Series: Carnage: The Story Of Us #1 & The Story of Me #2
Author: Lesley Jones
Release Date: 12th February, 2014 / 30th July, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Design: The Final Wrap
Carnage Book #1
I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.
“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry”… He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”
Carnage, an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read
Carnage Book #2
When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on?
Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it’s also the most painful kind of life and I don’t know if I’m strong enough to live it.
I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me?
I’m Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.
I’m no longer a part of an us, it’s just me.
This Is A Complete Series.
Kindle Friends Forever: Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
CARNAGE: The Story Of Us
When an author writes two killer books, rocks your world and leaves you in a blubbering mess, they merit a reread and that’s just what I did. Even though I have both books on my Kindle, before reading her latest release, Marley, I decided to review the boxed set. Rereading is like watching your fave film again. Tiny details stand out more, thoughts forgotten come back in multicolour, and regardless of my book buddies’ warnings, or even the first impact I had had, I was once again amazed at Lesley’s narrative skills. The first book is told in past tense, first person, and from Georgia’s point of view. Descriptive words are abundant but not overused; the story’s structure strong enough to convey a sense of hopelessness. And despite the absence of banter in many passages, this never lessened the read. When introduced, tension had been sufficiently built up to affect the moods of those of you who may doubt that what occurs unlikely. Believe you me, it is not. Raw, so true and so possible. I found the author’s style of writing helpful as the timespan covers a long period, puts the protagonist’s story into perspective and no confusion is caused.
The era in which this story is focused on brought so many memories back. Born in Brentwood and brought up in Shenfield, Essex; I was there, in all the places mentioned and what a joy! Those were the times when under-age drinking was done, drugs were dabbled in and youngsters were influenced by music like none other. This is the case with protagonist’s elder brothers. The lads are encouraged to play by their father and oh boy, did they! Georgia’s brothers hold an audition for a lead singer and Marley’s best mate, Sean McCarthy, Maca to his friends, incorporates into the band, Carnage. He first claps eyes on Georgia when she is eleven years old. And love; albeit however young they were, slowly flourishes into what would appear to be unbreakable. Or was it only going to be a matter of time before choices made without thinking had repercussions?
Quote: Sean ~ “You, Gia, are a flirt. But one day… one day it will be our turn. Our time.”
George came across as a spoilt brat to begin with and I had trouble connecting with her. She’s used to getting her own way and tries to run rings around her parents and brothers. Well, she’s far from daft, is the apple of their eyes and wants for nothing. Saying that, there were parts in the book when her protective father and brothers had to remind her of her behaviour. It was so easy to imagine her throwing a tantrum because character, she most definitely has. She’s sparky, headstrong, and hot-headed. While it took time for me warm up to her, my feelings for her bestie, Jamie, aka, Jimmie, were quite the reverse. Not only did I adore her, but I was so grateful that George had such a steadfast friend who would always have her back. And when the going gets tough, there she is, by her side loving her and handing out good advice. Observing them go through all the trials and tribulations of growing up to become fully-fledged young women, was a pleasure to read.
Quote: Jamie ~ “Don’t George Don’t do this to yourself…”
Marley and his sister have a close-knit relationship. Playfully insulting each other, crude banter flows between them making me crack up. Especially considering the lingo used was so downright authentic. Britain has some of the most fabulous accents and Essex is no exception. At the very beginning of the book, the author has clarified the terms us Essex folk use in a glossary worthy of looking at.
Quote: Marley ~ “Just remember, Maca, she’s not fourteen yet and she’s my little sister. You do anything more than kiss here and I will kill you. Then my brothers and my dad will kill you again.”
No excuses have to made for the juvenile sex which takes place between the two protagonists. Some of you might be scandalised by this but that’s how it was then… And beautiful bedroom scenes they are. Maca and George’s ages didn’t influence me in the slightest as they knew what they wanted, discussed it, waited for the right moment and vowed never ending love. It just seemed to be a natural step.
Quote: Sean ~ “I love you Georgia Rae Layton. I love ya so much.”
