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Release Blitz with Review: Rock Me (Jaded Ivory Book 1) by Rebecca Brooke

 

Title: Rock Me
Series: Jaded Ivory #1
Author: Rebecca Brooke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Blurb
I am not a victim.
At least that’s what I wanted to believe. What I wanted the
world to see. Five years of trying to find the girl I hid from the world.
I wouldn’t let the bullies win. I couldn’t.
What was I supposed to do when he walked
into the building? He’d made my high school years a living hell.
But, he doesn’t recognize me.
How do I prove he didn’t break me? Simple, take him home for
a one-night stand.
At least it sounded like a good idea at the time.

My Review

“Our lips reconnected; the same as before, yet different. This time there weas a promise. A promise of more.”

“Cole was different. It was like an inferno was racing through me, burning nerve endings along the way. I felt sexy and desirable.”

I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the idea of the story was unique and it definitely intrigued me. I thought the author did an amazing job with how she portrayed Mari’s past and the bullying that she endured. Fast forward to the future, Mari is not the same shy person she was in high school, she has totally reinvented herself. And Cole….Well, I’m not gonna lie, it took me a while to warm up to him. At first, I thought that Mari was just a conquest to him; that he had to get with the unattainable girl. But, once I learned about Mari and Cole’s past….let’s just say I was not a fan. I was pleased to see that Cole has matured a lot since high school and I do think that he was genuinely sorry for his past mistakes. I liked that he had to work for Mari’s forgiveness and really prove himself to her.

The only real issue I had with the story was the actual relationship with Cole and Mari. Personally, I feel that these two would have been better off as friends. I won’t deny that they had amazing sexual chemistry, because they totally did. I mean off the charts hot chemistry. And I can even get behind the idea of Mari having a revenge f@%k with him, but to have an actual relationship with him, just felt awkward to me. Cole was a total jerk and made Mari’s life a living hell in high school. And I totally get that Cole is sorry and has grown since high school, but I just had the hardest time wrapping my mind around forgiving him and pursuing a romantic relationship. And maybe that’s just me, but that aspect just didn’t work for me.

So, overall, this book was an ok read. Rock Me is definitely a book that you can finish in just one sitting. I thought it was written well and it does deal with some heavy hitting and real issues. But, there was just some things that didn’t work out for me. Even though this wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad I picked it up and gave it a chance. I would be open to reading more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Purchase Links
$2.99 for a VERY limited time!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Author Bio
Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her Kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man who puts up with all her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. When she isn’t writing or reading (which is very rarely) she loves to bake and binge watch Netflix.  
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