance and it leaves her devastated. I felt her emptiness as she struggled to cope, and I worried for the future. I may have started to like Gage by the end of the last book, but as Eve’s full time companion? hmmm not that much! I’m Team Asher all the way!
 
Of course with Asher gone this leaves Eve with a decision – struggle on with the emptiness and pain, or fight it and move onwards until Asher is able to return. After some tough love from Mckenna and Abby she pulls herself up and is ready to start back with her training. Eve decides to try and find out more about the new world she has been thrown in to, but sometimes you get more than you bargained for. There are one or two discoveries that leave Eve reeling from shock, there was one I didn’t see coming, and it was HUGE!
 
Even though I’m still not sure whether Gage can be trusted, I did enjoy seeing him as Eve’s protector. He didn’t lie to her, he helped her find answers, and most impressively he brought her out of the paranormal world she had come to accept as normal, and made her face her life as a college student – which had some pretty funny consequences! I love how Gage doesn’t treat Eve as though she’s made of glass. He makes her fend for herself, he lets her trip up, make mistakes, so that she can learn from them. The St Michael clan wrap her in cotton wool, and it’s good that she has that chance to experience more. Of course that means more peril, more demons, and more fighting.
 
With Asher’s eventual return comes more of the blazing chemistry between him and Eve. I thought I was going to combust from the tension between the two of them in Redemption, this one had me on fire! I was desperate for these two to give in to passion and GET IT ON! I esecially wanted to hear more about THAT piercing…. Eve sure is a lucky girl 😉
I flove Asher, I could read about him all day long! Just when I was starting to think things were as they should be, and everything was right in the Collins/St Michael world, Randi goes and throws another spanner in the works, leaving me open mouthed and wondering what in Hell (pun intended!) is going to happen next! I hope Randi Cooley Wilson is busy writing right now, because I need book 4 STAT!
“when this is all over, when all battles have been fought and won, it’s you and me, siren. I promise. I’ll fight for us. I’ll light the world on fire if I have to. If it takes my last damn breath, I will lay my sword at your feet in front of every realm and every being in existence. Claiming you as mine forever”

excerpt

“Why am I always getting wet around you?” I ground out of my tight jaw.

Gage moves so he is standing over me. “Do you really want me to answer that?”

I girlie growl at him—actually girlie growl. “I’m really starting to hate you.”

“Hate me or just semi-dislike me?” he asks while placing his soaked shirt back on. Sad.

“Is there a difference?”

“A large one.”

Just as I’m about to retort, Gage kneels down to examine my leg.

“What are you doing?”

My eyes follow every one of his movements with unease and curiosity.

Little cold beads of water drip from his hair, landing on my leg. “The pugio has poison in it. I have to get it out,” he states calmly as he moves closer to my tingling leg.

“Poison?” I repeat. “What about you? They must have hit your wings like a thousand times?” I sit up, attempting to control the fear spreading through my body.

“It’s only dangerous to those who have a soul.” Gage is focused on my knee.

“How do you get it out?” My leg is now beginning to pulse painfully.

Gage’s eyes meet mine. “I need you to trust me, love. Can you do that?”

Well, shit. This can’t be good. I pause, chewing on the inside of my cheek.

“No. But it hurts like hell so do what you need to,” I concede.

He nods once. “I need to remove the knife then suck the poison out.”

“Suck? As in…mouth on wound and suck?”

“It’s the only way to drag the poison out before it hits your bloodstream. Once it does, it will paralyze you.” His sea green eyes hold mine for what feels like forever.

Suddenly, my leg goes from a dull throb to a full-on burn. God, I wish Asher were here. Sighing my annoyance and fighting the urge to scream, I agree. “Just do it,” I order through my clenched teeth. Shit! How could something so small, cause so much goddamn pain?

Gage gives me a half apologetic smile before wrapping my leg tightly in his arm, chokehold style. Once my leg is secure, he yanks out the small weapon. It hurts like hell. I bite my lip, muffling a scream as my eyes water.

“Take a breath, love. Almost done,” Gage encourages.

Through my ragged inhaling, I watch his every movement with an unhealthy fascination. Inch by inch his mouth moves closer to the wound. When his lips are within a breath of my knee, he blows lightly on the open cut, easing some of the discomfort. My stomach drops at the sensation. I release a soft sound of appreciation.

His eyes lift watching me between his long blond lashes while his breath soothes the sting. Slowly, his tongue darts out and runs over the small wound. First running it lengthwise and then in circular motions. At the contact, I pant out a ragged breath.

“I’m going to suck it now, love.” The double meaning sends tremors up my spine.

Gage’s mouth closes over the wound, and in a gentle motion, he begins to suck the lesion. The longer he does it, the less my leg burns. Finally, the pain is gone completely and I have feeling back in the limb. He licks the sensitive spot one last time and plants a soft kiss on it before lifting his head.

Seeing my comfort, Gage pulls back and smirks. “All better?”

I nod. “Thank you,” I whisper with a dry throat.

 

Q&A with Randi Cooley Wilson

Where did the idea for the series come from?

The Revelation Series was an idea that progressed over time. As a long-time lover of the paranormal romance genre, I was craving something different and distinctive. In 2008, I was home on maternity leave and starting writing, which is something I do frequently as a creative outlet. Before I even realized it, my one-off sentences, and character backgrounds morphed into a story. From there, I folded in my obsession with John Milton’s Paradise Lost and my love for gothic architecture and really romanced the idea of the mythology behind my supernatural creatures.

Do you have a favourite character?

This question is a difficult one for me because my characters are like kids. They’re an extension of me. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I will say that I love McKenna mainly because she says things I think, but would never have the balls to say out loud.

Who would you cast for the main characters?

Eve: Willa Holland

Asher St. Michael: Sean O’Pry

Gage Gallagher: Alex Pettyfer

Keegan: Chris Evans

McKenna: Teresa Palmer

Callan: James Lafferty

Abby: Deborah Ann Wol

Michael: Chris Hemsworth

Did you know how the series would end when you started or has it evolved as you’ve progressed?

Yes, I had written the beginning and ending of the series in 2008 and it hasn’t changed. The in between has certainly evolved as I progress, but the ultimate last scene right before I write The End, is the same.

About Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets.

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