Boom! Carnage becomes one of the most successful bands in the world. With fame, came problems. A bed of roses… far from it. A series of misfortunes will cost Maca and George dearly. My heart broke into smithereens, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Kept apart, it takes ages of suffering for them to find there way, to find each other. But in the interim period, disconsolate, George finds her pain softens with the help of Cam. I loved the age difference and really hoped that their relationship would work but not all is fair in love, is it?
Quote; Cameron ~ “Don’t swear, Kitten, it’s not nice. Now pull up your skirt and show me what you’re wearing.”
The unimaginable happens and I was caught up in a vortex of emotions. How much could George take? Racked with pain, her family watched her world come tumbling down. I broke down. Literally. Broke. Down. Finishing Carnage: The Story Of Us at silly o’clock didn’t sate my need to dive into The Story Of Me. I was desperate to read it regardless of the sleep deficit on the cards. There are so many details in this read that I can’t possibly find words for. As I’ve said before, this is the second time I have read it and I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again, again and again. I have hardly mentioned Maca. Oh Maca! Love, love, loved him. Ashley, George’s other bestie was so easy to relate to, too. The secondary characters development; par-excellent. What more can I say except read it!
Fave quote: Sean ~ I love ya, Georgia Rae, show us your tits.”
CARNAGE: The Story Of Me
Incredible! The author changed her style of writing. Told in present and much to my delight, this read flips between the two protagonists’ point of view. Trying to find the adequate words to describe how much this book moved me is not going to be an easy task. Firstly, I would like to say that George’s attitude changed completely when she she found that the love of her life was not to be in her life. Her battle with chronic depression to the point of desperation is crudely described every step of the way. This woman who irritated me so much in the first book, comes down to earth with a hard bump. She sees the light only because of harsh words from her brothers and sister-in-laws. If it wasn’t for her family’s support, she wouldn’t be here to tell her story. The once spoilt child has grown up. She’s still hot-headed, she still has her moments, but learns to control her feelings in between brackets. Humph, her escapade in Australia had me shouting out loud at her. What in the name of hell and beyond was this strong-minded woman doing messing with drink and drugs with a cum-singer, cum-surfer, cum-playboy! Hadn’t she learnt anything? Well, yes and no. Roman was hot, the sex was hot, I felt her pain, and I understood that she had to let go. But I didn’t like it. Her Aussie cousin, Jax, didn’t like it. Even though her experience there wasn’t exactly what I would call a prescription for getting over such a traumatic loss, it helped her.
Quote: Georgia ~ “Don’t be ridiculous, Jax; Rome didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to.”
There’s nothing like being in the right place at the right time. Cameron, aka Cam, was there. We met up with him in the first book. Who is on whose team doesn’t even come into the equation with him though. He damn well knows it’s not going to be an easy ride and has to prove himself to the only woman he has ever loved. Cam is adorable, a cultured cockney, successful in business and he takes whatever he can. I cried for this man. Snuffly nose dripping, snotty tears. He is played a harsh hand, he manned up to his responsibilities and regardless of whether or not the problem kept knocking on his door, he was going to find a solution!
Quote: Cameron ~ “Let it out Kitten. If you need to cry, then just go for it, baby. Don’t me ashamed. Don’t ever be ashamed to cry for what you lost.”
Family. This is the key to this story. George’s mother, father, her brothers and their wives, her dearest friends, have a huge part to play in in this story which had me spellbound, in tears, aghast but so very happy with the outcome. I can’t possibly express to you all how much I loved these two reads. Cry, laugh out loud, enjoy the banter, hearing my football team mentioned was a plus. West Ham United. The Hammers! Cam, what good taste you have. Apart from this, the London, Essex lingo is in a nutshell, perfect. Bravo to you Lesley. So looking forward to reading Marley’s story.
Carnage: The Story Of Us
Carnage: The Story Of Me
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Lesley Jones was born and raised in Essex England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family.
Her first book Saviour, was published in 2013, this was followed up with Resolution, Carnage 1&2, Conviction and Marley, a companion novel to the Carnage series.
She has quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage having won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’
Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences.
She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and already has plans to travel to the U.S for several events during 2016, a list of which can be found on her web site.
When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week.
She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.
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