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(Redemption #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  143 reviews
“Even though I don’t deserve her—not now, not ever—I can’t see myself letting her go.”

Beyond these prison walls an entire life waits. A daughter I barely know. A twin brother I miss. A lifetime of penance to be paid. But regret consumes me, and what-if’s haunt me.

How do you forgive the irreversible errors of a boy, trying too hard to be a man?

Emerson Lane. She’s my how.

Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published October 2018 (first published March 29th 2018)
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Isabella. R
5 Love Will Set You Free Stars ⭐

"He wears his sins on his sleeves and carries the burden of his actions through every decision he makes. Thinking the world is a better place without him."

Jagger Michaels was a young man when he entered prison for a crime he’ll never forgive himself for. Never expecting absolution, he’s not ready to re-enter society. In fact, he may never…

Emerson Lane is the epitome of goodness. Working for legal aid, she finds herself struggling to distance herself from the case
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
So, this was a good read but I'm being slightly generous with the 4 stars, I'd put it at 3.5 stars rounded up.

0.5 stars for the "cheating" below. Look, I get it, the guy has been in prison without a female for 12 years. He's hot, he's built, he's sex on a stick, and even tho he was immediately attracted to the h (Em), he felt he wasn't good enough to have her, and prob never thought he'd see her again.

So he took up with the first ho that came his way and I get to read the first sex scene being h
Michelle Claypot_Reads
This was my first read from a Marley Valentine and I LOVED it.

Jared the ex con meets Emerson the Legal Aid attorney. Sparks fly, moments are shared and then we get what could be my favourite goodbye kiss of all time. I legit melted into a puddle with a big happy/sad sigh

💚 She had a life before me, and I have a life after this. The kiss is a commemoration. An ode to the random, unexpected, and beautiful things that come into your life when you need them most.

Their paths do randomly cross again,
Brenda Travers
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you eagerly await a book and from the Prologue your hooked and you hold your breath the whole way through never wanting it to end, that’s when you know you connected with a book.

Reclaim by Marley Valentine was exactly that book for me. I’ll start with the Characters both Emerson & Jagger they we’re perfect I fell instantly in love with them, Jagger was a perfect mix of Devastatingly Gorgeous, Bone Crushingly Lost and void of life but has a caring undercurrent that he keeps hidden because he
Rhonda Ziglar
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS FOR RECLAIM!! Wow, I devoured this Book in one sitting. This story will touch your heart with love, family, second chances and learning how to live again. Jagger and Emerson have a connection right from the beginning and it is powerful. I enjoyed every word in this story and I know you will too. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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First, that cover is spot on with Jagger's story and that Prologue-had me sniffling and needing to know WTH happened.

Jagger's paid his debt yet he doesn't believe he deserves happiness because things will never be the same once he's back out. Emerson captured my heart because she honestly did everything within her means to make it easier for Jagger to have a second chance at life. And maybe the chemistry that they both had from the beginning helped her out.

To have dual POV was awesome because
Marley Valentine
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Autumn Grey
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reclaim was such a beautiful story about making mistakes and redemption. Jagger was eighteen when he made a mistake that irrevocably changed his life. And after spending his time time in prison, he comes out a changed man. A man hoping to make things right.

Emerson sees the goodness in Jagger. And as she helps him navigate the 'new world' around him, they slowly fall in love, unable to fight off the attraction to each other.

I loved these two! Sparks flew whenever they were in the same room! And
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5 Stars! Oh how I loved this book!

Marley Valentine never disappoints. Her books are emotional and intense. Her characters are beautifully flawed and lovable.

Reclaim has all the feels. I was hooked from the first pages and stayed engaged until the end. This book was beautifully written and tells a poignant story of love, redemption and the determination to atone for mistakes. Jagger was such an amazing hero. The mistakes of his past are heavy in his heart. Despite the fact he paid the price for
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
It wasn't for me! BUT the other twin is giving me all the feels, so will see!

Review to follow! :)
Anne Milne
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful story about a boy who makes some questionable choices and returns to his family a broken man.

Emerson is a Legal Aid Attorney who’s next case is Jared who’s soon to be released from prison. I liked Emerson, although she sees the good in people she’s not a preachy goody two shoes. There is a connection between them the lingering looks say what their words can’t.

I enjoyed this book, it’s about family, love and forgiveness. Watching Jared reclaim his life was very real, the str
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read

This was an easy read with likeable characters. Sexy Jagger spent 12 years in prison and he is pretty hard on himself. Gorgeous Emerson meets with him to discuss his release and sparks fly. I enjoyed these two getting to know each other and the ex and daughter were an interesting addition. Well worth a read.
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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A battle between the head and the heart

“Your head and your heart aren’t enemies; they’re long lost lovers desperate to be reunited. You don’t have to choose between the two.”

Marley Valentine has once again written a story that grabbed me from the first few pages and did not let go. Jagger Michaels is an inmate, paying the price for a crime that tore his family apart. And Emerson Lane is the Legal Aid lawyer appointed to Jagger to inform him that he is being released on parole for his good behavi
Samantha I Love HEA Romance Book Blog

When I first read the blurb and a little snippet of this story, I knew I had to read it. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to devour it. Finally the day came and I was able to read it! I really enjoyed this story, and just like I predicted, I was hooked from the first page.

