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Jersey Six, an all-new “intriguing, gut wrenching and raw” romantic suspense from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!
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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‘Be brave and run fast’
The above piece of advice and her need for revenge are the two driving forces of Jersey Six’s life ever since she made the decision to live on the streets rather than be placed in another deplorable foster care situation like the ones that have already scarred her in irreparable ways. And while things haven’t been easy for her, she’s learned to fend for herself, taking desperate measures to accomplish small feats when necessary and doing everything she can not to give up on herself or become just another homeless orphan who got lost in the system, never seeming to have her best interests at heart, and lost in an environment that seemed to continually destroy her hopes and dreams, easily bringing her to her knees without any assistance to help her get back up.
Jersey is definitely a flawed character – one who is a product of her dark, dangerous, and devastating environment. But Jersey refuses to be a victim of her circumstances, which means that she uses her experiences, her flaws, her snark, and her scars as armor, protecting her from those who would use her or hurt her without a second thought. That’s not to say that she hasn’t taken some missteps and found herself in situations where she’s lost bits and pieces of herself and her soul, but Jersey won’t go down without a fight nor will she give up her quest for revenge because it’s what defines her and keeps her moving when it seems easier to just give up.
This story is as unpredictable and complex as its heroine, which makes it necessary for readers to always keep in mind what Jersey is willing to do to achieve her end goal, even if it means putting herself on a path that there may not be any coming back from, but while her decisions and actions are highly questionable, in some ways, because of how Jersey grew up and what she was involuntarily put through, she doesn’t see things in black and white; in fact, she lives squarely in the grey area, which some people would never understand.
I do have to admit…it took me a bit to get into the story, and then, once I did, I needed to sift through and understand a large amount of information – details that were not delivered in a straightforward way, which meant that all of the unexpected twists and turns that occurred had to be sorted and manipulated in ways that made sense, and that took some time and quite a bit of concentration. But in the end, it was clear that the non-sequential plot line fed into the complete dysfunction of Jersey and of her plan, which, after the fact, became so much clearer.
Jersey Six was my first read by Jewel E. Ann, and it most definitely won’t be my last because she’s a unique storyteller who takes risks that I can appreciate when it comes to non-linear plot lines and drastically flawed characters, and anytime I can read books that go against the grain, even if only slightly, those are exactly the kind of books I’d choose.
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“We ate at the hotel.” Her lips twisted to the side. “Mind if I stick some stuff in my bag for later?”
A tiny wrinkle formed between Ian’s eyes, just below the long sweep of his black bangs. “There will be lots of food available later too. But…” he shrugged, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees “…take whatever you want.”
Jersey glanced over her shoulder at the food and the three other men in the room. She decided to wait a little while before shoving as much as possible into her bag like a free-for-all. “Thanks.” Jersey returned her attention to Ian. “So … you’re a singer. Like … are you a big deal?”
Every word she spoke seemed to feed his level of happiness. “Well …” He rubbed his chin, twisting his lips. “We play music. People like to listen to our music. But no … it’s not a big deal. We’re not saving lives or anything like that.”
She eyed him with suspicion for a few seconds. That smile of his didn’t feel worthy of complete trust. “Um … what exactly do you need me to do? What’s my job? They already took Chris. Will that big, bearded guy come for me too?” Jersey couldn’t remember his name.
“No.” Ian stood, pushing his elbows out from his shoulders, twisting side to side. “Tonight you are just going to watch the concert from backstage. Tomorrow night you’ll sell merchandise.”
“Drugs. You mean drugs, don’t you?”
Ian paused his stretching, letting his arms fall limp to his sides. “Merchandise—T-shirts, posters, keychains, phone cases, hats, guitar pics …”
“Fans.” Ian grinned. “Okay. I might have understated all of this to you … can you name a famous singer? Old or new. Doesn’t matter. Just a famous singer.”
“I had a foster parent who used to listen to Josh Groban.” Jersey gnashed her teeth, still feeling so much anger. Dena wasn’t just a foster parent; she was Jersey’s friend.
“Okay. Well, Josh has sold millions of records, and he’s a huge star in his genre of music. Thousands of people pack venues all over the world to see him sing live in concert. And they sell merchandise of his at those concerts.”
Jersey gazed unblinkingly at Ian as he scratched his jaw.
“Well, I sing a different genre of music, but I, too, travel the world, singing to sold-out concert venues, andI have people who sell my merchandise at these concerts.”
Jersey dropped her bag to her feet and planted her fists on her hips. “Listen, Coop. Stop talking down to me. I’m not an idiot. I know what a concert is. But earlier today you didn’t say what you did or what the job was you were offering. You bought a homeless person a hot dog and offered her a job. Of course, I’m going to think something sketchy might be involved.”
Tipping her chin up, she held her breath to puff out her chest, pretending the recent revelation of Ian Cooper being a famous singer didn’t faze her one bit. Inside, Jersey’s heart hammered into her ribcage, and her mind reeled trying to figure out the day’s events.
“Coop?” His lips twitched into a tiny grin.
“It’s short for Cooper.”
“Clearly.” Ian chuckled. “But my name is Ian. Everyone calls me Ian.”
“I busted the nose and jaw of a kid named Ian. He tried to stick his cock in my ass. I’ll call you Tom, Dick, or Harry, but I’m not calling you Ian because that makes me want to physically harm you.”
Ian’s eyebrows shot up his forehead as his head whipped back a few inches. “Coop it is.”
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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.
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