Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Release Day + Review + Giveaway: Larkin's Letters & Ryan's Letters by Jax Jillian

Title: Larkin's Letters
Author: Jax Jillian
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: December 1, 2015
Review Source: eARC

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Title: Ryan's Letters
Author: Jax Jillian
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: December 1, 2015
Review Source: eARC
"I left you something on the nightstand," she said.

"You did? What is it?"

"Just turn over and look," she pleaded.

He turned over to look, hesitantly, not wanting to look away from her. She always seemed to disappear every time he looked away. A manila envelope lay atop the white rustic nightstand and the word "Ryan" that was penned across the front was beckoning him. He glared at the envelope for just a moment before turning back to her. But she was gone.

As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin's Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she leaves behind. Ryan worked hard to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, but no matter how busy or famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin's sickness, Ryan promised that he wouldn't let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are within our control.

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My dearest Larkin. Help me. I'm drowning.

It has been almost eight months since the love of his life, Larkin, passed, and Ryan Boone has tried to make good on his promise to her to keep living. The letters she left behind had helped him tremendously, but all of a sudden, he felt like he was drowning and only she could save him. The only way he could think to reach out to her was to write her letters, just like she did to him. He never thought that she would actually get them; after all, she was gone. But when he sees her sitting on their private dune reading his letter, his grief would never be the same.
Ryan's Letters, the sequel to Jax Jillian's first novel, Larkin's Letters, takes readers on a journey with Ryan Boone as he struggles to completely come to terms with his wife's death. That struggle becomes even harder when Larkin's ghost comes to visit him each time he writes to her. But when Lux, a beautiful new doctor, moves in next door and befriends Ryan, he must choose between Larkin's visits and a potential new love.


 Wow. I must say that for Jax Jillian's debut novels, these were kickers to the emotions. There are two novels in this duet. And they are both equally saddening, and make you want to curl up in a ball, with a blanket, and cry. Rather hysterically, I might add. I was a tad bit confused when I first started reading Larkin's Letters. Nothing bad against the author because I honestly think she meant to lead the reader on the way she did. It was brilliant, if that's the case, and I must say that I had me second guessing if Larkin was really gone. 

Larkin and Ryan have been best friends since childhood. Larkin's Letters focuses on the letters Larkin has written for Ryan to help him through the pain of losing her. The problem is that Ryan still sees her. And the letters only help for so long before they tear Ryan apart, and cover him in darkness. This entire novel focused on Larkin. Her battle with leukemia, her affair with Ryan, the fact that she knew what she wanted, and couldn't do anything about it because of her already failing, and dwindling health (and marriage from what I gathered). You have to read this novel to really get an understanding of Larkin, where she was coming from, and the pain that Ryan endures to get to Ryan's Letters.

Ryan's Letters. Where to begin. The reader meets back up with Ryan in this novel that focuses on his healing after Larkin's passing. When the reader thinks there is no way that Ryan can come back from his loss, he does. Somewhat. Larkin is still present in Ryan's life. He swears he can feel her, and when the new neighbor, Lux moves in, Ryan wants nothing to do with her, and the potential that they could have. Lux is suffering from her own loss, and wants that connection with somebody like Ryan. Does Ryan have what it takes to walk away from what him and Larkin once shared?

Such well-written, well thought out novels that will have the reader sad, upset, wanting to throw their Kindle due to the many, many emotions that show up in these two books, and the other all overwhelming sense of loss. I give Jax Jillian a brilliant 5 Bars on these novels, and look forward to any of her other work!


LARKIN'S LETTERS

RYAN'S LETTERS

Jax Jillian was born in Albuquerque, NM but before she turned a year old, her parents moved east to Harrisburg, PA where she was raised. After graduating high school in 1995, Jax attended La Salle University (1999, B.A., Communication), Temple University (2001, M.Ed, Sport & Recreation Administration), and Central Pennsylvania College (2005, A.A.S, Physical Therapist Assistant).

She settled in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and son before she became a writer. Jax found a passion for motion pictures at a young age when she remembers “getting lost” in films, and that passion ultimately led her down the path to writing. she loves “getting lost” in her writing and particularly loves writing heartfelt love stories with a touch of tragedy which she believes is the key to truly reaching readers.

Jax is the author of Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters, two contemporary romance novels that have seen early success from reviewers, with both averaging 4.8/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. She is currently writing her third novel and aspires to write a screenplay one day.

When not writing, she works full time as a physical therapist assistant and as a mom to her three-year-old son.

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