I was looking forward to reading King’s Redemption by Grace Risata as the blurb lured me in like a moth to a flame. As I started reading Tuesday afternoon, I did not want to put it down. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sally was churning in the Gulf making her landfall near my hometown, Pensacola, FL. As I was reading this captivating book, I had The Weather Channel on so that I could update my friends on the weather reports through text messages, due to power outages along the Gulf Coast. I read King’s Redemption all night and finished early Wednesday morning before the sun was awake in Texas, where I currently live. Enough about me, let’s discuss King’s Redemption!!!!
King’s Redemption, a suspenseful romantic comedy, takes place in a small Iowa town, outside the Dubuque metro area. I love small towns, especially up north where the seasons change, it stays cooler longer, and life moves a little slower. Nora Clark and Dalton King take you on an interesting journey, with little twists and turns, as they navigate their past, present, and possible future.
Nora Clark is a woman who faced her fears and completely walked away from a job she loved and most of her family, including her fiancé. She had let herself be so acquiescent in her relationship, that when she discovered some text messages on her fiancé’s phone, she was done with the toxicity this relationship was bringing to her life. In fact, she was done with all the toxic relationships she had in Dubuque. Upon meeting Toby Tanner, a young man with Down Syndrome, in front of the library, her life started to get interesting, more than she could ever imagine. I have to hand it to her for leaving everything behind that she couldn’t fit in her car and getting away from all the superficial people in her life.
Dalton King is an Army Veteran and now the local tattoo artist. With ink decorating his skin and his tall muscular build, he radiates masculinity and danger. Dalton is not much of a talker, as he is straight to the point, which complements his brother Toby’s ability to talk to anyone. When he meets Nora, his thoughts are not that of a gentleman, which is what had been instilled in him since he was young. As a man of few words, Dalton is always accessing the situation, which comes in handy, especially during a family dinner at Nora’s mother’s home. While he tries to deny his feelings, Nora breaks down his barriers, brick by brick.
The magnetic attraction Dalton and Nora have made this book steamy with some dominance and sassiness mixed in. Reading about their first night together, you can feel the attraction they have for each other and it did not disappoint!!
King’s Redemption has many complex characters, yet one stole my heart! Toby Tanner is a young man with Down Syndrome and has so much love, it bursts out of him. He is wise beyond his years and lives life to the fullest. We can all learn from Toby”s view of people and the world. I did from reading his thoughts and beliefs and will be applying his words to my life!!
I really liked this book, between the characters and taking place in a small town in Iowa, it not only is a great story it also provides life experiences from a different point of view. Grace Risata developed these characters very well, so well that I wish there would be more books in this world featuring the other characters. I recommend King’s Redemption as a weekend read in an over-sized chair with hot chocolate, coffee, or even a glass of wine!