Repentance: The Story of Kace Haywood by Meghan Quinn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
So for those who know me know I’m a HUGE fan of Meghan Quinn. This by far is one of her most compelling novels yet. Though it could be read as a standalone I highly recommend reading the Jett Girl series first.
The story of Kace Haywood is emotional, raw and gritty. Clearly not in your typical Meghan fashion and that is what I loved about it.
Throughout the book Kace is fighting the demons of his past that threaten to consume him. Pushing others away and wallowing in self pity and guilt. Lyla wants desperately for Kace to let her in and share his pain. But he is a ruined man, forced to live with the reality of a bad tree second decision that he killed a man. A man that had a life. A man that had a family. Sure everyone sees it was an accident but all he sees is the blood on his hands.
His best friend Jett forces reality into his life by giving him a position as an guidance counselor at his new community center, Justice. He doesn’t deserve Jett, he doesn’t deserve Lyla, he doesn’t deserve to live.
Through the torment the only constant light in his life is Lyla. He tries to push her away but their souls are intertwined.
She ruined me, wrecked me, gutted me from the inside out, and not because she wouldn’t love me back. No, I knew she loved me. I could see it in her eyes. She ruined me because she was a dream, an illusion of happiness I couldn’t hold on to. I’m no allowed to love. I’m not privy to such a fundamental notion in life. I don’t deserve love, not after what I’ve done, not after what I’ve taken away for someone else.
Several times in the book his mental anguish actually pained me. Made my heart ache for him and then other times I wanted to reach through the pages and shake the shit out of him. I mean come on Kace suck it up and grow a pair. But that just shows you how big of a heart Kace Haywood has.
Throughout the book Kace denies Lyla and refuses to drag her down the same dark path but everyone deserves a second chance and when the family of the man he killed walks into his community center he is plagued by guilt and curiosity. Will he take his second chance?
Favorite Scene: Where he is forgiven by the family.
This isn’t some pregnant belly. No, it’s a magical orb where unicorns plant eggs and I crap them out into a special toilet where leprechauns harvest them for glitter bombs.
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