A stunt man who enjoys pushing things to the limits and a photographer who prefers to live the world through what she sees in her lens find out that though love has its risks, it might be just what they need.
The blurb caught my attention, but I confess that it wasn’t in a good way. I saw a lot of angst in those first person point of view blurb thoughts and I wanted to back away. But obviously I didn’t and I’m glad. This was an emotional read, no doubt, but it was a triumphant read, too. I was glad to have seen these two hurting, broken people find each other and heal.
The story opens with a prologue that had me swallowing back tears. Jet as a boy being abused by his step-dad while trying to protect his younger brother from the monster and then Jasmin who watches her brother die of cancer and that is just the latest in the line of personal losses.
Then the story moves forward into the present where Jet is a successful stuntman and won’t come near a relationship. Jasmin needs a job to get on with her life and pay the bills so she takes on a photography job with a magazine that features extreme jobs and sports people. Jasmin isn’t impressed with Jet’s cockiness, but there is something about him that draws her in from their first fateful encounter while Jet is knocked off his game by the woman who doesn’t respond to his player charm. Jasmin puts professionalism first and Jet agrees to respect that. But then things get real. They open up and share, but it becomes too much. Fear drives them both apart, but their hearts tug them back. Dare they give it one more chance?
Alright, my fears from the blurb were actually not far off base. This was one emotional, angsty piece. And honestly, this pair had more than the average of life’s ills tossed at them. It could have felt too much for plausibility and it did to a certain extent, but it never quite crossed the line into too much for me. I felt the author balanced their situations and feelings along with the growing friendship and relationship well.
I connected with the characters even if my life has been nothing like theirs. Jet is a mess, but he knows a good thing when he sees it. He almost breaks it beyond repair, but he does treasure Jasmin. He carries so much guilt and shame on his shoulders for stuff out of his control that it had me really wanting him to get his happily ever after. And Jasmin, she oh so wants to hide and protect herself from more pain, but Jet and the ghostly thoughts from her brother’s last conversation won’t let her. Even when Jet does something monumentally stupid, she uses it to help herself grow stronger even while it breaks off another piece of her heart. Really wanted her to get past the fear and find some joy.
The plot is character-driven. The stuntwork is there and Jasmin’s interests, too. But the story revolves around this pair healing from their past and coming together. They share the narration and the story is very much New Adult in flavor, but it didn’t go over the top. Mistakes are made, but I thought the results were well within the possibility of them being handled.
It says something that when I finished I looked about for Jasper’s or even Hugh’s story and was disappointed that it isn’t out yet.
All in all, I enjoyed this deeply emotional New Adult Contemporary Romance story and would easily recommend it to those who want some strong angst, lots of character growth, and the world of stuntwork.
I received this story as part of the Red Hot Lovers box set from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review.
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