Wednesday 21 June 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Redemption by Stephie Walls

Redemption is LIVE!!!! One of my favourite books of the year!!

Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: June 21, 2017

Book Description:

Desperate for the ultimate forgiveness, Melissa Jackson offers herself up in the most selfless way. But, by atoning for her past, she could lose her future as she tries to keep her secret from unraveling at the feet of the man she adores. 

Daniel Hadley becomes enamored with the wrong woman at the right time. Forever the playboy, Dan falls for the redhead with a jaded past, but all he can see is the gift she so freely gives. Her soft spirit and noble gesture have him head over heels, even though it could be his undoing. 

Hoping to right her wrongs, Lissa embarks on what will prove to be one of the most difficult challenges of her life. Clueless to the turmoil she hides, Dan plans for a future that might never be. Together, they set off on a journey to discover their path and fulfill their destiny. 

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Goodbyes are final, and you’re my future.”

Two five star reads on the bounce and two five star reads that have had me run the gamut of my emotions. Stephie Walls captured my attention from the first word and never let me go till the end and even then, I wasn’t ready to let these characters go. Sometimes a book just envelopes you and that is what this one did, the characters, the secondary characters and the plot, the complete trifecta. Every word had a purpose, every scene captivating and capturing those heart felt emotions that I crave in a read. Stephie Walls took a headline news story and made it her own, a story that happens time and time again, she took a risk and it more than paid off. Yes, at times this book had me in floods of tears, such was the emotional intensity that this author delivered, a tough topic but the author balanced this out perfectly with one of the most endearing and bewitching love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I adored this book and it will be on my favourites list at the end of the year.

“Situations like these are never easy for anyone. There are no winners here…”

I believe in fate, I believe that everything happens for a reason, I believe that sometimes life makes it hard so that you appreciate it when it isn’t. Life is never plain sailing, it tests you, it makes you stronger and no one encapsulated this more than our heroine, Lissa. Lissa was a character I wanted to hug, to squeeze so tight, a woman that had experienced something so bad I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. My heart broke for this woman, my heart totally and utterly decimated, smashed to smithereens but she made it out the other side…just. If ever a person deserved a happy ever after, it was Lissa. Lissa’s past was tragic, but her future needn’t be, she needed to let go, forgive but never forget. Lissa was selfless, she wanted to be the best person she could, she strived for perfection, but sometimes perfect is overrated, you just need to be you.

“I can’t listen to people pull this apart and not remember that everyone lost – there are nothing but victims still standing…including you.”

Dan was an incredible character a man in the right place at the right time and as it plays out with the right person. A date gone wrong that put him in the path of Lissa, the stars aligned, fate worked its magic. Dan was perfect, he was resilient, he never gave up, he was forgiving, understanding, supportive and loyal to a fault. The reformed manwhore who had finally met the woman to settle him. He had found his forever and no matter what life threw at them, he wanted them to make it and he would do everything he could to ensure it happened. I adored him.

“The part of you that leads, that alpha male who protects, that man who calms my storms and eases my fears. For the first time in years, I feel safe in someone else’s company…”

Dan and Lissa were perfect for one and other, from their first meet to their histories, to their future. They just were so well suited. The chemistry between these was palpable and yet this side to their relationship was never the crux. The depth that Stephie Walls gave these characters was overwhelming and I felt I was living their life with them. The character connection was on point, the dialogue perfection, the plot gripping, the romance…be still my beating heart.

“…if I were lucky enough to be married to a man who believed I brought him life, there’s no way I’d go backward.”

While these characters have appeared in the Bound and Freed duet you do not need to have read this first. They were secondary characters and always had me intrigued. However, if you have not read Bound and Freed and intend to do so, then this book does contain spoilers for that duet.

“…I was just thankful I got a second chance, a do-over, a mulligan. Mother Nature smiled at me, Karma sent me her favor, and God gave me Dan.”

Friendship is a beautiful thing and none more so than the characters in this book. This book was all about a friendship that was so strong, so loyal…you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends and these two couples chose well. Such a stunning book, one I will never forget and one that I will re-read again. Seriously adored this book no matter how much it broke me at times.


Signed paperback of Redemption and $10 Amazon Gift Card


About the Author:

Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has eight novels out, four short stories, and three collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world. She has another novel on its way to bookshelves in May 2017. Be on the look out for the re-release of Freed! 

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