After his devastating actions in Accidentally On Purpose, Kyle Sterling is trying to move on. He has lost the love of his life and he does not believe he is worthy of ever being loved again.
Lily Whitman has been devastated by the ultimate betrayal and later tragedy hits her heart full force. She doubts she will ever be able to give her heart to anyone again. She hides her own demons behind a wall of colorful hair, piercings, tattoos and a style and attitude that is all her own.
Kyle and Lily find themselves thrown together when Lily takes a position at Sterling Corporation after her place of employment burned to the ground. Lily is the complete opposite of the type of woman that Kyle has ever had any interest in. Lily is rough around the edges and challenges Kyle at every step. Despite his dick-like disposition and violent past, Lily fights to prove to Kyle that he is worthy – of being loved, and worthy of redemption, but Kyle is afraid of repeating history and he can’t let go of his past…And maybe a very important someone from his past isn’t ready to let go yet either….
Genre - Adult/Contemporary Romance
I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
5 Provocative, Sensational Sars!
A True Story of Redemption, Love and Forgiveness! Definitely A Must Read!
Before going into Worthy of Redemption, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the mains after the events of book one, Accidentally On Purpose. I was conflicted and torn in the first half of AOP as we are taken on an emotional roller coaster ride with Emmy, Luke and Kyle, eventually getting our happy ending after a passionate yet disastrous journey. Kyle does some unforgivable things while on that journey and I truly thought there was no redemption for one so dark. But L.D. Davis proves she is a master with the written word as she takes this flawed, dark character and brings him into the light.
Soon I was immersed in this story, in these characters and started to understand, comprehend and even like Kyle a little more. Before long, I was totally smitten with him all over again. I watched his affection for Lily grow and his caring, if somewhat possessive nature, take root and bloom.
This read was exciting, thrilling, sexy and consuming! Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down!
Kyle Sterling is trying to learn from his mistakes but he’s stuck in a vicious, self-loathing cycle that stems from the pain he inflicted on Emmy but also from his past which we soon discover is steeped in abuse and neglect.
He can’t let the the mistakes he made with Emmy go as it haunts him and sends him into incoherent nightmares. He’s struggling to stay clean from the drugs he uses as a coping shield from his troubled past and the pressures of his present. While he desperately wants to be with Lily, he also thinks he’s not good for her and he has this need to understand and remember what transpired between him and Emmy the night he attacked her. He wants to move forward, but fear and a need to protect Lily from himself is keeping him from the happiness he longs for.
Also as more of his past is revealed, you get a clear understanding of who he was, where he came from and who he wants to be now. Kyle is a deeply tortured man with many layers, some dark but there’s a lot of strength and formidability within his troubled heart, and a light that only seems to grow brighter in Lily’s presence. Their relationship is passionate, sensual and beautiful at times but filled with lots of misconceptions and tons of wonderful angst.
Lily has her own traumatic past that haunts her and keeps her mind locked in the past. This story finds her suffering the effects of betrayal and loss, so her reaching out to Kyle is is a huge step for her. Maybe too big!
I didn’t want to like Lily at first, because my heart was still wrapped around the Emmy, Kyle, Luke triangle. While Kyle was trying to get past his addiction, his passion, his love and his broken heart over Emmy, I was as well. Then Lily stampedes her way into his heart with her out of the box personality, her bullying ways and her need to see him happy, making him, as well as the reader, fall completely in love with her... and them as a couple. She is an amazing heroine!
This is a romantic tale of two people who just want to be loved.
However, there’s danger lurking all around Kyle and Lily as the past, present and future seems to want to test them at every turn. With emotions running high, memories and past actions resurfacing and dangerous obsessions a constant threat, Kyle and Lily have to find a way to be happy, to love and find redemption when it seems there’s none to be had!
So why the sad face...
I only have one small qualm about this read. The author gives us a treat when Emmy’s wisdom and knowledge is called upon by Lily once she hits a massive wall. We get a glimpse into Emmy and Luke’s life after AOP and things are not happily ever after! Seeing Emmy and Luke struggling was like opening an old wound and though we get a “sense” things are going to be ok, I still wanted a final scene of their happiness for closure. I wanted to see Emmy and Luke happy, living life in a perfect love bubble when it was all said and done but it was sort of left open ended. Perhaps a novella is in the works? *hint hint* ;P
The Wrap Up:
This book is more emotional, more steamier, more thrilling, more exciting... just MORE! If I wasn’t already a fan of L.D. Davis, this book would have permanently cemented her in my favorite authors list! Her talent for writing well developed, beautiful and captivating stories, packed with emotional angst, amazing and intriguing characters is what keeps readers come back! Worthy of Redemption is a fantastic second book in the series that gives you one heck of a bumpy but amazing ride! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!