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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doc
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Published May 11th 2015 by Burning Up the Sheets, LLC
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Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Carlisle Queen lives each day like it's her last because it just may well be. Still suffering from the after effects of injuries sustained in a bomb blast that killed her boyfriend, she knows that death is an eventual certainty unless the shrapnel remaining in her body is removed. That also means that she won't be starting any long term relationships but her handsome Spanish class teaching assistant, Mateo Butler, presents a challenge to that resolve.

I loved
Claire Robinson
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3.5 - "I'll be the one with the cowboy boots and the very low expectations." Stars.

Salvation is the first book for me from Robin Covington, having heard nothing but positive feedback about this author for quite a while, I was relatively certain I would be in for a treat. That said as a reader, the author does touch on a subject in this book that I for the most part try to avoid, recreational drug use in all it’s forms never really appeals to me, so I have to be honest and say I wasn’t sure how I
Cora Tea Party Princess
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Friendship, love, death, hope, life.

After the first book in the series I had high hopes, and this did not disappoint. I couldn't wait to get back into Nashville and this steamy series.

The best thing about this series is that the books can be read as standalone stories, because although they all tie in and you'll have an overall richer experience reading them all in order, they focus on different characters and stories.

This story takes one young woman who is both incredibly brave and inc
Carlisle was an Olympic swimming champion with 12 medals to her name when a terrorist bomb turned her world apart, not only did she watch her boyfriend and most of her friends die but she was injured so badly that she's facing the risk of permanent paralysis. Her life has she knew it is over and she'd rather take her own life than spend it in a wheelchair. Mateo has his own problems and is still struggling to cope with his grief and anger over his sister's death. Neither of them are looking for ...more
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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Wow! Salvation by Robin Covington blew me away! It is one of the most emotional books I have read in 2015. This is a story of despair, hope, redemption, and unconditional love. Both of the leading characters are emotionally damaged in very different ways but their inner turmoils collide in a life altering way. They are faced with decisions that go beyond choosing each other as their one and only love. They are forced to face mortality. They are forced to chose life or death. They are fo
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Salvation was a good read.

I enjoyed the storyline and characters.
The chemistry and attraction between Mateo and Carlisle was off the charts.
I loved how passionate they loved one another so seeing the storyline take a particular turn upset me.
I totally understood the reasons why Carlisle had to do what she did but I was not happy with what happened with Mateo.
This makes me sad as up until then I was totally in love with him. While I get his reasons I just can't help how my heart feels, i
Lustful Literature
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

Beth's Review

Salvation is another really great read from the Nashville Nights. I really enjoyed Temptation and thoroughly enjoyed Salvation. Both books can be read as stand alone books but must say I really enjoyed getting to see more of Kit and Max in Salvation while we got to see Max’s cousin Mateo and Carlisle’s heartbreaking story.

Carlisle is still struggling with the events that changed her life forever, a life she plans on ending soon. Carlisle was a gold medal winning Olympic swimmer in
Sandy S
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 11, 2015

Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.

Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rat
Joyfully Reviewed
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not my first trip to Nashville considering I’ve lived around it my entire life but it is the first time I’ve read Author Robin Covington’s Nashville Nights series. I can tell you now that I will be revisiting Covington’s series as much as possible. Salvation is an intense and powerful novel that gripped me from page one and played with my emotions until the very end. AND when I say that Ms. Covington played with my emotions I mean it in a totally wicked hot and sassy sweet type of way.

