Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Riley's Redemption by Christina Smith

Title:  Riley's Redemption
Author: Christina Smith
Series:  Moon Glow #3
Published:  September 1st 2013 
(first published January 1st 2013)
Page Count:  315
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Is it possible to be at peace and content in life when you have so many regrets?

After everything Megan and Nate have been through, things are finally looking up. A trip to Vegas solidifies their relationship, and everything is as it should be. Or is it? Megan is the happiest she’s ever been, and although Nate says he is too, she sees the torment in his eyes when he thinks she isn’t looking. She knows the guilt he feels for everything he has done weighs on him daily. But she hopes that one day he can let go of the past and finally live a life without regrets. After the note Nate found on his old enemy six months ago, he is determined to find out what it means, even if the answer puts him and his new pack-mates at risk.

When Megan gets a call from her friend Adrian asking for her help to find his sister, she is compelled to join him. And everyone in their group is shocked at what they find. When they return home, controversy and tension erupts, creating more questions and few answers.

In an unexpected twist, conflict comes between Nate and a friend he has known for fifty years. Will there be harmony in the pack once again, or will the anger and hostility rip apart their formerly tight knit group?

My Review:

With this novel Smith returns to the Riley saga with the same easy going writing style and down to earth storytelling that we’ve come to know her for. However, I must say that Smith’s writing has definitely stepped it up a notch with this novel. The story’s flow remains consistently open and inviting throughout. Her descriptions now really show you how the scene is set. She paints a very warm picture for her audience to enjoy. Smith does well at recapping the key points of the previous stories in the series without just summarizing them. She jogs your memory while working it right into her new storyline. She also introduces a few ‘comedy of errors’ type moments that make you giggle.

Even with this being the 3rd and final novel in this series Smith continues to develop her existing characters. As in real life, these individuals continue to grow based on the things that they’ve encountered. He also introduces some new characters that you get to know rather well throughout their journey.

Overall, there is a lot of action packed into this novel, which definitely brings the series to a head, but leaves the reader a bit fuzzy as to the focal point of the novel. It was entertaining and captivating and definitely concluded this series with a bang.

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