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Quickie Book Review-My Cruel Salvation

by | Feb 2, 2022 | Book Reviews, Quickie Romance Review | 5 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

Don’t miss the final exciting and romantic chapter in Devlin and Ellie’s love story.

He’ll keep her safe, no matter the price.

Investigative reporter Ellie Holmes has uncovered billionaire Devlin Saint’s dark and dangerous secrets, and he has both stripped away her protective armor and tamed the wildness within her. Bound by a shared past and the hope of a blissful future, they grow even closer, each exposing more of themselves as their love deepens.

But now that Devlin’s true identity has been publicly revealed, old enemies appear, intent on destroying Devlin. And while he vows to enlist all of his resources to protect her, Ellie soon realizes that the only way to save them both is to take the last, final step to fully join Devlin in the dark. 

My Review

My Cruel Salvation is a novel that I have been waiting on and I am not sure why I didn’t immediately jump on this, and now that I have finished the trilogy, I do wish that I had waited until all three books had been released to read them together because even though there is a HEA at the end of each book in the trilogy, its highly connected with one couple and there were many details that would have remained clearer if I had decided to read these all together. However, despite some confusion at times (which I blame myself as it’s my fault for not having more patience with these books) I truly had so much fun with this one here. My Cruel Salvation continues that epic love story of Devlin and Ellie and there are some hurdles that they will both need to climb and overcome but it won’t be easy for either of them. The past has come to fruition for them and Ellie will have to learn to adapt to the new changing circumstances and accept what being part of Devlin’s world truly means. We get to see more of the past of Devlin (it does contain flashbacks so if you are nitpicky about those, forewarning on that) also I found such beauty in getting the finale told between Devlin and Ellie. I just have adored this couple so much and one of my favorites that this author has written that I have been able to read so far. Her writing is definitely the type I love to see in a solid contemporary romance. It is more edgier than most contemporary and is borderline dark, but I definitely wouldn’t put it in the dark romance category. Overall I found Cruel Salvation to be a heartachingly sweet romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I guarantee that it will give you all the romantic feels and bring a satisfying ending to a great epic love story.

Title: My Cruel Salvation

Author: J. Kenner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Library

Length: 254 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4

Story Itself: 4

Character Development: 4

Writing Style: 4.5

World Building 4

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.5

Pacing 5

Plot 4

Cover Art 4

Ending 4

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

(Fallen Saint)

My Fallen Saint-Pub 2020 #1 in the Series

My Beautiful Sin-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series

My Cruel Salvation-Pub 2021 #3 in the Series

About The Author

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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  1. Ann Lorz

    I’ve read this author but haven’t done so in a long time.

  2. Sophia Rose

    Some series are easy to take breaks between the books, but it’s hard to tell the difference when its not. Glad it was all you were hoping for, Renee!

  3. Natalie

    I enjoyed this series overall, although I was begging for Devlin’s voice 🙂 Another fantastic review, luv! xox

  4. Michele H

    Lovely review! I was so hoping the final book would be a satisfying closure to this series because, like you, I’ve completely fallen for this couple. Happy to see it was a winner! Can’t wait to see how it all wraps up for them…


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