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(Doms of Club Eden #6)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  58 reviews
“Please, don’t leave me here.”

Those were the last, tearful words Gina Castillo spoke to me thirteen years ago. It killed me to go, but I was getting sucked further and further into a criminal lifestyle. I wanted more for myself. For her. So I left for the Army, knowing she’d be better off without me.

Now I’m back: a better, stronger man, and Gina has grown into
Published 2019 by Wicked Wildflowers Publishing, LLC
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Jennifer Pierson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolution was a story which packed a HUGE emotional punch, and a BIG side of suspense. In fact, it was more suspenseful, than the whole BDSM factor, and this is something I truly LOVED about it. I'm a sucker for suspense, and when there are twists that are turned out, and turns all twisted up, I go to my happy place where I'm on the edge of my seat dropping loud f-bombs. Let me tell you, there's no better place. Now, the angst, OH MY HELL, the angst. It was so intense at times that I had to sto ...more
Breen Rdz
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Absolution was everything I expected and more. I’ve previously read some books of L.K. and I loved them. So I was sure this one was going to be amazing and OMG nothing of what I expect but way even better. The levels of romance and suspense were high! I was so trapped in the story with all the emotions. My heart ached for Gina, knowing her past was hurtful and it broke my heart. Yet, she grew up stronger and I admire her for that. Leo, he’s the definition of a hero, a perfect man! He was determ ...more
Cindy Hughes
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story!
Gina and Leo lived in the same foster home. Leo left for the service leaving Gina behind. When they meet again Gina is angry and doesn’t want anything to do with him. Leo will do anything he can to make it up to her.
Absolution is a powerful, heartbreaking and suspenseful read. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride that I’m glad I was on! It captured my attention from the first page and I couldn’t put it down! You couldn’t help but root for them! I really
Virginia Lundeen
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Well, I didn't see ANY of that coming! Way to go LK Shaw .. great story, great storylines, great characters. I used a little bit of kleenex, had a few reminiscent moments of youth past, and understood a lot of what Gina was going through, BUT, I did not see any of the end coming. I love the way LK writes. She let's you feel. I do love both Gina and Leo and wish they could have stayed just a little longer by my reading chair, so I could get to know them a lot bett
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
An enjoyable and well written romantic suspense

This was an easy to read, enjoyable and well written story that deals with some dark and difficult issues. These were very sensitively dealt with and it felt as though the author had definitely done her homework on the subject. Gina and Leo are two likeable and believable characters and I very much enjoyed their story. ( I would but this as 4.5 on Amazon due to their differing rating system. )

I was surprised at how slow burn this was, though it(
Deanne Taylor
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You just know from the beginning that something happened to Gina in the past.....the question is what?
Leo has no idea, all he knows is the old Gina, the one he left behind was his best friend.
Sometimes hate is all you have, the only thing that keeps you going day after day, Gina is infinitely familiar with this.
When her past comes back at her with a vengeance, she's left with an impossible choice, or so she feels.
This one touched me, it hits some emotional hot spots and leaves me wantin
Monica Reviews Books
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Childhood best friends Gina and Leo are finally reunited after being separated for thirteen years, only now she won’t give him the time of day. Leo is shocked and horrified when he finds out what happened to her while he was away—the friend he thought would protect and take care of her made her life hell.

Absolution is more of a second chance romance than anything else. There’s hardly any BDSM, so readers who aren’t into that might enjoy this as well. The writing is cohesive and the s
I understand that the author needed to get let this character have her say, but damn. This story is beyond messed up, and it started at the beginning for both characters. I do not suggest that this is a standalone in any way. You will be lost. There are significant characters that have been in the previous books that help this story come together. Again, you will be lost if you read this out of order, the characters had messed up lives from the beginning, but love does come. The author gets out ...more
KnottyGirl Reviews
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolution is the next book in LK Shaw’s Doms of Club Eden series Our newest couple is Gina and Leo. Gina has just gotten out of a disastrous 5 year relationship with a controlling jerk. One she helped to put away.

