Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole
Series: Preload Series #2
Also in this series: Jordan Reclaimed, Nikan Rebuilt
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A single mom and tortured musician find common ground in Scarlett Cole's Elliott Redeemed, the second standalone romance about the band Preload.
Elliot "Pyro" Dawson burns up the lead guitar like a legend. But the nickname Pyro isn't just a clever play on words. It's much darker. A past he's fought like hell to overcome.
Grocery store cashier Kendalee Walker is at her wits end and homeless. She's watched her fourteen-year-old son, Daniel, go so far off the rails, he can no longer see the tracks.
When the two are brought together, attraction flares, but can Elliott find the family he never had with the sexy woman and her son, or will he fall back on dark habits?
Elliott and his Preload band mate are asked to see a child with cancer at the hospital. They agree but then Elliott is asked to see a teen who is a burn victim. Elliott meets Daniel who sets off all of these triggers for Elliott. He really likes the kid and helps him so much that he can’t keep himself away. It doesn’t hurt that Elliott thinks that Daniel’s mother, Kendalee, is hotter than hot. So what if she’s 10 years older than he is. He sees something in her that calms him and he wants to explore that.
Kendalee has going through hell the past six months. Her husband cheated on her with his secretary, she found out that her husband’s twin brother was molesting her 14-year-old son and then said son burned down their house. Unfortunately he didn’t get away in time and ended up burning 35% of his body. Life is stressful enough without adding in a new man but Elliott is so kind and thoughtful. Kendalee starts to think that there may be something between them more than just dating or sex but she’s not sure if she can stay with him after he tells her of his past.
Book two in Preload series was a good one. We got to see the other band members but this one was really focused on Elliott and Kendalee.
Elliott had been through a nightmare with his step-father when he was young. It changed him dramatically and he developed issues with fire. I loved how both Daniel and Elliott could relate to each other about Daniel’s issue with the fire he set. It ultimately helped Elliott with the issues he thought he’d dealt with but truly hadn’t. His relationship with Daniel was awesome and I was so happy that Cole made this a large part of the story.
Kendalee was one strong woman. She’d had her life pulled out from under her but was truly dealing with it the best she could. Her soon to be ex-husband was an ass but she dealt with him appropriately. I loved how Kenda didn’t just jump into bed with Elliott but put her son first and stood on her own two feet. The whole story made me truly love this character.
Overall this was an intense story but one I’m glad I read. Elliott is a great guy and while he tends to go overboard with taking care of those he loves he does it with a good heart. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Preload series.
Rating: 4 out of 5