5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of Life’s Hope by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Twelve years after Rochester’s demise, Seleah works as a vigilante delivering justice where it is needed. She has assumed a new identity to hide from those who continue to target her, but some parts of Seleah refuse to remain hidden. She still struggles with who she is—a killing machine or a woman with needs and feelings.
A call from her former lover, Tomlin, brings Seleah back to where she spent her formative years for the funeral of her mentor and father figure, StPatrick. Seleah’s personal struggle heightens as she’s reunited with Tomlin, and just when life becomes bearable again, a new enemy arises. Seleah and Tomlin must go up against a man with goals similar to Rochester, but this new enemy may also have the power to tear them apart.
Life’s Hope is book two in the Life’s series and can be read as a standalone, although it is best read in order as part of the series. The important pieces of information from book one are supplied in book two without rehashing or boring readers who have already read the first book.
The story was action-packed from start to finish, and it kept me on my toes and turning pages throughout. We finally learned the name of the soldier we came to love in the first book, but she’d had to assume a new name to keep her fellow vigilantes safe once she realized she was a constant target. A new identity didn’t change Seleah’s struggle though. She constantly battled against the killing machine hidden inside her that Rochester created and her desire to be a normal woman who loved a man. Seleah struggled with this throughout the story, and this internal battle threatened her relationship with Tomlin.
Similar to book one, this story had lots of descriptive fight scenes, but they fit the theme of the plot and provided the reader with the true scenarios Seleah and Tomlin had to deal with. This was an impressive addition to the series, and with this only being Ms. Raymond’s second book, I anticipate more great works from her in the future and look forward to reading them.