Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: "His Last Redemption" (Clarissa Yip)

How deeply can you really trust those in your life? The one you married ... the one you're dating ... the ones with whom you work, or for whom you work ... 

It's a frightening question to ponder, and the premise for Clarissa Yip's romantic suspense His Last Redemption, published this month by Entangled Publishing's Ignite imprint.

Lauren Burke, owner of a shop that caters mainly to wedding gowns, has been furious with her philandering ex-husband for more than a year. They separated fifteen months ago, and he's been dragging his heels to get the divorce papers finalized so she can finally go her own way.

Which is why, when two detectives show up at her shop and tell her that her ex-husband is dead, she isn't exactly heartbroken.

One of the detectives is a less-than-welcome sight, though. Kane Hollister walked out of her life three years earlier, with no advance notice or explanation, and now he's back in town, still distancing himself from his family and unsure how to handle the cold woman Lauren has become.

Then evidence reveals that Lauren's ex-husband was murdered, and she suddenly becomes the target of increasingly horrific and personal attacks. The only person she trusts to keep her safe is the same one she hasn't trusted in three years, but it's either that or have her life taken, too.

Author Clarissa Yip writes a tight, intense work, almost a thriller, so full of unexpected twists that you won't believe the final revelation. The sexual tension between Kane and Lauren makes them personable and approachable, and the culmination of their physical relationship (several times) is spicy and evocative.

If I had two wishes for the work's improvement, they would be, first, for a close proofread to catch the typos and errors that kept distracting me out of the story, and second, for fewer cliches and what an editor friend of mine calls "floating body parts" (which appear to take action apart from their owner).

However, the work is entertaining, to say the least, and deserves more than a glance.

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Author: Clarissa Yip
Title: His Last Redemption
Publisher: Ignite (Entangled Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1-62266-077-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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