Elliott Redeemed (Preload Series #2)

Elliott Redeemed (Preload Series #2)

by Scarlett Cole

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ISBN-13: 9781250132451
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Preload Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 68,833
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.

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CHAPTER 1

"Mommy, please," he begged. The electrifying pain of his own skin burning made him puke all over his only pair of jeans that didn't have holes.

He curled into a ball on the threadbare carpet, knowing the pain would be worse if the man's cigarette touched his stomach like last time. He looked through his tears to the tatty green chair sitting in the corner next to the television. Through blurry eyes he could see his mother holding her hand to her head, nursing her own wounds. There was no way she would stop the monster. She would never be his saving grace.

The pain eased for a moment. In the moments between sobs, he could hear a crackle and hiss as the man who had taken over their lives took another drag. Daring to take a look, he could see the tip of the cigarette glowing the brightest orange.

The glow taunted him. And warned him too — while it was at its brightest, in his line of sight, it couldn't hurt him.

"Ready, son," the man slurred.

He hated it when the man called him "son." He didn't know who his father was, but it couldn't be a guy who wore a wife beater and smelled like cooking fat.

The cigarette pressed against his skin. His entire body spasmed as the heat seared through his hip.

"Happy fucking birthday, you little shit," the man said as he poured half his can of beer onto Elliott's face.

He spluttered and coughed, but didn't say a word. The man couldn't control him, and neither could the burn.

Elliott Dawson sat up quickly, his right arm swinging around to fight off his invisible opponent. He scanned the room as he tried to slow his breathing, taking in a collection of guitars and two framed photographs — one of him with his best childhood friend, Adam, and one of Elliott's band, Preload, at their very first gig at a pub on the Danforth.

Thank fuck he was home. In his own bed. Another night of waking up in a strange room, of eating strange food, and of not being understood half the time would have tipped him right over the edge. He flopped back on his bed and rubbed his face, pushing away the long brown hair that clung to his damp skin. A two-month tour of Europe was something he and his bandmates had only been able to dream about when they'd been teenagers practicing in their Toronto group home, but the reality of this dream come true was hard fucking work.

Elliott looked around the room again and took a deep breath. Pancakes. He smelled pancakes. His stomach rumbled. He reached for his phone to check the time. Noon. He'd fallen straight into bed when they'd gotten in at one that morning. He wasn't sure what time zone his body was in or when he'd last eaten.

He climbed out of bed and grabbed a pair of shorts, his bones and muscles aching from the thirtyfive–concert tour. The air-conditioning was cold enough to freeze his balls off, but outside the hot muggy August air of downtown Toronto would be more than likely to melt them. He jogged down the stairs and wandered toward the kitchen. He could swear his footsteps echoed, but he knew it was just his imagination — his mind having to get used to a once-full house becoming empty.

"There's a shit-ton more in there," Nikan said from one of the stools at the breakfast bar, tipping his chin in the direction of the oven as he stabbed a huge forkful of pancakes covered with syrup. "Pixie brought them over about twenty minutes ago. Said she made way too many and that we might've missed real Canadian food."

Elliott laughed. "Sounds just like her. I wonder if Dred got to sleep in this morning or if Petal had him awake first thing." Knowing their lead singer's feelings about his daughter, Elliott doubted Dred would have minded the intrusion. He grabbed a plate and helped himself to a stack way higher than he needed and poured an equally obscene amount of maple syrup on them.

Nikan shook his head. "Dude, you're heading for a serious sugar crash later. Oh, and Pixie had Petal with her when she swung by, so he's probably still out too. You know how he usually sleeps for days once a tour's over."

Dred had been the first of his bandmates to move out of the house that Elliott, Dred, Jordan, Nikan, and Lennon had shared for so many years. The seven months since had flown by. By the end of this most recent leg of their tour, Dred had been video-calling five times a day with his fiancée, Pixie, who had stayed behind with Dred's young daughter, Petal, in the home he now shared with his little family.

