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Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, her husband takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape.

But freedom comes at a price.

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Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by J.C. Valentine (first published 2012)
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
JC Valentine always writes books that are more than just a typical romance novel and this one is certainly a lot more than typical. This book is different in that I would not even classify it as a romance novel. It reads more of a thriller with a touch of suspense. Mainly it is contemporary women's fiction.

It's the story of a woman taking that control of her life. Tired of the abuse and the lack of control in her life, Terri is on a mission to become whole again after her husband was sent to pri
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Jessica Alcazar
Her Only Salvation managed to check off quite a few subjects in its wake, but the story as a whole does not fall into the category of romance. This is the story of Terri. Her survival. Her growth. And the potential of maybe feeling safe to love again. Luke, our hero, is her protector of today. Their growing closeness could lead to a romantic relationship, but it wasn't developed in this book enough for me to even label it HFN ... this is not a bad point in the least, just an observation.

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Coco.V
Jul 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, her husband takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape.

But freedom comes at a price.

Forging a new life, Terri moves to a new town and tries to forget her past, but she can'
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Melissa Mendoza
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

“Wrapping her arm around Luke’s waist, she allowed him to steer her to her room, feeling the warmth of his comforting embrace all the way to her soul.”

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4 Save me stars!!! Emotional roller coaster!

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After leaving her abusive husband, Randy in jail, Terri is ready to start a new life. She moved to the next town over, bought a small house, dyed her hair and works at a bar. Everything is going smoothly, until Randy shows back up in her life after being released throwing her whole life up i
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Anna
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Terri's husband was put in jail for abusing her. She moved, changed her life and job, and is moving forward with her life. She has done everything she can to get away from that life and marriage, but when her husband is released from jail he makes it clear that he is not going to let her go. Terri's boss Luke find out what is going on when Terri's abusive husband starts clearly stalking and threatening her. He helps her get safely to and from work and helps her out with a safe place to stay unti ...more
Sam Lewis
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This review of Her Only Salvation by J.C. Valentine is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog.

I liked this book, but did not fall in love with it. It was a short and sweet typical girl escapes abusive past relationship and finds a new savior only to be revisited by her past. I feel for Terri and am happy she was able to get away from Randy. Why did Terri not have any family or friends to turn to? I wanted more of Terri's background. I want to know more about the woman who risked her life to flee Ran
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Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
This review was first posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds as part of the Blog Tour hosted by Indie Sage PR <3


J.C. Valentine has written some of the grittiest romances I have had the pleasure of reading, yet the blurb intimated that this somewhat of a cleaner romance ;) So I knew I had to absolutely check it out! :D

And I am so glad that I did.

Terri aka Terry Cunningham is a woman trying to start over – she is a woman battered by her husband and is slowly trying to regroup herself. She h
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Sandy S
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Original release 2012

Re-release: September 13, 2016

Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, her husband takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape.

But freedom comes at a price.

Forging a new life, Terri moves to a new town and tr
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Becky Rendon
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This book gives a whole new meaning to the phrases Spring Cleaning and taking out the trash. I loved them both too.

Terri lives everyday in fear. Fear of the one man who vowed everything to her. Fear for her health, fear for her sanity, and fear ultimately for her life.

Supposedly, the object of her fear was being detained but it seems Terri's demons won't stay put. Looking over her shoulder won't be enough.

I love when battered women make a stand. Even if they aren't successful the first
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Heather Pollock
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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QueenZany 4 Star Review

HER ONLY SALVATION

J.C. Valentine


“HER ONLY SALVATION” Was an emotional, yet bold journey of climatic change!! I was riveted by the strength, courage and determination of Terri. Mixed with a bit of suspense and sense of sorrow. But where there is sorrow there is alway change! A highly emotional read that had me yearning that she would achieve that HEA!!! So glad I had the chance to read it. ButI will not give away the ending!


Arc was provided in exchange for
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Anne Milne
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terri is literally fleeing for her life, her plan at the start gave me chills and showed her strength snd determination. Luke is a great character, he's a bit rough around the edges but the way he is with Terri shows a different side to him. The story pulled me in you want to keep reading to see how Terri copes and for Luke because your routing for then to be together as s couple. Good believable story with relatable characters.
Lindsay Thompson-Sublett
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. The sad thing is things like this happen more than people realize. There were many aspects of this book and happen in real life. The way she wrote this story blended excellently together.
Tt
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This book has a really intriguing plot that keeps you turning pages towards the climatic culmination of of all the suspense, and I really enjoyed that part. You pretty much know where it going but not how it will occur so big kudos for the suspense factor of the crazy assed ex! However, I was less enthralled b the actual romance in this book. I just wasn’t feeling it between the two MCs. Not sure why but I never got the chemistry between them that sparked my interest in that part of t ...more
Bry Ann
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good

I liked it. I mean this is a plot line I really enjoy. It wasn’t really a romance. I didn’t ever really get into that storyline but it wasn’t bad at all. Worth a read.
Bookish
Aug 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a total pass for me. Zero chemistry between the H/h. The book is almost entirely about the /h & her ex versus developing the relationship between the H/h.
AnessaRenee Reviews
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a thrilling book, that's makes you question where this is all going. I truly loved that there wasn't any sexy scenes. Sometimes I find that most books can over do it and not have the quality writing I'm looking for. There are some scenes that can be triggers. As said in the prologue Terri finally gets away from her abusive husband. But like most things that's not the end for Terri and the torment she has been through so far. When she meets Luke she never thinks twice th ...more
Meckesha Booher
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read! Terri narrowly escapes her ex husband, who's then thrown in jail. One year later and he's out, and he's coming for her. Terri starts to feel threatened and seeks comfort in her boss. Randy will do whatever it takes to get his wife back, but she's not having it. Read to see what happens. Good book!
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Title: Her Only Salvation
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: Thriller, Adult Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★

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This was quite a bit of a different read from previous books that I’ve read by the author in the past.

