Friday, March 25, 2011

Sweet Salvation

Title: Sweet Salvation
Author: Nicole Morgan
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 1-60601-925-2
Genre: {M/F} Erotic, Contemporary, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Because of the nightmares she’s been recently having, Shelby starts to remember her past. She suffered a great deal during her teenage years, much of which she’s suppressed and forgotten. During this time of emotional upheaval, Shelby and Rex become best friends but then their lives start to change.

Rex has made himself Shelby’s protector and he takes this self-imposed position literally. As she heals from her nightmares, Rex continues to tell her how beautiful she is but Shelby is having a hard time accepting the complements. Her younger life was not anywhere close to what a teenage should go through and love is the most lacking. Shelby is beginning to believe what Tamara, Rex, and Jack are now telling her.

Shelby’s confidence begins to grow through the help of her therapist, Samantha, who enables her to accept the fact that she was a victim of abuse. When Shelby decides to make some major changes in her life, Samantha tries to keep her from moving too fast and tells her to dump Rex, thinking he’s too close to her.

Sweet Salvation is a great title for this second book in the Sweet Awakenings series. I say that because of everything that goes on in this story. There is so much Rex and Shelby goes through together, and separately, I wanted to strangle both of them for not speaking their minds when they needed to. The way that Rex and Shelby went at it sexually, their hormones were in overdrive most of the time. I needed a cool drink after each encounter and yet, I was waiting for the next erotic adventure they had.

Rex lead me to believe that he would never be more than a womanizer, but I knew that deep down he’s lonely, and was waiting for that special woman. He is a little overbearing but a sweetheart, who would give the world to Shelby, if that made her happy. Shelby, on the other hand, had some serious issues and it cause her a lot of unnecessary grief during her adult life. I am extremely proud of her for the strength she gained in each situation that she had to face.

Ms. Morgan, many kudos to you for the great story, with the well-plotted out, detailed descriptions and the love shared through the characters. My love for the elderly couple, the Bristow’s from the last book, has spilled over into this one, and they are truly involved in Rex and Shelby’s lives. Even with the child abuse Shelby suffered by her mother, and the monster (as she called him), Shelby’s life is revealed and it explained a lot of her insecurities.

Now for the villain. Talk about taken completely by surprise….I was!! While reading this story, I learned that you must always have an open mind and expect the unexpected. This is a very well written book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Warning: This book depicts scenes containing child molestation.

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