Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #2
Publication date: May 28th, 2013
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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 her dreams and turn them to ashes?
I received a physical copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for participation in a blog tour as well as an honest review.
The second part to my TLC Book Tours review set is in the form of the sequel to Rule. I wasn't sure how the series was going to be laid out. Are we going to see mention of the previous characters or are the other characters going to mysteriously disappear like in some series? Is there going to be any reference to the interactions between Jet and Ayden in the first book or are they just going to be forgotten and glossed over? Am I going to love Jet and Ayden like I did Rule and Shaw? I was anxious to dive into Jet and find answers to some of these questions and get a feel for Jay Crownover as a new author.
Jet can't believe he lives across the hall from the Southern Belle goddess he longs for. Ever since she propositioned him and he grit his teeth and turned her down, they have had a tentative friendship. They are sociable and friendly but there is always that air of tension and heat surrounding them. Jet attempts to forget about his desires for Ayden by delving into as many members of the female populace as possible. It is a good distraction but it doesn't make him forget the long-legged beauty within touching distance. All he can do is vent his rage and frustration through casual sex and his love of music. Jet has demons and he can't allow the purity that is Ayden anywhere near that... or him.
Ayden is far from perfect. Her past haunts her and she is constantly mindful of herself. She cannot let the old, rambunctious Ayden out or she could risk losing everything she has ever worked for. She knows getting into any sort of relationship, whether it be sexual or emotional, with Jet would be a mistake. He is the type of guy that makes the old Ayden sit up and drool and the new Ayden's heart race.
Ayden and Jet's romance starts as their mounting attraction explodes and causes them to finally face facts. They are going to have to try being together in any way possible otherwise they may go out of their minds with longing. However, as Ayden and Jet are heating up, ghosts from Ayden's past start to reappear. She must decide whether to hold tight to Jet or let him go for his own good.
I definitely like this cover better than the first one. They made the character look exactly how I pictured Jet. They even got the gold ring around his eyes right. Perfect!
I cannot get enough of these books. The romance between the seeming bad boys and the good girls is the stuff of fantasies. I can't believe how easily I can picture all the hunky men in the Marked Men series. I found Jet and Ayden to be almost more of an awesome pair than Rule and Shaw. I did not, however, understand Ayden's need to hide her past. Ayden's past was no worse than most of the other character's. I mean, Jet's family was probably the worst of all in my opinion.
I love how Jay Crownover makes her characters complete polar opposites of each other in appearance or personality but then joins them together in much of their torment or desires (not just the physical kind but of course that is there too). Seeing Shaw and Ayden on the street (or in my mind as it is), I would probably not see them getting with heavily tattooed men such as Rule and Jet, but Jay pulls it all together and makes both couples absolutely dynamic. It's a skill not many writers are able to harness, so definite props to the author.
Jet is a sequel of epic proportions. It shows that love is love and there is no obstacles too great to overcome if the heart is at the forefront of the matter.