Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Bullet (Bullet #1) by Jade C. Jamison

Title: Bullet
Series: Bullet #1
Author: Jade C. Jamison
Genre: Adult, Romance
Publish Date: February 17, 2013
Review Source: eBook provided for Review

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In a nutshell: What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?

(3.5 Bars)

I'm not really sure where to start so I'm just going to start from the beginning and be honest with how this book made me feel.  Exhausted.  That's how I felt.  It took me two weeks to read Bullet and I kept tabling the book to read other books in between.  Well if you know anything about me or have read any of my other reviews you know that if I am not holding the book and can easily set it aside, it wasn't my favorite read on the planet.  Now, you may ask why the 3.5 Bar rating if I didn't care for it ... here's why.

Let's talk about the characters.  It's been a while since I have read a book about a virgin, but Valerie (Val for short) is and she was raised in a house with parents that left her incredibly naive to the world around her.  They are heavily religious and though they preach not having sex till you're married, her mother is somehow a realist who tells her that when she falls in love with a boy she'll know it and it will be okay to be with him.  Odd but okay, let's move on to the fact that Val listens to Metal music.  Metal music didn't seem to jive with the "goody, naive girl" image she was portraying.  Then she goes right after the really hot guy in class her first week of school, Ethan, who happens to be in a metal band named Bullet.  

Now, don't get me started on how much I hated Ethan as a character.  That guy has no redeeming qualities.  Not one, at least in my opinion.  I hated him, I wanted to punch him so many times, forget the time out spot, he was just ... yeah ... not my favorite character in a book ever.  He takes Val home to meet his friends and his mom though he refers to her as just a friend and Val finds a connection she can't shake with lead vocalist and friend Brad.  Now, here's one of the reasons the book is getting 3.5 bars.  I loved Brad but as the book progresses you just feel terrible for the guy.  He sits by year after year and while yeah, he lives his life, he gets laid here and there, he can't seem to shake Val from his head and holds her on a pedestal above all other woman just hoping one day she'll drop Ethan like the dead weight, drug addict that he is and come to her senses that he's the one she should be with.  

Along the way, Bullet becomes Fully Automatic, due to the fact that Val figures out that Bullet is a name taken by about 100 other bands and they want to stand out.  Fully Automatic goes out on the road and while dropping Ethan for about the third time in her life ... Val hooks up with the second reason this book gets 3.5 bars, Clayton aka Jet from the band Last Five Seconds.  He adds comic relief to the book, a dangerous, Alpha male side and is protective of Val just like Brad.  He knows Ethan is the worst possible thing for Val and has known about Ethan's cheating and drugged up ways for years, causing Val all kinds of embarrassment.  I loved both sides of Clay/Jet.  Clayton is this sweet, cuddly, fun loving guy who will take care of his girls needs and be a shoulder if you need one.  Jet is his stage, alter ego who if you ask for him you better be ready to drop those panties because it's all good when he comes out to play!

All that being said, the book is told in Past and Present and the chapters are clearly marked so you know where you're at in the timeline.  Life blows by quickly for the Fully Automatic crew.  The ending I sort of saw coming but it completely redeems the rest of the book and all the pain everyone has been put through.  So while it was a difficult read for me personally, I still definitely recommend that everyone read it because not everyone reads the same book and feels the same way. You never know, you might just enjoy this one way more than I did! 

Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado and has decided she likes it enough to stay forever. Jade's day job is teaching Creative Writing, but teaching doesn't stop her from doing a little writing herself.

Unfortunately, there's no one genre that quite fits her writing. Her work has been labeled romance, erotica, suspense, and women's fiction, and the latter is probably the safest and closest description. But you'll see that her writing doesn't quite fit any of those genres.

You'll have to discover Jade's writing for yourself to decide if you like it.


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