Saturday, June 27, 2015

Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 5 star snack size review

Scorched (Frigid, #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: June 16, 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Genres: NA/New Adult, College Life, Abuse, Recovery, Mental Issues, Contemporary Romance, Gritty, 

Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

JLA delved into dark and troubling waters in Scorched. There are a lot of issues at play, and the characters are trying to puzzle together what the specific issues are and how to deal with them. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this is a rich and gritty nose dive deep into the hearts of people suffering from things they think is way beyond their control, but could manage if they faced truths and took the first step. 

The relationships are complicated, the dialogue dense and authentic, the pace is realistic and the tone is natural. Jennifer uses her unique brand of wit, quips and internal musings to genuinely envelope the reader into each character's inner thoughts. 

This story is about as real as it gets without it actually happening to you.

Excellent and moving. Longer Review Coming.