Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review - Saviour (Book 1 of the Saviour Series) - Lesley Jones - Rebecca

Title: Saviour (Book 1 of The Saviour Series)
Author: Lesley Jones
Publication Date: May 16, 2013

4 stars

Saviour... Gabriel... Oh, Gabriel!!

 I must confess, I get pretty tired of the typical, sappy romance novel. I like a lot more substance to a story than just a straight out love story. I want something going on that I can't stop reading, or that I can relate to, or that just plain ole amuses me. Saviour gave me what I wanted, while still giving the "romantic love" side of things.

The main character, Lauren, has been a happily married woman for many, many years. Her husband then turns completely fucktardedly abusive to her, yet she keeps it hidden for awhile, not having the courage to face it, even though she's got a fiercely dedicated group of friends she could lean back on for support. She keeps it hidden from her grown sons as well, giving her husband the ability to continue abusing her. One night on a GNO she finally cracks and confesses... the same night she happens to run into Gabriel.

Gabriel is the guy who has enjoyed no strings attached booty calls for years. He's not the kind who is going to settle down (again, he did once, but you'll totally empathize with him for his reasoning for that one). He's established, well-off, and sexy as freaking hell. He's younger than Lauren, so when they meet she doesn't think that anything will develop -- boy, was she surprised!!

As we are lead through the beginning encounters to current time with them (and even further in the sequel, Resolution), I couldn't help but laugh, cry, stay up all night to get more... the usual that a well-written book will do to you. I love that it feels as though you're really in Lauren's head, hearing every thought, every minor detail of expression, and like you're actually living this through her. I felt every emotion she had, and couldn't wait to get more. The only thing that halted me a bit was some of the terms used -- Lauren is an Essex gal living in Australia, so a lot of the terms used are ones I hadn't heard before. It wasn't a bad thing, I just had to look up quite a few terms, or just guess based on context, as here in the US we don't use the same terms. It ended up leading me to reading this book in my head with an accent, which made it all the more sexy!

I highly recommend this book. Lesley Jones has gone a bit out of the box with it, giving us a more mature lead character, and an ongoing development not only of her now past relationship, but her current one, and how they intertwine. The characters are all well-developed, even the minor ones, and you can't help but love some and hate some. It's really a book that makes you feel part of it, and has a fabulous base and development! I call Saviour a "must read" for sure! :)

I give it 4/5 stars :)

She's a smart mouthed Essex Girl, now living in Australia. 
He's a good looking, born and raised. all surfing Aussie Boy.
Enjoy the fireworks, fun and the very hot sex as their worlds collide

Lauren has decided that her marriage is over but has yet to tell Jay, her abusive husband of the past twentyfive years. After making this decision and resigning herself to the fact that she will now be middle aged and single, she embarks on a girls night out and spills her guts to her girlfriends about what she has endured, in secret all these years.

Gabriel joins his brothers for a drink at a local bar. He's thirty five and very single. Good looks and a good job mean the ladies are generally lining up every night, which is just the way he likes it, straight sex, no complications.

Then their worlds collide, neither of them looking or thinking that what they need is each other, but the chemistry is instant and overwhelming and has the possibilty to consume and destroy them both. Can they overcome both their pasts to survive the future, together? Is the amazing, mindblowing sex enough?Join Lauren and Gabriel on their emotional, funny, sexy and traumatic journey as they try to conquer the demons from their past and try to build a future together. Their story will make you laugh and it will make you cry and sometimes do both at the same time!

I was born and raised in a small working class town in Essex, just outside of East London. I am married with three sons and in 2006 we all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about 50K outside of Melbourne Australia. It's a whole new way of life for us down here,we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

I am currently a stay at home mum but in the past I have worked at Marks & Spencer, as a classroom assistant/teachers aid and have run my business.

As well as writing, I love to read and have been known to get through four or five books a week. My other interests are watching my boys play football...The round ball version; I am happy to admit to being an addict of social media and I owe a lot to my Facebook and Twitter family in promoting my work; I am also rather partial to a glass... or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favorite. Being a born and raised Essex girl, I will happily admit to be being a big fan of spray tans, Shellac and am regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although I am more likely to be found in thongs/flipflops than a pair of white stilettos these days.

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