My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Introductory synopsis via Amazon.com:
What happens when one moment changes the course of your entire life? Do you sit back and accept it, or fight to live the life you choose? Caleb Jacobs has a past that has haunted him for two years. Knowing he can never forgive himself for the events that led to his departure, Caleb chooses to live a quiet life—concentrating on school, sports, and shots. But when he is paired with Angie for a history project he realizes that no matter how much you try to hide from your past, one way or another it will find you.
Angelina Powers knows what she wants from life. Growing up with only an alcoholic father for company, Angie learned early on in life that you can only count on yourself. But that doesn’t stop her wishing for her white knight. She’s confident, happy and focused…until she meets Caleb. So how will she feel when her potential white knight turns out to be more of a black shadow?
Me: I randomly picked this book up while I was browsing for something to read over the long holiday weekend and can’t say enough about it. This is a very sweet, new adult romance, with a lot more depth than I started out looking for in a lazy read. Honestly though, I couldn’t seem put it down after getting a glimpse into the these two characters. Angelina and Caleb both have dark pasts that they are reluctant to reveal to each other. Taking place in a college setting, this romance weaves around the reluctance that these two people have to enter a relationship with their baggage, despite their obvious attraction. I liked how both characters were well developed without ruining any of the mystery to the story. I also loved their strong and stubborn personalities. It was a nice change of pace from the timid and shy heroes and heroines I’ve seen lately.
The pace never slowed in this book and I ended up finishing it in one sitting while I was curled up on the couch. In addition to Angelina and Caleb, the supporting characters in this novel we’re excellent and added a lot to the plot. I especially loved Angelina’s friend Emily’s “spitfire” personality as it contrasted well with the two main characters personas, who were much more reserved with their thoughts at times. I also noted that this is the first book of the Rebecca Brooke’s Forgiven Series and I’m really excited for the next installment. I’m hoping the next novel focuses on Caleb’s fried Josh who appeared to be running from a troubled past that was hinted at, but not revealed in this novel.
This book stayed true to its title as the characters learn to forgive themselves and those in their past. Overall I thought Forgiven was an fantastic novel and dealt with some very tough issues very elegantly. I would definitely get your hands on this one if your looking for a great romance!