Ace's Redemption (Devil's Despair, #1)by A.C. Bextor Published 06 Oct 2014
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Memories alone can ruin you. Fear has a paralyzing effect, and love isn’t always enough to keep you safe.
Ace was the gateway to a freedom I hadn’t known since I was fifteen. He offered his protection from the demons that haunted me; both living and dead.
Although I knew I wasn’t enough to keep him, this didn’t deter my hope that one day he’d love me for who I was, not the broken girl he tried so desperately to save.
In the end, the ghosts of my past found me. Their malevolence knew no bounds, and I was forced to succumb to their will of darkness. Each threat named against those I loved made any escape impossible; choosing my life for theirs became my desolate absolution.
Inevitably, it was my own weakness and self-doubt that became my undoing.
Emotional ties are sometimes severed. Friendships don’t always endure their hardships, and love offered isn’t always returned.
I was in love once. For me, leaving her back in Ohio was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. For her, moving on with her life that included her son and the man she loved was no less than she deserved -- unconditional happiness.
My reasons to bring Cherry home to California were obvious. I needed help with my family, and she needed help staying clean and convincing her parents she was ready to give her son the life he deserved.
It was a perfect plan. However, the best laid plans often get lost amidst their best intentions.
Cherry fell in love with me, and in return my love for her acted as the catalyst to her destruction.
Authors Note: This novel contains material that is not suitable for individuals under the age of 18. Content includes: drug use, explicit language, violence, rape, and other scenarios with content that readers may find offensive. Please use caution when deciding on this book, as every reader has the right to understand the product before purchase. Ace’s Redemption is the first standalone novel in the Devil’s Despair series. Although the main character of Ace was introduced during the Lights of Peril trilogy, you do not need to read that series in order to follow this one.
"Ace's Redemption (Devil's Despair, #1)" Reviews
5 HOLY FREAKIN' SHIT Stars
Holy Crap. I love this book. Like in the way that you love something really important. Like Elvis. Or Peanut Buster Parfaits. Or the first peach margarita of the summer. Like THAT much.
Warning: This is a spin off book from another series. I did not read the other series first. Because I am an idiot. I wish I had read the other series, Lights of Peril, for several reasons. I could follow this story just fine, but I would recommend reading the other series first just because I like reading books in order. Now I am going back to read Peril.
Cherry has moved to California with Ace. She is totally in love with Ace. But he is not in love with her. She knows this. She is not particularly happy about it. But she needed to leave Ohio. For many reasons. Some of those being the torturous and horrid things that happen to her there.
"Will I ever forget them?"
...."No, I don't think it's possible to forget but eventually you'll make other memories - good ones that will outlive the bad ones."
Ace is moving back home. He wants to take care of his sister and grandmother. He misses his friends. Oh...and the girl he is in love with loves someone else. And that someone else wants to kick his ass. Did I mention the someone else is the Pres of the MC Club? Yeah, kinda want to stay away from his bad side.
Cherry and Ace have a history. She was a club whore. He took what she was offering. No strings. At least not for him.
Once settled in California, they are determined to make a new life. They have friends, family and a fresh start. Well, maybe not so fresh. Cherry is haunted by her past, the child she left behind, the nightmares.
Regret is a ghost you'll never let go of.
There are so many pieces to this puzzle of this book. There is violence, possession, lust, love, and even selflessness. That is intertwined with evil men, kidnappings, rape, sweet moments, crazy ass moms, rowdy friends, guitar necklaces, drugs, wise grandmas, and sexy tattooed heroes who don't think they are worthy of the title.
I loved this book. It has it all. It is long and involved. This books kicks ass. Ace and Cherry evolve and grow as people and as a couple. They find that the only path to redemption is one that they forge themselves. And forge they do....with blood, sweat, tears, and text messages.
I'm coming for you...
I am going back to read the Peril Series while I wait for the next Devil's Despair. In between stalking Ms Bextor. I have a new One Click Obsession. Cause this is Holy Freakin' Shit Awesome.
Ace's RedemptionI had a complete fan girl moment when I got the chance to read Ace's Redemption. I loved every hot, intense moment of it and fell in love with Ace. And Hayden...? Sex on fire! I can't wait for his book. The entire cast of characters were spectacular and Cherry was a heroine to root for. I wanted to fucking kill a few characters in the books. Read it and you'll find out why. There where moments I shed big, fat, ugly tears and moment where I laughed out loud. And, yes, once or twice, I wanted to slap the shit out of Ace because I wondered how in the hell was he so blind. Then it dawned on me I'd have the same knee jerk reaction to the bombshell dropped on him. He has one hell of a grandmother and friends who are there when he needs it. The poignancy towards the end cut through me and I shed tears, then, too, even though I knew what happened was necessary. Cherry was good, so I was good, too. Ace's Redemption is intense and emotional and it is a MUST read. This was a kickass book and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it.
