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Jesse

(Damage Control #2)

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Meet the Damage Control Boys, set in the world of the bestselling series Inked Brotherhood. This is New Adult Contemporary Romance.

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
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Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published July 14th 2015
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Syndi
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am going to be very short with the review.

Lukewarm
I feel no sympathy with the characters. I hate Amber. She is weak and pathetic. Gah!!... Jesse is predictable and boring. Boring alpha male.

The steamy sex is typical jo raven.
Rachael Fick
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I swear, these books always hit me right in the feels. Anyone who has read the Inked Brotherhood series or the spin-off Damage Boys books will know that these guys haven't had it easy; but JESSE has a story that will break your heart.

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
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Courtney
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jo Raven does it again with Jesse. This book brought me to tears hearing the things Jesse has managed to survive. With Amber he finds another survivor and someone who truly sees him for the wonderful man he is. Absolutely love this series and each story adds another layer to the bond they have with one another. Not to mention the strong women who are willing to fight to be by their sides
Bev
As much as I love Jo Raven's books I struggled with the heroine a bit in this one and didn't really warm to Amber until way past halfway through. Jesse, on the other hand, is such a sweet, tortured hero and I loved him from the get go. JR never fails to get me right in the feels, every single time.

Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This is book two in the Damage Control series. It can be read as a standalone.

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.
Tracy Reads
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
i loved this book Jesse is such a Sweetheart bless him, this book shocked me in some ways and broke my heart in other ways i could relate to a lot of it i wanted to wrap jesse up in my arms and mind him, who am i kidding i want to have all the damage men ! you may need tissues a time or two but hopeless romantics you will love this book, Jesse will always be my book boyfriend
Darcy
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one was just ok for me. A lot of that was due to Jesse. I’m not a big fan of the reformed man-whore and Jesse is that. With how Jesse and Amber met I was surprised that Amber even gave him a chance. Another thing that bugged me about Jesse was how he whined about how he was no good, no one would ever really want him, including his friends. I get why he was like that, but all of the guys had issues, yet he didn’t embrace the other guys as family, more held them at arm’s length.

Now with all
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Nance
Another amazing book by Jo Raven! The drama and romance never stop as manwhore Jesse and Amber, who was bullied in the past, meet. She's totally appalled by his behavior, but he's somewhat smitten with her crass comments. Amber tells it like it is. Never holding back, and Jesse respects her for it. As they come in contact more often, Jesse wears down Amber's negative thoughts of him and shows her that there's way more passion lurking within this bad boy. Jesse is a damaged male just trying to fi ...more
Stephanie Witter
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again Jo Raven adds a new book boyfriend to my already long list. Her boys never fail to win me over. :)

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
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Adoore
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love Jo Raven. Every single character has some serious issue to deal with but at the end we get an HEA. I am curious and wonder about a few things. What was the point of Nick giving Amber his card I'm assuming we will find out in future books. But I love this series and group of characters I feel like I am in their world and I finish the book way to fast. But they are all read over and over.
Jessica
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Stephanie Campbell
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one really had heart. Jess's had a really difficult life. On the surface he's a charming, carefree, talented manwhore. But inside his emotional scars run very deep. The only person he was ever close to is gone from his life. Zane and the others of the Inked Brotherhood have brought him into their fold and he's a tattoo apprentice. But he hoards his money and doesn't share his thoughts and feelings because he's convinced he'll be forced back out on the streets, homeless again, at any time. N ...more
Kami Dodson-Perry
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, blogged
Jesse always thinks the world is about to turn upside down. He never believes people will stay in his life, that they will like him, maybe even love him.

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
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Silvia Drascall
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it


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

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AC Squared Book Blog
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that has bit me the hardest so far of the bunch of men we've read. Nothing can compare to Zane, but Jesse is just such a sad kid. He has gone through so much, but he's hiding everything with this stupid playboy persona. Until Amber.

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
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Lisa
Oct 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
I purchased this from Audible.
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).
Katie
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first encounter reading a Jo Raven novel, but I must say, HOLY MOLY. The Damage Control series is a spin-off from Inked Brotherhood and can all be read as stand-alone with the characters inter-connecting throughout. This is a wonderful concept as it allows the reader to pick up one of the books whenever, without having to read the first or in any particular order. So, I read Jesse and Amber’s story, a dual point of view that was just fantastic. Ms Raven is a master at disguising emoti ...more
Lilian Flesher
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-reads
I was given a copy of this in return for an honest review. I am under no obligation to give it anything other than my true opinion.

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
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Screaming Mimi
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jesse comes from the school of hardknocks, he's lived on the street and done what he had to do to survive. Finding a place to call home feels impossible to him. He uses sex to ease the pain, while he waits for the next person to kick him out, or leave. Amber is returning to the town she ran away from, from the bully who abused, in hopes of finding her path in life. First impressions of Jesse leave her needing to avoid him at all costs, only for some reason she keeps finding herself drawn to him ...more
Lora Borzelleca
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked both the main characters...Jesse and Amber. I felt they were both so damaged and hurt from their past but finding each other helped them heal. I was a little upset with when the climax happened, how quick to judge and quick to not trust Amber was. But in the time Jesse and Amber were apart, I think both of them grew so much that it made the separation worth it. I like how they both fixed their lives separately and then worked it out. I always love reading about a strong female heroine... ...more
Christy McCurry
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Great Read... I am a first time reader of JO Raven and I am impressed with this authors writing style.
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.

Christy
Radical Reads Book Blog
Janelle b
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ok so after reading 'Micah' I decided to give 'Jesse' a try hoping it would be a little better .
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
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Bitchy
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, inked
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Kristen
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a bonus with another book from this author, and if not for that I might not have chosen it.
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
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Blueleo
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
JJ & Embers forever!

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
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Julie Trejo
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hot, sexy and sweet!!!!

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
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Bellereader
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jesse(JJ) and Amber(Embers) are two damaged souls looking for something and find it in each other. Embers is scarred by childhood issues that have decimated her self-esteem and given her social anxiety issues. Having returned home after years away she hopes that thus time she will be able to push through her past issues and finally come to terms with who she is and find happiness. JJ has scars that run deep. Forced to do things on the streets to survive he now has to deal with physiological pain ...more
Leyns
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay.

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
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Angela Lamb
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So sad but so good

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
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Other books in the series

Damage Control (6 books)
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