by Robin Covington

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Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America's former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.

Mateo Butler isn't anyone's hero.

Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents' concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he's facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.

Can they save each other?

When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more...something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn't matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

*A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation*

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151523240
Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LLC
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Series: Nashville Nights , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 367,897
File size: 357 KB

About the Author

USAToday bestselling author, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her sexy books. When she's not writing sizzling romance she's collecting tasty man candy pics, hoarding red nail polish, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and obsessing over Dean Winchester. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy!

Robin's bestselling books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Awards.

She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved fur babies - Dixie Joan Wilder and Dutch.

Drop her a line at - she always writes back.

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Salvation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read.   In this book Robin Covington hits all the emotional marks. You laugh, cry, get angry, but you never want to put the book down.  Carlisle Queen and Mateo Butler's journey has many potholes and your not sure how it will end.  Cannot wait for redemption.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Wow--where to begin? So much is packed into not a whole lot of (just under 200) pages here. I knew from the blurb that there would be a lot of intense stuff going on in this one, but I honestly had no idea just how much or how Robin would be able to get a satisfactory story out of it in such a relatively short book. But she did... Carlisle Queen is an amazing character. From Olympic medal-winning swimmer, to bombing survivor, to college freshman, to...well, I can't say what else she's going to become, because that would give too much away. Just suffice to say she's continuously reinventing herself, pushing through every barrier that's put in her way and being so amazingly strong through it all that it's just, well, amazing. Mateo's got it easy by comparison ;) Seriously, even though they share the narration and he's a great character too, it's Carlisle who steals the show here. Even when he doesn't realize it, she's the one being strong for both of them and making the hard choices that he never would. She takes a huge gamble, and it pays off. Such. A. Good. Story. The characters from Temptation make appearances and the ones from the next book, Redemption , are nicely set up as well, but Salvation works just fine as a standalone. Don't blame me if you find yourself adding two more books to your TBR when you're done, though. ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
Carlisle Queen is America's swimming sweetheart. Even after the bombing that took her love and other athletes lives. It also took a lot from her to the point of her thinking about ending her life if she isn't able to walk. She doesn't want to be a burden to anyone. So she doesn't do relationships, she just has one night stands and uses recreational drugs to help with the pain. Mateo Butler is a TA in one of Carlisle's classes. They are drawn to each other but she will not pursue him until the school year is almost over. They hookup one night and when she tells him her rules, he can't believe it. Can he show her how life together can be? Will she finally get a doctor to do the surgery that might help her live a full life? What happens when she can't let Mateo stay because she feels that she is a burden to him and her family? Can Mateo move on with his life and finish medical school? Can Carlisle and Mateo find Salvation in each other? This story will break your heart many times and Robin Covington will put it back together for you. So sit back and enjoy this Nashville Nights series, I am loving it **Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review**
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "I'll be the one with the cowboy boots and the very low expectations." Stars. Salvation is the first book for me from Robin Covington, having heard nothing but positive feedback about this author for quite a while, I was relatively certain I would be in for a treat. That said as a reader, the author does touch on a subject in this book that I for the most part try to avoid, recreational drug use in all it’s forms never really appeals to me, so I have to be honest and say I wasn’t sure how I would handle it within the confines of Carlisle and Mateo’s story. I have to say that Robin offered up a frank, un-glamorized and more importantly not overused view of it and for that reason, it didn’t have as much impact on my enjoyment as it has in books in the past. I think this is mainly due to the fact that Carlisle’s reasons for ’self-medicating’ aren’t just for the hell of it, and aren’t overplayed either. ”This could get complicated… It could get messy” It is also the same with the ‘reluctance to commit’ trope, sometimes an author can overplay their hand in this region and it ends up pulling the book down into a sort of merry-go round of recurring issues, Robin again kept Carlisle and Teo’s reluctance at an acceptable level, their circling of each other through the school year gives the speed of their coming together enough depth that it, and everything that followed didn’t have that ‘insta’ feel. Sometimes the path of love isn’t pretty and this couple is definitely dealing with their fair share of demons. But they are dealt with well, the story keeps moving, the drama is valid and not overly angsty. The sex, well it was that well written that I went back several times to re-read passages, Mateo certainly knows how to use his words. "You won't know each other better if you don't talk about it. Time passes in this book, as Carlisle and Teo’s lives move on, not always together, but their hearts are still wholly consumed by the other, I liked that they didn’t instantly get their happily ever after, they both had to work out who they were before their relationship together could fully solidify. I haven’t read the first book in this series, although it is now sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to get to it, I would happily buy another book by this author after the reading experience I had with Salvation, gritty, emotive, unusual and just damn good reading. ”Usually I’m a one and done girl.