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Carter Grayson

(Redemption #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,912 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Book One in the Redemption Series ~ A standalone novel

By the age of thirty, I had suffered more tragedies in my life than anyone should ever have to experience. Because of those tragedies, I lived in a world of darkness and despair. Even though I ran and owned a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that I saved from bankruptcy, had more money than I could spend, and lived in
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published January 26th 2018 by Sandi Lynn Romance, LLC
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 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)

****Spoilers Ahead****

Well now I have a right to rate this because I did finish it.
I very well know you never stop grieving someone no matter how many years had gone by however this does not give the right to anyone to treat everyone like they are beneath them.
This zero has no redemption in my eyes, he treated the heroine horrible, he used her for sex because he was still
Alex ♈
3.5 stars

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson

Very beautiful and touching life story.
I wasn’t a fan of a love storyline – sorry, but I couldn’t connect to the hero till the end (tortured past doesn't give a person right to treat the others with disrespect!) – but the heroine was amazing and the human message of the book was deep.

“Memories are only bad because of the pain we let ourselves consume…
…Memories are a trea
Ana Paula
Jan 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I´ve read all of the books written by sandi Lynn because she´s one of my favourite writers, but... this book.. I didn't like it. I mean, the plot is nice and everything but the male character, Carter, was soooo mean and disrespecful that I couldn´t connect with him. Nothing, absolutly nothing gives you the right to treat a person like shit, I mean if something horrible happened to you, it should not be used as a excuse to treat the rest as if they were worthless, and almost the entire book Carte ...more
Lu Bielefeld
The hero uses as an excuse the loss of loved ones to be a BIG asshole.
He verbally abuses our heroine at all times and drowns his problems in alcohol.
I could not sympathize with him.
And we have our heroine seeing dead people and talking to them. Even the hero's ex.
I did not like it. It did not work for me.
Then, Carter met Angelique and she was the love of his life. A couple years later, she got pregnant and he proposed. They were going to wait until after the baby was born to get married.
Anne OK
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
Believing in the afterlife isn't the problem for me -- but the way this book was written certainly was. The premise was fairytale from start to finish, the sentence structure was mechanical without much feeling or emotional content provided and I couldn't relate to Carter and his behavior, nor could I get onboard with how everything surrounding Zoey and Carter was like Disneyland on steroids for the rich and famous. Yes, they both endured great loss -- that's an everyday occurrence for people in ...more
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Dawn Rickard
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best

Omg what another amazing book by Sandi. This book was absolutely stunning it made me cry from start to finish.

Carter Grayson is a billionaire and runs his own company. He has a younger sister Nora who is terminally ill with cancer of the brain. One day while in Starbucks Carter is distributed by two girls laughing and tells them to be quiet and have respect for other people but they just laughed.

Zoey Benson is a care nurse and has a gift towards people who are dying. Zoey is hold
Jan 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
This came recommended as a friend thought I would love those grieving widower trope. But nope, just couldn't get into this. The writing was short and stilted. Just didn't flow well to me. And I found the hero your usual gruff asshole who takes his pain out on the heroine. And she just rolls over and take his shit. I literally cannot take any more of these weak heroines. Just terrible, I cannot even go into depth like my usual review. Just glad I got to the end. ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Honestly, this might have rated a little higher, but immediately following I read another book that I feel like was kind of similar in theme and it just blew it out of the park.

Carter has experienced tragedy after tragedy and is currently living through another as his sister is dying of cancer. He is suffering greatly but his outer shell has made him a ruthless a**hole to just about everyone. Zoey is practically destined to be a hospice nurse to help people in their last moments and her
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2-read
[1 star] dont really like this book. carter is an asshole and zoey is a doormat that allows asshole carter to walk over her and she happily allows it. he ask for sex, she simply just agreed, like seriously??!! i mean author wrote out that carter keep apologizing but still go back to his own ways of hurting zoey, then why zoey feel like she is ok with it? doesn't make sense at all. also the 1st 3/4 is sort of slow but after zoey & carter got together, the story become super fast-paced, overall th ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I do believe there are another world from here, I do believe my families are there living happily.

I do hope someday we can reunion.

Life here isn’t an easy thing,I m struggling, health, career, family, love, it’s goes up and down but down are the most, last year wasn’t a good year for me, I m
Looking forward to the later.

carter n zoey is a fairytale, I don’t believe that’s is real but some of the lines were hurt because we r human, so e of the time we don’t want to let go.

Miss u dad, big brother
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than I expected.. I liked the paranormal element, even if it wasn't very original or meshed out. The grovel was good, BUT... when the H continues to be a douche after said grovel it kinda negates the grovel... KWIM?
This author is a very steady 3-star read in my book, but this one was soooo close to reaching that 4th star.. Unfortunately, the H ultimately annoyed me one too many times and I had to go back to the typical "3-star Sandi Lynn" review.
Chrystal Eichner torres
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What an amazing story just as I expected. From pain to love it is an amazing story. Sandi never lets me down.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok

This book is written quite badly. It's as if it was written by a robot. The scructure and dialogues are so stiff and repetitive.

I don't mind when people believe in ghosts but the author made it seem like after death people become almost God-like with powers to actually manipulate the universe and living people. That was just ridiculous and quite cringey to be honest.
Actually, the last part of the book was all cringe. In one minute he's an asshole, in the next he's declaring his love
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Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
One thing I’ve learnt from this is not to judge a book based on other people’s reviews, I read a few reviews of this and shelved it as something maybe I’ll read later, and last night decided to give it a chance and I’m glad I did, I enjoyed it more than I assumed I would.