Elliott took a huge forkful of pancake and groaned. "God bless Pixie," he mumbled through a mouthful of pancake, butter, and syrup. "I might have to work out for three hours this afternoon to work this off, but goddamn it's worth it."

Nik nodded. "It's kind of strange just the two of us living here now, but one of the perks is the gym is always empty."

Strange as it felt now to not hear Jordan clomping around the house, Elliott knew that his having moved out — moved on — was the right thing. Lexi, a tiny ballerina, had danced her way into Jordan's heart so forcefully that she'd shoved his demons out. They had settled down together in their own Baby Point home in February.

"I wonder how Lennon did in his new place last night," Nikan said.

It seemed odd, Lennon having all his things moved into the condo he'd owned and previously rented out for several years while they were away on tour, but then again, nothing about his bandmates' recent moves felt normal — at least not yet. They'd bought the place together shortly after they'd made it big — not just for convenience, as most people had assumed, but because Jordan had become suicidal at the prospect of being separated from the only family — his group-home "brothers"— he'd ever had.

"Given Lennon's insomniac tendencies," Elliott said after yet another mouthful of pancakes, "he probably got most of his things out of boxes before getting into bed, and was up again at seven finishing it off."

"You thinking of moving out anytime soon?" Nikan pushed his empty plate away and rolled his eyes as Elliott poured more maple syrup onto his pancakes.

Elliott had thought about it a lot on the trip. "Unless you want this place, in which case we can play a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors, I was thinking of offering to buy you guys out of it. No pressure to leave or anything. I mean, I'm totally happy with the setup we have." He didn't want Nikan to feel like he had to move out any time soon. "What about you?" "Figured I'd think about it once this tour is over. Doesn't make much sense to me to buy a place and have to worry about it while I'm away. I get the European leg is done, but I figured maybe after we've finished the U.S. and Canadian legs I'll start looking."

"Well, don't feel like you have to rush that for me. Plus, I'm thinking of heading up to the cottage for some R&R and to burn off a little energy."

Nikan studied him, knowing full well what he meant. "Are you cool?" he asked.

He wasn't. He was anxious. Negative thoughts were on a constant loop, running through his head night and day, putting the chaos and turmoil he felt into words, challenging him to do things he shouldn't. "Yeah, I'm good."

Elliott's cell phone rang. "Yo."

"Elliott, glad I caught you," Ryan, Preload's manager, said, sounding way too fucking chipper.

"Given I've been home less than twelve hours since the last thing you signed me up for, can I assume this is a social call?" Nikan laughed.

"You'd make a shit stand-up comedian," Ryan said. "Look, I'm sorry to hit you up on your first day back, but we got a request a couple weeks ago. I was gonna deal with it once you'd had some time to settle back home, but it's gotten more urgent. There's a sixteen-year-old kid in SickKids Children's Hospital who is a massive fan and has cancer."

Elliott's stomach turned. He knew what Ryan was going to ask. He hated going. He hated doctors and — he was ashamed to admit to himself — he hated patients more. It was impossible to deal with their pain. He wished he was better equipped to help them. But having suffered so much pain of his own, he couldn't. He couldn't put on a happy face and make like everything was going to get better when it fucking wasn't. "What do you need? Signed merch?" It wasn't going to be enough, though. It never was.

"The parents were kind of hoping you might be able to swing by the hospital and see him. Look, I know the timing is shitty and I know you don't like to do these things usually, but I figured you guys would rather do it than drag Jordan and Dred away from their families. Could you and Nikan head over there today?"

"Gimme a minute to talk to Nik." He put the phone on mute. "Did you catch most of that?" Nikan nodded. "Yeah, whatever the kid needs."

Of course Nik would be willing. They didn't call him Saint-fucking-Nik for nothing. And it was pointless calling Lennon, because he hated making contact with anybody. "Yeah, we'll be there. Hit us up with the details."

Nikan stood up and began clearing the plates. "You going to be okay with this?" he asked Elliott.