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this 2nd book in the Nashville Nights series. It's not an easy read at times because Carlisle's back story is horrible, but the emotions are so real! Mateo has also had tragic things happen in his life. When these two come together it's explosive. Though sometimes the choices we make for ourselves only hurt those who care about us, especially when we've lost all hope of even having a future. It was great to see characters from the first book in this series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
Unique, dramatic and true-to-life. This story is not your usual romance novel. This story is not all sunshine and roses.  It is an emotional roller coaster ride and just a little bit dark. It is very well written with complex characters and steamy sex. I loved how the story is written so that both perspectives are seen.  This is a must read if you are looking for a fresh approach to romance. Although this is book two in the series, it works as a stand alone. However, there are spoilers for book one.  ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
Salvation by Robin Covington was my first book of this author. It is the second book in a series but I felt comfortable to read it as a standalone. The storyline is intriguing and Carlisle is very well developed. But that’s already where my problems start with the book. Mateo is sweet and loving but one-dimensional. He is only thinking about her and I cannot “dive” into his character. My other issue is the way the book is written. I need a timeline to feel comfortable with a story or I need a good explanation when there is non . But in this book the story is jumpy and only in one occasion there was a hint about the time that has actually past. Due to this timeline problem I could not fully understand the development in their relationship - It felt like it was suddenly rushed.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Robin Covington. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book, fair warning. The heart wrenching story of Carlisle and Mateo, both with horrid pasts, that make them live the day and not look into the future. I so enjoy Carlisle, a very strong heroine. Mateo has a big heart for Carlisle, he definitely won me over. Can love be their salvation. You will have happy and sad tears through out this book. This is the second book in the Nashville Nights, but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series. This is the second book in the Nashville Nights series by Robin Covington. Carlisle Queen was a professional swimmer until a terrorist planted a bomb that killed her boyfriend, and left her almost dead. By some miracle she survived the blast but she has shrapnel in her back that will kill eventually either kill or leave her in a wheelchair. She would rather end her life rather than spending her life paralyzed. She has had a crush on Mateo since her classes started but would not risk the chance to go out with him because she doesn’t do relationships, so she waits until he is ready to leave school before she makes her move for a one night stand. Mateo has wanted Carlisle from the first time he saw her so he jumps at a chance to be with her. They were both no prepared for anything more than a one night stand. But once they are together they realize that they can have something more if they can overcome their past.  If you are looking for a great love story that will keep you reading way into the night, then you need to read this book. It can be read as a standalone, but you will want to read them all once you read one. I can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out.   A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Carlisle and Mateo are both struggling with life. Carlisle is dealing with the injury she's sustained when a terrorist attack took her love's life. Now she lives in the here and now because her days are numbered. Mateo is struggling with the death of his little sister and he parties hard while letting medical school got to the back burner. They have been circling each other and Carlisle decides to have a taste of what Mateo is promising. Will one night be enough? What will happen when Mateo finds out what Carlisle is planning? Can he go through that again? You can feel the pain, the angst, the passion, and love between these characters. The chemistry between the two is burning hot that you need to fan yourself while reading. This couple has their ups and downs add in their pasts you want them to find a HEA so much. 
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
