Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the book:

Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so…right for her. Or is he?

Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.

From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time. With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?

My Review:

If you are looking for Kristen Heitzmann’s Bethany House published books, this is going to be a little different. Bo did remind me of a few of her previous character’s, but he is all on his own in many ways.

Exi is planning the perfect wedding with the perfect guy. But when Bo throws the wrench in her plans, I think I didn’t really know what to think.

There was something raw and beautiful about this story, but it is a bit more on the gritty side for Christian fiction.  Redemption and repentance fill these pages, driving you to the point where you will not be able separate that from the story, even though topics like drug abuse, sexual abuse, and other facts of life hit you in the face as well.

Throw in a couple of mobsters and you will be set!  I loved this story, and even though it was not what I would always expect from Ms. Heitzmann, I would say she outdid herself. I would highly recommend it.

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