4.5 stars

Kirsty Dallas – Saving Ella (Mercy’s Angels #1)

They say pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver; Ella had more strength and bravery than most. A body mapped with scars and pain, Ella escaped her demons and ran, but how can you run from your past when it’s not only etched into your skin but burned into your heart? Born a warrior, Jaxon Carter could intimidate with no more than a glance, but this warrior was not born to destroy, he was born to protect. To Jax, Ella was much more than a tiny beaten girl, Ella was an angel. Ella was Jax’s angel, she was his to protect and cherish. Sometimes though, you have to fight for love and sometimes blood is destined to run a river. Sometimes, hate trumps love.

RATING

This book caught me by surprise. I got so much more than I expected based on thy blurb. This I a simply beautiful story about surviving and learning to leave the painful and traumatic past behind yourself, to live your life without regrets, let yourself be loved and most importantly to love yourself.

Ella is a pure, wonderful, complex character who is a fighter and a survivor. She is determined to get the better out of her opportunities and her rather hard situation. She just doesn’t give up, she is incredibly persistent which she really needs in her life but this quality makes her beautiful and strong inside and out. My only problem with her was that her first instinct, first reaction for everything was to run.
The other main character Jax is also phenomenal. After several tours in overseas and risking his life for his country and after leaving the army he still spends his life protecting people just in a different kind of way. He helps to the ones he can and in this case it means the woman and children in his mother’s shelter. His widespread compassion is really impressive. Especially his behavior toward Ella from the moment they met, he looks at the girl like she hung the moon. However he makes a couple of really stupid decision which shows his inexperience in long time relationships.
There are a lot of interesting supportive characters, too and I really curious about their stories also.

The author’s exceptional writing style leads through the plot unhindered and expertly weaves into a couple of funny element into the story-line here and there which helps to break up the seriousness of the book a little before it becomes too much. And then there is the intense attraction and the blinding spark between the two main characters. Also it doesn’t lacks action either.
In my opinion the choice of topic is a really daring one on part of the author but she executed it tastefully and marvelously.

I absolutely adored this book and I can only recommend it to everyone. This is the first book in a series and I hope the rest is just as good as this. This one was a really heartwarming read.

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