on February 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
You get to the point where you can just say it. There was never anything special about me, except my father is rich and important. That's why it happened.
It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon.
I was twenty-three and thinking about my new designer boots. They kidnapped me for ransom. They raped me before I was rescued. My therapist says that talking about it means I'm starting to heal.
I don't really think I am.
It's even harder to talk about Gideon. He couldn’t save me when it really mattered, so he keeps trying to save me now. He refuses to give up on me, and I can’t make him understand. There are some things you just can’t be saved from.
Warning: Salvation is a love story that follows a difficult path of healing after sexual assault. It is a true contemporary romance, but it addresses very hard issues, including rape and attempted suicide. Please consider whether this book is for you.
Salvation by Noelle Adams is about healing in more ways than one.
Diana is living the normal life on an average Tuesday afternoon on her lunch break when she is taking against her will. During her captivity, she meets Gideon, an FBI officer undercover. His cover has already been blown and he is hours away from being killed. Thankfully, they are both saved but need lots of healing to get them back to their original lives.
“You’re saying there’s no possibility of healing for you, but we’ve already seen that you can heal, you are healing.”
I enjoyed this story as I am a huge lover of captive books. This book did not focus on the captivity per se, it was more about the healing that Diana went through. After being sexually assaulted, she has sworn off all sorts of human contact and believes she will never be able to have a physical relationship again. She works out till she nearly exhausts and hurts herself. Thankfully, Gideon is there to pick up the pieces and put her back together even though she doesn’t want the help at first.
“The only woman I want to be with is you, and I don’t think that’s going to change.”
Gideon is also dealing with some issues. He beats himself up for not being able to save Diana before she is assaulted. It is irrational as there was absolutely no way he could have fought off all those men. Gideon was my favorite character in the book. I loved his passion and his devotion to Diana. He knew that they were meant to be even when she didn’t.
“You’re the light that shines on the dark places of my soul, but you are not, you are not my project.”
I wish the reader was able to get some of Gideon’s POV in this book as it is solely told in Diana’s POV. At times, I have to admit she drove me a little crazy. I felt that she was a little wishy-washy at best. I know that she went through a horrible experience but I hated the way she treated Gideon. I won’t lie, I did choke up a couple of times.
“The world isn’t the one I used to think it was, where the hero rides in to save the day at the very last minute. It’s so much harder and deeper and uglier and more beautiful than that”
I think the author did a great job wrapping up the story. But, if you are looking for a true captive story, this is not it. This book is about the after effects and how to move forward.