Title: His Last Redemption
Author: Clarissa Yip
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Entangled Publishing
First comes marriage. Then comes murder…
Lauren Burke waited fifteen months and twenty-three days for her divorce to be finalized. Instead, her ex-husband went one step further—he turned up dead. And the detective working on the case is none other than Kane Hollister—the man who ran off over three years ago and shattered Lauren’s heart into a zillion pieces.
It looks like Lauren, but she’s no longer the carefree girl Kane once knew. And yet he can’t deny the awareness that heats his blood at the sight of her. But when the death threats begin, Kane realizes that the killer has a new target…and it’s Lauren. Now he must protect the woman he’s always loved— and always hurt—from a vicious murderer. And when the sparks between them ignite, Lauren will have to make a choice between her life…or her heart.
The Ice Queen. Oh, man. You have no idea how much I loved this side of Lauren. She wasn't a bitch, selfish, or self-absorbed. She was, literally, The Ice Queen. She answered with one or two words, didn't make polite conversation, avoided eye contact. Her tone was frigidly polite, her posture anything but welcoming. It was her self-defense mechanism and it was a good one.
She had a reason to be this way. A cheating husband who refused to sign on the dotted line. The return of a man she loved more than life itself but who disappeared without an explanation. She closed herself off emotionally and, honestly, I didn't blame her. However, it made her unapproachable from my reader's standpoint.
It's hard to connect with a character when she's as isolated as Lauren. As much as I sympathized with her and her plight, my heart couldn't connect. A connection did occur but it was very slight and much later in the story.
Kane was a different story. I think my reaction to Lauren is what my reaction to Kane should have been. After all, he packed up and left town without so much as a goodbye. Seriously, who does that after you've declared your love for someone? Uh, Kane did and it was him protecting himself from the unfamiliar. He'd lost his sister to their biological father's temper and hands, and he couldn't move on from that even after his mother remarried and had more children, even after falling in love with Lauren the first time. Now he's back, maybe for good, maybe not. To be honest, I kept expecting him to run given his track record.
Their story wove in nicely with the chaos the Pearl Killer spread throughout their town. The murder of Lauren's supposed-to-be ex-husband was followed by the murders of numerous women who had one thing in common: Lauren's husband. The cat and mouse game that ensued was intriguing, and it became of a question of "Who the hell is the killer?" with me as the story drew to a close.
I enjoyed this story. Every icy moment, every stubborn silence, every refusal to acknowledge what was obvious. Reconciliation, forgiveness, and a willingness to try made the hardships Lauren and Kane went through worth reading. The decision to make this second time together a chance at forever made it even better.