|Marked Men #2|
"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 liked this book a little more than I did Rule. Far less cliche, so that's a good thing. But I just didn't like the characters as much. They didn't appeal to me as quickly as Rule and Shaw did. I don't know what was keeping me from liking them as much. It might have to do with them being almost the same person in a way.
Ayden is a girl from Kentucky from the poor side of the tracks in an already poor town. She has a closet full of skeletons, and a past that she is trying to keep hidden from everyone including herself. She is so ashamed of her past that she likes to pretend that it didn't exist. Even her close friend Shaw doesn't know anything about her life before college. But all that starts to crumble when her brother shows up in town and threatens to expose her secrets. Her brother Asa likes to cause problems for himself, and Ayden was always there to dig him out, even if that meant doing things she wishes she could erase. Jet has some serious issues with his dad. He treats his mother like an emotional punching bag. Thus keeping Jet from pursuing any kind of headway with his band. Only his close friend Rowdy knows the whole deal with it. There is a good deal of shenanigans that happen in this book. From a jealous lead singer to theft, stalking, abusive fathers, assault. Attempted murder.
I just didn't like it as much, the way the story was set up, it was a little clunky. Jet and Ayden were just so overly stubborn that it made me want to slap them both. If they both had gotten their heads out of their asses, well granted there wouldn't really be a story to tell, but at the same time, they would have found their happiness a lot sooner.