Book Review for: Sebastian's Salvation
Written by: Jillian Chantel
Avail as: an eBook
Reviewed by: S. Burkhart
Chantel crafts a story filled with romance, betrayal, suspense, and love with "Sebastian's Salvation." Sebastian Hughes has seen combat in Afghanistan that's left him scared physically and emotionally. Is he ready to find love or will a foe seeking revenge ruin his happiness?
The story is set in modern day London. Sebastian Hughes is an American ex-green beret now medically retired. On his last mission, Sebastian's body suffered shrapnel wounds and he uses a prosthetic from the knee down on one leg. While in the hospital, Sebastian became a portrait painter.
The story opens with Sebastian's friend, Jackson, an art curator hosting a show of Sebastian's work. Sebastian is the talk of the town. His work involves painting women in the nude – tastefully, of course. A slew of potential clients make the night a success, but not before Sebastian receives a cryptic warming – a dead rat.
Sebastian, treating the rat like a prank, meets Lady Joanna Gresham at the event. Joanna challenges Sebastian in ways he hasn't been before and reawakens urges he hasn't felt in years. Still, he keeps her at bay, afraid his scared body is repulsive and he isn't a whole man.
Joanna isn't intimidated in the least by Sebastian's off-putting nature and goes after what she wants. When she learns her father has made arrangements for their family to entertain a group of friends at their Swiss chalet. Joanna is delighted to find out Sebastian is on the guest list. While Joanna makes her plans, Sebastian's stalker becomes bolder, putting him on edge. Dare Sebastian let Joanna into his heart knowing that danger lurks just around the corner?
Chantel's writing is easy to read and pulls the reader into Sebastian's story with ease. I appreciated the contemporary setting and Sebastian's military background. It gives the story a topical theme in which many returning from the war zones have struggles. The plot flows smoothly. Chantel builds suspense well, leaving the reader anxiously turning the page.
The author uses a good economy of words to paint nice visuals of the London setting. The dialogue also adds a nice accent to the characters.
The characters make the story shine. Sebastian is a true hero and his intentions are always noble.
Joanna is as tenacious as a bull when it comes to letting Sebastian know how she feels about him. Her steadfast belief in their love proves to be his salvation.
The supporting cast is well rounded and a delight, complimenting the main characters well.
The story is sophisticated for romance readers. There are several love scenes that capture the passion and intensity of the couple. Sebastian's Salvation is a page-turner. I highly recommend it.