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(The Jade Series – Part 1)
by Lucy Rains
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Slow Burn, PNR RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Somewhat angsty and emotional, this is a riveting ride that lays out a mystery without explaining much.. yet. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Don’t stand out.
Don’t draw attention.
These are words that Jade lives by every day. Her abilities that she doesn’t understand must be kept hidden. With only a few friends and an over controlling mother, Jade is just trying to get by in life until she can move out on her own. Then a beautiful stranger walks into her life. And another one. And another one. They say they understand her and promise to take her away where she can be herself. They say she is like them. But Jade has never trusted anyone before and doesn’t know how to start now.
Until Jade is out of time and the guys make the choice for her.
Just a heads up- If you like a dominating, opinionated, strong female lead- this is not the book for you. Jade starts this series broken, unsure, and naive. If you like strong, dominating, controlling males, this is the book for you. This is a Reverse Harem novel with moderate language and moderate sexual content. Intended for young adult and mature audiences.
Readers are welcome to contact Lucy Rains at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thoughts on A Broken Jewel
Reading the reviews of this book might have been a bad idea, as I went into this saga with some preconceived notions that proved to be unfounded. Jade, while certainly naive and easily led, is NOT as downtrodden or as weak as some implied. Instead, I found her to be a young, yet determined, woman struggling to find her place in a new world that smacked her upside the head.
All in all, this is a Coming of Age New Adult Series with an unusual paranormal bend…. one that makes the foundation of this melodic tale fascinating. It’s a bit angsty, a touch annoying and features Alpha males with dominating airs I kinda wanted to smack away… almost. I felt like she was dragged around and into situations, yet she isn’t the shrinking violet some reviews painted her as. No, Jade isn’t quite as strong as her cohorts, but she is far from weak, and it seems that her strength may be still be growing – which leads me to expect a delicious confrontation with Pierce. Insert evil laugh here….
- Interesting premise.
- There was a strong emotional component.
- The story sucks you in and doesn’t want to let go.
- An ambiance of evil hangs over the words.
- The twist at the end, though not wholly unexpected, is unusual in this genre.
- Cover is jarring for the content.
- Some of the character choices and actions flat out pissed me off.
First Person, minimal multiple POV
To Be Continued without painful cliff.
NA, Upper YA
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on A Broken Jewel
Emotional and compelling, this is a story that twists and turns, inviting the reader to sit a spell and explore a mystery none of the characters understand either. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published May 6th, 2019
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What are you reading today? Have you read this series by Lucy Rains yet? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!