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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review - Jet (Marked Men #2) - Jay Crownover

A Review By Wendy

4.5 Stubborn Southern Gal, Hot Metal Rock God, Flaming Hot Smexy Times      * * * * 1/2
  Does the old saying opposites attract really have merit… and what really is opposite if underneath it all, the two in question have more of the same in common then they think? 

That really is one of the burning and continuing questions considered in the follow up book Jet, in the series Marked Men by Jay Crownover. 

We met Jet: Heavy Metal Rock God. He has all of the trimming to make any woman with a pulse cream; has the tattoos, piercings….. and people, I am talking “decorated “ body parts… multiple body parts….and with that long and lanky, hard body frame…But the best part of him was the mind and soul of Jet… pure musician, songwriter and actual good guy. He just had so much rage and hurt wrapped around him, the only way to make it manageable was release through the music… the passion of the moment … because carrying all of the burdens he had left a raging fire within.

Mix all that volatility with Ayden, a woman set on reinvention. Had the body women and men checked out due to legs that went on for days… sweet curves with dark brunette hair cut choppy with some curls and eyes… songs needed to be written about them; they were the color of whiskey and just a potent. She came from a life where she did everything and then some ...which labeled her trash. She came from a cliche Kentucky family with a mom who tried her best… but was far from good enough… and a brother who’s way of looking out for his baby sister was using her to get himself out of whatever con or back alley deal he was in…. Ayden had only the good luck of a teacher seeing her real potential and guiding her through scholarships to see her way out of a life destined for heartache. Ayden in Denver was new, fresh and determined to live as differently as possible from the girl she was in Kentucky… and if that meant denying herself real love and pleasure… so be it.

In the first book, Rule, these two have a situation happen off page leaving us with a hint of some kind conflict resulting in both of them acting like wet cats when around each other….. 
It seems both were attracted; Ayden was willing to do the nasty and have the one night experience…. to scratch that constant itch she had for Jet. Jet was more than ready to follow through … all systems locked and loaded when he decided to take a step back and call a halt from the hottest, most temping kiss ever…. 

Because… Ayden was seemingly too good; too special; too not his usual hit’em and quit’em girl… 
Because with Ayden… Jet knew she would never just be a onetime thing… she would be someone who could slash his heavy metal heart to shreds…. So Jet stepped away, making Ayden feel embarrassed and annoyed; resolved and reassured to stay the path ….looking for the professional, upstanding, vanilla guy. 

Time passes and circumstances causes Jet and Ayden to be living in the same house with Cora. This means every friggin day, both Jet and Ayden do the play acting like they aren’t dying for one another; she sees his one niters leave every morning…doing the walk of shame…. He puts up with her dating a sweater vest wearing fool … someone who ticks all the boxes of the “appropriate” guy who the perfect conservative Ayden should love…. And both are so unhappy it is a hot mess to watch. 

All of the friends in this circle see what is happening and finally things come to a head and Ayden confronts Jet one more time… they finally kiss again… when both are sober and wanting… and neither one of them can stop this train… they both admit… the desire… but both only commit to moment to moment – each carrying their own secrets and burdens not willing to share….

This story was so good… it built on the foundation it had laid in the book, Rule. These characters knew who they thought they were and why they did what they did. They had full day to day lives which were described with enough detail to make you feel you were either in the music studio, concert, bar or tattoo shop. When a recording session was taking place, it was described as they really happen… I can testify as I have been there a few times and all the comments and feeling of the moments were right on.

During the entire book, I felt I was with people finding their way after a long and difficult growth spurt… like they had tried a few things, thought they had figured it out only to see … they had to adjust their game plan… and this type of character development worked for me. 

Because in the grand scheme of things… that is kinda how life is… we think we know what we want or what we have to do in order to achieve whatever the goal is… and then stuff happens… either it is just the regular everyday stuff that cause people to grow and mature… or it is life changing, hardcore, slap you in the face stuff and then you really figure out what you are made of… and both Jet and Ayden separately and together come through with flying colors in my book. 
They may have made some decisions which caused things to be a little harder than necessary but over all… they handled thing with purpose and grace and I understood what they were doing through it all. 

I was particularly impressed with how both tried to talk to each other… they would try in the best way they could to confront and share when they thought they could. Ayden really rang the bell for being an incredibly strong woman and able to a great loyal and supportive friend. She did make some choices which were self sacrificing… but at the time it was the only way clear in her mind. I really respected and liked her.

So do opposites attract… well these two were sort of opposites but in the end, they blended so well.
Their chemistry and love was steamy, active and caused hot flashes… and not the menopausal kind… I am talking … fanning self and wishing you were there kind.

This series is a winner in my book… our author has voice with a unique insight to this crew… little Cora and Rule’s brother Rome is up next and I can hardly wait… but I will ask … please don’t forget Rowdy or Nash, those two have big hearts and I am just as interested in them as all the other…and that is because you, Jay Crownover, make me want to know them better.

6875794I'm supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I'm an natural redhead even though I haven't seen my real hair color in years, I'm a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I've been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I'm interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.

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