"Yeah, I got this," he said, even though the blood in his veins felt like thick, dirty oil. Rivers of it would clog his arteries until he could set it alight and let it all burn out. Then his head would clear. Then he would be able to breathe.

But until then, he'd do what he'd always done.

Survive.

*
Kendalee Walker watched her husband kiss another woman.

And felt ... almost nothing.

Instead, she sipped on the coffee she'd made from a travel mug she'd borrowed from one of her friends at the No Frills grocery store where she worked as a cashier.

What had happened to her old companions, outrage and indignation? After having spent the last fourteen days going back and forth between the hospital where her son lay in pain and the grocery store where she worked because Adrian had left her broke, she was pretty sure exhaustion had killed them.

Adrian stepped out of the woman's snazzy little sports car, waved good-bye, and jogged over toward her. While he'd gotten a ride over, she'd walked from work to save a few bucks. And tonight, she'd sleep at the hospital, again, even though fourteen-year-old Daniel hated it. Right now, he hated everything — his pain, his injuries, and his father most of all.

"Hey, Kendalee," Adrian said. His tone was curt, and she wanted to tell him to go fuck himself or that awful woman who wore so much red lipstick, her husband's lips took on a pinkish tinge.

"Adrian," she said, curtly, and began walking toward the entrance to SickKids. He placed his hand on her lower back but removed it quickly when she sidestepped to the left.

"Sorry," he apologized, and for a moment she almost believed he meant it. "Habit. We should get inside. It's gross this summer, isn't it?" Adrian said, bringing her into the present.

Nope. She was so not discussing the weather with him. "Remember, you aren't allowed on Daniel's ward."

Adrian swore under his breath as he reached for the door. "How could I forget? It's fucking bullshit and you know it."

She stepped inside SickKids, a place you might drive by a hundred times without thinking about what it was — what it meant. A place you'd never see the interior of unless there was something wrong — really wrong — with your child, or a child you knew.

Adrian huffed. Again. How had she never noticed that habit? "This isn't my fault, Kendalee, and it would help if you'd reinforce that."

The doors to the elevator opened, and they stepped inside the empty space. Adrian smacked the button. Anger strangled her, its hands around her throat.

"Your brother abused our son, Adrian. Your twin brother. Can you imagine how confusing that is for him? And you refused to believe Daniel until we had fucking proof," she hissed. The way the violence scorched its way through her scared her. She might spend ninety-nine percent of her life feeling numb, but there was one topic guaranteed to push her to consider physical harm. She looked at the numbers on the elevator display. Four ... five ... six.

"I didn't. I just ... we needed to be sure that this wasn't another one of his ... you know ... things. We'd been dealing with school complaints about his behavior for months. It didn't seem unreasonable to want to talk to Simon first."

"No, Adrian. Your job was to believe your child."

The elevator pinged, and the door slid open. Kendalee took a deep breath and stepped out.

"Kendalee." The bright voice filled with excitement sounded down the hallway. Shannon, Daniel's occupational therapist, hurried toward her, eyes bright. Both she and Adrian stopped until she caught up with them. "We had a good day, today," she said a little out of breath. "There are some celebrities, musicians apparently, visiting the hospital today. The ones Daniel has pinned to his wall."

Kendalee pictured the heavy metal rockers and, worse, recalled some of their dreadful music Daniel had been insistent on blaring in his room at home. She'd debated banning her fourteen-year-old from listening to the R-rated lyrics, but there had been other battles to fight. Personally, she couldn't care less about the band members one way or another, but if they had the power to help her son dig his way out of his depression, she'd go beg them on her knees to swing by his room. Nothing else had worked, and she'd even stopped praying to St. Dominic Savio. Patron saint of teenagers in trouble he might be, but he clearly wasn't taking her calls.

"Is there any way to get them to visit Daniel?" Kendalee asked.

Shannon shook her head. "It always causes a lot of buzz and excitement, partly because we can't guarantee which wards they'll attend or who they'll spend time with. Officially, they are here to visit the oncology ward on this floor. But Daniel seemed ... interested, which I think is great. I know you have a lot going on, but I wondered if you'd gotten around to replacing his guitar."

Kendalee turned her eyes to Adrian, feeling Shannon's frustration. It was a question she'd asked every day since his team had suggested getting a new one for him.

Adrian shrugged helplessly. "Things have been busy at work, I haven't had a chance to get to the music store. And let's face it, his guitar — and my fucking house — is in ashes because of him."

It was a line she'd heard often during the last week as the team had suggested things that would help Daniel's mindset and mood.

"Erm ... I'll catch you guys later," Shannon said, extricating herself from the awkward moment.

Kendalee had always hated scenes and did everything she could to avoid them. But if Adrian had his way, Daniel would just sit and stare at the blank wall of the hospital for penance, and it would be a cold day in hell before she'd let that happen. "Give me the money, and I'll figure out how to get it done tomorrow," she said.

"This is fucking ridiculous," Adrian said, pulling out his wallet as they walked toward the consultant's office.

"No, your attitude is," Kendalee snapped, then took a deep breath. Getting angry wasn't going to help. "Look, you say you want to see your son, but the team can see how split you are between supporting Daniel and his recovery and being angry at him for what he did. Daniel feels that."

Kendalee fingered the cross at her neck and sat down on a row of chairs outside Dr. Drennan's office. She wondered why she still wore it. Habit, she supposed. A reassurance. Adrian had left her and the family home six months before their son had burned it down. God had quickly followed suit, her faith tested to its limits.

She doubted anything would provide any kind of comfort as long as her only child lay just down the hall, propped up on pillows, and surrounded by cables, wires, drips, and beeping machines. The sight always left her breathless, like a band was tightening around her lungs until every drop of air was squeezed from them. Every time she saw him, she cursed the accelerant he'd bought, cursed the way he'd spilled it on his pants, cursed the way he'd stayed to make sure it ignited, cursed the way the flames had spread faster than he'd been able to outrun, and cursed the way her only child now had life-changing injuries to his legs and feet.

He refused to talk about that afternoon. To tell her, the police, or the psych team why he'd burned their house down. Not that she'd needed a degree to figure out it was because he couldn't bear to be reminded of the abuse he'd suffered from his uncle in their own home.

(Continues…)



