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4.70 (1 ratings)
Book 1 of 2 in the Consolation Duet

Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.



Sad the way it ended but they always end the book with have buy too finish the out come I refuse too that
I have a very good imagination so I know just about what she will go thru and Lami poor thing

N Hesse
Emotional and romantic!!!

This book had me spellbound. A beautiful love story that was breathtakingly romantic and beautifully inspiring. From the heart-stopping and soul-shattering to the swoon-worthy and breathtaking moments. This story has all the feels. I felt everything the characters experienced. I laughed, cried, felt the joy and every ounce of pain. The emotions radiated from the pages.

Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Some things I liked, some I didn't...

There were things I liked about this book, and things I didn't.

What I liked: The opening grabbed me right away. Then, when Liam entered the picture, I loved that he didn't let Natalie BS him about how not-fine she was. He forced her to be real and let him help... and he shared her grief.

What was just OK: the constant emotional upheaval - whipsaw changes from feeling good to feeling bad - got a little exhausting but is probably realistic in Natalie's situation. The short amount of time between the husband's death and the start of their love affair never quite rang true if you believe the rosy picture she painted of her marriage. Then came the revelations by another person in her husband's life that make Natalie suddenly see her marriage through a completely different lens. Everything we'd been led to believe was wrong... but that, I believe, was the point. Then, Liam and Natalie's love felt desperate, which in some ways makes for good romantic fiction, but after a while it felt more like YA (young adult) love.

What I didn't like: dialogue and paragraph breaks were inconsistent, making it confusing to know who was saying or doing what. There were odd word choices ("I measured myself"... huh?). I also felt Liam's character needed more depth. I wanted more of his thoughts/struggles. He was a hard-core single guy that never thought of Natalie as more than a friend in 10+ years, and suddenly that changes to an all-consuming emotion. He's a SEAL but we never see him doing SEAL-y things. He's an interrogator and must have seen some terrible things but there's no grappling with that stuff. And... I'm NOT a fan of cliffhangers. That said, the cliffhanger in this one is so good I have to get the next book! As for rating, I wish there was a 3.5...

Judy Fulp

Heart tugging, heart breaking, happy, fun and so romantic. My emotions ran the gambit reading this book. Had to get the next one.

C. Condon
Stop at 96% or it cliffhangs

Great story up to the 96% point. Earlier issue with husband is only needed for the Cliffhanger. Leave that out and it is a great story of Friends to lovers when she is free to love again and he, who has been honorable and kept her friendzoned during her marraige is free to love her.

Ashley Stephens

Liam and Natalie are everything together...I mean EVERYTHING! My heart wept, it soared, my heart was in my throat and then...a cliffhanger of all cliffhangers! I am shook! I will be immediately going right into the next book!

Dreamboat and Sparkles

Navy Seal
Husband's Best Friend
Single Mom

Liam Dempsey is such a "dreamboat"!!! What a heartbreaking story! I felt so much for Natalie. She took the words right out of my mouth as if we were the same person!! I loved her and Liam together and the new love they discovered, they are truly one of the best couples I've ever read.

D. Hite
4.5 Stars

I wasn't planning on reading more than the first duet in the Salvation series until Natalie and Adam showed up. Once I read about his death, I wanted to see her survive and fall in love again. I absolutely loved how Natalie and Liam ended up falling for each other. It was all kinds of awkward at first since Liam was Adam's best friend, but it made sense. They had a connection I loved.

Now, I need to be blunt. I wish this duet had been one book. I didn't really need that cliffhanger or second book. I would have been happy with being Natalie and Liam's HEA. That being said, that cliffy had me jumping right into Conviction.