Sunday, May 31, 2015

An Opportunity for Redemption by Donna Gallagher

Two unforeseen moments in time— One brings them together, the other is a danger so real it could tear them apart.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Grimaldi prefers to keep out of the spotlight, blend in with the crowd and experience life the same as the bulk of the population. Being a mining magnate’s daughter is a difficult persona for her to uphold. She just doesn’t fit in with high society standards, always managing to say something inappropriate or trip over her own feet at the worst possible moment, resulting in that look of disappointment and embarrassment her parents inevitably wear whenever she’s around.

Meeting a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue and asks her out on a date is so much more than Toni could have ever hoped for on her dream holiday—one she is surprised her parents have even permitted her to take alone. Her fairy-tale moment is short-lived, though, when Toni discovers the stranger has been hired by her family to follow her every move—under the guise of keeping her safe.

Jason finds he is drawn to Antoinette. She is nothing at all like the socialite he was expecting to shadow around London’s nightclubs. After an awkward first meeting, he convinces Toni that there is more to his interest in her than just as her bodyguard. To his surprise, his attraction for the soft-spoken, thoughtful woman grows, despite his usual reluctance to commit to any kind of relationship.

Then a disaster at one of the family-owned mines and a string of death threats force Toni to return home, and her need for a bodyguard becomes a life and death reality.

Publisher's Note: Although this book can be read as a standalone it is best enjoyed in sequence as part of a series.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Stars
This was such a sweet story. I felt so bad for Bec having to handle her son's illness alone, but I know why she did what she did when it came to Nathan.

Nathan was surprised, but handled it like a man when he found out he was a father with the one who got away.

I enjoyed this story so much even though the sexy bits were very few and not all that hot, I was more intrigued by the rest of the story and cheered the couple on to make it through everything and end up together along with their son getting through his illness and coming out on top.

The writing was great and I found myself flying through the pages so quickly I read the book in no time at all.

The fact that it is supposed to be US-based, but riddled with Aussie terms threw me off quite a bit though, but not enough since I've read quite a few Aussie-based books.

Can't wait for the next installment of this series.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
The book was very well written and you could feel the emotions rolling off each of the major characters.

That being said, it just didn't work for me. In today's age of social media, I find it hard to believe that Nathan didn't look up Bec long before getting her email. Even people who have been hurt, tend to use social media to see where a former partner is in his/her life.

What did work for me were both parents’ heart-wrenching emotions when it came to their son. Nathan's strong emotions for Danny came through loud and clear, even though he just found out about him. You could really see Nathan's struggle within himself as he tried to hide his anger towards Bec for not telling him about Danny, and his overwhelming sense of despair at learning Danny was so sick and not knowing if he could help in any way.

I think the use of the kidnapping at the end to introduce Bec's brother could have been omitted – Bec had enough issues without adding that element to the story.

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Sydney-born Donna Gallagher decided at an early age that life needed be tackled head on. Leaving home at fifteen, she supported herself through her teen years. In her twenties she married a professional sportsman, her love of sport—especially rugby league—probably overriding her good sense.

The seven-year marriage was an adventure. There were the emotional ups and downs of having a husband with a public profile in a sometimes glamorous but always high-pressure field. There were always interesting characters to meet and observe, and even the opportunity to live for a time in the UK.

Eventually Donna returned home a single woman, but she never lost her passion for watching sport, as well as the people in and around it.

Now happily re-married and with three sons, Donna loves coffee mornings with her female friends, sorting through problems from the personal to the international. But she's on even footing with the keenest man when it comes to watching and talking rugby league.

Donna considers herself something of a black sheep in a family of high achievers. Her brother has a doctorate in mathematics and her sister is a well-known Australian sports journalist.

An avid reader, especially of romance, Donna finally found she couldn't stop the characters residing in her imagination from spilling onto paper. Naturally, rugby league is the backdrop to her spicy tales of hunky heroes and spunky heroines overcoming adversity to eventually find true love.

A multiple ARRA awards finalist in 2013 & 2014 for her League of Love series, Donna is spreading her genre wings in 2015 with the launch of her new romantic suspense Haven Security Series and the re-release of her contemporary erotic novella A Fruitful Intimacy.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of An Opportunity for Redemption (Haven Security #2) by Donna Gallagher to read and review.

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