This book was originally reviewed with my fellow blog-mate, Celeste, on The Book Hookup!
Celeste & Amy: 3.5 stars! We love this seThis book was originally reviewed with my fellow blog-mate, Celeste, on The Book Hookup!
Celeste & Amy: 3.5 stars! We love this series and this installment about Jimmy and Jenna made our hearts so happy and full.
Plot, Pacing, and Style..
Celeste & Amy: We fell in love these characters back with book 1, so we were so glad to finally meet JD, or Jimmy it turns out. He finally finds a woman who makes him realize there’s more to life than being a part of the band 4225 West and having gorgeous girls fawn all over him. However, while the love that he found with Jenna was so intense and deep, it wasn’t as easy as it first seemed. This all made us love seeing the journey these two took to find their forever. This story was told in alternating POVs and took place in less than a year, which made the pacing just right because we both read this very quickly.
Celeste & Amy: As with the two books before this, we seriously fell in love with both the female and male MCs. We wanted to be Jenna, and we wanted Jimmy to love us all night long. Both Jenna and Jimmy have baggage, serious baggage, but the love they feel for each other seems so pure, and they never do anything to taint it and we loved them for it. No games, no back and forth, just love and opening up to each other. Yes, they held back a little on the truth, but there never were any games.
Celeste & Amy: So very hot, and while it seemed like their love came out of nowhere, we’re telling you, we felt this and it was real. Ms. McLaughlin has a gift and can write a romance that tugs at your heart and makes you fall in love right along side of the MCs. We also have to touch on one more topic: the filthy mouth of Mr. Davis. Whoa. Mama. Likey. We are totally dirty and would have liked more, but then we discussed and realized that less is more so really, we can’t be greedy because then it would have been over the top. It was truly just right (and so hot!!!).
Celeste & Amy: Hello, perfection. Win and win. Both were so spot on and let’s be real people, that cover is so freaking hot!
Celeste & Amy: Oh Heidi, we love you. Thank you. You got us pretty teary eyed at one point, and we knew that we’d get our HEA, but getting there was definitely not just handed to these two. It was worth the wait.
Celeste & Amy: We don’t really have any huge issues as we loved this story. However, we always feel like this section rounds it all out and makes our flails more believable so here you go…we guess we don’t know if the dad needed to be such a jerk, and maybe he could have held back a little bit and just been seriously flawed. We also wish the subject of domestic abuse and stalking was taken more seriously. We were kind of surprised Jenna wasn’t losing more sleep over it. We saw it all coming, but it was like she was in denial a little bit. But then maybe she was worried but just didn’t share it with us, the readers.
Final Thoughts/Rec it?
Celeste & Amy: Oh yes yes yes yes yes. We love this series and this book fell right into place. If you love romance, heartache, and rock and roll with smexy tatted guys who have huge hearts you want this on your TBR!...more
Actual rating of 4.5 stars! WOW. Alright.. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately.. Everything I've picked up just all seems t Initial Thoughts..
Actual rating of 4.5 stars! WOW. Alright.. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately.. Everything I've picked up just all seems to blend together.. same plot, same drama, every dude's a bad boy now.. Blah. And then I started Broken and Screwed.. SLUMP. OVER! Holy friggin' bookmarks this was an awesome, AWESOME story!
The Pace, The Plot and The Writing..
I finished this book off in about 4 hours one night because I HAD to find out what happened! Couldn't put it down.. Oh yeah. It was that good!
There was certain darkness to this story that was oddly refreshing if that makes any sense at all.. The plot is pretty straightforward and predictable (until the end.. OMG!), yet it's interwoven with all of these complexities, intense feelings, and unfortunate circumstances that gives this story a uniqueness all it's own. The pacing was seriously perfect. Everything happened at just the right time and had me an anxious, swooning, heart-clenching mess throughout the entire book. Hold onto your emotions because you're in for a ride with this series!
The Characters and Relationships..
Jesse Hunt is one bad dude. Finally.. Halleluiah! He's the kind of character whose actions and behavior makes you literally want to cringe, scream, cry and attack him sexy style all at the same time. He's a damaged, insensitive asshole that takes what he needs, when he needs it then he'll bust your pride, self esteem and hope into a million pieces and walk away. That's just who he is. But there's one girl he can't completely walk away from and that girl happens to be his dead best friend's younger sister..
Alex is quite simply broken. There were times in this book when I had a hard time reading through all the heartbreak in this poor girls life. After her brother Ethan died, she lost herself.. and the person she was. Her parents, the only family she had left, abandoned her, the only child they had left, as they struggled to live in a world without their son. Jesse was Ethan's best friend, and Alex loved him from the very beginning. He was the only one that could ever dull the pain.. even if it was temporary.
Now, the romance between these two is far from romantic.. Actually, as you first begin the story, I wouldn't even refer to it as romance at all. I'm fairly certain you'll have a similar reaction to my own over Jesse's awfulness towards Alex and Alex's' weakness for taking it, which may or may not have included a time out or two and a whole lotta f-bombs and other choice words.. Their relationship, even when it was just as friends, is complex, confusing and constantly surrounded by darkness. But, there is also something curiously palpable too.. something different you can feel between the characters that makes you ignore all the bad stuff. The connection between Jesse and Alex is indescribable (in both good and bad ways) and their chemistry is emotionally and physically explosive. And because of the complicated nature of story, the intimate scenes have an even bigger impact than they normally would.
As for the other characters, some I loved, some I didn't. There were so many secondary characters to keep track of.. it was confusing and a little bit overwhelming, which was why I had to knock my rating for this book down 1/2 a star. I just felt like the same kind of effectiveness within the storyline could of been had with a few less people involved. I'm sure the author has her reasonings, but that's just my opinion..
The ending.. AKA a cliffhanger of epic portions, nearly killed me! So many unanswered questions.. It was brutal! Thankfully, Broken and Screwed #2 was already loaded and ready to go on my Kindle or I would of stroked out cried. But that aside, I'm truly so impressed with the authors writing and the way she constructed this beautifully dark story. It was a totally addictive, completely captivating and overall fantastic read, and I'm really looking forward to checking out all of her other series!
Oh, and p.s., Tijan, if I'm lucky enough for you to see this review.. Could you please, please, PLEASE give us a chapter/scene/paragraph/whole book from Jesse's point of view? OMG PLEASE! I need it! Loved your book! PLEASE! ♥...more