27 July 2013

Review: Jet by Jay Crownover

Jet is book #2 in Jay Crownover's Marked Man series (book #1 is the awesome Rule)!
What they say: 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?
What I say: I loved Rule the first book in Jay Crownover's Marked Man series about tattooed badboys and the girls who tame them, and so I couldn't wait to read Jet. Crownover has again used the dual POV formula which worked so well in Rule, but this time the story is told by Ayden Cross (Shaw's bestie from book #1) and Jet Keller (Rule and the other tattoo artists singer friend).

I have absolutely no intension of spoiling any of Jet by giving a run down of the plot because Jet and Ayden's story really deserves to be experienced fully, but I'll give a brief overview. Jet still carries the scars of a horrible childhood and dysfunctional parents. He's seen his father mistreat, manipulate, use and cheat on his mother and is terrified of ending up like his father. Ayden has build a new life for herself away from her irresponsible mioher and criminal brother. She is determined to live the American dream with a good job, husband and stable family life; she has no place for badboy musicians like Jet, but of course they are insanely attracted to each other...

I can completely understand why both Jet and Ayden behave they way they do and it's easy to see what motivated them. I loved Adyen's friendship with Cora, and their ranking system for Jet's one night stands had me in stiches! It was great to see how Rule and Shaw's relationship had progressed and to catch up with the other characters from book #1. 

There's a decent amount of drama and tension, although I did think some of Jet and Ayden's character traits were borrowed from Rule and Shaw. I also remembered Ayden being a lot more forward than she was at the beginning of Jet. As the plot developed we got to read Ayden's thoughts and motivations it became clear that who she was and who she thought she should be were completely different, but therein lies the fun!

A good follow up, although I still slightly preferred Rule but I'm looking forward to Rome's story coming up next.
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • No boy should be that good-looking, especially when half his face had holes and jewellery in it.
  • "This Ayden is the one who has to decide why she is settling for mil and cookies when what she wants is edible body paint and furry handcuffs."
  • "I think you're just pissed Miley Cyrus copied your haircut and you're taking it out on innocent girls across the land."
  • "By the way, she was totally a ten when I saw her this morning, so way to go killer."

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