5 stars for Luke! Re-read and buddy read with Kelly December 2012 / review edited December 21, 2012
Luke, I don't like the dog chain…It should have been your St. Christopher medallion.
I have it on good authority that this picture comes pretty close to Luke, although we would have to age this guy a couple of years and he'd need a stronger jawline.
This specific quote by Tyler Knott Gregson sums up Em and Luke's situation perfectly:
Warm me like sunlight and soothe me like rain. Burn me with passion and steal away the pain.
"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
- by Sir Peter Ustinov
This great instalment in Kaylea Cross’s suspense series takes us from the USA back to Beirut and the Middle East. After a nearly fatal incident, Luke walked away from Emily and their son, Rayne, many years ago.
"It would've been easier if you'd died," she told him, lower lip trembling slightly. "At least then I could have grieved and learned to live with the loss better. But having you leave when I knew damn well you still loved me? How the hell was I supposed to live with that loss?"
Luke is a former Navy SEAL who went on to work for the CIA's paramilitary ops and making a lot of enemies along the way. While reading Kaylea’s series you'll make the acquaintance of the main villain, Farouk Tehrazzi. Absolution
gives us the well anticipated and deadly showdown between Luke and his former friend Tehrazzi.
A long time ago Luke created this lethal terrorist himself by training Tehrazzi. Guilt ate at him and Luke didn't care anymore if he died, so long as he took Tehrazzi with him. Hence, Luke wants to make things right. As it is, he wants a chance at absolution
before he gave his last breath. Tehrazzi has been tracking down the women associated with Luke, and now it seems like Emily could be in danger, too. However, Luke will do anything to protect her from harm, and he's prepared to give up his life to save his lifetime love. Luke wants to take her to Beirut because it's the place to hunt down Tehrazzi and Luke's security detail is prime there. But when Luke sees Em again and she tells him she can't go to Beirut because she's suffering from (view spoiler)[cancer, (hide spoiler)]
he has to realize that both of them have wasted about twenty years of precious time they could have been together.
Luke is known for his legendary coolness but when he discovers how sick Em is, he is close to coming unhinged. As it was, he had to deal with the fact that they were running out of time.
"Screw that, because I'm not letting you quit."
"You are going to fight this with everything you've got, every single day for as long as it takes. No matter what it takes, you're going to keep fighting. Got me?
What a man. Whatever this guy does, he does it very well. Including his failures. They are all freakin' spectacular. Luke incorporates everything I absolutely love in a hero: protectiveness, masculinity, strength, respect, loyalty, tenderness. Luke is tough as nails and yet capable of incredible gentleness.
"It's all right, Em. Tears are part of this," he whispered, bending to kiss them away.(…)
"You think a scar's going to change how I see you? Feel about you?"
She swallowed and struggled to find her voice. "It's ugly."
"You're beautiful to me, Em. Always." (…)
"Give me your hand," he coaxed, his voice a seductive whisper. She did, tentatively, and his fingers closed around hers in a warm grip. Strong and reassuring.
"Accept who you are. Be proud of your body. It's fighting a war for you."
There's still hope for Luke and Em.
He's got a heart of gold and is sexy as all get out. Simply put, Luke is the hottest fifty-year-old hero ever.
And behind his alpha male behavior he's melting away for his lifetime love, Em. One thing's for sure, Luke will always have a very special place in my heart. It goes without saying that Em is his true match. She is such a classy lady. With that said, I admired Em for her strength to fight her illness and of course for her everlasting love for Luke. Furthermore, it was a real pleasure to seeing all the former heroes and heroines of the previous books again. Everyone showed up and had a special moment to do something good.
Luke is an intensely sexual man and it was obvious during their second love scene which was beautifully sensual as well as incredibly hot. Mmmm…these two set the sheets on fire, that's for sure. This man knows how to take care of his woman and then some. Moreover, Luke really showed Em how gorgeous she is in spite of her scars and all. She means the world to him.
provides plenty of pain, fear and an action-packed, intense, and thrilling showdown between Luke and Tehrazzi. Despite all the fear and pain you can feel the hope and love as well as the promise of a new beginning.Minor quibbles
Even though a (view spoiler)[bodyguard accompanied Em into town, I'd say it was some sort of TSTL moment. And the second followed suit when she was jumping on the boat during the final showdown. On top of that I couldn't quite believe that a sick and weakened woman would be able to pull off such a stunt. Granted, I get her reasoning. She'd been prepared to die in order to help Luke, and she figured she would die soon anyway. (hide spoiler)]
If you are a fellow RS lover and haven't read anything yet written by Kaylea Cross, then I'd recommend you to check out her books. It might be worth a try.
Oh, and Luke...
Always.Thank you, Kels, for doing the buddy read with me! It was fun. Mwah!