Absolution Road

Absolution Road

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by Rachel Blaufeld
     
 

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For Jake Wrigley, the future is bleak. Some people are survivors, but he's getting by on his bad-boy looks and charming smile. He owns a gym, gets into bar fights, and wrestles his demons with rough workouts--both in and out of the bedroom.
For Alyson Road, the future is bright. Life can only improve from where she grew up. She graduated at the top of her law

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For Jake Wrigley, the future is bleak. Some people are survivors, but he's getting by on his bad-boy looks and charming smile. He owns a gym, gets into bar fights, and wrestles his demons with rough workouts--both in and out of the bedroom.
For Alyson Road, the future is bright. Life can only improve from where she grew up. She graduated at the top of her law class, cares for her ailing mom, and in her job, she defends those who can't afford anyone else. Her work is thankless but honest.
Jake's twin brother has been covering his ass for as long as they've been alive, but that all changes when Jake finds himself in front of the fiery public defender, his future in her hands. For the first time ever, he doesn't want to involve his brother, finally realizing he needs to stand alone, be his own man.
Even if Jake's never absolved of his past wrongdoings or his heart is never scrubbed of the blackness that resides there, he can do one good deed--protect the beautiful lawyer who touched his soul--until helping her nearly becomes his own undoing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940151127530
Publisher:
Rachel Blaufeld
Publication date:
09/25/2015
Series:
Crossroads , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
21,825
File size:
2 MB

