Thursday, May 7, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Jacked"

Jacked by Tina Reber
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 28, 2014)
Series: Trent Brothers, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

We all have skeletons in our closets. 

Doctor Erin Novak was only sixteen when she was accused of a crime she didn't commit. Since that moment, she has made it her life goal to pursue emergency medicine, pouring her heart and soul into assuring another innocent life isn’t lost to the hands of the wicked.

We all have secrets we've never shared. 

Detective Adam Trent has lost control of everything, starting with losing his partner to a punk with a gun and then everything else to the crushing guilt. Now a member of the elite Auto Theft Task Force in Philadelphia, it's his job to be one step ahead of the criminals stealing expensive cars in the city. Too bad the television cameras keep getting in the way of his investigation.

We all have pasts that we can never escape. 

A stolen car, a tragic chase, and a traffic stop crosses the fates of these two, tying them together in ways that are unimaginable. As their love and trust grows, so do the enemies that threaten their survival, testing the strength of their commitment. Can true love endure half-truths, past pains, and secrets never meant to be shared?

Some things are just out of our control. 

Love Unscripted spin-off featuring Kyle Trent's older brother, Adam.

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Reviews of Reber's Previous Novels:

Love Unscripted (#1) -- Kame
Love Unrehearsed (#2) -- Kame

Kame's Review:

Adam and Erin meet in an unconventional way, and find they have an attraction that is hard to fight. Secrets and danger could mean a relationship is not possible.
Adam is an AFT detective and if that isn’t enough he is battling his own demons and a demon of an ex-girlfriend. He seems to crave a relationship and goes into immediate protect mode when he meets Erin. Erin is an emergency/trauma doctor who is trying to pay for her past with her future. I question if they could even have an instant connection under the circumstances they met, however the second meeting was more believable for me and allowed me to think of them as a possible couple. This was not a relationship filled with hearts and flowers, it had more than its fair share of angst; which led to Adam’s uncommon way to work through an argument. I have lots of mixed emotions about this part of the story – I never felt Erin’s opinions regarding this technique were explored, validated or even acknowledged by Adam.  It is not a given that every reader is going to accept or understand Adam’s method. I will be honest this aspect of their relationship almost made me DNF the book.

It is hard for me to categorize this book, it has so much in it, so many details, so many plots points, so many tropes; I kind of wondered what this book was trying to be. To me they all didn't add value, I got lost at times. I felt a lot of attention was given to writing a plot with lots of twists and turns and dead ends; and for me less time was devoted to building the characters. Sometimes I had to put it down and walk away just because I was getting so frustrated. All of these things made it difficult to become vested in Adam and Erin’s characters.  Not until the very end did I feel their devotion and love for one another.

I waited for this book for so long. But I will admit I was on the fence about whether to read it or not. Tina Reber’s Love series is one of my favorites and one I read again and again as a comfort read.  However this new series is about the Trent brothers; and Adam’s brother Kyle Trent was a character I despised in the Love series. I am not sure he can ever redeem himself in my heart. However since I loved the Love series and Tina Reber’s writing style I had high expectations for this book, and was ecstatic when it was gifted to me by a fellow reader. It might not have reached the level the others have in my heart however my interest is peaked.  The next book in this series is about Adam’s brother, a medic who suffered a life altering injury while deployed. I have a soft space in my heart for wounded warrior heroes so I will probably definitely pick that book up.


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Kame was gifted this book.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! 

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Until Next Time,


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