Thursday, May 2, 2013

Salvaged (Daddy's Girl Series #2)

Brayden and Maggie have been dating for four years. Maggie is ready and expecting an engagement ring. Brayden has a past full of weaknesses and mistakes he can’t seem to shake. As he slowly loses everything, he also loses Maggie. As his world unravels, can he find the strength to shake his inner demons? Does he have it in him to face the ghosts of his past? Can Maggie overcome his deceptions? Will they find a way to love and trust again? 

Just a side note, Chelsea Camaron contacted me through email and asked me to read her novels and review them, she has a third book coming out soon for the Daddy's Girl Series and I was honored she asked!  So I promised her I would give her a honest review and here it is!

Wow...where to begin...

Let me start with I really enjoyed continuing the story of Maggie and Dina.  We see a lot more of Ryder and Dina's story in this, including them marrying.  Which I LOVED!  We also get to the bottom of what is going on between Maggie and Brayden.  There is a lot to cover here, so let me get started.

Maggie is a great character in that nothing is too terribly deep with her, she likes her life and doesn't for the most part, over think things.  She is completely content in her blissful ignorance and doesn't do too much in terms of questioning her boyfriend who seems to have changed overnight.  It takes a reality check like losing their new home, for Maggie to wake up and deal with the reality and gravity of their situation.  I wouldn't say she is flighty, I just think she isn't accustomed to having to deal with things.  It seems like everyone has sort of always taken care of her.  Her parents, big brother Harrison (who I will talk about soon), and Dina.  Now she has to grow up and find herself and what she wants.

Brayden is a mess.  Nope, take that back, he is a walking talking disaster!  Having lost his older sister when he was a teen, he holds a lot of guilt that he of course deals with by in fact, not dealing.  He turns to drugs to make all his pain go away, and as you might imagine, his addiction puts everything on the line.  The new home he just bought and his relationship with Maggie & even his friendship with Ryder and Dina.  Everything seems to be falling apart.  Finally he comes clean about the drugs after  he demolishes Maggie's car.  She of course is devastated.

Dina is kind of brutal in this book.  I get it, she lost her parents to someone under the influence while they were driving.  She is a lot less forgiving towards Brayden due to that.  It is completely understandable.  But damn it was hard to read Dina being cold when she seemed to have such a gentle heart in the first book.  We also get to know a little about Maggie's father, who is amazing and doesn't pass judgement on Brayden, he knows the kid is in trouble and he knows the love he has for his daughter.  I love that about Harold!

The best part of this book for me is the way Brayden finds his way back, and how Maggie stands beside him to see him through.  I love that this couple has been through hell and still finds a way to make it work.  It is hard as hell to watch, but totally worth the outcome!  And we get to meet Harrison, Maggie's big brother, who is crazy protective of his sister and his adoptive sister, Dina.  I ADORE Harrison!  He is wonderful.  And as a bonus it looks like his is the next book in the series, Beyond Repair.

This novel, like the first one, is a super quick read.  I enjoyed it though!  I give it 4 lipsticks!

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