A successful Olympic swimmer, Carlisle Queen was seriously injured in a terrorist attack at an Olympic village which killed other athletes, including her fiancé. Though she is now walking again, she knows that shrapnel is still lodged in her back near her spinal column - and moving closer - so that paralysis or death is forecast for her in the near future. She’s determined to live life to the full but not to make any close relationships ever again, they are too risky and it hurts too much when f ...more
Christi Snow
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Okay, read that story description...this is not an easy book, especially at first. Carlisle was on top of the world when she was a victim of a terrorist attack at the Olympic village. Her boyfriend, and the love of her life, was standing next to her and died in her arms. Since then, her life has gone to crap. She has this huge specter of death hanging over her. She has metal embedded in her spine which causes awful pain and will eventually kill her or paralyze her. She self-medicates a
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

I loved this book. Oh man the feels! Prepare yourself. True to this author's fashion, she has given us a masterpiece in the Nashville Nights series. This book was amazing. It was sweet, sexy, fun, emotional, and has a beautiful love story full of grief and heartbreak. This book was push boundaries and make you think outside of the box. This book does deal with sensitive subjects so be warned.

This is Carlisle and Mateo's story. Carlisle is living her life day to day after suffering a trag
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Carlisle was a gold medal winning olympic swimmer whose life was changed by a bombing that killed her lover and injured her in a way that changed her life. She doesn't date or get close to anyone because she knows something that she knows would ruin any relationship. Mateo has been attracted to Carlisle since she first walked into the class where he was the TA. He isn't relationship guy either, but when Carlisle makes it clear that she is ready to be his for a night he isn't going to pass that u ...more
Jan Meredith
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First: While this is the second book in the Nashville Nights series, you do not have to read book #1 before starting this one. (although I highly suggest you do!) Both books are stand-alone stories, written in first person POV, with a clear heading with the switch between both characters.

This is a well written story of two damaged characters: Carlisle, whose problems are physical and life-threatening, as well as emotional, and Mateo, who battles the guilt over his late sister, and the decision o
Heather andrews
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carlisle knows how to make a man's ego bigger, "you’re so big,” she murmurs, her voice a deeper, huskier version of her usual tone. I like the way she says my name. “Mateo, I want this in my mouth. Can I?" Before his woman leaves he likes to make sure she's experienced everything he has to offer, "you can’t go until I show you my mad oral skills. You won’t regret it." Teo he's so playful at times, "Jesus, mom. Did you have to make her cry?” I ask, dodging my mother’s swat towards my head." He kn ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Short review is live over on my blog in the book news post... ...more
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May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a reader who loves stories that are realistic in the portrayal of people's pain in real life circumstances I got immediately sucked into this story and its characters who were far from perfect. Ms. Covington takes readers on a gutwrenching rollercoaster ride that has you admiring the main characters one moment and frustrated with them next. While I didn't always agree with their choices I understood why they felt the way they did and managed to put my judgements aside as Ms. Covington's talen ...more
Aisha Oaktree
Originally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile

Why won't Robin leave my emotions alone?!!! Just about every book she writes, she demands that I feel then jerks my feelings around, squeezes out some of my tears then drops me off. Sigh... so when can I get the third one??

I loved this book because the topic it took on, I especially loved the rawness of the characters' emotions. And their reactions to the situation, and the twist and the ending, yeah I just loved it all. Carlisle is an amazing complex
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ebook was provided by Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

My expectations for this second installment in the Nashville Nights series were high, what with how much I loved the first book, but goodness, Robin Covington took a route I didn't see coming with Carlisle Queen and Mateo Butler's love story in Salvation and I just become so invested with these two seemingly rudderless souls. No one could touch Carlisle in
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful tale of two people who had their lives all planned out. They thought they knew where they were going and worked hard to get there until tragedy strikes. How do you switch directions? How do you face a life that looks nothing like your dream and seems so unfair? Carlisle was America’s sweetheart. She was an Olympic swimmer winning 12 medals alongside fellow swimmer and the love of her life, Aaron. Until terrorists blew up the athletes village, killing many of her friends and A ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Dreams…’s the light at the end of the tunnel. The force that drives you when you can’t move another muscle. What happens when your dreams are shattered into a million pieces? When the path you thought you were on breaks right before your eyes. How do you pick up and go on???

