Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review - 'Jagged Dreams' by Lashell Collins

Book 2 in the Jagged Ivory series 

I was looking forward to reading Cory’s story since I’d met him in book 1. I love how Cory and Noah are best friends and closer to one another than Noah is with his blood brother Otis. Friendship and brotherhood play a huge part in the series. 
I liked how both Cory and Donna are celebrities in their right and Donna’s movie and TV career was interesting and entertaining. I expected more rock and roll and touring like in the first book but this one focused more on life outside the arena, which was good. It’s different.
The best part of this story for me was the father-son subplot. Cory finding his long lost dad was a great addition to the story and added more drama and depth to Cory’s character.
The Prologue starts with the guys coming back to the States after the European leg of the tour and Cory tells Noah he plans to ask Donna to marry him. 

Chapter One begins with Cory and Donna’s divorce three months later. 
Chapter Two to the end of the book was how and why the couple broke up. I felt ‘Why am I reading this?’ since I already know the couple is getting a divorce and, since it’s a romance, I know the couple will make up in the end. I didn’t like having the ‘divorce’ spoiler in Ch 1 and I probably would’ve enjoyed the story more had it been linear. 
The book was a little hard for me to get into and I couldn't connect well with Cory and Donna. The couple's problems stemmed from miscommunication and, though I teared up a few times, I thought Cory was selfish. I understand why Donna lied to him but, after the truth was out, he should’ve accepted her feelings and not made her feel guilty about it. But I understand he was heartbroken so he acted out like a child. It just didn't make sense to me that they would argue over the same things, again and again, when a good heartfelt conversation would take care of it. But neither of them really wanted to talk. They wanted to yell and place blame.
The writing flowed well and I noticed very few typos. As with the first book, however, there were multiple POV shifts within a chapter with both the main and side characters. I also don't understand why exclamation points are used so often, especially when a character is talking softly or whispering. 

For anyone who's experienced Cory's and Donna's problems would probably relate to this book very well. Even though it isn't my favorite book in the series, it's still a good story and the drama/pain/mistrust between the main characters is believable.
3.5 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.

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