[Cover Reveal] ACES REDEMPTION(Devil's Despair #1) by A.C. Bextor
Title: Ace's Redemption(Devil's Despair Book 1)
Author: A.C. Bextor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Memories alone can ruin you. Fear has a paralyzing effect, and love isn’t
always enough to keep you safe.
Ace was the gateway to a freedom I hadn’t known since I was fifteen. He offered
his protection from the demons that haunted me; both living and dead.
Although I knew I wasn’t enough to keep him, this didn’t deter my hope that one
day he’d love me for who I was, not the broken girl he tried so desperately to
In the end, the ghosts of my past found me. Their malevolence knew no bounds,
and I was forced to succumb to their will of darkness. Each threat named
against those I loved made any escape impossible; choosing my life for theirs
became my desolate absolution.
Inevitably, it was my own weakness and self-doubt that became my undoing.
Emotional ties are sometimes severed. Friendships don’t always endure their
hardships, and love offered isn’t always returned.
I was in love once. For me, leaving her back in Ohio was the hardest thing I’ve
ever had to do. For her, moving on with her life that included her son and the
man she loved was no less than she deserved -- unconditional happiness.
My reasons to bring Cherry home to California were obvious. I needed help with
my family, and she needed help staying clean and convincing her parents she was
ready to give her son the life he deserved.
It was a perfect plan. However, the best laid plans often get lost amidst their
Cherry fell in love with me, and in return my love for her acted as the
catalyst to her destruction.
Note: This novel contains material that is not suitable for individuals
under the age of 18. Content includes: drug use, explicit language, violence,
rape, and other scenarios with content that readers may find offensive. Please
use caution when deciding on this book, as every reader has the right to
understand the product before purchase.
Ace’s Redemption is the first
standalone novel in the Devil’s Despair series. Although the main character of
Ace was introduced during the Lights of Peril trilogy, you do not need to read
that series in order to follow this one.
About the Author
I love to read! I will read anything, literally. It may be a magazine, book, advertisement or even a cereal box. Specific authors that I follow have moved me to start writing. Before long that inspiration had produced a final product that I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do with. Obviously I hit publish and here I am.Blessed with a great family that includes my husband, four kids, two dogs, and one hedgehog, I’ve lived in the Midwest all of my life. We currently live in a small town outside of Omaha, NE. My day job affords the ability to work from home and I’ve worked for the same lending company for nearly 19 years.When I’m not reading, I try to be outside as much as possible even if it is just sitting on my deck with my reading device. I enjoy fishing, swimming, hockey games, and watching football with the family.
Hearing him refer to me as Cherry,
not Raegan, renews and strengthens my resolve. I want him to forget my given
name. Anger will help him through this, and I’m letting him have it. Better he
hate me alive than love me dead. “Okay, I’m a liar. Believe what you want to
believe, but it doesn’t change anything.”
“What the fuck happened to your
“It was an accident.”
Turning around, looking out the
large window of the apartment, I barely hear his whisper. “An accident, she
says.” A brief second passes before he continues, this time not only on a whisper,
but a broken and shallow voice reaches out to me and I feel it touch me when it
does. “Why are you doing this, Raegan?”
Your Peril family will remain
untouched and none the wiser.
Having his back to me doesn’t make
this easier; not any less painful in the slightest. “Because I love my son, and
Vinnie will give me a life with him.”
Still looking out the window to the
city below, he crosses his arms in front of him and from where I’m standing, I
watch as he brings his hands to his face. I’m certain he’s wiping the evidence
of my betrayal away, being in the form of his heartbreaking tears.
“I told you I loved you, Rae. I
would’ve given you my own life
if you would’ve asked for it.” Pausing, he regroups but continues without
waiting for a response. “I won’t beg you to stay, but I can’t protect you if
you’re willingly walking into the devil’s dungeon.” Pulling his chest up, his
back straight and head forward, he lets out a heavily-burdened breath. “I
always did what I could for you. I would’ve kept doing it forever if you’d have
An uncontrollable sob tears from my
chest. I can live with walking away knowing he loves me, but with my
uncertainties and lies, I’m breaking the strongest man I’ve ever known. When
enough time has passed and once he pulls himself back together, he’ll realize
what I’ve done to him and he’ll have no choice but to resent me. “God, I’m so
sorry, Ace. Please, I’m begging you. Don’t hate me.”