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Anonymous 12 months ago
Love the sexy-sexy, but it's the dark poignancy of the men's traumatic childhoods and the unbreakable bond it formed between the band members that make these books...well...rock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series from Scarlett. Loved Elliott, he was amazing. Very emotional book.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I fall in love more with this series every time i read a new book. It has a lot of heart, heat, and emotion. It took me for one heck of ride. I had tears in my eyes while reading some of it. Hearing what Daniel and Elliott has endured broke my heart, but having a good strong support system they both can survive. I really loved reading Elliott's interaction with Kendalee. She deserves someone who treats her like Elliott does. It's one of the beautiful parts of this book. I can't say enough good things about this book. I can't wait for more from this series. I liked the set up for the next at the end of this one.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Continuing her emotion-packed and oh-so-sexy Preload series, Cole brings another absolute knock-out with Elliott Redeemed. It kept my heart tied up in knots from the beginning and didn’t let me go even after the last page. I’m going to start with my only complaint about this series. I just don’t get enough of the band together! That is one of the things that is so special about this group of guys – how they bonded as kids in a foster home and have been there through ups & downs ever since. I get that these stories are their chance to create their own individual lives and find a HEA, plus I had a similar issue with Jordan Reclaimed so I guess it shouldn’t be a big surprise, and it is FANTASTIC to get to see these guys more in depth … but I just really want to see that connection continue. Elliott has a lot of scars he’s carrying around from his childhood – both physical and mental. He’s managed to find a way to subsist but he’s still not thriving. Meeting a young burn victim and finding out everything that has happened to the boy brings all of his own personal demons to the front, forcing him to face it or be swept up. His growing feelings for the boy’s mom only complicates things even more. Kendalee is carrying a lot of weight at the moment. Her husband left her for another woman and she’s pretty much dealing with her son’s troubles all on her own. Meeting a sexy man, a surprise visit for Daniel while he’s in the hospital, is just one more thing she may not be up for … especially when she sees what a great heart Elliott has and how much he’s helping her son. It amazes me how Cole can manage to pack so much into her stories every time but never brings the drama or shorts her characters. They are always complex, touching, and over before I’m ready to be done. Sexy, emotional, and funny when it needs to be, Elliott Redeemed is a must read! *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Continuing her emotion-packed and oh-so-sexy Preload series, Cole brings another absolute knock-out with Elliott Redeemed. It kept my heart tied up in knots from the beginning and didn’t let me go even after the last page. I’m going to start with my only complaint about this series. I just don’t get enough of the band together! That is one of the things that is so special about this group of guys – how they bonded as kids in a foster home and have been there through ups & downs ever since. I get that these stories are their chance to create their own individual lives and find a HEA, plus I had a similar issue with Jordan Reclaimed so I guess it shouldn’t be a big surprise, and it is FANTASTIC to get to see these guys more in depth … but I just really want to see that connection continue. Elliott has a lot of scars he’s carrying around from his childhood – both physical and mental. He’s managed to find a way to subsist but he’s still not thriving. Meeting a young burn victim and finding out everything that has happened to the boy brings all of his own personal demons to the front, forcing him to face it or be swept up. His growing feelings for the boy’s mom only complicates things even more. Kendalee is carrying a lot of weight at the moment. Her husband left her for another woman and she’s pretty much dealing with her son’s troubles all on her own. Meeting a sexy man, a surprise visit for Daniel while he’s in the hospital, is just one more thing she may not be up for … especially when she sees what a great heart Elliott has and how much he’s helping her son. It amazes me how Cole can manage to pack so much into her stories every time but never brings the drama or shorts her characters. They are always complex, touching, and over before I’m ready to be done. Sexy, emotional, and funny when it needs to be, Elliott Redeemed is a must read! *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in this Preload series and is such an emotional roller coaster ride - simply superb, though it deals with many disturbing issues so should, perhaps, come with a warning for anyone to whom such things may be triggers. Without giving too many spoilers away, this story involves physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, arson and pyromania. The members of the group Preload met whilst staying in a foster home and it is there that they became a family. The lady running the home encouraged them to play music and now they're a highly successful group. However, each member has his own particular demon from their past that affects how they behave and relate to others. The first