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Absolution Road 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Loved the book amazing author.*********
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, and I found Aly and Jake's story much more intriguing than Bess and Lane's story in Redemption Lane. Jake and Aly were such an odd match, but it worked for me. Aly and Jake met at jail. Jake is the bad boy, and Aly is assigned to him as his Public Defender. After running into each other a couple of times months later, the relationship develops from there. Jake is a total bad boy on the surface, but he plays up the whole bad boy image to keep people from getting close to him. His underlying issues are the result of a traumatic event from childhood. He was upfront and honest with Aly about his past, and she embraced his flaws anyway. His overwhelming need to protect Aly showed that he had a soft side despite his efforts to keep up the steel facade. Aly is good to the core. She came from a single parent home and worked hard to seek justice for innocent people wrongly accused of crimes. She was reluctant to get involved with someone like Jake, but she couldn't resist his advances. Aly had issues of her own, but she was able to be strong for Jake when he needed it. They both made a point to be strong for each other. I was captivated by the alternating POV, and it seemed natural for Aly and Jake's relationship to develop slowly at first. The book didn't feel predictable, and although you knew something big was going to happen with Aly, I had no idea how the story would get to that point. I loved that I was surprised. The character development kept my attention, and I was eager to find out what would happen to Aly and Jake. This can be read as a standalone, but it helps to have the back story so I recommend reading Redemption Lane first.
Lynn4604 More than 1 year ago
Jake has spent his life feeling guilty and lost over the death of his parents. His twin brother Lane has always picked up the pieces of his life. When Jake finds himself in jail on Christmas eve, he Is determined to fix this himself. Alyson Road was a public defender. Assigned to Jake she goes in on Christmas eve to question Jake. Jake finds himself drawn to the PD. They keep running into each other and Jake thinks it is a sign they are supposed to be together. This is the second book in the Crossroads series. The author suggests reading the first book for the full story. I haven't read the first one and except for a few things in the beginning I never felt lost. This is one of those emotional books that draw you in and make you cry, laugh and at times scream. Ally and Jake both have their issues. Ally being shy and having grown up poor she never sees herself as good enough. Much less for someone like Jake. He is rich successful and has women falling all over him. Jake doesn't see himself that way. All he sees is a broken guilt ridden man. being with Ally makes him feel as if he can have it all. When things take a turn towards danger, Jake needs to step up and become the man he thought he never would be. Ally needs to dig deep in herself and realize she can have the man and life she thought she would never have. I received and arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
somersjjs More than 1 year ago
Jake and Alyson, two people, one survives by fighting his demons every day, the other surviving by working a thankless job and caring for her mother. They met when Jake was arrested for assault and Alyson was called in as PD. Jake has lived with his demons since his parents died when he was nine years old and his twin and he went to live with their grandparents. Jake as an adult is the owner of Fizzle gyms and controls his inner demon by workouts and sex with no commitments. Alyson was raised by her mother after her father was killed in a car accident. She grew up with her mother working as a housekeeper for the upper class. Alyson kept to herself and studied to be a lawyer then upon graduating joined the PD office. She still lives in the same crappy apartment that she lived in during college. She keeps to herself and sees to her mother who now has dementia and lives in a care home. Their attraction so strong it can’t be ignored draws them together to an ending that will make you cry and then smile through the tears. This story was written so well I don’t believe that anyone else could have written it better.
TSRBR More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 5 Rockin’ ★★★★★ Absolution, an act of absolving, a freeing from blame or guilt. It's something that a lot of us long for or need, whether in a small or a monumental way. In Rachel Blaufeld's newest book in the Crossroads series, Absolution Road, she takes us on a journey of grace and liberation. This excursion brings to life Jake and Aly's story. Jake is Lane's twin brother from the previous story, Redemption Lane. We are visited by Lane and Bess as well as some of the other characters we know and loved in prior books. Jake Wrigley is messed up. On the outside everyone sees muscles and a pretty face. On the inside, deep down in the very depths of his soul he knows he's no good! Jake has felt this way since his parent’s death. He blames himself because it was his fault. Sure he's successful in his gym business. Thanks in part to his brother. But it's hard for him to get close to anyone, because he doesn't feel he deserves a happily ever after. That is the way he felt until he meets Alyson Road one Christmas Eve. Fate seems to play a part in this meeting and everything begins to change for Jake. Alyson Road is an up and coming public defender. Coming from nothing, she always watches out for the underdog or someone being taken advantage of, even if it causes her unrelenting trouble. Everyone deserves a fair shot. However, when she comes in contact with Jake Wrigley as his court appointed attorney, things get really interesting and she finds herself wanting her own piece of happiness. From the very beginning I was hooked. Rachel Blaufeld has a way of corralling you and keeping you pinned up until the very end. I am in awe of her ability to conjure up the most beautiful stories with amazing plots. This novel left me happy, in angst, crying and then shouting hallelujah all at the same time! When things get rocky, the story gets even better. This is a must to add to your library! Exquisitely satisfying, Rachel! Hero – Jake Wrigley 5 stars Heroine – Alyson Road 5 stars Steam Level: 5 stars Plot: 5 stars Cliffhanger: No
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "One and a half is better than none." Stars! Absolution Road gives us the second Wrigley Brothers story. This time it is Jake and although he featured in Redemption Lane his character was not one that came across as particularly likeable for a lot of the story. Of course as that book progressed you did see more of him and his motivations in relation to his interactions with his brother Lane, and the reasons behind a lot of his actions. Jake is a troubled character, and Rachel Blaufeld, has given him a story as emotionally engrossing and beautifully written as his brother Lane’s was. I think what strikes me most as a reader with this authors books is that although the romance is integral to everything that happens, the story is so much more than that. Jake for all his complexities, and personal demons is essentially a nervous teenager when it comes to his relationship with Aly, having been more of the one and done, kind of guy before she enters his life, I found his nervousness about entering a relationship with her and his second-guessing of everything he tried to do for her so endearing, this big muscled hulk of a man, bought to his knees by the one woman you would least expect him to really be attracted to. Once again the author also gave us a strong female, Alyson Road is someone you can empathize with, strong and independent, Jake’s pursuance of her and the almost innocent bumbling along of his efforts to do the right thing, but usually in the totally wrong way gave this couple a lot of moments together where you just kind of stopped reading to smile to yourself for a moment. ”You’re not in control when it comes to this. I am.” There is a lot going on in this book, all relative to Jake and Aly’s developing relationship. The reasons for their initial meeting have far reaching consequences as the story between them plays out. Once again the author took the plot somewhere I wasn’t expecting it to go, and I think that is one of the huge assets her already pretty stellar writing skills, added to the dual POV and the inclusion of Lane and Bess, it was an unputdownable, emotional thrill-ride of a read. I am a relatively new member of the Rachel Blaufeld fan club, I went for full lifetime membership after reading this series. To say I await her future releases with eager anticipation would be a massive understatement, and I cannot recommend this book and the series highly enough. ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.