Now Gina is back home and years later she is a sub at Club Eden, trying desperately to avoid the boy who broke her heart years ago. Leo thought he’d left a 15 year old Gina in good hands, but little did he know Now he is doing what he can to make it up to her, because she w
Nov 11, 2019 added it
Gina is a submissive at Eden. She has been here for a few years and uses her scenes to work off stress and anxiety from her past. One day someone from her past shows up in her safe haven and her life is not the same.

Years ago when Leo left his foster home to attempt to better himself in the military, he thought that he left his admirer in the safety and protection of a fellow foster. He has learned otherwise and he must protect Gina now.

As the story unfolds, and we learn what happened to Gina
Kelly Graham
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gina and Leo met in a foster home 13 year previously.
When Leo leaves to join the forces thinking hes protecting Gina from the gang hes become involved with he couldnt be more wrong.
Ginas life became a living hell once her best friend Leo left and now she can no longer look at him as he just reminds her of everything she endured once he wasn't there to protect her.
When the devil from their past returns and is out for revenge on Gina can they survive and can the hate Gina now has
Eva Wade
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all this is the 7th book in a series of standalones with HEAs. although this series is modeled around a bdsm club. this book is more about drug addiction and overcoming it. also there is suspence and this is a friends to enemies to lovers romance i know crazy right? This is a definant page turner and your sure to fall in love with the characters in this book.
Phyllis Lopez
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pasts collide to bring Leo and Gina back together after 13 years apart! L.K. Shaw brings every emotion into one story! She makes you feel like your right there living this story with the characters! I can never get enough of the Club Eden Series! A must read! Can't wait to see what she writes next!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gina has clawed her way up from the depths of hell to where she is today. She's gotten good at hiding the abuse she went through in the past until Leo shows back up in her life. Leo....the only man she has ever loved but at the moment hates with a passion. Leo never forgot her but he had to leave and thought he had left her in good hands!! This might be a short story but it is packed with so much emotion and feelings. You instantly get sucked right into the story. The hate/love Gina feels for Le ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is filled to the brim with so much emotions.
Gina has been to hell and back.
She’s now part of a group of people who love her.
She has found a way to purge her inner demons.
And she has found peace.
Then suddenly her world gets turned upside down.
Her life becomes chaos and she’s falling apart.
The two men she grew up with she despises with a passion.
Now both of them come barreling into her life once again.
Leo doesn’t understand why Gina
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gina and Leo's story is kind of a second chance romance, maybe kind of a story about love and redemption. Maybe. I could probably make a case for it.

Gina and Leo had known each other long ago, but then he left for the military, and her life was just miserable and just got worse from there. Now, years later and in a city miles away from where they grew up, they have managed to meet again. Only this time Gina has no love left in her heart for Leo. She purely hates him.

I think that Leo is a good
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg. This book and author absolutely blew me away!! This author has an emotional, over the top hard topic book that will bring you to your knees!! I applaud this author for wiring this story and all the twists and turns the characters have to face. The suspense, addiction, emotions, and devotion will gut you.

I absolutely loved the devotion between characters and their friends. When you realize you have family that isn’t blood, you can thrive!! I would highly recommend this book to any romance l
Joy Westerfield
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful story!

The story of Leo and Gina will hold you captive from beginning to end. Gina and Leo knew each other when they were younger and she had a crush on him. Then one day he left and she vowed to hate him forever. Her life after that was never the same. Forward many years later and she sees Leo and just can’t forgive him. When someone from their past threatens Gina, Luke is determined to protect her whether she wants him too or not. Can Gina ever forgive Leo? These two have incredib
Heather Whitaker Red Hatter Book Blog
There is so much that happens in this quick read. Not a dull moment and filled with so much emotion. Gina out heroine has led a rough life. She prefers to keep her past in the past, but she finds that difficult when someone from her past won't let her be. Leo is our hero who is definitely like the Lion he has been nicknamed. Gina and Leo have a past where one can't let go and the other is not sure what they did wrong. Follow their journey to see how forgiveness can truly open your heart to happi ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick afternoon read filled with heartache, animosity and second chances. I liked the intricacy of some of the characters, how they tie in together, coming full circle without even knowing it. How the sins of the past still affect the present, but not necessarily the future if you don't allow it. I do wish there would have been more from the club as that's how it's packaged, but in all it was an enjoyable story that I wouldn't mind reading more from their world.
*NOTE* This is the incorrect edition of the book - I have since moved this review to the correct version.

