Review: Forgiven by Rebecca Brooke

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by Rebecca Brooke

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?


★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

This is my second Rebecca Brooke novel and like the first one, it had me crying at some point. Happy tears, I assure you.

The story starts with Caleb feeling so much pained even after he was proven not guilty to something that involved him and a woman with unforgettable brown eyes. Fast forward – two years later, a history project had him paired up with Angelina Powers, his classmate who also had those haunting brown eyes that made him go weird and f*cked-up. She reminded him of his past that still haunted him in his sleep. He told straight to her face that he didn’t want to work with her on their project and then he left her. Angie, of course, was hurt and thought of the worst. She thought that he didn’t want anything to do with her because she was incompetent. But since both of them were on scholarships, they compromised made do with their schedules and conflicting emotions.

Just when they thought everything was going smoothly, a time-bomb started ticking, hurting Angie emotionally and tragically all over again. Caleb’s world began to shatter as well. When the time-bomb finally exploded, both of them were holding on to their lives. Death plagued Caleb’s memories and it seemed that his past is happening again. Will he ever forgive himself in the end?

I got emotionally invested from the first chapter of the book, so it’s not a surprise that my sons caught me crying while reading Forgiven. Two broken souls striving to face their future, live in the present and forget their pasts. But their pasts seemed to be catching up on them, however they try to dodge it. I admit, I actually didn’t like Caleb at first, because he was rude and standoffish, despite being a gorgeous jock. Angie, on her part, was likable and straightforward. She’s got her own demons to face, but knew when to keep her distance. Eventually, both characters matured and transformed, making me like them even more.

Rebecca Brooke did it again. What I mean is, she has captured my attention again and made me a follower. I liked how she brings out the best and worst in me when I read her stories, it’s like I could lose myself in her characters and feel the turmoil and passion burning within the pages of her book. Another masterpiece, that’s what this is!

NOTE: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Rebecca lives near the shore towns of New Jersey, with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing she loves reading and watching SOA and TrueBlood.

Check out this latest release from Rebecca and S. Moose : Beautiful Lessons via Goodreads


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