Returning to Madison hurts. I thought I’d left my past behind, but the past goes on living. I carry it inside of me, it’s a piece of me. People have marked me in indelible ways and I drag the shreds of my soul behind me, trying to put my piece ...more
From the outside, Jesse is a happy guy. He is working at Damage Control, has made friends & never wants for company. But things aren't always as they seem. His smiling face is nothing but a mask that hides an ugly past that he just can't seem to get away from. A ...more
This is Jesse and Ambers story. They've both been through so much heartache and pain. They are both broken in different ways.
Can two broken characters help each other heal and move on?
Has their past damaged them so much that they don't know how to move on?
I've gotta admit I loved this book even more than Micah. It's a great emotional read. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Loved it.
Now with all ...more
Jesse has what I love reading in this genre. I went through many emotions while reading and more than once Jesse Lee broke my heart. Jesse and Amber while badly bruised for different reasons find ways to overcome everything, to open up to each other and care for each other. It was wonderful to see these characters evolve, to see them struggle with their issues and what their head told the ...more
In the past Jesse had to survive the streets, he did what was necessary to feed himself. He is not proud of his past or his correct reputation. He was taken in by Zane and is part of Damage Control. Zane thinks Jesse is ready to tattoo on his own.
Amber is friends with Ev. Amber's family moved from Madison while she was still in high school to ge ...more
J.J./Ember’s story is so much, so much… - in fact, HUGE better than Micah/Ev'.
I’ve read many JRaven’s book and I loved most of them (except book 1 D Control. I don't know why Micah and his dramas didn’t work for me at all)
Of course, Zane and Tyler from Inked ‘Bhood’ are my favorite…kkkk… But now… Oh, man… Now, this guy Jesse and his vulnerability simply melted my heart. Amber with all her insecurity captivated me too.
Two broken-bitter hearts, discovering that together they can heal…without na...more
I love the affect that Amber and Jesse had on each other. From the moment they meet there was an odd chemistry. Neither could keep their eyes off of each other. I was so excited that Amber had wanted to almost take Jesse under her wing. She ju ...more
As usual, Sebastian York is a perfect narrator, but the female narrator is very difficult to listen to. Especially when she attempts to voice the male characters. I will listen to this Audible someday. In the interim, I'm listening to Audibles narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt (who are Perfect Narrators).
Well, what can I say that will be different from others? Probably nothing because I think everyone who reads this book is going to feel like they died and went to heaven. I was immersed in the story, I felt the pain of the characters, Jesse he was a messed up youth who took the pains with him into his adulthood. Amber (Ember) was bullied as a child to the point in ne ...more
There is great Character development, things move along at a fast and steady pace. It sizzles "boy does it sizzle." It touches on some dark but real issues. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I must say that I enjoyed Jesse a little more than Micah but it still wasn't super awesome for me. I just didn't fall in love with the characters.
Their was lots of hot sex and I was happy they didn't jump into each others pants the way Micah and Eva did.
* Amber/Embers spent too much time in her own head. But I guess it was necessary to bring out her shy introvert personality to the readers.
* I can't r ...more
I don't usually seek out books about tortured heroes like this one, but after reading this and the other book by Jo Raven, I'm left wondering why the heck not? They both really pushed all my emotional buttons, and I fell like a ton of bricks for these guys.
Don't get me wrong - there are bad choices being made all over the place. But...that's human. And most of the time, these are go ...more
Wow I really like this story. I identify with Amber so much in the sense of the anti-social behaviour, the nervousness of going out meeting new people, being in crowds, panic attacks going to gatherings, the insecurities of dating and the common feeling between Amber and Jesse no attachment to others, always expecting for people to leave them. Jesse is such a heartbreaker and not because of his looks and charisma to attract women, but for the life he had to endure since a ...more
Who else but Jo Raven can make a heartbreaking story about a lost and broken couple uplifting? By the time you're done reading this book it has you believing in happily ever afters. Jesse is freaking hot, sexy and arrogant but it covers up his insecurities. We would never believe someone like him would have self esteem issues. Amber is as real as you can get. What woman doesn't have scars from a lot to a spot of bullying in their life. Clever Jo gives us characters we can ...more
It was an okay read. Zane’s story was definitely better. I couldn’t connect to the heroine - she was bullied badly in the past, to the point where she became suicidal. Now, she has huge insecurity issues, dyslexia, social anxiety and panic attacks, etc. she went on about her issues quite a bit. Jesse went through massive issues without much support his whole life but he was the stronger and more determined one in this relationship. I liked Jesse, but the heroine - not so much. She was alri ...more
Thank God for HEAs, or else I couldn't read these books!! Each one is traumatic, pain-filled and so heartbreaking you can't help getting emotional whilst reading, and the strength they gain from each other to live with what they have endured is humbling. Although these are works of fiction, it is a very sad fact that there are young people out there whose lives have been impacted in much the same ways as the characters in these stories. We can only hope that they are fortunate ...more
Jo Raven is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, best known for her series Inked Brotherhood and Damage Control. She writes edgy, contemporary New Adult romance with sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines. She writes about MME fighters and ...more