“Wow! His Salvation was an incredibly entertaining, fast paced, thrilling ride!”
“His Salvation is a sinfully, delicious dark thriller with mystery, suspense, action packed drama and sizzling scenes.”
Beyond the Covers Blog
“Omg Claire!!! 5* is not even a drop in the ocean for what this book deserves.” –
This was a story of two halves for me, with the second part convincing me much more thoroughly than the first.
Overall I’d rate this 3.75. It’s a good solid read, with plenty of action, adventure and intrigue all wrapped up in a fast paced and well written plot.
So why the lower rating? I just didn’t connect with Kay in the first half and would have liked more convincing of Eve’s reaction to him. It had the makings of a dark romance but just didn’t quite hit the right note for me. Kay would make her strip, would touch her sexually against her will but we never heard why he was doing it.
Was it power? To intimidate? Lust? To prevent escape? It worked in terms of shock and dark factor but it didn’t help me understand Kay as a character. Was he being an a’hole? Was he overcome by lust? What type of man was he? An anti-hero? A sociopath? A bad man trying to do doing good things? A good man doing bad things? Too many questions for me to really sink into the book.
And before you assume I can’t cope with a dark book or an anti-hero please check my profile and my read list. Dark romances are my bread and butter, my go to read, my not-so-secret addiction.
Just around the half-way point we get a sudden one-eighty in the situation between Kay and Eve. It took a bit of squinting to make it look believable but it worked for me. Kay then became a much different man, one who I really liked, one whose actions and deeds were much easier to understand and interpret. He suddenly found his personality. He was a man driven to darkness by his life experiences, but at heart a good man doing bad things for the right reasons.
Eve was a much more defined personality throughout, easy to like and believable, picking her battles wisely and displaying an inner strength throughout the story. She, along with an engaging, fascinating and twisty plot, are what kept me reading this book. Usually an inability to connect to characters will have me abandoning the book as a DNF. The fact that I keptreading this book is testament to the overall quality of writing as well as what was a damn good story.
Claire Martais a new-to-me author and based on my experience of reading His Salvation I would read more work by her. This is definitely a good addition to the Cavalieri Della Morteseries and a dark-themed romantic suspense that is well worth reading.
A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoys taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.