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Toward the Sound of Chaos

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,599 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Jake Tucker is broken. At twenty-two, he went in to the Marine Corps a naïve, troubled youth. Nine years and four tours later, Jake finds himself back on US soil, though his mind remains firmly planted in the sands of Afghanistan with the men he left behind.

Wounded, chewed up and spat out by war, Jake has only his dog, Nuke, PTSD, and survivor’s guilt to keep him company.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 18th 2016 by CreateSpace
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


Carmen Jenner delivered a poignant tale about love, family, healing and learning to move on. This one was very different from other books I’ve read by this author. It was equally heartbreaking and heartwarming, a truly emotional rollercoaster that really touched my heart at times. 'Toward the Sound of Chaos' is the story of Ellie and Jake, two individuals who find each other and find love when they least expected it.

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
****4 Stars****


“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

What an absolutely captivating, heartbreaking and beautiful story. I am a huge fan of military romances, but this is like no other I have ever read. It brought with it, an authenticity of the horrors soldiers are exposed to and the demons they must face after war when they try to return to normality. “Towards the sound of chaos” really showcased this struggle that many veterans have in assimilating back into s
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 40%

I think it's just me because most of my friends that have read it, enjoyed it and loved it. But its writing didn't intrigue me enough to prevent my mind wandering. I couldn't concentrate enough so I lost the story! Please don't pay any attention to my rate and please read it, hope you enjoy it more than me!
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"Carmen Jenner" in exchange for an honest review..Thank you!!

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TITLE: Toward the Sound of Chaos
AUTHOR: Carmen Jenner
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 18th 2016

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This author fast became one of my all time favourites with her "Welcome to Sugartown" series, so I'm quietly keen to see what journey she takes me on with this book.

A unique heart breaking raw account of one man's struggle to put the war demons to rest

Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
. 4-4,5 STARS

What an emotional ride!This isn't an easy book to read but still this doesn't mean I didn't love it!It's sad,intense,sweet and hot.I have read many books from this author and I believe that this one is a little bit different from her other books.Toward the Sound of Chaos hit me straight to my feelings make me cry a lot ,laugh at times and swoon.

Ellie is one of the toughest and strongest heroines I've ever met.I can't even imagine how difficult must be having a son with Autism and S
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★ 3.5 - 4 Stars ★★★

This was a very different story than what I have come to expect from Carmen Jenner, which covered some serious issues such as PTSD and Autism. I really felt that both subject matters were dealt with extremely well, and it was obvious that a lot of research went into writing this book.

Jake Tucker is an ex-marine and a POW survivor. He is suffering greatly from his wounds, internal and external, and is pretty much alone in the world, except for his therapy dog Nuke who keeps h
~ Stéphanie ~ Tied up in Romance ~

Carmen Jenner is a fantastic writer. I read 4 of her books and she always get to me. Even if I don't always agree with the turn she takes in her book there's one thing I know for sure is that she is invested! It's very much the case with Towards the Sound Of Chaos.
I think it's the first time I read something so accomplished in her books. This book goes IMO deeper that her others books had. I don't know why she needed to write a book dealing with Autism & PTSD but she has done it brilliantly!
3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was an emotional read about the not so easy parts about love. When you truly love someone, you have to love their faults along with them. This is a really good example of the internal struggles a parent of a child with autism has to deal with, and for her to fall for a man that is struggling win his PTSD from being a POW and in combat situations was just downright tragic at times. But the saying "you don't choose who you love" rings true for this couple. I felt
This was so good...I loved it. I ran the whole gamut of emotions but I have no idea how to review it.

Review to come later....
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was heart fucking breaking!

I'm so emotionally exhausted after reading this book. I'm just drained.

Toward the Sound of Chaos was all ALL angst! Maybe 10 - 15% of it wasn't. Obviously with that synopsis, you know you're getting drama, pain, emotional distress, etc etc, but MY GOD!!! **curls up in a ball!!!!!!!**

I want to say I loved it, but it feels wrong to say that, because I didn't love the constant barrage of pain these characters were in. It killed me. It ex
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 "Emotional Battle" Stars

Toward the Sound of Chaos is an emotional roller coaster involving a single mom and her precocious young son with Autism and a war ravaged POW. Ellie and Jake are fighting battles that most days seem bigger than they think they're capable of handling yet together their demons may be overcome if they can let go and allow themselves to heal.

Ellie is raising her son alone with the help of a not very good but well meaning landlord and a service dog trainer best friend. Doi
Belle Aurora
May 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read this.
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Title: Toward the Sound of Chaos
Author: Carmen Jenner
Category: Romance, Military
POV: Dual
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Scorching Level: 5
HEA: Not telling

I am a huge Carmen Jenner fan! I love her writing and how she develops her stories and characters.
This book tore my heart out!
Jack Tucker was a US Marine. Now he is living alone with his dog, Nuke and his nightmares.
Suffering from severe PTSD, he tries to survive with his demons and the ghosts
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☆☆☆☆☆ 5 "Blue Eyes and Whiskey Lullabies" Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

"My brain fights me at every turn, and it wins, because how do you fight a battle that only wages within your head."

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Jake Tucker is a US Marine and a hero. But this hero is broken and shattered in every way possible...mind, body and soul. Every minute of every day is a battle to remain calm and normal, but fighting PTSD is going to be the hardest thing of his life.

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Ellie Mason is a thirty year old single of mother of an autistic son. After e
Kate's Corner
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
–Douglas Adams –

So far I’ve only read one book by Ms. Jenner and it wasn’t what I expected at all. The same applies to this book as well.

