Friday, July 24, 2015

Review - 'Jagged Surrender' by Lashell Collins

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Review

Wow! This book rivals book 3, Jagged Addiction, as my favorite in the series.
Brooke is an amazing, strong woman and she takes no crap off anyone. She’s a ballet instructor, and a stripper. Yep, you read right. She strips for extra cash to pay off her student loans and to survive in LA. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Otis made a huge man-whore mistake in the last book and now he’s paying for it. Though he was the victim in the sex tape scandal, I thought he got what he deserved. He needed to be taken down a few pegs but he didn’t really start to reevaluate his life until Brooke crashed into him on the highway and totaled his outrageously expensive car. Loved it! 
Romance bloomed slowly but it made sense. She’s been hurt before, she’s careful around men, and foolish Otis made a bet with his brother, Noah, to become emotionally attached and opened with a woman, so Otis did everything in his power to woo her. Not get in her pants right off the bat. Their love was special, he was a wonderful gentleman, and I love their banter and jokes about him as her ‘sugar daddy’. Very funny. Even though it was all an act as first, he turned over a new leaf and fell in love with her. She let go of the wall around her heart and fell in love with him. Beautiful.
And then idiot rock star ruined it. *Sigh* I soooo wanted to slap Otis a few times for Brooke. I felt her pain, the betrayal, her sorrow, and I teared up for her. I felt his regret and anguish, and wanted to hug him.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure I’d like Otis’s story. For one, I’m not crazy about his name but the nickname of ‘O’ is awesome. Two, he always seemed too petulant, arrogant and slutty in the previous books. But that’s also his appeal. The man is downright sexy and he knows it. Anyway, I loved this book and the way Brooke knocked him to his knees. He needed a woman who wasn’t impressed with his stardom and made him work for the privilege to be in her presence.
The book is longer than the other ones and there was definitely a lot of story in it even though it took place in a short amount of time, not counting the last two chapters. Otis and Brooke’s love story surprised me, made me laugh out loud and wipe my eyes. Not many books can do that for me anymore.
I noticed the use of passive voice, constant POV shifts and a few typos in this story, just like in the others. The plot was solid, however, and I overlooked my peep peeves to read a truly awesome book. Definitely recommended.

5 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.