Christine Besze-Redemption

Redemption is the second book in Christine’s Revenge series, which focuses on the Savage brothers. This is Kelsey & Axel’s book.

Two years ago, Kelsey came running to her father, covered in the blood of her best friend Charlee. She begged her father to help her disappear. So, she went from Georgia to a town in California where she is able to see the ocean and works in a dive bar. She eats, sleeps, works, and repeats. When the people she knows at work ask her to do things, she generally says no, because she really just wants to be left alone. At least, until one night when a co-worker asks her to do something with her after work. So, Kelsey, who isn’t using her own name at this point, decides she’ll go because she’s ready to stop pining over Axel and move on with her life. She heads out to the beach and meets up with her friend and some guys, one of whom asks her to go out on a date with him the following night. Only, when the door opens to let her date in, it’s not the puka shell wearing dude, it’s Axel.

Axel has spent the last 2 years missing his Wildcat. Al he knows is that she disappeared. But now, her father has hired him and his brothers to get her and bring her home. So, with one of his brothers, he went to Cali to bring his girl home. But of course, it’s never that easy. He went to get her and told her that she could go the easy way or the hard way. Which way do you think that she chose? Of course, it might be good that she chose the hard way, because just as she and Axel get out to her parking lot, his beloved truck blows up. So they run, until his brother manages to get them and they head back to Georgia.

I like Kelsey. I think that she is totally entitled to all the horrible feelings about Axel that she has. I mean, I would feel the same way about him if he had done to me what he did to her. Of course, the bad feelings that she has towards him and her lack of trust is all tied up with the fact that she still has good feelings towards him and all the good pants feelings that she has for him. So when he shows up, she wants to hate him but she also wants to fuck him, which makes it really hard on her to figure out what to do, and really, I think that Axel takes advantage of that to some extent. He might not know her precise feelings, and make a conscious decision to do that, but I think he picks up on it, and then does what he does.

Axel is both a good guy and a jackass. He’s also a huge smartass. And I think that it gets him very much in trouble sometimes, especially when his two older brothers smack him around. Of course, he does everything he can to get in and under their skin, so I’m not crying for him. But, overall he wants to make sure that his family is safe, especially his beautiful niece Lily, who he calls Wildflower. And that includes Kelsey. He will go toe to toe with anyone to make sure that she’s safe. And we get to see that.

I really can’t wait for Zane’s book.

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I like the surprise family members.

OK, that’s all for today. Happy reading!


Christine Besze-Revenge

Christine Besze is a new author to me, but I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye out for her, especially for the rest of this series, because I really liked Revenge, and I’d like to see how Axel and Zane do in later books. I think Axel is going to be the next one, and I have a sneaking suspicion on who he’s going to be with, but we’ll have to wait and see. But today, we’re going to talk about Asher and Charlee.

Asher was a cop. He had a lovely wife and they were just about to have a son. Then he came home and his life suddenly changed. He found someone beating the everloving hell out of his pregnant wife. He tries to save her, but he gets knocked the fuck out, and she gets shot. With his gun. Then he gets arrested, by his own force no less, gets tried and found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 6 years in prison. Which he survives, but he’s not the same as he was.

When he gets out, his brother Zane is there, and he takes Asher to the house that he designed specifically for his revenge. He’s positive he knows who is behind his wife’s death, and he’s going to make him pay.

Charlee’s dad is a crime boss. She doesn’t want to be dragged into his life, and she does everything she can in order to stay away from him and his life. But then, Asher and his brothers take her. She’s just part of Asher’s revenge plan.

I waver back and forth on my opinions on Asher. I feel sorry for him, because of what he went through with the loss of his wife and unborn son, and then being charged and found guilty in their deaths. But sometimes he’s a right prick. I don’t know what he was like before he went to prison, but the years in prison definitely changed them, as they would, of course. I’m not always sure how much of him being a prick is because he’s really a prick or because he’s learned to shut his emotions down and has serious hyperfocus and everything outside of his hyperfocused revenge plan just gets ignored, including how Charlee might feel. I’m glad he has his brothers there, because they smack him upside the head as needed, both metaphorically and literally.

Charlee has a lot of fire and sass. I think it works well for her, most of the time. I don’t think that she was too isolated by her father, but there was some there at least. She has a pretty accurate view of her dad and what he does for a living. I don’t blame her for wanting to get away from him. I feel like we don’t get to know Charlee as much as we get to know Asher. The book is told in dual POVs, I just feel like we get more of Asher’s POV and state of mind. It doesn’t bother me, because I think it works well in this book. I don’t think I would like it in other stories, but like I said, I think it works really well here.


I felt sure that there was someone involved in a way in which they weren’t. It was one of those, hmmm, it would seem like it would work.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out. Happy reading!


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