If you read what we post which I hope you do then I posted that this book was fab and in its on specific way, so why only give it 3 stars you wonder?

It started out strong we get to know the characters in the book and get a feel for them. I liked the main character
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

In “Towards the Sound of Chaos” the author paints a raw picture of the war that happens after the war. The public might finally acknowledge the existence of PTSD, but still when it is subject in a novel there is often an attempt to show only the lighter forms of it.

So far I feel this is my first time reading an attempt to make it more real in a romance novel. I trying to choose my words carefully when I say “attempt” because nobody can judge what is real unless he has been in that situation or l
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

This was such an emotional story. My heart broke for Jake, I felt so sorry for him.. What he'd been through and what he was going through because of it..

And Spencer's sass was fun! I love when there's kids in books because they're so much fun.

I loved this book!
Kristine GPI Bookblog
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I have been a long time fan of Carmen Jenner's work, her ability to seamlessly create worlds that I want to be part of, worlds that both excite and terrify me, characters that are robust and developed, characters that leap off the page demanding that you LOOK at them, that you SEE them, that you see beyond the pretty smiles or ripped abs, beyond the bad boy or nice guy façade, that you see beyond the carefully constructed image they want projected to the world, there's something
 Lynsey Goddard ❤
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Noteworthy experiences whilst reading this book (best parts, worst parts, quotes etc, personal opinions):

Wow, where do I start, this books covered all kinds of feels, my heart was in my mouth throughout. One minute I'm emotional for Jake and the trauma he's suffered as a Marine and his coping mechanisms (or lack of) for PTSD, then for Ellie for trying to be this ultra strong mother, lover, business owner and friend, then Spencer for his young years to have seen so much, Mr Williams just because
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

There were some things I liked about this book but a lot I didn't like. I'm not sure if I'm just being too picky but (view spoiler)
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Let me go ahead and get this out of the way and warn you; this book will NOT be an easy read. There are no hearts and flowers and insta-love. There's no picturesque venue with blue skies and rainbows. There's no huge obstacle that they need to overcome to finally be together. So what is there you ask? There's truth. Honesty. A realness you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Toward the Sound of Chaos is without a doubt the most honest book I've ever read. There's a rawness that you find you ...more
Diane plourde
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Having read some of Carmen's stories in the past, I thought I knew what type of book I was going to be reading. The ones I've read so far, were all good and I even got to review her last one. Author's like this one who can shock me, render me speechless by writing an intense, raw and a very powerful story is a major accomplishment. She stepped out of her norm in order to deliver one of the best story I've ever had the pleasure of reading so far. That says a lot because I've read so many books t
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Jake Tucker....Marine, four tours in Afghanistan, damaged, PTSD, survivors guilt riddled, broken man. He's back home with only his service dog Nuke. He lives a solitary life and let's no one in . Why would anyone want to be in his life. He's a mess and is waiting for the day for it to be over. A car accident later he pulls Ellie and her son slender for her car never expecting them to become his reason f
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
4.5 Stars

“You know what really hurts, Jake, is that you can’t even see what’s right in front of you.”
“And what’s that?”

I ended this read a bit confused. Confused on a why and what. Why that added notion and what to rate it. I settled on a 4.5. Should it be a 4…hmmm.

The conclusion and storyline that lead up to it left a feeling of uncertainty of what I read and the real reason why it happened. I know as a heavy reader why it happened. Suspicion, doubt…but I felt misguided as those scenes ha
Diana's (Books And Coffee Cups)
Well what is there to say about this book, but heartbreaking. You have to appreciate an author that really puts time and does a lot of research into creating a story. A story that hits home for a lot of us readers. Bravo Carmen! should be very proud right now of your baby <3

As I started the book I knew it was a military related, and if anybody knows me they know that its really hard for me to even finish a book that's anything military. Not because its not good, but because sometimes t
Billie Bibliophile
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourties
I have been trying so, so hard over the last week to write a review for this book. But every review I write, I end up hitting the delete button and not publishing it. I honestly don’t think I can do it justice. So, I’m sorry, Carmen.

When I first started reading this book, all I thought was “ugh, typical troubled Hero and Heroine”, but after the first chapter, I was glued, I was stuck and I was completely and utterly immersed in a world that not only spoke to me, it spoke at me. Rammed it down my
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jake Tucker

An emotional heartwarming read by Carmen Jenner that gives you goosebumps.

I have never felt so much for a character in a long time and Jake Tucker definitely tugged on my heartstrings.

An ex serviceman with PTSD, Jake is living in a daily torment of nightmares and emotions that take over all of his own rational thinking, trapped in the body of Jake Tucker the man who emerged from war with the former Jake Tucker a distant memory. The man who is a war hero and than man who went to war,
Cocktails and Books
Another awesome Kindle Unlimited find. I loved Jake Turner and how a sassy southern woman and her son helped bring him back from the brink.
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Carmen Jenner is a USA Today and international bestselling author.

A hardcore red lipstick addict and a romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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“I ain’t giving up on us, Elle. I’m gonna wear you down, I’m gonna come at you from every angle, and I will have you in my arms again. I may have screwed up a lot of things in my life, but loving you, and starting a war over this isn’t wrong. You’re mine Ellie Mason, and I’m yours. I never belonged to anybody before you, and I don’t intend to belong to anyone else ever again, how can I when you got my whole heart and you ain’t giving it back?” “Jake—” 3 likes
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