Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: Rewarding Redemption by Bonnie Paulson

Rewarding Redemption (Redemption series Book 5)
By Bonnie Paulson
Publisher: Captiva Publishing
Published: Oct. 21 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Someone is going to get the treasure – but who’s going to lose their heart? 

Jenny has memories of a happy childhood, of love and laughter. Then her mother’s death took everything away and created a monster in the man Jenny called dad. Her father turned out to be one of the worst outlaws Montana has ever seen. On the run for most of her life, Jenny comes full circle. 

Now there’s a treasure to be found and sisters she didn’t know about to save. 

And a man that’s hell-bent on getting to them all first. 

Alone, Jenny can’t survive. She’s taken on too much with very little payoff and she’s been running for years. 

Jason is suddenly there – the boy from her past, the good and bad. With so much at stake, she needs him more than she’ll admit. And Jason… well, Jason aches to have Jenny but he can’t turn away from the opportunity to save his name and hers. 
With Jason, maybe, just maybe Jenny can find everything she’s been searching for. 

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My Thoughts:

Rewarding Redemption ties up all the loose ends from the four previous novels and brings this series to an end. We finally meet Jenny as she makes her way toward Clearwater County, the treasure, and something with it that is more important to her than the treasure itself.

Jenny’s mother died when she was quite young. Since her mother’s death, her father, the leader of the Caracus gang, turned cruel and became a monster of a man, causing Jenny to run away. She’s been on the run ever since.

Agent Mendez, who we’ve met in the other novels, and felt like such a threat to the other Caracus sisters, has been following Jenny for years. This is the closest he’s ever been to her in all the time he’s been tracking her.

I liked how Rewarding Redemption gave us a different viewpoint of Jason Mendez. I didn’t like him very much in the other novels. He came across much differently in this novel. The previous connection between him and Jenny from their childhood made all the difference in the world about how I viewed him and his intentions. I developed a positive opinion of him as I read the story.

This novel was written with alternating viewpoints between Jenny and Jason in third person point-of-view. This helped the reader to understand the mind of both characters and how they felt about each other and the way they thought about everything that was happening around them.

There were several plot twists and turns in the story that lead to serious emotional setbacks for Jenny. When you have almost no one in the world that you can count on, rejection by the few you can turn to can be crippling. There was lots of danger and betrayal for Jenny and Jason, so I’m glad Jason didn’t turn out to be the bad guy I thought he was.

I think that though Jenny was forced to face issues from her past sooner than she wanted to, it was better for her. For one thing she was able to stop running. She discovered things about herself that she didn’t know before and it changed her future for the better, putting people in her life that she could count on.

I loved how the story ended. I think that was one of the highlights of the book for me because of the joy it brought to others. That’s all I can say about it or it will be a spoiler, except that it made me smile and feel warm and fuzzy inside and wish that I could be there.

I gave Rewarding Redemption a rating of 5 stars out of 5 because of the clever plot twists and the satisfying ending to the story. I enjoyed Ms. Paulson’s writing style and look forward to reading more of her work.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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  1. I always love reading your reviews. Your carefully thought out opinions are easy to read and flow better than even well-written books. Thank you for taking the time to read and review. You are hugely appreciated!