Carlisle Queen knows a thing or two about having life by the wings. Her dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer came true when she became a champion on the US team. Nothing could have prepared her for an event that would al
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are back in Nashville and it’s never been so good. I absolutely loved this book, the characters and the storyline that had me chuckling, sighing and fighting back tears more than once and at one point made me put it down and have a good sniffle then pick it back up once I got my emotions in check.

Salvation is a book you will be thinking about long after you put it down. From the heroine in Carlisle who I have to say is one of the strongest female characters I’ve read in a long while, to the
Mignon Mykel
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received review copy in exchange for an honest review.

--- this is a title that I wasn't so sure I was going to read. It popped up on my review dashboard and I passed it up a number of times before going through and requesting the title. Little did I know, I also had book one in my stash of to-read books, waiting ever so patiently in one of two (yes, two) "to read" categories on my Kindle app.

Don't be me.

Just read this darn book.

It is definitely going on my "Best of 2015" list simply due to it's
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, na
Carlisle lost her best friend and man she loved in a terrorist attack. As one of the few survivors, of the bombing, she understandably suffers from PTSD and survivor's guilt. However, she did not escape unscathed. Her body bears the scars of the attack and the after effects of multiple surgeries, so it is no wonder that she has an emotional disconnect with everyone around her. She copes by self medicating and sex. Quick one-nighters, no phone calls, no cuddling, no beds and most importantly, no ...more
Michele McMullen
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Nashville Nights series and it is certainly another hit for me.
Carlise Queen had an amazing future as an Olympic swimmer and an amazing boyfriend. She lost both of those loves as a result of a terrorist bombing. Carlise was left physically and emotionally damaged that day. She lives in constant pain from the shrapnel in her body it is a constant reminder of that day. She is now drifting through life and is determined not to become emotionally attached to anyone. Sh
Becca Reads A Lot
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5! Our ratings will be based on this 5 Star scale:
*****J’adore/Nous Adorons: World-changing, we could not put it down even if we dared to try. And, we might just read it again. We would recommend it to anyone.
****Liked it: It didn’t shatter our worlds. Something held us back from that amazing moment of complete obsession, but we definitely liked it a lot. We would recommend it to our friends.

For those who skim: Carlisle and Mateo have a beautiful and sexy relationship that is sure to give you
Laura Hannaway
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars
I enjoyed this a lot. I loved the first book in the series Temptation which featured Mateo's cousin Matt, and therefore I had pretty high expectations for this one. For the most part Covington delivered. I loved my introduction to the tortured duo of Carlisle Queen and Mateo Butler.

Carlisle was a former swimming champion who was badly injured when terrorists detonated a bomb that also killed her lover and many other athlete. She was left with serious injuries and she now self medicat
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlisle Queen & Mateo Butler met in Spanish class. He is the TA and is always finding it funny that she cannot do the accent. He has been trying to get her to go on a date for about a year.

Carlisle has many issues from her past making it difficult to move forward. She has honestly never planned to do so. She used to be an Olympic Swimmer and has the 12 medals to prove how food she was. After a bomb stole her friends, her job and the love of her life - she decided it was no longer worth living.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow--where to begin?

So much is packed into not a whole lot of (just under 200) pages here. I knew from the blurb that there would be a lot of intense stuff going on in this one, but I honestly had no idea just how much or how Robin would be able to get a satisfactory story out of it in such a relatively short book.

But she did...

Carlisle Queen is an amazing character. From Olympic medal-winning swimmer, to bombing survivor, to college freshman, to...well, I can't say what else she's going to beco
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A USAToday bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets…one page at a time. A Native American author of color, Robin proudly writes diverse romance where everyone gets their happy ever after.

She is an unapologetic Indiginerd and comic book geek. She hoards red nail polish and stalks Chris Evans.

A 2016 RIT

Other books in the series

Nashville Nights (3 books)
  • Temptation (Nashville Nights, #1)
  • Redemption (Nashville Nights, #3)

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