I can tell you that from this one book I am hooked on author Scarlet Cole’s writing.Intense characters, a strong plot, emotional but not angst filled, and two very deserving people finding a love neither one knew they were capable of made Jordan Reclaimed an excellent romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.
Now he’s made good, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.
Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.
She craves Jordan.
Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?
I don’t even know where to start with this review, I picked up Jordan Reclaimed to read because I was asked to review the next book in the series and I wanted to have the full picture of this series before I started it. This is my first book by author Scarlett Cole, but I can tell you it won’t be my last, in fact I will be downloading the series this series is a spin-off from very shortly. Jordan Reclaimed moved me in many ways, it was a heart breaking story because of the nature of what Jordan and his bandmates endured, it was emotional because of what the heroine has dealt with her whole life, it was satisfying watching these two broken people figure out how to live and love, most of all it was simply a beautiful love story.
This is the first book in the Preload series about a heavy metal band comprised of “brothers” who all ended up in the same group home as children and teens. With the guidance of two amazing women, the young men were given love, security and the gift of music to heal their bodies and souls.
Bassist Jordan Steele’s young life is the stuff nightmares are made of, but with the help of his caseworker, the group home administrator, and his “brothers”, Jordan has a home, money in the bank, and is recognized worldwide for his part in the band. While he still has the compulsion to make sure everyone is safe at night, Jordan is working on getting better especially with one of his friends moving out soon. When he sees ballerina Aleksandra (Lexi) Artemov practicing one night, he can’t seem to get her out of his head which leads him to make contact with her, he questions if he’s good enough for her but also knows he will do anything to protect her.
The thing I loved most about this book and this couple is they brought out the very best in each other and while at times they had trouble communicating which usually drives me crazy but because of their backgrounds it was easy to accept. Lexi saw past Jordan’s gruff exterior and accepted every part of him even the parts that led him to flee when things got tough. Though Jordan’s eyes, Lexi was able to see that she was more than her physical appearance and deserved more than the bits of affection her abusive father gave her. While there is no doubt these two will always have to work at dealing with their issues, it was obvious that they were strong enough to get through it together.
I can tell you that from this one book I am hooked on author Scarlet Cole’s writing.Intense characters, a strong plot, emotional but not angst filled, and two very deserving people finding a love neither one knew they were capable of made Jordan Reclaimed an excellent romance.