story was Jordan Reclaimed and I loved that so I jumped at reading this sequel! This time Elliott Dawson is the member of the group who is the focus for this story. He reluctantly visits a hospital for sick children and it is a visit that will change his life. Whilst there he meets fourteen year old Daniel Walker who has suffered extensive burns after setting his home on fire. His mother, Kendalee Walker, is desperately trying to remain positive for her son, despite the fact that they are now homeless and so many traumatic events have happened to her during the last year. Elliott's nickname is 'Pyro' and his trigger is also fire. Daniel is a big fan of Preload and instantly connects with Elliott but the events in Daniel's life also act as a trigger for Elliott. When Kendalee comes in to visit, the attraction between them flares. However, she's a decade older than him, still married, homeless and has to continue to support Daniel. Whilst facing so many problems in her life can she give Elliott a chance? Can Elliott overcome his fears and temptations to find the family he really wants? This truly is an emotional roller coaster with so many issues, twists and turns, you're never quite sure what will be around the next corner. It is an emotive read, a story of a journey from very dark places, overcoming so many things along the way, on the road to a much happier and loving future. It was great to learn more about other members of the band and to travel with Elliott, Kendalee and Daniel as they explored their relationships and helped each other along the way. This is a very moving story and I can't wait to read more about other members of Preload in future!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
I wanted to scoop these characters up in my arms and hug them! Elliott had such a rotten childhood and Kendalee was hurting from the loss of her dreams with a son in the hospital and Daniel (her son) was also hurting – in more ways than one. I *FELT* and I *CARED* and I *Hurt* with them all That said…I really liked Elliott as a person and his realization that Kendalee was the woman for him…no matter what. I enjoyed seeing Kendalee come out of her shell and realize that Elliott was the person she needed in her life…no matter what. I loved the interactions between Elliott and Daniel. I just really really REALLY enjoyed this book – even though it was painful for the characters to deal with the issues they faced in the story. And, I was thrilled with the ending and hope to hear how the three are doing in the next books of the series. Preload is a group of men that I adore. Meeting them in Cole’s first series was a treat but getting to know them better in this series is oh so special. The talented rock stars of Preload have all gone through H*LL as children and come out on the other side stronger but with backstories/issues that impact them as adults. The fact that they are able to meet women that see beyond their fame, money and issues to the men they are and accept and love them creates powerful love stories with wonderful couples. I can’t WAIT for the rest of this series! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Pres-Swerve for the ARC – This is my honest review.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Okay, I officially am in love with this series. I loved the Second Circle Tattoo books, so was excited to find out the guys from Preload all get their own stories, too. This is the second in the series so far...and I'm SOLD...completely and totally. This series is now officially on my auto-buy list. This book was so good. Elliott is messed up...as are ALL the guys who make up the rock band Preload. These guys found one another when they were in foster care at Ellen's house. They saved one another. But Elliott isn't as fixed as he should be. He still struggles with his pyromania everyday. So, when he meets Daniel at the children's hospital, he recognizes a like soul. Daniel is a 14 yo troubled kid who managed to burn himself when he was burning down his house after being sexually abused for years. He's a huge Preload fan and having a ton of issues working through the realities of his life now. His mother Kendalee is homeless and doing all she can to stay afloat and take care of her very injured...both physically and mentally...son. Elliott is drawn to both of them even though he realizes how danger his involvement is with his own control issues. Daniel's issues trigger Elliott's...not a good mix. But Elliott can't stand by when he knows he could help this family. So he jumps in and finds so much more than he ever expected. *Happy sigh*...I loved this book so much. I loved how much work Elliott puts into him and Kendalee and Daniel. He's just an incredible guy who had an absolutely rotten childhood. The climax of the book went someplace that I didn't expect it to, but I love that the author took it there. That's what the story needed, even though it was difficult for the story. The book was just fabulous. The romance was through the roof. And the sexy times were amazingly hot. I loved this book so, so much. I cannot wait for more Preload...bring on Nik...I do love a second chance at love story! I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I also bought it in print to have for my keeper shelf.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I am sooooo loving this series! These characters are raw, flawed, and so damn lovable. Elliott like the other members of Preload has demons from his past he fights everyday. He earned his nickname Pyro honestly but he's got things under control. Or so he thinks. When he meets a young boy that reminds him of himself he questions whether he's as together as he thinks he is. The boys mother, Kendalee, makes him want to be a better man. For her and for her son so he needs to start working on himself. This story is their journey and it's fantastic! Put this one on the must read list!
