With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl's rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn't want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet's dark, haunted eyes. She's afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire. Jet can't resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he iss tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships. Will the blaze burn into an enduring love...or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes? Don't miss the latest bad boy in Jay Crownover's unforgettable New Adult series.
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Entertaining, full of angst and some yummy sexy times, Jet is a nice addition to the Marked Man Series. The story is told in first person dual POVs. I really liked the first book in this series, Rule and had high hopes that Jet would be just as good. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. It was good just not better than the first book in the series. The problem wasn't Jet, I adored him. In fact, I loved everything about Jet. He was sexy, charismatic, and delicious. On the outside he is this rockstar with all the known stereotypes, but on the inside he is genuine, sweet, and overall a great person. I loved him every bit as much as Rule... The problem was Ayden. It took me a little longer to connect with her character. In time, she won me over. The story picks up a year later after Jet so nicely turns down Ayden when she tries to pretty much offer herself to him. Ironically, they end up becoming roommates & friends! We find out there is more to Ayden. She was hiding from her past. Raised in a small town in Kentucky by a mother who had a revolving door of men coming in and out of their trailer, Ayden lived up to the trailer trash label that had been placed on their family. Most of what she did was to keep her brother out of more trouble than what he was already in. So when a high school chemistry teacher saw potential in Ayden, he helped her fill out applications and get her to Denver to college. Ayden did everything she could to make sure that she lived her new life to deserve the second chance that she got. She attends Denver University, determined to live a completely different life from the one she ran from in Kentucky. She knows she wants a stable career and safe relationship. Trying to convince herself that she’s different from the girl she was in Kentucky, hiding all of her secrets from her closest friends. Her plan never included to fall for the sexy, talented, panty-melting bad boy. Jet is the lead singer in a local metal band, runs his own studio, and is dealing with family issues. He too wasn’t expecting that one girl could change his entire view on love & relationships. Ayden and Jet have different goals for their life but cannot deny the attraction towards each other no matter how much they fight it. So, they decide to jump in to a friends with benefits type of relationship. And whoa baby is it hot! Jet would sing to her in bed while playing his guitar. **Swoon* * Jet was always forth coming about his family drama but Ayden still refuses to open up. Eventually feelings start to surface between them and run deeper than being just physical. These feelings scare Ayden and it doesn't help when her past starts to catch up with her. This causes her to make the decision to keep Jet safe. She does this by taking the cowards way out and breaks things off with him. Basically, we experience lots of up & down roller coaster moments. This book is really about the two of them learning love is worth the fight to be together rather than giving up & finding your future all alone. To be honest, I fell head over heels in love with Rule and Shaw's story, it was raw, there was passion, angst and it was even effed up a lot of the time, but I I really loved the ride. In this book, I just didn't feel the strong passion between Ayden and Jet. Plus, the sex scenes seemed way toned down from Rule, which may have contributed to the lack of passion I felt compared with the first book. On a positive note, I did enjoy listening to Jet and Ayden’s story. I was glad to see the same crew of characters playing significant roles in this book. I definitely will continue to recommend this series to other listeners.
I really liked Jet and Aiden and I was excited to hear their story, especially since we got a glimpse of the beginning of it in Rule's book. The narrators, Callie Dalton and Cal Wembly, performed very well and I'm really getting spoiled with the dual narrations in this series because they do such a good job of bringing these books to life. It was also great to catch up with Rule and Shaw and the rest of the Marked Men. We got a nice taste of Cora (the heroine of the next book in this series) with her sassy personality, fabulous tattoos, and her capacity to be a great friend.
In regard to the romance, the chemistry between Jet and Aiden was very good (no complaints in that department). The problem I had with this book is that I felt like I didn't get enough of Jet and Aiden TOGETHER. Both leads have some serious problems to overcome, but for most of the book they don't do it together. I thought that was a lost opportunity on behalf of the author. So, I felt this book was big on personal growth in both Jet and Aiden's cases, but it wasn't big on the deep, melt-in-your-mouth kind of romance and bonding that a romance-aholic like me looks for. The romance came together in the last 45 to 50 minutes in this book and that just didn't do enough for me. Nice epilogue though…..Also, the playlist at the end of each book is a really nice touch! I've got to look up those songs!
I hope Cora and Rome's romance is better…..on to their story next!