**Arc kindly received from author in exchange for an honest review by the girls and I at www.sizzlingpages.com** I’m really hoping for something after seduce slayed me…
Ok I have slightly recovered from the gut wrench that was Seduce and was able to read the next book. I am opposite of what a lot of people are saying..I think. I liked this book and still am not completely sold on Seduce. I didn’t whole heartily fall for the relationship of Jack and Belle, maybe the age difference. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but it didn’t seem lasting. Did I want the story to end the way it did? That would be a resounding HELL NO!
past tense: damaged; past participle: damaged
inflict physical harm on (something) so as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function.
This book starts 3 years after Seduce leaves you. Jack has picked up the pieces of his life and moved to New York area to live by his brother. He has continued making music and bought a bar that was his home away from home anyways.
Jack isn’t falling in love with anyone soon, he actually likes to surround himself with fake, horrible bitches that are good for one thing only! After the birthday surprise that Harmony bestowed on him I was like yea maybe not marriage material? My husband would probably disagree..But who am I to judge? And it was kinda hot! So he has awful Harmony, none of his friends like her, even Jack can’t stand her. He settles for this sort of living so that he can stay away from hurt and love. As long as he doesn’t put himself out there he will be safe, until..going to pick up his brother from work, he hears a voice singing that he is automatically drawn to. Rounding the corner he sees Rose..and did I mention he asked his brother to help find a waitress..see where this may lead?
Jack and Rose have a connection, one that neither of them are willing to really address. Both are suffering painful pasts and haven’t really faced them in the light of day. Drowning in the agony and just trying to survive around it. A friendship ignites and feelings are found.
Rose has demons from her past she isn’t even aware of. Not dealing with them in any kind of healthy manner, she is a shattered shell but the pieces have yet to fall. One false move and the cracks will fall to dust. I still found a strength in her that compelled me to like her. Weak females are my number one no no in a book. Seeing as though the way she deals with her pain could be seen as a major weakness, I surprised myself liking her. People were not forthcoming with Rose and she thought the way to release her pain was to make it stop, completely. Neither Jack nor Rose think they are good enough for the other, it takes a moment apart, a fear conquered and a friend behind them to see what we all do!
“After everything you’ve been through, you deserve someone who can be there for you. I don’t know if I can be that person.” Rose
Together Jack and Rose seem like a storm that would just cause too much damage. But from damage comes a new light and a new foundation. So I believe together they might negate the darkness that has overcome them and maybe together they can finally find forever.