Title: Jersey Six
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: June 13, 2019
Source: Social Butterfly PR
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 5 ⭐️’s
How far would you go for revenge?
A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.
Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.
All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.
In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?
I have become such a huge Jewel E. Ann fan ever since the first book of hers I read last year, Look the Part. What I love about Jewel is that her writing and stories are completely unique to her and I know that I am reading a Jewel book. She just has a way of weaving stories that are so completely different and usually take a turn that I am not expecting, which I love!
Jersey Six was a little different than Jewel normally writes (at least based on the books that I have read from her) because there is this suspense element that really ties the whole story together. I don’t really want to give you too much on this book because it is definitely a book worth going into bling in order to fully enjoy it.
It would be hard to find a character more badass than Jersey. She has lived a rough life and will end a man’s life with no regret if he deserved it. She punches, steals, kicks, and deceives her way through life in order to survive. When she is given a chance at revenge for taking away her means of a normal life, she takes it without remorse. However, she is not expecting the conflicting emotions she feels when it comes to Ian Cooper. She will have to dig to find her truth, and even then, the truth may be more difficult to comprehend than she could ever imagine.
Ian Cooper was a tough cookie to figure out, and I am still trying to figure him out. Ian buried his past so far underground that anyone would be hard pressed to dig it back up. He just wants to write music and figure out this enigma of a girl he picked up at a hot dog stand. He has his own secrets he is keeping close to his chest and finds it hard to trust anyone, but eventually secrets have to come out.
Jersey and Ian are unlike any couple that I have ever read. They are complicated, distrustful, passionate, emotionally and physically damaged, and share a connection so deep that it is a wonder that they found each other. I think I cried on and off the last 25% of this book because the twists and turns just kept coming. My jaw was hanging on the floor by the end of this book because it was so fantastic. I wouldn’t change anything about this book and I am a Jewel E. Ann fan for life!
Rating: 5 Stars!
I can still remember reading my first Jewel E Ann book. I had picked up Look the Part, based on a recommendation from Brook Cumberland (of the famous Kennedy Fox). I sat down to read the first few pages, and ended up not getting up from my chair until I had read the very last page. It was phenomenal, and I was immediately hooked on her writing. Jewel can weave a story like no one else, and everything I’ve read from her has captivated me from the very first page, and Jersey Six was no exception.
Jersey Six is an intense, edge of your seat read that you will not want to put down. I was late to the party on this one, and Charli had already finished it by the time I picked it up, but I knew that she was completely blown away by what she read, and I couldn’t wait to see if I would feel the same way. Like Charli, I couldn’t put this down once I started, and I was gripping my kindle so hard during the last part of the book, I’m surprised I didn’t crack it.
Jersey Six is our main characters, and she’s a crass, tough girl that has been through a world of hurt. Abandoned as a baby, she’s been through foster home after foster home, until she found herself completely on her own at the tender age of fifteen. And since that age she’s wanted nothing but revenge against the person who took the only good part of her life away from her. When Jersey meets Chris, a burn victim suffering from PTSD, and paranoia, she gets the first clue into who the killer may be, and the book just takes off from there.
There’s so much to say about Ian, our hero and his relationship with Jersey, but honestly, I feel like it’s best to just go into this one blind and to be blown away from everything that Jewel lays at your feet. I promise you will not be disappointed!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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“We ate at the hotel.” Her lips twisted to the side. “Mind if I stick some stuff in my bag for later?”
A tiny wrinkle formed between Ian’s eyes, just below the long sweep of his black bangs. “There will be lots of food available later too. But…” he shrugged, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees “…take whatever you want.”
Jersey glanced over her shoulder at the food and the three other men in the room. She decided to wait a little while before shoving as much as possible into her bag like a free-for-all. “Thanks.” Jersey returned her attention to Ian. “So … you’re a singer. Like … are you a big deal?”
Every word she spoke seemed to feed his level of happiness. “Well …” He rubbed his chin, twisting his lips. “We play music. People like to listen to our music. But no … it’s not a big deal. We’re not saving lives or anything like that.”
She eyed him with suspicion for a few seconds. That smile of his didn’t feel worthy of complete trust. “Um … what exactly do you need me to do? What’s my job? They already took Chris. Will that big, bearded guy come for me too?” Jersey couldn’t remember his name.
“No.” Ian stood, pushing his elbows out from his shoulders, twisting side to side. “Tonight you are just going to watch the concert from backstage. Tomorrow night you’ll sell merchandise.”
“Drugs. You mean drugs, don’t you?”
Ian paused his stretching, letting his arms fall limp to his sides. “Merchandise—T-shirts, posters, keychains, phone cases, hats, guitar pics …”
“Fans.” Ian grinned. “Okay. I might have understated all of this to you … can you name a famous singer? Old or new. Doesn’t matter. Just a famous singer.”
“I had a foster parent who used to listen to Josh Groban.” Jersey gnashed her teeth, still feeling so much anger. Dena wasn’t just a foster parent; she was Jersey’s friend.
“Okay. Well, Josh has sold millions of records, and he’s a huge star in his genre of music. Thousands of people pack venues all over the world to see him sing live in concert. And they sell merchandise of his at those concerts.”
Jersey gazed unblinkingly at Ian as he scratched his jaw.
“Well, I sing a different genre of music, but I, too, travel the world, singing to sold-out concert venues, andI have people who sell my merchandise at these concerts.”
Jersey dropped her bag to her feet and planted her fists on her hips. “Listen, Coop. Stop talking down to me. I’m not an idiot. I know what a concert is. But earlier today you didn’t say what you did or what the job was you were offering. You bought a homeless person a hot dog and offered her a job. Of course, I’m going to think something sketchy might be involved.”
Tipping her chin up, she held her breath to puff out her chest, pretending the recent revelation of Ian Cooper being a famous singer didn’t faze her one bit. Inside, Jersey’s heart hammered into her ribcage, and her mind reeled trying to figure out the day’s events.
“Coop?” His lips twitched into a tiny grin.
“It’s short for Cooper.”
“Clearly.” Ian chuckled. “But my name is Ian. Everyone calls me Ian.”
“I busted the nose and jaw of a kid named Ian. He tried to stick his cock in my ass. I’ll call you Tom, Dick, or Harry, but I’m not calling you Ian because that makes me want to physically harm you.”
Ian’s eyebrows shot up his forehead as his head whipped back a few inches. “Coop it is.”
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About the Author:
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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