Happy Sunday, guys!
Today I’m going to share an amazing new romance with you; honestly, it’s been a while since I last read such a heart-warming romance story so I’m more than happy to spread the word about Gigi’s new book, Saving Grace.
In today’s post, you can expect some delicious teasers with some of my favorite quotes, my 5-star review for this book and a giveaway for 4 signed ARCs as well as a $10 Amazon gift card!
Let’s get started!
Title: Saving Grace
Author: Gigi Aceves
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Grace Carmichael’s world was turned upside down when she was fifteen. The convent became her home. The Grotto her safe haven. She lived, breathed, and learned a life she never chose. Ten years later, freedom came knocking and she took a chance she never thought she would.
Phoenix Hayes experienced a double dose of heartache when death tragically altered his life at seventeen. Being the ultimate warrior he has never doubted a mission. Except for one — saving Grace.
Sometimes to find yourself you have to risk everything including your heart — even your life.
***Actual rating: 4.5/5 Soul-Saving Stars***
”I am a flawed man, Grace.”
“But there’s always something good in anyone, even someone as flawed as you.”
To be honest, I didn’t have any expectation for this book but you know what? It turned out pretty amazing once I was familiar with the story setting and the characters. Saving Grace is such a great title for this book both literally and metaphorically since Grace is not only the damsel in distress but also the holy grail for the male protagonist. Thus, I think this book starts well.
Long story short, Grace witnessed the murder of her own parents when she was 15 because her father caught the head of a local human-trafficking, drug-dealing and illegal-weapon-selling gang and now the gang was seeking revenge by annihilating her family, including her. Luckily, Grace was saved by her father’s close friend and had lived in a convent for 10 years before transferring to “The Fort,” a heavily guarded building and was protected by one of the well-trained operators, Nix.
Grace was a religious person who believed in God and prayed whole-heartedly every day. On the contrary, Nix had protected everyone he loved but himself and what’s worse, he let his heart and soul rot without regrets. Just like Grace, he also experienced the deaths of his parents at a young age but somehow that dreadful day had snuffed out the light in his life forever.
I soon realize that we’re more similar than different.
We’ve both experienced the deaths of our parents in the most brutal and unexpected of ways. There was never any closure on our part, and because of that, we’ve ended up with chipped hearts. Then, through the years, we’ve experienced deaths of people who meant more to us than ourselves. While I used my own loss and pain to make my heart whole again, Nix used his to chip away at more of what was left of his. Now, all he has left is a skeleton of a heart he once had while mine has slowly but surely regained its form.
Thankfully, Grace became Nix’s mission so he had no choice but to spend a lot of time with her. Undoubtedly, Nix didn’t give a damn about Grace because bringing her into their fort meant one thing—putting all of Nix’s family and friends in danger—but as time went by, Grace gradually found the key to his heart by showing her unwavering kindness, love and forgiveness.
”And, despite you lashing out at me, I pray for you every night. When I close my eyes, I see a protector. I see the willing heart of a savior! I see you!”
His angry scowl disappears.
I blink twice to stop my tears from falling. “Now, I only see an angry man who is worthy of all the accusations I can throw at him. But don’t worry; I won’t fester in my anger. I’ll just forgive you again.”
Though it took a while for Nix to truly grasp the idea that Grace wasn’t just an object for him to take good care of but someone special for him to save and vice versa, I still found this entire part of story profoundly heart-warming and sweet.
Realization of how Grace has continually challenged my heart from day one hits me like an uppercut to the chin. Her heartfelt words, somber eyes, warm voice, and loving touch are like manna from heaven. I stand motionless with my heart beating erratically as acceptance of who she is to me settles within.
Besides, I was surprised by how humorous the tone of the story was since there were several hilarious banters between the two lovebirds. Here’s my top favorite one:
”It’s gonna be a short ride to The Fort. So, just relax.”
“It takes less than a few minutes for an accident to happen. Um, I think I’ll just stay.” I take a step back preparing to escape.
“Look”—he blows out a breath and clenches his jaw—“that’s a negative.”
“Well, I’m positive I don’t want to meet my maker just yet!” I hate that my voice screeched in desperation.
“And you have a straight path to heaven. Problem solved.” He cocks his head to the side and raises his brow.
This guy needs some serious prayer, and I need a priest to give me my last rites.
Frankly, the reason I LOVED this book was not simply because of the romance, I highly appreciated how natural the interaction was among all the characters instead. I mean, Grace was always this innocent, slightly naïve girl all the time and for someone like Nix or his brothers, who had seen countless deaths of their loved ones and been through tons of tough times in their 20-something lives, it wasn’t easy for them to protect her while worrying about their family’s own safety. Let alone “getting along with” her or maintaining a “good friendship” with her. Hence, the author definitely impressed me more and more as the story went on and by the end of it, I was completely overwhelmed by how well-done it turned out.
All in all, I absolutely enjoyed reading Saving Grace because the overall writing style was amazing, the characters were memorable in their unique ways, and the romance was just a cherry on top. Although I wasn’t sure about what will happen in the sequel, YES. There’ll be a freaking sequel!!!, judging from the epilogue of this book, I knew there’s more to Nix and Grace’s story as well as Nix’s brothers’ since you know, they hadn’t eliminated the entire gang…yet. Anyway, I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Saving Grace and I surely will continue stalking Nix and Grace and everyone in this book in the future.
***Thanks to InkSlinger and the author for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
I grew up in the Philippines but now live in California with my husband, two girls, and Loki, the house cat. If my husband is the yin to my yang, Andrea is the Marlin to my Dory while Allysa is the Buzz Lightyear to my Woody.
I love the beach, but I hate the sand. I love to travel, but I hate to fly. I love to eat, but I hate gaining weight—all women can relate to this. These are a few of my little quirks in life.
In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, binge-watching a new series on Netflix, watching action-packed movies, listening to my youngest sing, and observing my oldest cook. I’m an avid fan of The Walking Dead, The Brave, The Good Doctor, Scandal, and Stranger Things. I love watching reality shows, too. I love Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother to name a few.
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Enter Gigi’s giveaway for a chance to win one of 4 signed ARCs of Saving Grace and a $10 Amazon gift card!
That’s all for today’s blog tour! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did! 🙂
See you soon,