Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jet (Marked Men #2) by Jay Crownover, Book Review

By: Jay Crownover
Published by: William Morrow
Released on: November 19th, 2013
Series: Marked Men Series #2
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: arc from publisher to review
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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?

Like Rule and Shaw, Jet and Ayden have a relationship that is complex, steamy, and heart wrenching. But like Rule and Shaw, once these two are committed each other, there is no turning back. Trust me, the chemistry between these two that was building up in the previous book, doesn't have anything to the chemistry that ignites the pages in this book. One of the things that I have come to admire about Jay's writing style, is just how realistic she not only makes her characters, but their relationships. The characters make choices that aren't always what I want them to make, and their relationships aren't always perfect, which who's is, but that's what I love about them. Each book in this series makes me feel as though I'm getting a glimpse into people who are real, and not just alive on the pages of this book.

What I loved about this book is Shaw's best friend, Ayden. This girl someone I totally related to on some levels, and completely admired on many other levels. There's a lot readers don't know about Ayden's past, until now.  Leaving behind her troubled past wasn't, easy, but no matter how strong she's become, and how much she's turned her life around, some of her past demons come sneaking back into her life. I wasn't so much worried about Ayden falling back into her old way of life, as much as I was worried about how her past would effect her future. Luckily this girl has a good, strong head on her shoulders, and a good man in her life that she'll be able to deal with all that comes her way. There's a moment in the story that really got me, and that's when she's talking about the Ayden of her past and who she is today.

"There was Ayden Cross, nobody, from Woodward, Kentucky, and Ayden Cross, chemistry major, from Denver, Colorado. There were two parts of the whole and at times I thought one was going to smother the other, and there would be nothing left but ash and bad memories."

Ayden is the kind of girl who rises above what people except of her, and proves to them she can do better than what anyone things she can, even herself. She has drive, but she also has something else that I related to, and admired. That's the power of leaving the past in the past, and learning from it, and moving on. It was so easy to cheer for Ayden throughout this story. Then there's Jet. Someone, who much like Ayden, has his own personal demons from his past to deal with, both then and now. Just as much as Ayden needs Jet, Jet needs her. These two weren't perfect, but together they were perfect for each other. They gave each other exactly what they needed.

While I liked Ayden and Jet's story, I didn't love it as much as I loved the previous book, but this book was still good. Jet's story adds a lot to the over all series, as we get to see plenty of interaction with the rest of the characters that I've come to love in this series, including Shaw and Rule, Cora and Rome (who's story I loved reading), and the rest of the guys.

Read my review for RULE here.

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