The Angel Eyes #0: Jake’s Redemption Review

Jake's Redemption (The Angel Eyes #0)

In this universe, there was a war of men vs. women many years prior. The women won and can enslave the men, and most women show the men no mercy. Marriage is outlawed, and women are meant to just make use of the many male slaves that are around. Jake has been tortured for years under Darla and doesn’t think that he will ever be able to be happy again. When a woman named Monica offers him a job on her ranch, he is worried that he might be going to a fate worse than Darla. When Monica treats him like a human instead of a slave, Jake doesn’t know how to react. Soon, he finds himself falling for her, but he doesn’t know if he can love again.

Wow, I have never read a book quite like this one. So often have I seen a book with female slave/damsel in distress being saved by the male protagonist, but never the reverse. Monica doesn’t believe in slavery, but many women at the time did. Jake had resigned himself to his fate with Darla, but Monica shows him that life could be happy again. He cannot be fully free from Darla because she is constantly keeping tabs on him, but he will be somewhat free on Monica’s ranch until his contract is up.

I also loved how this book shows that both men and women can be traumatized. In many books, men go through trauma and automatically want to go back to having people all over them. Jake doesn’t even want to be hugged by a woman after the horrors he has gone through with Darla, and Monica respects that. When others on the ranch do not respect his wishes, Monica speaks out against it. He has to heal just like anyone else, he isn’t some sort of emotionless being who bounces back after years of torture after seeing a pretty woman or something. Jake needed a time and place to heal, and Monica’s ranch gave him this space.

The romance wasn’t the main focus of this book in my opinion. Jake’s healing was the main focus, which I truly appreciated. Even though the cover looked very sensual, nothing happened until Jake was truly ready to move to that stage of a relationship. When the romance did occur, it was very slow. The characters weren’t just having sex like in some adult romance novels, they truly loved one another and worshipped each other.

To think that this book is a prequel to the rest of the series that hasn’t even come out yet is astonishing. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Angel Eyes series. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new NA dystopian romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

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Kindred Review

Kindred Character Analysis: Kevin and Dana-Interracial Relationships

Dana is a normal 26 year old African American woman living in 1976 (the year the actual story was published). She had recently married Kevin, a white man whose books are successful, unlike hers. She thinks that they will live comfortably in their new house, and grow old together.

Then she is swept away. She lands in a different time, in the past, and a half drowned boy is being dragged from the river by his mother. Dana performs CPR, but after the boy is revived the father points his gun at her. Then she is swept back into 1976.

After she washes off the mud from the river and changes her clothes, she is swept away again. Now she gets to speak to the boy, named Rufus, who has set his curtains on fire as revenge on his father who had beaten him for stealing. When she hears him call her the N word, she is first offended, then she is astonished. She has time traveled back to 1815, and this Rufus is one of her ancestors. The other one of her ancestors is named Alice, a young slave girl, and Dana sees Alice’s father being beaten and her mother forced to watch while standing naked outside. Dana is almost raped by one of the overseers, but then she zaps back into the present.

The next time she zaps to the past, Kevin grabs her and goes with her, and then the story begins.

This book is brutal. It’s sad. But it is very well written. Most of the time, I wasn’t sure if what Dana was doing was right. But I was addicted to this realistic time traveling story and had to keep reading it.

I don’t want to read this book again. It was horrifying, the things that the owners did to the slaves, things that could very well have been done to my ancestors. But if you haven’t read it, you definitely should. Almost all of the historical fiction stories make me open my eyes, realizing how grateful I am for what I have. Sure, Rufus was rich and would inherit all of the property if his dad passed away. However, even me as a regular person in this time, am thousands of times richer than him. I have a computer, air conditioning, a refrigerator, television, things that weren’t even known about during those times. I recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you are sensitive to violence both physical and sexual, then I advise that you pass this book.

Overall Rating: 6/5