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(Doms of Club Eden #6)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  63 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 a beautiful
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Published November 3rd 2019
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♆ 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. Gina's life has
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 fi
Latifa Morrisette
This book is low on the BDSM but heavy on the romantic suspense and I absolutely love it. When you read everything that happened to Gina as a young girl, your heart hurts for her. But along the she grows stronger until the darkness from the past comes back. Leo is determined to be there this time. This book was amazing. I think everyone will absolutely love this.
Deanne Taylor
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wanting more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Absolution by L.K. Shaw is book 7 in the Doms of Club Eden Series. This is the story of Gina and Leo.
Gina and Leo where young friends several years ago but Leo ending up leaving her. Leo had thought at the time he was doing the right thing. Now all those years later Leo and Gina meet again. Leo sees that Gina isn't the same person he once knew. Something has happened to change her greatly. Gina has been a survivor and the one person she loved had left her..Leo. Now he is back and she doesn't se
Heather  The Hatters
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
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 masterful
Jennifer Pierson
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
Jenn Bonfadini
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kari Hansen
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Leo left to join the military he thought that it was best decision for both him and Gina. Thirteen years later he has returned home and is about to find out that the best of intentions have ended up with the worst of results.

Gina was devastated when Leo left her and the pain that she has endured while he was gone have left a lasting effect on her life. She has worked hard to overcome her past and she must ensure the walls she has built around herself don’t crack or the new life she has crea
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG. This will be a difficult review to write, because, I don't want to give anything away! What a powerful suspenseful story! Gina, Leo and Gideon were in the same foster home as kids. No strong role models. No one to guide them, but the criminals surrounding them. Leo does not want to end up like his dad, in and out of prison. At eighteen, he enlists. Distraught Gina is left behind. So much happens in the course of eight years. When Gina bumps into Leo again, can she forgive him for not having ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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  ·  review of another edition
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 enjoyed the
Gina begged Leo not to leave her behind when he left for the army. Now years later he is back and realizes all the things he was told were lies. Gina went through hell and won't forgive Leo. Leo is a working with a dominant at Club Eden and is assigned to protect Gina. This is light on BDSM and has a romantic suspense element. An enjoyable read that I recommend.
Virginia Lundeen

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 better. Enjoy an
Pam James
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Real angst feelings.

I loved the struggle that Gina and Leo had to go through to get to their HEA. The angst and suspense in this book are real. I felt all the emotions Gina felt. My heart broke at the despair. Please have tissue ready when you read this book. It's a very emotional story. Loved the love/hate relationship. From a True Fan... Pam James.
April Symes
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Monica Reviews Books
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 story is ente
Patricia Hoffstaetter
A well-written, intriguing & suspenseful romance, that is somewhat dark & is quite heartbreaking to read at times. The characters are quite well-developed & go through a lot of trials & tribulations to ultimately complement each other. The plot is exceptional well-written & flows smoothly throughout the story line, there is good scene descriptions & world building. There are character crossovers from previous books but this book can be read as a standalone.
There is: A young woman (Gina) with dev
KnottyGirl Reviews
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 won’t be able
Kelly Graham
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 for Leo turn back
Beyond The Covers Blog
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's heartbreaking what Gina went through in order to survive as a young teen. Her heart was broken when the man she loved left her to enlist into the army. The man who was suppose to care and protect her.

After thirteen years Gina and Leo are reunited. Gina still bears the scars of her past.

Leo is shocked to find out what Gina has endured all these years while he was away. He feels guilty when he discovers his friend who was suppose to protect her turned out to be the devil himself.

When Gina's p
Eva Wade
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
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.
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
Wow! I hardly have words to describe this. It's somewhat dark with some BDSM aspects but the story....the story just gets to you. Gina has a lot to get through and once Leo comes back into her life, it's hard for her. There is some misunderstandings they need to get through but I love that he is her Dom and the love and care he takes with her is just the sweetest. You will have a hell of a ride with this.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gina has a past that she wants to keep in her past but Leo knows something is wrong and he wants his old Gina again..... not going to post spoilers but when Gina past comes back big time lets say Leo is her hero.... I loved this book and love all the books of this series
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