Title: His Salvation (The ADA Chronicles #1)
Author: J.R. Loveless
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link His Salvation (The ADA Chronicles)
Length: 260 pages
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: The world was great but one of the characters annoyed me so much I was rooting for the bad guys to win, that way I wouldn’t have to read about him anymore.
In an attempt to atone for his sins and find some solace, ADA Agent Gabriel Romero helps other Deviants in need. But with threats from both sides—Normals and the Deviants who despise them—he finds it harder and harder to outrun his ghosts, especially after a difficult mission to rescue twin brothers held at an enemy compound, where Gabriel meets Alexander Ryker. Gabriel finds his new charge unexpectedly attractive, and that’s a complication he does not want—one he thinks he doesn’t deserve.
Despite the frosty reception from the stubborn agent who rescued him, sheltered telepath Alex feels an instant connection through the pain he sees in Gabriel’s eyes, and he does everything he can to gain his attention. The realities he must face while mastering his ability are hard, but failing to learn to defend himself is not an option. Soon he’ll need his newfound strength to convince Gabriel he deserves to live and love again.
His Salvation is the latest book in my search for a fantastic paranormal series. In this world there are the normals and the deviants. Normals are just what they sound like, normal humans. Deviants are people with special abilities. Nobody knows what causes them, nor can they predict who will develop an ability and thus become a deviant. Deviants are hunted by some normals who fear them as well as other deviants with hopes of controlling and harnessing their abilities. Most deviants are forced into hiding for fear of their lives if discovered.
The ADA, the Agency for Deviant Assistance, helps deviants learn to control their abilities as well as creating new identities and new lives in the hope that they can lead somewhat normal lives. I immediately liked this world. The idea of deviants vs. normal and deviants vs. corrupt deviants fascinated me. It was everything I was hoping for. Gabe is the leader of an ADA team sent in to rescue Alex and his twin brother from the facility in which they are being held prisoner. Gabe is tough and jaded while Alex is sweet and innocent. I loved the contrast between them and was excited because I saw how they could be great together.
Then I started to get irritated. The point of view kept switching from Alex to Gabe and then back to Alex. It was interesting at first but I got tired of reading the same sequence of events again, just from different perspective. I also lost interest in Alex about halfway through. The sweet innocence was cute at first, but once the action picked up, Alex moved into my “too stupid to live” category. I couldn’t even like him by the end. I found myself hoping he would get killed in a battle. That pretty much destroyed any interest I had in the romance between Gabe and Alex.
Even though Alex annoyed the hell out of me, I still loved the world. I also know this is an author I normally enjoy. I will be reading the next book in the series for those reasons. Hopefully new characters will make all the difference.