We are thrilled to share Donna’s 5 ★ review of Marley Valentine’s all new contemporary romance, REVIVE: A Redemption Novel
Until she did.
REVIEWED BY DONNA ON BEHALF OF KFF
Hendrix Michaels has known Sasha since school and at the tender age of 15, he was so sure she was his one and only. The girl of his dreams with a future for them both. Drix would never have believed Sasha would let him down, but she did. However much she’d disillusioned him, Drix still wanted her. Then a little whirlwind came along called Taylah; beautiful, funny and enigmatic. She gave Drix new hope and made his heart beat faster. Regardless of being complete opposites, Taylah would have to compete with Sasha who Hendrix has held on a pedestal for so long.
We met Hendrix in Reclaim which was his brother Jagger’s story, and from the offset I could tell that Drix as I knew him, to be a man with a heart of gold. He helps others without caring for his own feelings and aspirations. Such a selfless and giving soul. These two women shake him right to the core. They are nothing like each other. Taylah is a feisty, hardworking sassy girl and she’s drawn to Drix from the moment she met him a couple of times in Reclaim. She’s very intrigued by him and aware that there’s some sort of history with Sasha, but she can’t help being a moth to a flame when it comes to Drix.Sasha is a very complex character, full of insecurities and self-doubt. And although they have a long-standing bond since childhood, she’s her own worst enemy since she can’t seem to make up her mind whether she wants him or not. Now then, the banter and chemistry between Hendrix and Taylah is very intense, and I had no idea if it was just flirty fun or if there was a potential relationship, but it all depended on whether Drix could leave the past behind. Was Sasha really his forever? You will see!
I’d been anticipating Revive since we saw these characters in Reclaim and what Valentine was going to map out for them. Right from the beginning, I was gripped. We get flashes of the past as well as the present and points of view from Hendrix, Sasha and Taylah. It was welcome being able to read what each one of them was thinking and experiencing with their feelings and emotions. There are musical references and all I’ll say is chapter 14 had me in tears with the words and the song that matched with that part of the book. I had a lot of emotions throughout; tears, smiles and aww moments.
Ms. Valentine very cleverly penned a book that just kept me guessing all the way through. Dramatic scenes, very hot scenes. Oh boy, were they steamy! Hendrix is a very virile guy, *laughs* As I said before, there are musical references and a very complete playlist to accompany the reading experience. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Revive and the powerful impact it had on me. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. I’m definitely going to be re-reading this story as I can’t stop thinking about it and am unable to pick up my Kindle to read another book. Kudos to the author for giving us readers a very special treat. I just didn’t want the book to end. I could read about these characters forever.