What Would You do? : SALVATION is the second installment in Robin Covington’s new adult, contemporary Nashville Nights romance series. This is college students Mateo Butler and Olympic gold medalist for swimming Carlisle Queen’s storyline. SALVATION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Some of the previous storyline characters play a small secondary and supporting role in the novel. Told from alternating first person points of view (Carlisle and Mateo) SALVATION follows the building relationship and fall out between Carlisle Queen and Mateo Butler. Carlisle barely survived a terrorist bomb that killed her best friend and boyfriend Aaron, but in the ensuing time, our heroine has had a difficult time with recovery and grief. The doctors were unable to remove all of the shrapnel that is slowly edging towards her spine leaving Carlisle in constant pain and wondering when the her time will end. Hiding her pain with drugs and sex, Carlisle targets Mateo Butler, her Spanish TA, as her next fix and conquest. But things don’t go according to plan when Carlisle begins to fall for the sexy premed student interrupting her future plans -rather than be wheelchair bound the rest of her life, Carlisle opts to end her own life. The relationship between our leading couple is one of immediate attraction but Carlisle doesn’t do relationships or love knowing she won’t be around long enough for anyone to care. Mateo is a young man, consumed with guilt, over the death of his sister, and sees Carlisle’s choice as selfish and wrong. When an opportunity presents itself for surgery, Carlisle knows the results may not be the happily ever after everyone had hoped. The world building follows the relationship, friendships, and choices presented for a young woman whose life is fragile and precarious. There are moments of heartbreak and personal betrayal; romance and love; moving forward and letting go. Robin Covington isn’t afraid to tackle the issues- what would you do in the same situation?
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I have never read a book with the paralegic befor this was a beautiful surprise I did cry I did get mad and I did chear this wonderful book , it was my first Nashville Nights but it for sure will not be my last. The people in this book where so real and strong and messed up but they made it to their HEA ,I am not a writer and don't know how to write the best of reviews but this book is worth the read please give it a try 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An amazing read! A unique storyline and excellent writing make this a book that will grab your attention from the first page and leave you unable to put it down. Both the H/h (Mateo and Carlisle)have pasts that have left them unable to believe in the future. Together, it seems possible. Until doubt and fear drives a wedge between them. This one needs to go on the must read list! I highly recommend it.
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
The chemistry between Carlisle & Mateo hits you from the start! Mateo is willing to sacrifice all to be with Carlisle. Carlisle wants no part of taking away the future Mateo planned for himself. With her own personal struggles, she is determined to do it on her own. This story is definitely a "right person, wrong time" story. Will love be enough to bring them back together? This second installment from Robin Covington's Nashville Nights series sucks you right into a fantastic story! When I thought I couldn't love a story more than the first in the series, Temptation, I was proven wrong! Now I can't wait for more!!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Carlisle Queen’s swimmer’s career was shattered when the athletes’ compound where she was staying was hit by terrorists, and her boyfriend died there as well. The doctors were unable to take care of all the shrapnel in her back, she could be paralysed or die when things get worse, and they will; it’s just a question of time. She takes all sorts of drugs, legal and illegal, to dull the pain and forget, until the day when it becomes so bad she’ll do away with herself. Mateo Butler blames himself for his younger sister’s death; his future has become unimportant to him; he’s drifting because he just doesn’t care anymore. Until he and his roommate get an unexpected guest at a house party they’re hosting. Carlisle always thought Mateo was hot, but that he was trouble; she looked but never touched. Until she decides that is the day she will have sex with Mateo.  What an emotional roller coaster! SALVATION is a very realistic story and it’s not a walk in the park. The characters, especially Carlisle go through a lot, and Ms. Covington really shines when it comes to conveying emotions; I felt Carlisle’s pain, her anguish, her dilemmas. SALVATION is a very complex story where ethical questions are raised, some characters make questionable decisions at various times; everything feels so real, it’s like if it were happening to your own friends. SALVATION is a real love story, that makes you think as well, and we don’t see that every day. Great job, Ms. Covington!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Full of drama - medical and emotional! A successful Olympic swimmer, Carlisle Queen was seriously injured in a terrorist attack at an Olympic village which killed other athletes, including her fiancé. Though she is now walking again, she knows that shrapnel is still lodged in her back near her spinal column - and moving closer - so that paralysis or death is forecast for her in the near future. She’s determined to live life to the full but not to make any close relationships ever again, they are too risky and it hurts too much when fate tears you apart from those you love. She’s partying hard, having one night stands and avoiding any commitments, planning to commit suicide rather than face life in a wheelchair. Mateo Butler lost his sister to cancer. After she refused to continue treatment he fought with her and never had chance to make up with her again as she died whilst he partied to forget what was happening to her. He’s still partying to forget. The two were instantly attracted when they met at the beginning go the school year. Now, almost a year later, Carlisle decides to have a one night stand with Mateo. Will that be enough for them? Will they reveal their secrets to each other? Will their love stand a chance? This is a really dramatic story, full of teenage angst, medical drama and conflicting emotions. Decisions are made that impact on potential relationships, you’re never quite sure what will go wrong next! A real roller coaster ride filled with unexpected twists, turns, steep hills and sudden drops. A great story but I admit to being old fashioned and there was a little too much graphic description of sexual action for my tastes, otherwise it could so easily have been a 5* review from me. As the blurb for the book says, “When the choice comes down to life of death, can love be their salvation?” You’ll just have to read the book to find out! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.