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
I just love Scarlett Cole, I really do. Now, I am not a huge fan of "rocker" books but from the moment I met the Preload boys I fell hard for them. I know nothing about metal bands and the men who make them up. But this mix of foster brothers turned band mates is so appealing and full of depth it is impossible not to fall in love with each of them as their stories unravel. Elliott is a damaged man, his stepdad growing up made it impossible for him to not turn out somewhat screwed up but since getting his life straight at the foster home he met his boys at he has held it all together. Kendalee is a Christian mother of a boy in the hospital when Elliott visits. Her son has faced the unthinkable and she has stood by his side. Despite the fact that she is ten years older than Elliott neither can deny the instant attraction they have nor the feelings they develop as they spend more time together. This story was so original. My heart ached for each of the characters and I spent the whole time reading desperate to get to the part where they got their HEA. Each chapter gave us more insight into these complex characters and the writing made the story flow beautifully. It was sweet, super sexy, and sent me in to a tailspin of emotions. I definitely recommend this one! ~miranda
carvanz More than 1 year ago
This is more than the story of two people meeting and falling in love. This is the story of three individuals who are each broken in their own ways, each floundering to keep the fissures in their souls hidden from the world. Elliott Redeemed is filled with so much depth and emotion I felt myself being transported into the very center of these characters lives. Kendalee and Elliott’s relationship was absolutely beautiful. I smiled, I laughed, I sighed and I swooned. However, Daniel, Kendalee’s son, and Elliott’s relationship can only be described as inspiring. It moved me to tears. Heartbroken tears, grief stricken tears, and then finally the cleansing tears of healing. I won’t go into detail about the storyline. I felt the blurb did this book justice while allowing these characters’ stories to unfold naturally and I was glad I did not have more going into it. This was a spectacular read and if you don’t mind some angst with your romance, growth in your characters, adult responses to life situations, and a touch of humor to offset it all, this is the perfect book for you. ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Dual POV Safe Triggers
Tanya More than 1 year ago
Gah! I'm an ugly crying, emotional mess after reading Elliott and Kendalee's story. I swear that Scarlett Cole will kill me with her words one day. And what a way to go. Scarlett has this insane talent of creating such beautiful characters. And I'm not talking about their looks. Elliott is...god he's everything. He's sweet. He's compassionate. He's talented. He's sexy. And he's also a little kinky. That's a lethal combination, and down on her luck Kendalee doesn't stand a chance when he sets his eyes on her. Kendalee is so tender, and loving. The depth of love she has for her son just called to me. She literally has nothing, but she keeps going for her son. She's by his side no matter what. And then she walks into his room and sees his visitor and...BAM!!! It's over. She's putty in Elliott's hands. There are so many scenes that grabbed me during this story, but honestly the ones that will be forever etched in my heart are the moments between Elliott, and Kendalee's son, Daniel. They were heart wrenching, but oh so beautiful. And yes I shed a tear or a thousand. This story is a stellar second instalment in the Preload Series. It has it all, humour, heartache, and good lord the sexy times! Be prepared ladies, because Elliott's gonna melt your hearts and possibly your panties! P.S. He's Stacey's so back off!!!!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I love this cover! Secondly, I think this is my favorite book in the series. It's my favorite because I absolutely loved the way Elliot pursued Kendalee. Elliot knew he wanted her and he went after her. He recreated her Pinterest boards! I love that! Plus, there is no pushing away and no other women drama. For a rocker book, that's pretty rare. There is some pretty heavy subject matter dealing with physical and sexual abuse, but I really like how the author handled everything. This whole series deals with some sort of past abuse since all the guys grew up in a group home together. It's part of the appeal of this series. These guys are super close and they have each others backs. We get to see these men overcome horrible pasts and succeed in an industry that is hard to succeed in while finding a woman who helps heal them. Great series! ARC provided by NetGalley.
