Title: Ace’s Redemption(Devil’s Despair Book 1)
Author: A.C. Bextor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2014
SynopsisCherry Memories alone can ruin you. Fear has a paralyzing effect, and love isn’t always enough to keep you safe. Ace was the gateway to a freedom I hadn’t known since I was fifteen. He offered his protection from the demons that haunted me; both living and dead. Although I knew I wasn’t enough to keep him, this didn’t deter my hope that one day he’d love me for who I was, not the broken girl he tried so desperately to save. In the end, the ghosts of my past found me. Their malevolence knew no bounds, and I was forced to succumb to their will of darkness. Each threat named against those I loved made any escape impossible; choosing my life for theirs became my desolate absolution. Inevitably, it was my own weakness and self-doubt that became my undoing. Ace Emotional ties are sometimes severed. Friendships don’t always endure their hardships, and love offered isn’t always returned. I was in love once. For me, leaving her back in Ohio was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. For her, moving on with her life that included her son and the man she loved was no less than she deserved — unconditional happiness. My reasons to bring Cherry home to California were obvious. I needed help with my family, and she needed help staying clean and convincing her parents she was ready to give her son the life he deserved. It was a perfect plan. However, the best laid plans often get lost amidst their best intentions. Cherry fell in love with me, and in return my love for her acted as the catalyst to her destruction. Authors Note: This novel contains material that is not suitable for individuals under the age of 18. Content includes: drug use, explicit language, violence, rape, and other scenarios with content that readers may find offensive. Please use caution when deciding on this book, as every reader has the right to understand the product before purchase. Ace’s Redemption is the first standalone novel in the Devil’s Despair series. Although the main character of Ace was introduced during the Lights of Peril trilogy, you do not need to read that series in order to follow this one.
Ace’s Redemption is a continuation of Cherry and Ace’s story from the Lights of Peril series. When we left them in the last book, they were moving on with their lives after the events in the last book. In this book, Ace is still stuck with his feelings for Sadey. He feels that he loves her and that he was betrayed when she chose Hem over him. We all know that Sadey never really had romantic feelings for Ace, she was just mourning the “loss” of Hem. Ace left with Cherry thinking that distance would help. In the long run, all he ended up doing was confusing Cherry. Cherry has feelings for Ace but he cannot replicate them. This just aggravates me as a reader. I try to like Ace’s character but he is so back and forth with his emotions. This in turn leaves a bad taste in my mouth as I read.
I enjoy the books that Ms. Bextor writes but Ace’s Redemption is another story. I enjoyed reading about the other characters. Ace’s friends are quite entertaining. The supporting characters are what hold this storyline together. I wish that Ace was written differently. Maybe not as hung up on someone else.
Travis and Hayden are Ace’s friends and two characters I look forward to reading more about. Travis is the dark and brooding character and I anticipate that his back story will be interesting.
My overall feelings for this book are mixed. I want to like it but I don’t like Ace. It is difficult to feel that way because he is the lead titled character. I think over time as the series grows my feelings over him will change. I am still a fan of Bextor’s work and will read her future books.
3 out of 5 Stars