Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review - 'Jagged Secrets' by Lashell Collins


Janie and Buzzy (or Robby as she called him) fell in love in high school but then she broke off their relationship without ever telling him why. He later followed his dream and became a rock star while she gave up her dream of a writing career and now works as a waitress to raise their son. When they reconnect years later, sparks fly and old hurts surface.
The best part about the book, for me, is Bobby—Janie and Buzzy’s eight year old son. He’s sweet and genuine.
I liked Buzzy for the most part but I couldn’t connect with Janie. I understand why she broke Buzzy’s heart and never told him about their son, but it irks me when a woman puts aside her wants and needs for a man’s wants and needs. Her reasoning was flawed and she was just too prideful.
I understood and felt Buzzy’s anger and pain much better than Janie’s. I lost respect for Buzzy, however, when he cast aside his live-in fling that had traveled with him on the road for about two months. He kicked the woman off the tour bus because Janie had come back into his life and he didn’t even give her money to go back home. Did he expect her to hitchhike? Did he care if she wandered homeless through the streets of Cleveland? Low blow, Buzzy. I laughed when she ranted at him in front of everyone but I didn’t think Buzzy was punished enough for the callous way he’d treated her, especially since Janie wasn’t mad at him. Anyway, that subplot just rubbed me the wrong way.
The story was good, well thought out, but I’d guessed a lot of the plot points early on. I enjoyed it mainly because of the child, Bobby, and the side characters. The band mates are awesome as usual and I love seeing how the other relationships progress.
There was a lot of head hopping, passive voice and a few typos that took me out of the story. The formatting of the book was superb, like the others, but I wished it would’ve been edited better.
I liked the book all in all and will read the last book of the series soon.

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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