patricia-varange More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start... So much emotions, a so big chaos in my heart and in my head. I just don't recover. A firework of feelings. I really loved Jordan's story and Dred's story, i loved all the members of the band PRELOAD, i knew Scarlett has a huge talent but i didn't expect so many... sparks. 5 reasons to read it : 1_ PRELOAD is a band of 5 men, 5 friends who became more than just a family. 5 broken little boys who grew up together and became beautiful humans. We'll never have enough of them, of their funny sparring matches, of their huge love. I want to know more about the mysterious Lennon and about the lovely Nikan. They're all big guys with tattoos, rock n roll stars but with the little and cute Petal they're just big bears, they all kneel in front of her. Sooooo cute! 2_ DANIEL. I won't spoil so i won't write a lot about him but i can't say nothing... Daniel was a surprise for me, i didn't expect him, his story, the pain burning inside him, the nightmare that became his life... He brought me tears, a lot of tears. And yet... he's so brave and mature. 3_ KENDALEE. The perfect mother, perfect wife, perfect woman... But who didn't live the perfect life. I'm in awe of her! She's on her own facing her self centered and selfish husband, facing her son's nightmares, facing... being homeless and without money. She's living in the hospital where her son is treated. Everything she does she does it for her son. All the pain she feels and worries and tiredness, and still she never breaks. 4_ ELLIOTT. Elliott can be a little scary. His issues, his compulsions, his way to deal with his nerves...Dangerous? And he's younger , much younger. But still, he's what Kendalee and Daniel needed without knowing it. A protective figure, a strong partner, a thoughtful and caring man. He helps them in different ways. He's still broken but succeed to help this beautiful woman and her son. And oh god the way he loves Kendalee !!! HE ADORES HER! He tries to make all her dreams come true and to be the man she deserves. And oh god he is HOT !!! He never stop fighting for her... I JUST LOVE him !!!! 5_ ART/ MUSIC. Elliott is a guitarist, he lives through music. So Scarlett used music too. And it's a big success. It creates a special atmosphere, and increases emotions. She chose the perfect songs and made the perfect playlist for her characters and their story. ---> I loved this story, i loved the characters, i loved the writing, i loved the use of music... Thank you Scarlett Cole .
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole was an emotional and heartfelt read, and I loved it! I loved the storyline, it was one of those stories that once you start reading you don't want to put down. Elliott /"Pyro" and Kendalee were likable, relatable and I loved watching their romance develop. These two were perfect for each other, Kendalee brought peace and calmness into Elliott's world and he brought love, trust, security and respect into her life. Watching him with Kendalee was sweet, heartwarming and I loved that the age difference never once bothered Elliott, for me this added to my admiration of him and showed how much he loved her. What I loved most of all was Elliott with Daniel, Kendalee's son. Oh boy did these two pull at my heartstrings, the instant connection they shared and the comfort Daniel found being with Elliott truly broke my heart. I hated that these two tortured souls found a connection from sharing their demons :'( Elliott Redeemed was a great read, I smiled, I laughed, I cried, I swooned and then I swooned some more. This is the second book from the Preload series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them. Can't wait for Nikan's book next in Nikan Recovered due for release October 17th 2017.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
So, if you haven't read this series before: Preload is a heavy rock band formed by a group of boys who lived in a last-chance group home together. In their own unique ways each of them is badly mentally and physically scarred by the abuse they suffered but slowly, through love, each of them is finding peace. WARNING: this could have all kinds of triggers for people who have suffered abuse! Elliott Dawson was tortured by his step-father who delighted in stubbing out cigarettes on Elliott's body. Unfortunately, this led to Elliott having a fascination with fire and having control - something that has led him to be diagnosed as a pyrotechnic. One day he visits a local hospital at the request of the band's management, against his better judgement he agrees to visit a young fan, Daniel, who has suffered horrific burns to his legs after setting fire to his family home. When Elliott meets Daniel's mother Kendalee Walker he is immediately drawn to her, but associating with another person who has an unhealthy relationship to fires is not good for Elliott. Poor Kendalee isn't just saddled with a stupid name, her husband left her for his secretary, the insurance won't pay out because Daniel set the fire deliberately, she is broke, homeless and sleeping on her friend's couch and to top things off? The reason Daniel set the fire is because his uncle, his father's twin brother, was abusing him. Oh Scarlett Cole, you really know how to pile on the angst don't you? My heart bled for poor Daniel and poor Elliott and the abuse that they suffered and continue to suffer mentally. I don'[t think I've read a single one of these books where I haven't had tears in my eyes. As long as you can read about a whole load of angst this is a great love story. Elliott is a kind and patient man, he doesn't just lust after Kendalee he loves her and Daniel, almost from the first moment. Kendalee is just a leetle too good to be true - but then I guess any good mom would do anything she could for her son, especially after what he has been through. So, another winner! Just one request ... could your next heroine not be so small? It feels like all the females in this series are teeny tiny women - it's giving me a complex. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.