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Saturday, March 26, 2016

ARC Review: Atone by Beth Yarnall

This is the second book in the Recovered Innocence series but it's my first time reading a book in the series or by this author. This is a standalone, you don't need to read the first book in the series to read this one. Because I haven't read the first book in the series, I can't tell you if this one contains spoilers of the first book but I'm reasonably sure that's not an issue.

This author is a really good story teller. The book is about Beau and Vera. Beau was wrongfully imprisoned and is now on his second chance at life. Vera is on the run from a past that is horrific. Vera enlists Beau's PI help to find her sister but the two quickly discover that they have kindred spirits. Both Beau and Vera are comfortable living in the present without asking too many questions because they don't want to answer the same questions. That works for them and provides the foundation for them to connect to each other. Beau isn't just the usual alpha male hero that I love. He's actually got a lot more depth than that. Beau has complicated feelings about his first love and the reasons he was in prison. What I really liked about this book is that Vera was able to free Beau from his emotional prison because she had the same complicated feelings about things that happened in her past which were not her fault. Throughout the book Beau and Vera are reflected in each other and by seeing themselves in one another they are able to move forward. It's just a really emotional and good story.

I note, however, there isn't a lot of unnecessary angst and melodrama. Sometimes when you have the kind of characters that are in this book, the author gets carried away with a lot of character introspection. That doesn't happen in this book. You can appreciate the depth and complexity of the characters without feeling like the author is overselling it. The author good thing about this book is the suspense factor. There is a lot about Vera that is unknown throughout the book. Trying to figure out what the heck is going on with her and the action that builds and boils over by the end of the book was really compelling. I think you will love Vera and Beau. They have been through every bad thing you can imagine and they deserve their HEA. I highly recommend this book, it won't be my last by this author.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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