Author: Jay Crownover
Genre: NA Contemporary
Series: Marked Men (Book #2)
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062302418 (HarperCollins)
ISBN-13: 978-0062302410 (HarperCollins)
Reviewed by: Bridget
With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.
Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.
Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?
Quick & Dirty: Sexy contemporary read with engaging characters, wonderful writing, and the perfect amount of drama. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great new adult read.
Opening Sentence: It was totally against everything I was supposed to be doing in my new life—to ask a really cute guy in a band to take me home.
Ayden Cross can’t help the way Jet makes her feel. I mean with his tight leather pants, pierced and tattooed body he is every girls rock and roll dream man. But everything about Jet screams bad boy and Ayden has spent the last few years running from anyone that makes her feel like the girl she grew up being. She has built a new perfect life for herself and she will do anything to make sure it stays that way, even if it means staying away from Jet. But the funny thing about your past — it always seems to catch up to you one way or another. When Ayden starts getting mysterious phone calls from an unknown number and someone breaks into her apartment she knows that her perfectly formed life is going to start to unravel.
Jet Keller is a low level rockstar that isn’t quite ready to hit the big time yet. It’s not that he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities because he has been offered multiple record deals, but he is afraid that if he leaves home his mother will suffer the consequences. Jet’s father knocked up his mom when they were both young and it ruined his chances at hitting the big time in the music business. Subsequently, he decided to blame his wife and child for his misfortunate. He tries to live through his son and his wife’s feelings are of little concern to him. Jet hates his father, but his mom worships the ground he walks on and won’t leave him no matter how awful he treats her. So suffice to say Jet has a very warped sense of what love means. So when gorgeous cowgirl Ayden walks into his life he knows that he should stay away. There is just something about her that makes Jet want to throw away his no relationship rule and give her everything. But he is scared to open himself up and there is also the tiny issue of Ayden wanting the perfect guy, and Jet in no way fits into that mold.
Ayden is an interesting girl that I really admired. She came from a rough childhood and I commend her for changing her life, but she has bottled her past up and tried to forget it. It seems that no matter how hard she tries to change herself she still has tendencies that stir up the old her. I really liked Ayden as a character. She was very complex and it was interesting to be inside her head. She had a spunky attitude that was fun and easy to like. Even though she puts on a tough front she is a very good person and cares deeply for the people in her life. I thought that she was easy to connect with and I enjoyed reading her story.
Jet is a total charmer with his bad boy persona and sexy voice. He has left a trail of broken hearts, but love was never an issue until he meets Ayden. The feelings she stirs in him are scary and he’s not sure if risking getting hurt is worth it. Jet is a total stud not only is he totally gorgeous he is also a really great person. Sure he’s certainly not perfect, but when it comes to the people he cares about he will bend over backwards for them. On the outside he is the perfect picture of a bad boy but he is actually a really sweet guy and he knows that things with Ayden are fragile. So he tries to protect himself and not fall to hard too fast. His relationship with Ayden is full of bottled up sexual tension and when everything explodes it is pretty hot. I loved Jet and when it comes to a hot sensitive rock star you don’t really get any better than him.
This was a sexy book full of drama, romance, and a little mystery. I thought that it was a tad longer than I would have liked and at times I felt that it dragged a little, but overall I thought it was a very entertaining read. The best part is the characters. You really get to know them and feel like you are a part of their lives. There is also a great cast of secondary characters that you grow to love. Actually, my favorite character in the book is Ayden and Jet’s roommate, and I am really excited that the next book in the series is her story. Crownover does a great job mixing the steamy romance and the drama. I loved that there was a subplot outside of the love story, it made the book a much more intriguing read. This is the second book in the series and I haven’t actually read the first book, but this stood alone just fine. I will be picking up the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a new adult book that is full of sexy times and great characters.
I was breathing hard and I could see how wild my dark eyes looked in the mirror. I was just about to splash cold water on my face to try to get some level of control back, when I heard my name, spoken in a soft southern drawl, from the other side of the door. I was going to growl at her to leave me alone, but I didn’t get a chance, because she pulled the door open and met my gaze in the mirror. All I could do was stare at her while everything swirling under the surface suddenly broke through. I heard her ask me what was wrong, and was aware that I demanded to know what she was thinking by bringing that guy here.
But all of that white noise against the roar of something far louder and far more powerful thrumming in my heated blood.
I wasn’t aware of moving toward her. I wasn’t aware of pushing her up against the door with the entire length of my body. I wasn’t aware of tangling her silky hard around my fingers and getting it caught up in my rings. I heard her gasp when my tongue ring nit the warm center of her mouth. I was going to pull away, going to apologize over and over again and tell her it had just been a shitty week, but before I could, she wrapped her arms around my neck and I felt any resistance she had, any control I retained, melt under a soft little murmur of pleasure.
Marked Men Series:
4. Nash (April 29, 2014)
5. Rowdy (October 21, 2014)
6. Asa (2015)
FTC Advisory: William Morrow/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Jet. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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