Today I’m reviewing R. B.’s paranormal romance novel, Fallen Redemption, the first in a series. I love that our initials are almost the same. Each time I wrote her an email I had to giggle and I doubled checked to ensure I didn’t accidentally type TB. And if you missed the RB’s interview, you can check it out here.
Here’s the synopsis of the novel:
Cade committed himself to saving lives before he learned the full consequences of his life-altering decision. It wasn’t until he was tending his sick wife that he learned the enormity of what he’d done and he was unable to save her from the monster he had become. Consumed with guilt and praying for absolution, he threw himself into killing every Fallen he could find to save the humans he’d sworn to protect. But then Emma, deliciously mortal and completely forbidden, swept into his world, stirring an overpowering desire. Now he’s not only fighting soulless creatures, but also his inner cravings, trying to maintain his distance and continue on his path to forgiveness. He can’t afford to lose control again and sacrifice another love.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I accepted this book. When I said yes, I was on holiday and I saw the email and didn’t look too closely at the blurb. I love to read just about anything and decided to go with it. Luckily I enjoyed this book.
The writing is solid. Cade is your typical silent and brooding type of hero. At times he could be a tad possessive and that made me slightly uncomfortable. Emma is also the typical girl in distress on some levels. She doesn’t have a lot of friends and she’s an orphan. At first I worried that RB Austin would allow her female character to become a cardboard cutout. Instead, she gave Emma a strong voice. Even while she is falling for Cade, who is technically holding her captive, she’s questioning her feelings and sanity. Actually, her internal dialogue is often humorous.
The romance comes at you fast and then slows down some. For the most part I enjoyed the romantic elements. However, some of the lines were super cheesy. For example, “I want your fangs inside me.” I had to laugh over that one. There are a few others. It didn’t ruin the book for me. But I’m a fan of cheesy lines that make me laugh.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel. It’s about vampires, a genre I enjoy, but it’s refreshing. At times I actually forgot the novel was about bloodsuckers. I won’t say too much how she changed things up since I don’t want to ruin the story for others. I will say it’s a good start to the series and I look forward to reading more. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next installment.