Jagger and Emerson have an undeniable connection to one another. I thought they were such great characters. While Jagger has the weight of his decisions on his shoulders, Emerson is passionate and does not judge Jagger, which
Britt The Red Hatter Book Blog
So incredibly sweet, yet at times heartbreaking. Reclaim is a story of overcoming the worst, love, and redemption. I flew through the pages rapidly devouring this book. Reclaim is one of those books that tugs at your heartstrings. Filled with lovable characters and an emotional journey you won’t be able to put this one down!

Both Jagger and Emerson are characters I absolutely adored. Jagger is truly selfless. Constantly putting everyone ahead of himself and willing to sacrifice anything for every
Auden Dar
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another amazing story by Ms.Valentine. Review to come.
Maren Lee
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Read it.
Haley Jenner
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I’m going to find you in the next life too.”

And I think I just died.

No. Seriously. Pulse has been lost. Only to be revived by my own real life Jagger, so if someone could send him my way, I’d be forever grateful. #KthanksBye

Well, shit. Marley knows how much we love her and her writing. Her words are just so god damn pretty 😍 Reclaim had such an addictive storyline, one that sucked me in from the VERY first page. I loved it so much that I devoured it in only a few hours. Every character in this
Kacey Shea
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Marley Valentine book yet. I really enjoyed how this author crafted the story. Jagger's redemption, and the love he finally accepts is a moving journey. Well done. I can't wait for Hendrix's story next!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF

Emerson Lane is a Lawyer whose field of work is legal aid namely helping paroled prisoners adjust to life outside and making sure the transition is smooth along with working with the parole officer assigned. Emerson grew up with a family tradition of lawyers who specialise in property law and that was originally the field she was supposed to follow in; however, she soon realised it wasn’t for her much to her family’s disgust who felt it wouldn’t pay the
charly & raine
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly sensational book so beautifully written. This was a reminder that not everyone is dealt the same cards in life. Decisions made through desperate circumstances can have life altering consequences for some young adults. Jagger was a broken soul living with that guilt.

Emerson was determined to turn that around for him. She had different opportunities afforded to her but chose a path to help the less fortunate. With some persuasion she made some headway leading him to a new life she was sur
Shauna Stevenson
Reviewed on behalf of Endlessly Reading book blog.

From the very first page, this book will grab you by the heart and not let go, even after you have finished reading. It is a beautiful story about a man fighting his past, and to some extent his present, in order to secure a future and a family he isn’t even sure he deserves.

The connection between Jagger and Emerson is forged from the very first time they meet, and runs so deep that it scares them at times. The two are clearly meant for one anoth
Jackie Deans Zielke
A touching story of love and second chance at life! I absolutely loved this book. This book will suck you in the prologue. Jagger spends years of his life in prison and believes he deserved worse than he got. Emerson is a strong, yet insecure woman that has had a rough time with love. She is the perfect match for Jagger. The love between these two is heartwarming and yet sometimes heartbreaking. This Author is definitely a favorite of mine and I have read everything she has written and will cont ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I have received an Arc for a honest review!! **

If you have not read a book by this author you are definitely missing out!! Marley writes really good stories and will have you hooked in no time!
This story is very touching and a great second chance in life! I absolutely loved this book!! The prologue sucks you right in until the very end! I love the cover! It gets you thinking what the story will be about! Everything about this is just perfect!!

Jagger and Emerson

Emerson goes to see Jagger in pr
Jillian Kerr
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I read the prologue I knew this book was going to have my emotions spiralling out of control throughout! Reclaim is about second chances and hard life lessons, love and family, and that our choices don't always define who we are. I absolutely loved Emerson and Jagger. Emerson's love for life and big heart outshines Jagger's flawed, rough views on himself. She wasn't trying to fix him, but prove to him his life had meaning and worth despite the past. Marley did such an amazing job ...more
Tre Talbot
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 beautifully written stars! I have been dying to get my hands on Emerson and Jagger’s story since the blurb was revealed and Im just blown away with it all. From the very beginning I was hooked and as we go further along I’m clutching my kindle so hard with anticipation of what’s going to happen next. Jagger breaks my heart with all he pressure and guilt he puts on himself and there were multiple times I was in need of a tissue thankfully Drix and Taylah brought me back into a laughing fit. Eme ...more
Meghann Martin
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect instant love and second chance in life read.
I love Marley’s style of writing and I was so excited for this book! She delivers a sweet and emotional story that gives you all the feels.

Jagger is the ex-con and Emerson is his solicitor. They meet for the first time and the heat, chemistry and connection is all apparent.

Jagger is such an amazing character. Big heart, loving and protective. Smokin hot as well. It’s so easy to love him. Emerson, Loved her from the beginning. Strong, positive a
Stephanie S
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2018 has been a good year so far for me being introduced to new authors and Marley Valentine is one of them.

I loved this redemption novel as it shows that not everyone who falls is unredeemable.

Jagger paid the price for his careless actions that almost cost him one of the most important person in his life. Emerson wanted to help those who didn't grow up like she did in her privileged life.

I really enjoyed reading this one and will definitely read more from this author in the future.

Kim  Brewing
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jagger meets Emmerson while in prison, in a way and with news he never expected and honestly didn't want. From their first meeting there is an instant attraction. Can there be a future for a felon and a Legal Aid lawyer?

I really like the way this story was written. It flowed well giving us glimpses of the past while staying firmly in the present. There are great secondary characters and GASP! adult conversations. No miscommunications in this one. My only complaint was that Jagger's Eeyore attitu
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