4.5 Outstanding Stars!
Review by Jen Hagen
I was saddened that the author’s previous series “The Lights of Peril” had concluded, but was ecstatic to know that she was going to do a spinoff series. This author can suck you in and bleed you dry. Unbelievable how you don’t see it coming…she just works you right into the story and you quickly become infused into the characters and feel all the raw emotions. She’s like a snake charmer.
Ace was a member of the Lights of Peril motorcycle club, but felt a need to leave after the girl he desired and loved (Sadey) made it clear that she was always going to belong to somebody else; that somebody else being the president of the motorcycle club. Ace had taken quite a beating from the president for showing an interest in Sadey. For Ace, the outer pain wasn’t nearly as bad as the pain inside from having his heart broke.
I was happy at Peril, but it wouldn’t have ever been possible for me to watch her love, marry, and start a family with anyone – but me. I dropped my cut at the clubhouse door, hopped on my bike, and rode away.
Ace returns home to his grandmother and little sister in California. But he didn’t come alone --he brought along a passenger with Cherry riding on the back of his bike. Cherry is a club whore…there’s no other way to sugarcoat it. Cherry has been through hell being tortured and raped and has relied on drugs in the past, but she is trying to get herself together for the sake of her young son, who Cherry does not see as he is being raised by her parents. Cherry and Ace have been familiar with each other between the sheets in the past, but Ace doesn’t know much about Cherry, other than that Cherry is only her club name.
I’ve never even asked her f*ckin’ name. I’ve known her for over a year. I’ve f*cked her, and used her body to help heal my heartache…but I never f*ckin’ asked her name.
In this spin-off series Ace has returned home to California and back to his former life of being part of a band. The guys in the band each have individual characteristics and backstories that will be shown in their own book. The way that Ms. Bextor introduced each character and spent time describing them with more than a sentence was phenomenal. In most books where several characters are introduced at one time, I have to go back and re-read their introduction to find out what causes them to act and feel a certain way. Not with these characters – after their initial introduction I knew exactly who they were and never once had to think back to remind myself of their qualities.
Cherry harbors a secret love for Ace, but knows that Ace continues to pine away for Sadey. She also knows that Ace sees her as a friend, not as a lover. Poor Cherry has to keep her feelings hidden, watching Ace wallow.
I’m in love with him. I’ve been in love with him for a year. I’ve followed him around, been there for him, as a friend, each and every time Sadey crushed him, all while I listened to his heartbreak word for word as he voiced it again and again.
For the majority of this book it is Ace battling his sorrow and pain, never really being happy. He loved Sadey so much that he just can’t think about not having her in his life. He has a good thing with Cherry going on, even though they don’t have sex. She is a good friend to him and vice versa. When one of Ace’s band mates begin to have a regular personal interaction, we get to see a little jealousy start to come out of Ace. It was nice to see more than self pity – it shows that he is capable of feeling something for somebody other than Sadey. Little by little, Ace sees Cherry in a new light and things between them begin to heat up.
Inside I know my feelings for Cherry are changing – evolving into something they weren’t before. I love her…but I’m unsure if I love her because she’s with me here and now or if I really believe I love her for being who she is.
Ace doesn’t have much time to embrace these feelings as Cherry is offered a chance to be with her son; but this is in exchange for her new-found happiness. Everything comes with a price. You will come undone at the decision Cherry is forced to make. She certainly has had her fair share of bad luck during her life.
Going back to say goodbye to Ace, will be my final act of freedom.
The one good thing that comes from this stomach-hurting turn of events is that we get to see our old friends…
“Brace, brother. Shit’s gonna get nasty real f*ckin’ quick.” – Hem
Love, love Ms. Bextor!! She gets my heart pounding, my stomach plummeting, and my tears flowing with every book she writes. I can’t wait to read more in this new series. Add Ms. Bextor to the list of read-anything-by-this-author, because she is that good!
"I don't think it's possible to forget, but eventually you'll make other memories—good ones that will outlive the bad ones."I really, REALLY enjoyed this one!! It wasn't what I was expecting, which was a story centering around a male motorcycle club member (the name Ace just screams 'hot biker' you know?) falling in love with a distraught woman that club saves. I wasn't entirely off the mark though. Ace was a MC member, specifically the Lights of Peril MC. He gave up his cut and returned home to California, to his sister, grandmother and his friends, because he couldn't stand seeing the woman he loved (Sadey) be happy and in love with the club President. Peril was actually where Ace first met Cherry. She was the 'club whore'.
Raegan, aka Cherry, had an extremely rough past. She was caught up in drugs and terrible people. She was forced to give up her baby boy at a young age because of it. Eventually, Cherry became a club whore at Peril for a place to stay and belong. She was intimately acquainted with Ace and was there for him during the times he wallowed over Sadey. From there, they became friends. And as a friend, Ace agreed to take Cherry with him to Cali and help get her life back on track if she helped with his family and stayed clean.
