☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
How far would you go for revenge?
A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.
Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.
All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.
In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?
Jewel E. Ann’s latest novel, Jersey Six, is not your standard rockstar romance! In fact, this book is more suspense than romance. What could a gorgeous, world-famous rockstar want with two gritty, homeless characters? The juxtaposition of these characters set the tone for this compelling suspense.
Jersey Six grew-up in the system after being abandoned at birth. She has known more than her share of abusive foster parents. If it weren’t for Dena and Charles Russell, she never would have learned about love
Chris has no memory of his life, so his accusations should be questionable even to an under-educated, homeless woman. However, driven by revenge, Jersey is undoubtedly susceptible to his assertive persuasion.
Ian Cooper is a rockstar who knows his success is due to luck and the grace of God. He takes nothing for granted, and he is thankful and grateful for each positive moment in his life. He is an elusive character who shares nothing of his past with his band mates, manager, or the reader for most of the book.
I enjoyed the third-person narrative in Jersey Six; it allowed for more suspense since the reader doesn’t have an inkling into the mind or motives of the major players. The only time it was frustrating was after the story’s zenith when I really needed to know the major player’s thoughts. When their complex relationship hits an emotion-blocking wall, I was left tense and on edge. Just like Jersey, I wondered what the future held for them. Would the continue to battle together and survive everything thrown their way, or had their relationship run its course and accomplished what they needed to move forward individually?
This twisted and sometimes dark story, crosses several genres: thriller, contemporary literature, and romance. There are a few plot points that required sufficient suspension of disbelief that they didn’t feel plausible in this otherwise realistic work of fiction. Appropriately, the romance is relatively chaste and not overly detailed in its description. The characters’ backstory is tragic and empathetic, and yet, I didn’t feel the usual level of emotional connection with them as I have with the author’s characters in prior books. I did feel the entire spectrum of emotions about the characters’ circumstances and challenges; you can’t help but be affected by the characters’ issues (e.g., abuse, neglect, mental illness, homelessness).
Author Jewel E. Ann has again shared her wickedly twisted mind and caring, soulful heart in her latest book, Jersey Six.
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About the Author: With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, Jewel E. Ann took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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