I understand that the author needed to get let this character have her say, but damn. This story is beyond messed up, and it started at the beginning for both characters. I do not suggest that this is a standalone in any way. You will be lost. There are significant characters that have been in the previous books that help this story come together. Again, you will be lost if you re
Kerry Williams
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story of two people that endured a hard lifetime while apart. When united later in life they are able to reconnect, and become the savior for each other. While helping each other cope with their past they fall in love all over again.
Margaret Corcoran
I really enjoyed this book. It's gritty as it tells of drug addition, abuse and violence. All the characters are very well writted and described, real and alive. I enjoyed the interaction between strong and alive Gina and protective and loyal Leo. This story is well told and flows, a page-turner. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I very highly recommend it. Well written and described. I did not read and of the other books in this series but I will soon.
Darnell MR Hart
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely this best book in the series.  Gina's struggles are so real and heartbreaking. The fact that she is strong enough to face them and Leo, shows true heart. Leo is unapologetically alpha dominant male. He is willing to do anything for Gina.

This book spoke to my heart.  It will give you hope and make you a little stronger. Thank you LK Shaw for this story. 

Truly Amazing!!
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Kink for a recovering drug addict whose been sexually abused as a teen tends to send a message that doesn't appeal to me. Full disclosure, I have not read any of the previous books in this series so I'm not sure if this is a recurring theme… a female with sexual abuse in her past getting into kink as therapy. Before I dive into why I don't like this kind of theme, let's discuss the characters and plot.

Gina is a submissive at her wits end because her past is rearing its ugly head. Gin
B. Koe
Author LK Shaw’s series, The Doms of Club Eden, has provided hours of entertainment! Each book in the series is a phenomenal read, and in her latest novel, ABSOLUTION, author LK Shaw hits the ball out of the park. Her prose is erudite, descriptive and puts her readers in the midst of the action! Her contemporary characters are so realistic they could walk off the page, and author Shaw uses dual narration to place her readers inside the heads of both Gina and Leo! That mas
Jenn Bonfadini
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LK does what she does best and gives you a book packed full of emotion with Absolution. Gina and Leo have a tragic story, filled with angst and heartache. Gina has been suffering for years after Leo left her to join the service. The victim of physical and emotional abuse by those closest to her, she falls into addiction and does everything to get herself clean and to put away those that wronged her. When her abuser is set free from prison, her life spirals out of control and Leo steps in to prot ...more
Anne Donaldson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The prologue to this book establishes that something devastating has happened, but the full extent of that devastation is appalling when revealed. As always in an LK Shaw book, the characters make the book. Leo is shattered at the level of hate Gina feels for him; Gina’s struggles with her past with Leo, with her past with Gideon, and with her recovery are all portrayed with empathy. The D/s aspect is more in Leo and Gina’s relationship than in the club, but the club is a vital element in the st ...more
April Symes
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolution by L.K. Shaw is book 7 in the Doms of Club Eden series. This is Leo and Gina's story.
This is a 2nd chance romance that is 13 years in the making. Gina's life went downhill after Leo went in the military. She was abused by her previous master. She has never forgiven Leo for leaving her behind. She finally finds people who care about her and love her for who she is. Yet just as she is healing well , the man who she hates with a vengeance comes back into her life.
Leo thought when he le
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
What happens when the life you think you left behind was a pack of lies told by someone who envied you?
For Leo, the Gina in the here and now is not the one whom he left behind when he escaped and joined the military, entrusting her in his friends hand. For Gina, being left behind was the start of the end for her, and she has no good thought in mind when it comes to Leo.

However when the reason she ran, suddenly finds her and starts threatening her again, her Boss assigns Leo to
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Other books in the series

Doms of Club Eden (6 books)
  • Secrets of Submission (Secrets, #1)
  • Secrets of Desire (Secrets, #2)
  • Secrets of Redemption (Secrets, #3)
  • His to Protect (Secrets, #3.5)
  • Secrets of Betrayal (Secrets, #4)