Publisher: William Morrow
Publication date: May 28th 2013.
My rating: 4 stars
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’s 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?
I loved Rule by Jay Crownover. It was full of longing and unrequited love, a type of romance I can’t resist and Ms. Crownover got it just right for me. When I heard she was writing a companion novel I was over the moon! Jet did not disappoint!
Ayden, seems like a sweet and wholesome Kentucky country-girl, but looks and packaging can be deceiving. Ayden is far from being an innocent even though that’s the image she wants to cultivate. She wants nothing to do with the previous life she led and doesn’t want the image her new friends have of her to tarnish. She left all that behind when she came to Colorado to attend college. That was her ticket out of her old life and she doesn’t want anything tempting her back into her old ways. Her off-the-charts attraction to Jet has the danger signs flashing red, but her willpower is slowly weakening.
I had waited forever for this boy, and had wanted him, coveted him for so long it felt like the longing was a living, breathing thing inside of me.*
Looks are deceiving when it comes to Jet, as well. He looks like the typical bad-boy rocker, but underneath it all you’ll find a good friend with a big heart. He has a passion for music but not all the notoriety and fame that goes with it. He has no desire to lead an empty life filled with nothing but drugs, booze and woman. This is the life his father craved, and often abandoned his mother and him for while he was growing up. He’s tried to get over Ayden’s pull, but it’s like electricity sparking when they get together.
Jet was a captivating combination of fiery chemistry, angsty push and pull, family drama, and a little bit of danger. Jet and Ayden may look like opposites from the outside, but they had more in common in the way of family disappointment, so it was easy for them to relate and get each other. Both of them faced the sad reality of having a parent that didn’t put them first. There were obstacles along the way of their romance, and a few times I seriously wanted to strangle Ayden, but I knew it would all turn out. Any frustration I felt was made insignificant when I got to the sweet parts!
This man, who was all metal and tattoos that bled out anger and frustration, really had the softest and kindest heart I had ever encountered in my life. Now that I knew how easy it was to snap in half, I told myself it was going to be my job to take care of it from here on out.*
Jet’s story put a smile on my face and was a worthy companion to Rule. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Crownover comes up with next!