I received an advance copy of Rannigan’s Redemption by Pandora Spocks, and I gotta say I’m still not sure about that man. If anyone can redeem a player like Rannigan though, it’s gotta be Pandora.
The writing is extremely polished, much like the high powered attorney world she depicts, and she depicts it very well. From the depositions gone wrong to the slimeball clients, she puts you in that world.
Rannigan is a true player. His commitment issues have commitment issues, evidenced by his confusing attraction for Maggie, Mags, the girl in the office next door. She’s clearly not his type. You’ll agree she’s not his type. He agrees he’s not her type, but he always seems to slip.
This is a three parter, and you know I normally hate a cliffhanger. This one I’ll wait for happily. The subtle nuances, the exploration of the characters is beyond worth it. Pandora Spocks writes the book that Fifty Shades of Grey should have been, and I’m not being flippant here.
That line between emotional abuse and bad choices is thin, and Spocks walks it like a pro. You will yell at the page, more specifically at Rannigan, but you never question Maggie’s ability to handle the pain he can dish out without even meaning to, despite his good intentions. That’s the difference. He’s broken, as is she in her way, but “she’s not going to wait forever.” Nor, is she in any danger of falling prey to the obsessive kind of love that leads to bad road.
Maggie has one up on Rannigan, though. She has hope. She believes in love. He’s drawn to that hope like a moth to flame. It’s a classic romance in that way. What we’re watching is his self-discovery. My suspicion is that she isn’t actually his redemption. That, he’ll have to do himself. She’s just one hell of a motivation. I’ll have to wait for part 2 to see if I’m right.