"I'm your friend, and you can talk to me... even if you want to talk about her."I loved Ace and Cherry's relationship. Ace was protective of her and cared for her but he couldn't bring himself to love her because of his lingering feelings for Sadey. They were just friends, but he couldn't imagine Cherry being with anyone. The just the thought pissed him off. He was a controlling alpha but he was also very sweet. Then there was Cherry. Words cannot express how much I felt for this girl. She's certainly become one of my favorite heroines! Having gone through what she did, she was still sassy and strong. She didn't let the past define her. The fact that she wanted to get clean for her son was admirable as well. Learning about her unrequited love for Ace made my heart ache. Cherry's the kind of character that you can't help but cheer for.
The secondary characters of Ace's Redemption were gold. I loved them all, even man-whore Hayden! Ace's friends were a funny bunch and a part of a band called Devil's Despair. They accepted Cherry into their folds easily, as did Ace's grandmother Bean and little sister Sarah. Cherry hadn't spoken with her parents since dropping off Decklan (her son) with them long ago. You really notice how much love she had to give, so seeing her have a close relationship with Ace's family was heart-warming.
"You can't always protect those you love from everything, and feeling guilty about it doesn't help the circumstance."I did love that Cherry reconnected with her dad. But most of all, I got all teary-eyed when she was finally face-to-face with her son! I had a feeling Cherry's past would come back to haunt her though. And when it did, I couldn't stop reading. I was on a mission to get to that happy ending!! I felt disgusted and angry learning the details of her horrid history. I wanted those responsible to suffer a painful death. Although, I could understand her actions as a means to protect her loved ones, I wanted to shake her when she tried to 'escape' the way she did. I cried a good amount during the last 30% of the book, let me tell ya.
The only reason I docked half a star was because there were some time jumps. I would have loved to have witnessed Ace and Cherry's romantic relationship develop the first few months after they finally got together. Overall, Ace's Redemption was an intense and incredible read! Great romance and character dynamics. Ace and Cherry first appeared in the Lights of Peril series but I thought, having not read that series myself, A.C. Bextor did a spectacular job in 'introducing' them and their complicated relationship quickly. I will probably end up reading Lights of Peril anyway though haa. I can't wait for the next book in the Devil's Despair series! :D
"No more escapes. You never need an escape again and most certainly never from me."
Swooning for Ace!
Okay so let me start out with Ace....
He drove me crazy in the Peril series.
I mean he was swoon worthy then but gah! I wanted him to move on from Sadey SOON!
So now with him and Cherry moving to Cali brings some interesting conflicts.
Cherry is trying to get her life together for herself and the sake of her son. She wants him back and Ace is there for her to help!
Ace being her for Cherry really makes me love him and I see why Cherry fell for him in the first place.
Ace meets up with some old buddies from his past. Wowza! They are some hot men in a band.... Hayden Toby and Travis. I call dibs on Travis! Lol (Looking forward to their stories!)
So Cherry ends up having to face some people from her past. Im talking about SCARY people that can threaten her son, Ace and everything she's worked for.
Ace of course is there and with the help of his other brotherhood Peril MC men they are all for saving Cherry/Raegan.
Loved how well written these character were. I could definitely ralate to all of them and understand them. Sarah Ace's sister was a lovely and corcky character that I hope so see more of. Bean Ace's grandma was a HOOT! Definitely need her input when these men all try to find love.
This is not a book just about rockers or MCs this is a book about LOVE and BROTHERHOOD.
I cannot wait for more. Great job A.C. you sure know how to get me lost in a book world.
***Read as an ARC for www.barenakedwords.co***
"REDEMPTION: AN ACT OF REDEEMING OR ATONING FOR A FAULT OR MISTAKE, OR THE STATE OF BEING REDEEMED."
INTENSE. RAW. REAL.
Those are the words I would use to describe this book. A.C takes us into a world of troubled souls and shows us their struggles to find peace.
"That was the final assault on my already emotionally damaged sense of self. There was nothing else to do, nowhere else to go, and no around to care. "
Ace and Cherry both have a history of sadness and conflict. When they meet each other, they both have feelings and emotions they need to investigate. What I like about this book are the real situations that A.C. Bextor writes about. Although, upsetting to read at times, the realistic scenarios are easy to relate to.
"After giving myself a few minutes to release my sadness, in my own company and without interruption, I gather myself again. I sigh, rubbing the face of my phone as if Ace can feel this from miles away and understand my love for him is why I'm keeping us apart."
The emotion in the book was intense. Such a wide spectrum. This made it very easy for me to not put the book down! Kudos to A.C. Bexton! I look forward to reading more of your work!