It still held onto the core things that for me as a reader, I enjoy from J.C. Valentine’s stories. Such as connection to characters, an engaging story, and a writing style that’s near impossible to walk away from once you’ve experienced it.

This time arou
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Melanie
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love J.C. Valentine's writing and even though this is one of her first books, just renamed and revamped, it is just as good as all her other ones I have read. Her characters are always so well developed and I immediately fell that I can connect with all of them on some level. I fell in love with Terri and Like in this one immediately and they just kept growing on me throughout the story.

Terri has been dealt a rough start with her ex that is now behind bars. Glad for the escape from him and his
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Jenny Brightman Harris
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.

In this book we meet Terri Cunningham and Luke Reed. When this book opens up Terri has finally had enough of her abusive husband and is making a statement in regards to him. She is throwing all of his things out into the lawn she has already changed the locks she knows this won't stop him but it might slow him down. We then find that the final time he beat her he nearly killed her but only got a year in jail. So Terri sold the house and ran to
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Mommaleena
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read-again
•Freedom
Although this is one of J.C. Valentine's early works, it's yet again ANOTHER BLOCKBUSTER!!! I hadn't even read the prologue to Her Only Salvation and she already had me in tears!! This is a heart wrenching, but all too truth of a story. However I'm glad it ended as HEA!!! No sex (between main characters), some physical violence that COULD be a trigger to some that have had to deal with PHYSICAL DOMESTIC ABUSERS, and the control they have. But this story is about so much more than that!
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Racy
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for a honest review. This was such a great story and one due to personal experience I found very touching. Woman who go through abuse can either fall apart or come out strong. It truly depends on them.

Terri Cunningham was such an amazing woman. The strength she has will just blow you away. She is a woman who had thought she was married to the man of her dreams to find out she was married to a monster. A man that got off on her pain. To get to the place in her life were she decid
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Melinda G
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terri is trying to escape her past and move on with her future. How can she possibly do that with a crazy ex husband who is stalking her? Terri was in an abusive marriage; the only thing she has ever known. When she finally finds an opportunity to escape that life she grabs it. Enter Luke, her new boss who decided to give her a chance to work for him and get her on her feet with no experience what so ever. Things are finally going good for her, then she finds out that her ex husband is out of pr ...more
Brigitte
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary, romance
This novel is about psychological and physical domestic abuse. The abuser always blames the victim for his actions. The victim ends up feeling guilty but there is a point when enough is enough.

Terri is married to Randy. She is subjected to mental and emotional abuse and it's always her fault. She has come to a point where she wants to make a clean break and start over.

Luke had a troubled past but has pulled himself together and is the owner of a successful business. He cares for his staff and
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Bitches N' Books
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Her Only Salvation
Author: J.C. Valentine


“Wrapping her arm around Luke’s waist, she allowed him to steer her to her room, feeling the warmth of his comforting embrace all the way to her soul.”

4 Save me stars!!!  Emotional roller coaster!

After leaving her abusive husband, Randy in jail, Terri is ready to start a new life.  She moved to the next town over, bought a small house, dyed her hair and works at a bar.  Everything is going smoothly, until Randy shows back up in her life after being
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Jennifer Pierson
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terri grew up very sheltered, and lonely, so when she got to college, she went wild. During one of the wild parties she was at, she met the man that she thought was her Prince Charming. Once they were married, his nice mask dropped, and the gloves came out. After years of abuse, he finally takes things to far, and she finds the courage to escape him. Terri moved to a new town, got a job, and changed her appearance to hide while trying to forget her past. However, when her husband gets out of pri ...more
Jenny Dauksa Schaber
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2016-read, arc
4 1/2 stars
This may have been her first, but that only proves the amazing talent J.C. Valentine has with the written word. This is not your traditional story. It will pull at your heart in more ways that one - especially if your life has been touched by abuse, stalking or even as the protector of those you care about. It shows the power of strength in despair. It moves you to feel the situations and characters as if they are your own - and isn't that what a good read is all about? Terri's charac
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I generously received an ARC from IndieSagePR in exchange for an honest review...

Intended for a mature audience only...

This was the first book I've read by J.C. Valentine, but I'll tell you that it won't be the last.

Her Only Salvation is a story about a woman taking back control of her life.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong and loving man, but she soon discovered how wrong she was. When her husband was thrown in jail for abusing her, she
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Crystal
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Her Only Salvation is a riveting, emotional, heartbreaking book. It grabbed me in and I finished it in one night. The writing is beautiful, the characters relatable. Terry is a woman who survived a horrific event in her life and she was trying to move forward as best she could. She was amazing. I loved the build up to the relationship between Terry and Luke. I really loved this story and can't wait to read more by this author!

kgagnon
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had me feeling so many emotions and completely engaged right from the start. It began with Terri throwing all her husbands belongings out of the house after she decided enough was enough. I had no idea what enough really was. Fast forward and Terri has moved, changed her appearance and is living in fear of the day her soon to be ex. husband gets out of prison. Terri did not have any control over her decisions her whole life. She is now struggling to become stronger and gain some confid ...more
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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry.

J.C. lives in the Nort
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