Friday, June 19, 2015

Review - 'Jagged Hearts' by Lashell Collins


Book 1 in the Jagged Ivory series 
Review 

Wow. What to say? Really? 
Noah, the lead guitarist for Jagged Ivory, is sexy, brooding and a womanizing ass. At least that’s what Mercy thinks. They had a one night stand and then he dropped her like a bad habit four years ago before his band made it big. But she was a loyal fan because she loved the music and she continued to follow his career and the band’s stardom.
Mercy joins Jagged Ivory on tour because her dad is their manager (though Noah never knew this) but their relationship isn’t all rose petals and love ballads. Nope. Tension strikes in all shapes and forms: there’s Noah’s brother who wants Mercy, Noah’s alcohol dependency, other band members and their drug problems, the groupies, and just general mistrust and secrets between Noah and Mercy.
I was totally engrossed in the story but I was a little irritated that it took so long for Noah and Mercy to finally get together. I mean, they kissed for the first time at 60% of the ebook, had sex at around 71% and then they finally discussed the giant pink elephant in the room after they had sex. The frustration and sexual tension they felt toward each other through the first half or so of the book just lasted too long in my opinion and I was dying for them to finally talk. Once they did, however, everything just seemed to fall into place and a beautiful relationship blossomed.
We learned quite a bit about Otis, Noah’s big brother, and Noah’s best friend Cory but not so much about Buzzy and Benji, other than Benji’s heroin addiction. All the guys have indulged in drugs and wild sex with strangers (Cory seems the cleanest), and it’s easy to blame it on the rock and roll lifestyle, but choices are choices and the guys act like arrogant idiots sometimes. But it’s hard for the reader not to get pulled into their heads and see life as they see it. I understand why they are the way they are, and that’s good writing.
Speaking of the writing, the book flowed well and transitioned from chapter to chapter so fluidly that I had to keep reading. I couldn’t put it down. There were some typos, mostly missing commas, and the POV shifted all over the place, from the main characters to the side characters and back again all in the same chapter. It was a little hard to follow at times and to know who was talking or thinking. Even with these problems, I loved the book and the characters. You just can’t help but fall in love with the bad boys of Jagged Ivory.
I haven’t read many rock star romances and this is the first book I’ve read by the author, Lashell Collins. I have the other four books in the Jagged Ivory series waiting on my Kindle and I’ll be sure to get to those soon. (Stay tuned for the reviews.)
4 Stars.

Disclaimer – Thank you, Lashell Collins (author) and Stephanie Biedlingmaier (book promoter) for sending me an ebook copy for an honest review. I am a reader. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason.