Shattered Paradise

Salvaggio's Light Book 1

Fiction - LGBTQ
299 Pages
Reviewed on 09/17/2019
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Rafaella ‘Rafe’ Salvaggio, a successful businesswoman, is going through a difficult phase in her life with the death of her father and her broken relationship with her partner, Eden Kingsley. Their young baby daughter, Bronte, is the only connection that they are left with as Eden moves on in life to be with her new beau, Jake. Being single again, Rafe does the same and returns to her somewhat wild ways in the dating world without neglecting her focus on Bronte. Taking turns in caring for a wonderful little girl is a welcomed solution but Eden is still hesitating about marrying Jake and giving Rafe her parental rights for their baby through adoption. In Shattered Paradise (Salvaggio’s Light, Book One) by C. L. Cattano, reminiscences of the past, trying to adapt to the present while figuring out a prospect of the future ... will Rafe and Eden find a way to make things work between them?

Shattered Paradise is truly an apt title for this LGBTQ romance that is most poignant when it comes to the relationship between protagonists Rafe and Eden. I appreciated the informative endnotes as some references in the narrative and Rafe's dialogue were in Italian. Characterization is good although at times the background info of the characters tends to slow the pacing of the story. Rafe’s predicament is understandable and, like Eden, she is easy to root for but wasn’t entirely faultless in their separation. When unexpected trouble started to dawn on Eden, I questioned her decision not to seek help from her ex-partner. All in all, a good read.