When Zoey Benson was 5 she was in a horrific accident that changed her life forever, it made her who she became, a hospice care nurse looking after the terminally ill in their final stages of life giving them comfort and the ca
Marilyn Allen
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh the feels!

Wow. This was wonderful. Honestly I don't know if I can do it justice but I'll try. Both Carter and Zooey have been through horrific experiences and dealt with them differently. When they meet at the beginning of the book Carter is full of rage and darkness, holding on to all of the pain he felt. Zooey has to deal with him daily and wants to help him, but honestly doesn't know if she can.
That is one of the things I absolutely loved about this book. I like characters that a
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carter Grayson was a Grade A DICK!!!!! I felt for the pain he was going through, but that’s no excuse for not being a decent human being. No Excuse! Zoey was my Hero.......for having the THICKEST SKIN EVER on a woman. I would never have given him the time of day. Grieving or not, sorry........not sorry. I hated everything about Carter........Ordinarily, I love all of Sandy’s books. I’ve read most if not all, but this one just grated on my nerves.......the rudeness was overbearing, the assholines ...more
Trudy Walker
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ohh what to say about this book without sounding harsh, since I am not an author myself and have no idea how hard it is to write a book. But uggg I keep reading Sandi Lynn books and keep finding myself being disappointed by the amateurish writing style and lack of depth in the storyline and characters. Like many of her books the synopsis sounds like it's going to be a great read and it so could be with more thought and depth put into the story. Why? Why do I keep reading her books? I guess becau ...more
Gloria Wenman
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb to this book, I actually stopped reading another novel so I could pick this one up immediately. So glad I did. It was addictive. Read in one day. #Carter was like a volcano ready to blow, and you could feel it with every page - PEW! Zoey on the other hand was calm - two opposites through circumstances. It was a magical read. This author can certainly get emotion onto paper. This is not an easy topic for a lot of people to get their heads around at the best of times, but w ...more
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Memories are a treasure and they were made with love. That’s what you need to remember. Embrace the memories here. Feel the good times and the love and remember what it’s like to live again.”

I’ve been a fan of Sandi Lynn books since I stumbled across the Black Family Series. This book takes a different spin than her usual reads. It has the depth, emotion and some of the steaminess you expect from her books, but this one just hits a new level of emotion. It was a great read and I’m looking forwa
Spunky N Sassy
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Wow! This book blew me away with so many emotions. Most of the book I thought Carter was a jerk but I also saw his pain shining through with all his anger and hate. Then you have strong and beautiful Zoey who puts up with him and even tries to help him. I loved how the push and pull with both characters felt so real. They both showed so much emotion while dealing with their past and present. Nora was such a sweet soul and she real
Jessica Alston
Dec 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried but I couldn’t finish this book. The storyline was different and since I’m a spiritual person it appealed to me but execution greatly failed. The relationship between the two main characters wasn’t there. It’s hard to put into words. I’ve read plenty of enemies to lovers romance novels but the male character was bad character development. I couldn’t even feel for him or his story. The female character was child like without any back bone. And when she did tell the male character off it w ...more
Darlene Richardson
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’m a huge fan of author Sandi Lynn’s books, she has a way of making her characters come to life on the pages of her books. Carter Grayson is the perfect book, he has endured so much pain in his life. Too many heartaches for one person, he’s angry at everyone. Zoey walks into his life and she tries to bring him out of his darkness except he’s not ready to let go. It’s not an easy feat to try and show him that there’s life after pain and loss, and life is worth living because everyone is
Gina Meier
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carter is a hard nut to crack. He feels that the world has let him down and everyone around his has passed away. Zoey is a Hospice nurse with a heart of gold and sees the good in everyone. Zoey had a run in with Carter at a coffee shop and she hoped she wouldn't see him again. As luck would have it Carter's sister was good at running her nurses off. Nora is Carter's sister and he knows that he is going to struggle once he is gone. I don't want to give away the story but I laughed, cried and trul ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carter was a major asshole but considering all of the loss he has had I can understand....up to a point.
Zoey has seen her share of tragedy also but she doesn't let it rule her life. Zoey is hired to take care of Carter's sister who is terminally ill.
It takes awhile but Carter starts to thaw when his feelings for her start to grow. He does some really shitty things to Zoey but she is good at calling him out on it.
Carter is noticing that Zoey is carrying a secret from her past and he is determine
Chelsea Nicole
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok

Spoilers. I wasn’t on board with this theme. I didn’t agree with Zoey’s approach to convincing the main hero of her faith. You can’t force your faith onto someone else who does not believe and that’s what the author had her doing. I feel like he did have a right to be upset when she was talking about it to him because he told her multiple times to stop. She didn’t. She kept pushing it. I stopped reading after she deemed him an a hole after he exploded on her for bringing it up yet again.
J. Grayland
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
By the age of thirty, I had suffered more tragedies in my life than anyone should ever have to experience. Because of those tragedies, I lived in a world of darkness and despair.
Now considering I have no interest or belief in religion or mediums, I really liked this book, the characters had a great chemistry even if he was a total a**hole to the point that I could not stand him and wondered why would she put up with his Sh*t until, he redeemed himself towards the end. The story line was well tho
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Carter Grayson

Sandi Lynn has written one of this year's best book for 2018. I absolutely loved the storyline, and I fell completely in love with Carter and Zoey. I must say this is one of her best standalone stories, I cried a lot but it was such a moving story with peace and sorrow. I hope everyone takes a chance on this beautiful story because you definitely won't be disappointed, make sure you have lots of tissues
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