“Old me, new me and everything that’s in between or yet to come, all of it is yours, Jet.”
*I received an ARC via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
It was time for Rule's best friend Jet to take the spotlight. Jet is the sexy rock star with the way too skinny jeans. Jet and Ayden have remained friends, despite a drunken kiss from years before. Jet finds himself in need of somewhere to stay and he moves in with Cora and Ayden. The attraction between Ayden and Jet is obvious but their issues prevent them from acting on their feelings. Jet has a different girl leaving his room every morning and Cora and Ayden score the girls out of ten as they perform the walk of shame. Ayden has a past she would rather forget and has worked hard to carve out her new life. Even though she is wildly attracted to Jet, he isn't suitable for 'new Ayden' and sensible, sweater vest Adam is.
Ayden was fighting a battle with herself, she was determined to keep her old life separate and only show her friends and Jet, this new reformed Ayden but the closer she got to Jet, the harder it was to keep up the façade. Jet made it clear he just wanted the real Ayden and when she finally made peace with that, she was able to give herself over to him.
It was great to see all the characters again and in particular Ayden's girlfriends. She really needed them when things got tough and they were always on hand to give her advice.
“Then don’t do this Ayd. You’re making a terrible mistake. I don’t just think he’s everything you want; I think he’s everything you need.” ~ Shaw
I especially loved Cora; she was a straight shooter and told Ayden how it was. It got me excited for her story next!
“And FYI, nobody, and I mean nobody, looks good in a sweater vest, so you should just stop trying to sell that poor Adam guy as boyfriend material.”
Jet claimed he was after the typical no strings relationship; he had enough drama going on with his parents. Their toxic relationship was one he did not want to recreate but there was just something about Ayden that he knew would be more than a onetime thing.
“While I wasn’t opposed to being any pretty girl’s good time, something told me that when she walked away after having her fun, she would be taking with her more of me than I wanted to give.”
“It would be so easy to fall in love with her, secrets and all.”
Although I did enjoy the storyline and both of the characters individually, I felt Ayden and Jet didn't have a lot of time together. When they started their friends with benefits arrangement, it was skimmed over and I didn't get to read a lot of their interaction. Before I knew it, Jet was on the road and their 'relationship' was up in the air. I think that prevented me from really falling for them as a couple. Their individual story lines were great and I liked them both, I just wanted more focus on their relationship as well.
When Ayden's brother appeared her vulnerable side came out and I really felt for Ayden, she was scared and alone and when Jet finally stepped up, I was grinning from ear to ear. I was so glad they were done avoiding their connection to each other. They were in too deep now.
“He was my temptation, and had been for a long time now. Good Ayden or Bad Ayden, we both wanted him, only him.”
“I think I’ve been punishing myself for things I’ve done in the past. Jet would have been a reward, and I refused to take it, because I didn’t think I deserved him.”
“You promised me forever and I plan on holding you to it.”
Jet's time on the road made him realise what or rather who he was missing back home and when Ayden needed someone to lean on Jet dropped everything to be with her *swoon*
“I was her future and she was my entirety. Damn, I might be in the first metal band that sang love songs after all.”
“This girl was just the best part of my day, every day, and I would never take that for granted.”
I find Jay's books easy to read, I like the world she has created and it's great to read about all the characters we have met and are soon to meet. The dual point of view works well and I liked both Ayden and Jet as characters. Jet always had to hold things together, especially when it came to his family so I loved the fact that he was able to let Ayden in and for him to realise he didn't have to do it on his own.
“I wanted to turn around, wanted to put my arms around her, but letting her hold on to me, letting her put me back together was what I needed right now.”
Jet was an enjoyable read. If you are a fan of book one then you will no doubt love Jet and Ayden, I do look forward to Rome's book next as I can't wait to discover what is in store for him and Cora.
Oh my dear Jet, I waited a long time for you! My hot tattooed, body pierced bad boy rocker…
So the story gets started by Ayden asking Jet to come up to her place after drinking, I think you all know what that means. But Jet, the dumbass, turns her down. Ok, so he’s not exactly a dumbass, I do give him brownie points for this, for not wanting to ruin their friendship by telling her she’s too good for a one night stand with him. Of course Ayden gets upset by this, but for no reason really. She’s the one painting the picture of her being the perfect, smart little college girl, bound for financial success. She’s the one holding back secrets of her past life.
A year later, they find themselves as roommates along with Cora (who is awesome by the way, cannot wait for her book). Being the bad boy we all love, Jet has females of all kinds filtering in and out of his bedroom every weekend. Of course Ayden hates that he sleeps with all of these women, but that’s what happens when you’re in love with your hot roommate.
So Ayden has this boyfriend, Adam, or as Jet likes to call him, sweater vest. Love that nick name! Eventually she breaks up with him ’cause let’s face it, if you’ve been together for 4 months and have no interest in screwing the guy, it’s time to let him go.
Jet and Ayden finally get together under the pretense of no real relationship status, but rather one of, let’s just have sex all the time and see what happens, kind of thing.
“I want to have sex with you Ayd. Lots and lots of sex…with you and only you. Does it have to be more than that right now?” ~Jet
I was a little put off by that, it makes it harder to feel the connection between them. We all know they fall in love along the way, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Then came the inevitable break up.
“I’m so sorry Jet. Whatever this is or isn’t, I can’t do it. This…it just isn’t working for me anymore” ~Ayden
I kind of wanted to harm Ayden just a bit at this moment. Talk about insensitive, dumping the guy right when you’re dropping him off to check out the damage done by something that happened to the very core of his heart and love for his music. Nicely done Ayden!
Jet goes off on tour with his band. Ayden stays at home dealing with her issues. They come back together as Ayden faces a crisis with her brother. And they finally carve a path together.
The individual story lines of Ayden and her secret past and Jet and his family issues were good. I just felt maybe it was dragged out a bit and I would have liked a little more Jet and Ayden time to have them connect emotionally more, but not to worry I’ll get over it. ;-)
All in all the book was good, not as hot and intense as Rule in my opinion, but still very likeable.
Jay Crownover is the best-selling author of Rule. Like the characters in her Marked Men series, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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