Sara's Review: A Saint's Salvation by Beverly Ovalle
Author Provided Copy
Released: March 19, 2016
Genre: Military Romance
Length: 101 pages
Format: ebook, paperback
Corporal Nicholas 'Saint' Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he fell in love with. Petty Officer Angelina Jones' life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. She can’t believe that anyone would want her the way she is now. Digging up her courage, Angelina moves forward hoping against hope that she can live a full life again. Crossing paths again brings their emotions to a full boil. A coincidence that will have them both reaching for their dreams.
1.5 (Two) Boundless Stars
I was provided a copy of A Saint’s Salvation and I really wanted to like this story; I really, really did. Ultimately, I think it was a culmination of the story being written in third person, and the unrealistic feel that kept me from engaging.
It starts off with both, Saint and Angel, getting hurt and Saint saving her life. They are together for a brief time in the hospital, where Saint keeps Angels spirits up. Saint is redeployed and Angel is shipped back home. For some random reason, Saint goes to California and gets to see all his extended family for some touchy feely “we all love you-miss you-we are so proud of you time.” That added nothing to the story, other than to try and show us what a great guy Saint was; we already learned that from him saving Angel’s life. Need I forget, random strangers doing wonderful acts of goodness for a military man. This is one I hope and wish were true, since I have family who are active and retired military, and have nothing but love for our military.
Then saint heads to Chicago to go on a blind date arranged through a military dating service. Oh, and the hotel has paid for the room because of his service to our country. Coincidentally, Angel is there, and happens to be his date; it's destiny, like I said, unrealistic feel. Then Ovalle used two words that utterly ruin a love scene for me, snatch and the dreaded c word. Yep that one!
I am really going to have to go with 1.5 stars on this one. I liked Angel’s character; I always like a strong female character, the rest of the story, not so much.