“She’s mine until time folds this world up and moves on. And even then, I imagine we’ll be two atoms bonded together floating out into the great unknown.”
I’ve been reading The Charlotte Chronicles for over a year. Say what?! Yes, this book was delivered via newsletter from the author and every Friday I would get my latest Charlotte and Nathan fix. This was such a fun and unique way of reading and each week I didn’t know what was going to appear in my inbox. The CC had many twists and turns as well as highs and lows.
I believe I loved this story more because of the history, if you have followed Jen since the Woodlands series then familiar characters will pop up and Charlotte and Nathan are actually the children of a few of our faves. It was their turn for an epic love story, and just like their parent’s, Jen did not disappoint.
The CC spans several years; we meet Charlotte and Nathan in their teens and follow them through new adulthood and beyond. When Charlotte faces a tough time in her life, Nathan and his brother Nick are there for Charlotte as her best friends but unlike Nick, Nathan wants more from Charlotte. She is destined to be his, everyone knows this but Nathan is waiting for the timing to be right.
I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t too impressed with Nathan’s behaviour more than once during the story. I know he always felt as if he was doing the best for Charlotte but he was playing the martyr at times and he hurt her. Something he vowed he’d never do. I struggle if I’m not 100% in love with both characters, and while Charlotte was going through hell, I did think Nathan was unworthy of her. He was going to have to do something amazing to get me back on side.
The story jumps forward seven years. I’m not a great fan of time jumps at the best of times and more so of this one. Again, it wasn’t helping Nathan’s case any and I kind of wanted Charlotte to knock him off the pedestal she held him on. But do you know what? I get it. They were soul mates. There would be no one else for Charlotte and even though she gave in eventually to Nathan’s demands, the new feistier Charlotte gave him what for first.
This really was a rollercoaster of a journey and I think I experienced it more intensely as it was being drip fed to me over a long period of time. Charlotte and Nathan have been though it all. But they proved in the end, time or distance didn’t matter, they belonged together.
As always, Jen Frederick’s writing is enjoying to read. I loved the journey she took us on, and I really can’t wait for Nick’s story. He featured heavily in this book as well as his potential love interest and I really can’t wait to see their journey unfold. I’ve just recovered from The CC and I’m ready to dive back in to Jen’s head again!
But when I close my eyes, I can see him—and me. I can see me pressed up against the mirror in the bathroom, my hands making starfish prints as I brace myself against his thrusts. I can hear his harsh breathing, his commands to come, come now, Charlotte. There was that passage of time that felt endless when he was between my legs, licking me softly and leisurely as if there wasn’t anything in this world that gave him more pleasure than helping me find my own. I touch myself, but it’s useless. My body wants one thing: Nathan Jackson.
I’m on fire and the ache of want is so acute it’s like a knife in my chest. I’ve had multiple surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation but that’s nothing compared to what I feel now.
Time and distance had dulled my pain and that my desire and love for Nathan had actually started to ease only to be stoked into high, hot flames by his reappearance in my life.
He is the poison and the antidote.
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USA Today Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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