By: Jewel E. Ann
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June. 13, 2019
How far would you go for revenge?
A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.
Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.
All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.
In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?
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“Maybe good people could do bad things without being truly terrible.”
Jersey Six by Jewel E. Ann is a standalone romantic suspense about a rockstar and an orphan seeking revenge. Let me first just say, HOLY SHIT! This book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read from Jewel E. Ann, and I’ve read quite a lot of her work! This book completely floored me, and the twist… OMG! This is not your typical rockstar romance AT ALL!
Jersey Six was just a baby dropped off on the doorstep of a New Jersey fire station. She spent her whole life enduring so much abuse from the ones who were supposed to be caring for her. When Jersey was 15 years old she was placed with Dena and Charles Russell. She spends 6 months in their care. The best 6 months of her entire life. Jersey grew up not being able to count on anyone, the only people she’s ever felt truly cared for by was Dena & Charles, and a girl she only knew as “G” that she formed a bond with out of circumstance in one of the worst homes she was ever in.
But when Dena and Charles Russell are killed in a hit-and-run, instead of taking the chance and getting stuck in another abusive home, Jersey runs.
“Be brave and run fast.”
Eight years later, at 24 years old Jersey is living in the back of Marley’s boxing gym where she trains when a man with horrible burns all over his face and body comes in looking for a place to get out of the cold for the night. Jersey tries to deny him but when the man, Chris, who has amnesia and is only getting pieces of his memory back sporadically remembers that it was his friend who killed the Russell’s, Jersey is dead set on finally getting her revenge. Now to just help Chris remember who that friend is.
A month later, Chris still hasn’t remembered anything else about his life but Jersey and Chris have developed a friendship, sharing the measly possessions that they have.
But everything changes at a hotdog stand in Newark right down the street from Marleys. After dropping the change that Jersey had scrounged up, a stranger pays for her lunch. But then that stranger follows her back to Marley’s and offers her a job.
“Jersey Six… I’m going to show you the world.”
Life changes drastically for Chris and Jersey when they find out that this stranger is Ian freaking Cooper, a big rockstar who they are now working on the road touring with.
Ian is different with Jersey right away, instead of her on the bus with the rest of the crew, she travels with Ian. For some reason, Ian wants the mouthy girl around. And more and more, Jersey wants to be around him too.
“They were the perfect kind of wrong.”
But when Chris tells Jersey that Ian is the friend who killed the Russel’s, she can’t believe it. How can she feel such a connection with Ian if what Chris is saying is true? But then, why is Ian so secretive about his past?
Jersey starts thinking that just maybe Chris is right.
Is it possible that Ian is the man she’s after?
OMG, what an incredibly moving story. Just when I thought I had everything figured out BAM another twist that I NEVER saw coming! Absolutely incredible story, and extraordinary writing. Sheesh, I have laughed, cried, yelled, and then cried some more I was COMPLETELY invested in this story and these characters, you can’t help but fall in love with a piece of each and every one of them even though they are “terrible people”.
“I am nothing… “she whispered.”… insignificant… forgettable… no one would miss me if I died. No one would look for me if I were lost. No human has ever cried for me.” “I am unloved.”
Jersey, she makes it hard to like her but that’s the point, isn’t it? If no one gets close enough they can’t hurt you. She’s tough, her mouth has ZERO filter, and she’ll kick your ass if you cross her. The life she’s been forced to lead has hardened her beyond measure. But for some reason the connection she feels towards Ian makes her feel like a girl with her first crush, which is definitely unlike Jersey.
“Wish me luck, Jersey.” “Luck, Coop.”
Ian, the mysterious rockstar. God, he is seriously the sweetest everrr! I mean what rockstar takes in two homeless people?! Apparently, Ian freakin Cooper does! He was so patient with Jersey, even when she kicked his ass he still kept her around, and actually WANTED her around. Nothing he did was out of pity but… UGH, I can’t even say anymore. This book you guys! 😍😍😍
Chris is also a huge part of this story, the relationship between him and Jersey, they depended on each other and sought comfort from the other when they needed it the most… their relationship begins changing when they meet Ian and my feelings for Chris changed as well. But, all in all, I feel sorry for him, I don’t hate him I just hated that even when Jersey was questioning what she should do next he kept pushing her. Their relationship went from one of care and comfort to toxic.
Seriously when I say this is a one sitting book, I don’t mean it’s short because it’s most definitely a full-length novel, I mean a one sitting book because you will NOT want to put this one down! No seriously you guys, dinner was late and I STILL had a load of laundry to fold lol, I was hooked from the very first chapter.
Absolutely incredible writing, with every release Jewel, blows me away time after time. I already know going in that I’m going to love it but the way Jewel is able to write pretty much ANY genre, and write them WELL, blows my mind every. single. time.
I’m not going to lie, I have SOO many highlights throughout this book and I wanted to add SOO much to this review but I’m determined not to leak any spoilers but man was it hard, the writing and the dialogue… GAHHH I can’t even explain it, you NEED to read this one for yourself!
There are a couple triggers but in my opinion, it was all very tastefully done. Jersey Six is far from an “easy” read but it is so worth the tears. I would give soo many more then 5 stars if I could, I highly recommend and I will be moving Jersey Six up on my top reads of 2019 list!
“Bunnies still hop with one ear.”
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About The Author
Jewel E. Ann
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.