Saturday, March 14, 2015

Blog Tour and ARC Book Review--> Salvation Series #1- Dante's Redemption by Jaime Whitley

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Dante Santoro knew he was destined for great things. Growing up with two dead beat parents, Dante was forced to become an adult before his time. Deciding to change the world, Dante distanced himself from the only life he knew, the life of drugs and crime.
After going through school and training, Dante became a detective in the local police force. Keeping focused on getting drugs off the streets, he limited friends and outside connections.
Finding himself the perfect candidate to go undercover, he never anticipated the one person he thought was safe could jeopardize it all.
Will Dante be able to succeed at making the streets a safer place or will his destiny alter the course of the life he lives forever?

~Book Review~
Dante's Redemption is a story that interested me but also had me cringing with the excessive use of words like "shit" and the "f" word in almost every sentence right from the start. The frequency lessened as the story progressed but I seriously fell that the story could have been told without using such words and still be able to impart the needed emotion. When I started the book, I wanted stop when I realized that the story had too many swear words for my taste but still I could see that the story held promise and so I persevered.

The cover is okay and nothing very appealing but the blurb is intriguing and it was the blurb that had me wanting to pick the book up to read.

Jaime Whitley gives an engaging story full of suspense, intrigue and a solid back story which made me feel sorry for Dante and also furious at all the injustice meted out to him. The writing style is simple but with the excessive usage of the swear words, it didn't appeal to me.

The end left me surprised and I think I would like to know what happens next. Overall this is a book that will interest you but only if you are willing to overlook the swear words used. Also the intimate scenes make this book suitable only for adults.

3 out of 5 to it and had the writing been more clean and more expressive I would definitely have given this book atleast 4 stars. For now, it is a promising story but didn't hold me as much as I would have liked.

I received an ARC from the tour organizers and the author and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.



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It’s so easy to think you’re invincible when you’re a kid. No one tells you any different, so you’re led to believe that you’re untouchable. When you play with your GI Joes, Snake Eyes always takes down the bad guys; and good always prevails over evil. Your parents just smile and watch you play and protect your innocence. Then you grow up and you learn that good doesn’t always win. In the end we all die, there is no escaping the fact that we won’t live forever. When your time is up, it’s up. There’s no cheating death. I always knew growing up I was destined to make something great of myself. I was going to have purpose in this ugly world and bring some beauty into it. I just didn’t know how I was going to do it. It’s hard to find yourself when your mother’s a drug addict and your dad walked out on you at the age of four. Not really the best role models for a kid. Most people would use that as their excuse to slack off and not have to follow the rules. Feel entitled to do whatever the fuck they wanted because life handed them a shitty hand. Not me, I took it as my chance to prove to everyone out there that there are no excuses; you create your own future. I studied hard through school and my grades excelled. I joined every sports team I could to keep myself busy so I wouldn’t have to go home to my mom. I eventually had to get a part-time job at an auto shop to help pay for my food. My mother never seemed to care if I had food on the table. The only thing she cared about was how she was going to get her next fix I had no choice but to provide for myself or I would go hungry. Still, I never resented her. Her addiction made me stronger and taught me that hard work pays off. Fast forward and here I am, thirty years old and a DEA Agent with a nice record of busts under my belt. Ironic isn’t it? I grew up with a drug addict and now I take down drug dealers. Dante Santoro, the biggest walking contradiction to the drug world. Nice to meet you.
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Jaime Nicole Whitley is a wife and a stay at home mom to her two children. She grew up in New Jersey where she continued her education and became a medical assistant. She now lives in North Carolina where her husband is stationed with the Army. Jaime also co-writes novels under the name Lena Nicole.

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