BLOG TOUR ~ JERSEY SIX by Jewel. E. Ann

We are delighted to be on tour with Jersey Six, an all-new “intriguing, gut-wrenching and raw” romantic suspense from Jewel E. Ann

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JerseySix-AmazonFINAL.jpgHow far would you go for revenge?

A hit-and-run accident leaves Jersey Six orphaned and homeless on the streets of Newark, shattering her dreams of school dances, pink nail polish, and a diploma.

Eight years later, a burn victim with amnesia wanders into Jersey’s barely-existent life. She resists his efforts to form a friendship until he reveals knowledge of the person responsible for derailing her future. Through their unusual friendship, she discovers a way to avenge the deaths of her foster parents.

All she has to do is destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

In the ultimate game of sex, lies, and manipulation, can Jersey discover the truth? Or will she be blinded by attraction, deceived by love, and destroyed by her past?

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Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF

Jersey Six was left orphaned after a hit and run which left her living on the streets of Newark. This shattered her dreams of being any regular girl, having a diploma and going to school dances, all the girly things. She’s lived a non-existence life for eight years and then suddenly a guy calling himself Chris shows up and wants to form a friendship with her. Jersey isn’t interested in having any sort of relationship with anyone as she only has the energy to plod along as a lone ranger. However, Chris remembers the person he believes destroyed her future. They form an unlikely alliance which would seem unusual since her pent up anger…the injustice of losing her foster parents ignites feelings of vengeance. The problem is she needs to get close and sets out to destroy the world’s biggest rock star.

Jersey is a gutsy, tough young lady. Ooh boy, can she pack a punch! This poor girl has been through so much in her life that she came across as quite feral, well…that was how I envisioned her as I was reading. There are some dark elements in her past which made my heart ache. Damaged and angry, I had high hopes that things would get better but because of her determination to avenge the wrongdoings, I feared she would just keep walking into bad situations.

Chris is the guy who befriends Jersey. He’s badly disfigured due to a fire and also suffers from amnesia but slowly little pieces of his life unravel. Despite him being a bit of a mystery, the two of them are drawn together, but not in a romantic way. They snuggle and she feels protected, a totally new feeling for her. I loved their conversations; however, sometimes I worried there could possibly be a bit of manipulation there even though they seemed to be protective of each other.

Ian Cooper, the rock star. Jersey meets him by accident and soon realises he’s someone she needs to get close to if she’s going to figure out how their pasts could have possibly become unwittingly entangled. He’s easy to love, and his adoring fans and the people he works with do just that. Coop as jersey calls him, keeps his past very guarded. He’s every bit the hot star and I was instantly drawn to him. The chemistry between him and Jersey is very palpable and every sensual word oozed off the pages.

Blown away by Ms Ann’s words, this read is very different from her past works. It has darkness, mystery and sizzling chemistry with some scorching scenes. The unravelling of this story had me on the edge of my seat so-much-so that it hurt. Secrets and lies abound and when everything fell into place, I was left open-mouthed. Thrilling, entertaining and full of all kinds of drama, one of my favourite things was the playlist which accompanies the story. It fit perfectly and complemented Jersey Six very well. Long after reading, I still keep thinking of this story and listening to the playlist gives me a lump in my throat. Bravo to Ms Ann. Loved, loved everything written, even the music.

EXCERPT

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“We ate at the hotel.” Her lips twisted to the side. “Mind if I stick some stuff in my bag for later?”

A tiny wrinkle formed between Ian’s eyes, just below the long sweep of his black bangs. “There will be lots of food available later too. But…” he shrugged, leaning forward and resting his elbows on his knees “…take whatever you want.”

Jersey glanced over her shoulder at the food and the three other men in the room. She decided to wait a little while before shoving as much as possible into her bag like a free-for-all. “Thanks.” Jersey returned her attention to Ian. “So … you’re a singer. Like … are you a big deal?”

Every word she spoke seemed to feed his level of happiness. “Well …” He rubbed his chin, twisting his lips. “We play music. People like to listen to our music. But no … it’s not a big deal. We’re not saving lives or anything like that.”

She eyed him with suspicion for a few seconds. That smile of his didn’t feel worthy of complete trust. “Um … what exactly do you need me to do? What’s my job? They already took Chris. Will that big, bearded guy come for me too?” Jersey couldn’t remember his name.

“No.” Ian stood, pushing his elbows out from his shoulders, twisting side to side. “Tonight you are just going to watch the concert from backstage. Tomorrow night you’ll sell merchandise.”

“Drugs. You mean drugs, don’t you?”

Ian paused his stretching, letting his arms fall limp to his sides. “Merchandise—T-shirts, posters, keychains, phone cases, hats, guitar pics …”

“To who?”

“Fans.” Ian grinned. “Okay. I might have understated all of this to you … can you name a famous singer? Old or new. Doesn’t matter. Just a famous singer.”

“I had a foster parent who used to listen to Josh Groban.” Jersey gnashed her teeth, still feeling so much anger. Dena wasn’t just a foster parent; she was Jersey’s friend.

“Okay. Well, Josh has sold millions of records, and he’s a huge star in his genre of music. Thousands of people pack venues all over the world to see him sing live in concert. And they sell merchandise of his at those concerts.”

Jersey gazed unblinkingly at Ian as he scratched his jaw.

“Well, I sing a different genre of music, but I, too, travel the world, singing to sold-out concert venues, andI have people who sell my merchandise at these concerts.”

Jersey dropped her bag to her feet and planted her fists on her hips. “Listen, Coop. Stop talking down to me. I’m not an idiot. I know what a concert is. But earlier today you didn’t say what you did or what the job was you were offering. You bought a homeless person a hot dog and offered her a job. Of course, I’m going to think something sketchy might be involved.”

Tipping her chin up, she held her breath to puff out her chest, pretending the recent revelation of Ian Cooper being a famous singer didn’t faze her one bit. Inside, Jersey’s heart hammered into her ribcage, and her mind reeled trying to figure out the day’s events.

“Coop?” His lips twitched into a tiny grin.

“It’s short for Cooper.”

“Clearly.” Ian chuckled. “But my name is Ian. Everyone calls me Ian.”

“I busted the nose and jaw of a kid named Ian. He tried to stick his cock in my ass. I’ll call you Tom, Dick, or Harry, but I’m not calling you Ian because that makes me want to physically harm you.”

Ian’s eyebrows shot up his forehead as his head whipped back a few inches. “Coop it is.”
 

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MEET JEWEL

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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