30 March 2018

Review Blitz - Recovered

Recovered
by Jay Crownover


  From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes RECOVERED, a standalone contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night! 

 

Cover Design by Hang Le

It was hate at first sight...

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.





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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: In Recovered we meet Cable. He's is cocky, fierce, charismatic and charming. Oh and did I mention rich and oh-so-handsome?! He's recovering from a spectacular fall from grace. I didn't think Jay would be able to create a character who is equally as vulnerable and strong as Rule but I think she may have surpassed herself with Cable.

Oh Affton. She's a plate full of awesome sauce. I love how charmingly unaware she is of herself. She's the wallflower, the quiet, untouchable girl who hides in the background and isn't prepared to allow anything to dismantle her carefully constructed plan. She is beautiful and kind but comes across as cold and disconnected.

As you can probably tell from the blurb, Jay brings her characters together with a bang. I love a tale of opposites who then realise that where it matters they're not really all that different (not to dwell on the Archer's but I always loved this about Rule and Shaw). No meet-cute in sight, think more drama and annoyance.

On a side note: I don't know the inspiration for Jay's character names come from but I always love them.

Cable is the ultimate entitled bad boy. He's used to being able to act a certain way because of his family's wealth and his good looks. But Affton isn't going to risk her future by allowing him to dismantle his, and no way will she accept him returning to bad habits. I loved how much faith she has in him, even when he doesn't have it in himself.

It's a story of love and consequences. Redemption and rebuilding. It's a coming of age story where two very different people need each other to be the best version of themselves.

I cried, sulked and nearly stress-tweeted whilst reading Recovered (in a good way I promise. No really!). Jay has a unique way of creating raw emotion and intriguing drama. Her characters never feel like cardboard cutouts. She really steps up the angst with Cable's self loathing, but she always manages to find the positive and romantic tension. 

It's oh-so-good!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!




Excerpt:

AFFTON
He looked like a surfer with his shaggy, dirty blond hair and the careless scruff that darkened his chin and cheeks. He had on a light gray t-shirt featuring the logo of his parents’ brewery and a pair of jeans that were in far better shape than the ones he’d dipped in the Gulf last night. He was wearing faded black Converse that were almost identical to mine. Looking at him, it was impossible to tell he was the privileged son of a couple of millionaires. He didn’t look like an ex-con or recovering addict. At least he didn’t until you got to his eyes. 
Those dark orbs were perfect for hiding secrets, but if you looked hard enough, you could see the storm raging inside of Cable McCaffrey. There were shadows in those dark eyes, and they were at war with him. 
They were winning. 
I stiffened as his hand landed on the small of my back where my shirt was tied so it fit instead of handing down around my thighs. It was one of my favorites. I stole it from my dad and refused to give it back even though it was three sizes too big. The bare skin where his palm landed tingled, and I quickly took a step forward to break the contact. 
“Yeah, I can surf. We’ve had this house since I was little. I learned how so I didn’t have to be stuck inside while my parents did their best to eat each other alive. I never particularly looked forward to summer vacation, but I always loved being on the water.” He took the car from me and immediately put his feet on the bar and rode it like a scooter as we started through the store. “I was into the girls in bikinis who liked surfers even more.”
I bristled and was going to snap at him that he was into anyone who had a willing vagina when I realized by the smirk on his face and quirk in his gold-tinted eyebrows that he was baiting me. He knew it ruffled my feathers when he brought up sex and his vast experience with the opposite sex. He was purposely rattling my cage just to get a reaction.

 

Author Spotlight:




Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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