By Beth Yarnall
Beau: Six years. That’s how long I spent behind bars for a crime I didn’t commit—the murder of the woman I loved. Now I’m free, but life on the outside is a different kind of prison. I don’t know who I am or who I want to be. At least I have my sister, Cora. She never stopped believing in me. She even got me a job at the private investigation agency that cleared my name. And then Vera Swain walks into Nash Security and Investigations and kicks my world on its ass.
Vera: There’s only one thing that would make me come out of hiding after two years on the run: finding my sister. I made the mistake of telling a monster about her, the same monster who beat me and broke me. Now I’m forced to confide in Beau Hollis of Nash Security and Investigations. He looks at me like he knows me—the real me. He sees too much, makes me feel too much. The pleasure he offers is exciting and addictive. But I can’t fall for him . . . because my love could get us both killed.
After learning about Beau and his wrongful conviction in VINDICATE, I couldn’t wait to read his story in ATONE, and while we do get a glimpse into his story, ATONE focuses mainly on Vera and her quest to save her little sister from the same monster that held her captive for years.
You can’t help but feel for Beau and everything he’s endured. Wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend, he spent six years in prison for a crime that all of his friends and family⎯with the exception of his sister⎯thought he was guilty of. Since his release, he struggles with his freedom, as well as the sadness and anger he feels towards Cassandra for her death. He’s in a state of flux and needs something to give his life purpose. Enter Vera, a strong but closed off woman who has a hard time trusting anyone, and that’s certainly to be expected given everything she’s gone through. She trusts Beau with her body, but not with her life story, no matter how hard he tries to get her to open up. These are two very broken people who need each other to heal.
ATONE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I’d recommend reading VINDICATE first to fully understand Beau’s case. I enjoyed reading the book and the dark turns it took, even the shocker that involved Vera’s sister near the end. I honestly didn’t think the author would go down that route, but I do like being kept on my toes. While I enjoyed it, I was left disappointed over the number of unanswered questions I have, which I can’t even voice here as they would be considered spoilers. It’s because of those unanswered questions that I’m only giving ATONE 4 Hearts.
Atone (Recovered Innocence # 2)
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