Book Review: The Redeeming (Age of Faith #3)

The Redeeming (Age of Faith #3) by: Tamara Leigh

I give this book three out of five stars for being an enjoyable read with some colorful combat scenes. It’s a love at first sight kind of romance with some interesting action to build on future books.
What I liked:
1) The male protagonist Christian Lavonne. I really liked his introduction in the last book and I looked forward to a book featuring him.
2) The climax to the conflict between Christian and his ill father. Their conflict was introduced in the last book, and it was a believable ending to the strife between them.
3) The twist in how the final battle at Soaring played out. It was very exciting with a lot at stake for many of the characters.

What I didn’t like:
1) The romance between Christian and Gaenor. I didn’t see what/how/why Christian fell in love with Gaenor. I was hoping it would be more than just a lust/love at first sight kind of thing. Unfortunately I don’t see how else to explain their attachment. There wasn’t much else that passed between them to create a burning romance.
2) I wasn’t very attached to the heroine Gaenor. She repeats mistakes, falls for people she barely knows, doesn’t speak her mind, and overall didn’t grow or progress much as a character.
3) I was hoping to see more of how Christian’s time and training as a Monk would shape his current life. It didn’t seem to have much if any impact. I found it a little odd how quickly Christian was able to shift into his duties as Baron. I’m not sure lack of combat training would be his greatest struggle.