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on August 27th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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"How is it, that someone can make decision after decision attempting to get away from their past and somehow end up right back where they started?"
When Brenna decided to leave the only life she'd ever known, she never thought she'd ever be back. Now, five years later she's running from her clean cut husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her... and the man she left behind. She left with a secret, and as soon as she returns the truth will break her carefully constructed life wide open.
“How could someone make decision after decision attempting to get away from their past and somehow end up right back where they started.”
– Nicole Jacquelyn
After reading Unbreak my Heart for a blog tour, I knew that I wanted to go back and read Nicole Jaquelyn’s first series. It took me a little bit but I finally gave in and bought the Kindle bundle of all four Aces novels. This first book focuses on Brenna and her story.
This novel takes place in Portland Oregon where The Aces, a motorcycle gang, dwell. I could definitely picture the garage where they work, the clubhouse and the small house that Brenna and her daughter live in.
The plot had a lot of potential. Brenna and her five year old daughter, Trixie, are on the run from her abusive husband. She decides that the only place that might be safe for them is with The Aces in Oregon. She makes her way there not knowing what to expect. It turns out that her father is the vice president and Trixie’s father, Dragon, is one of the gang members. The rest of the novel is set up to reconnect Brenna and Dragon and rekindle their past love. Eventually Brenna’s husband finds them and tries to take his revenge out on Brenna.
Honestly, I don’t feel like there was much character development throughout Jacquelyn’s first novel. The characters were decent, but other than Dragon learning to become a father I don’t think any of the characters really “developed.”
Unlike with Unbreak my Heart, I didn’t enjoy her writing as much in Craving Constellations. I can see the development in her writing and am hoping that it will get better as the series goes on.
Overall the story was decent. I liked getting to learn about The Aces and seeing Brenna and Dragon together. Watching them was sort of a train wreck; you want to look away but can’t. I didn’t expect the drama towards the end with Brenna’s husband to go down like it did. It was a nice twist in the story.
The characters were about as likeable as they could have been at Jacquelyn’s stage of writing. Brenna can be annoying at times. She has made poor judgment calls in the past and continues to do so throughout the story. I didn’t love that Dragon jumped so quickly at the opportunity to move in with her and play house with their kid. I get that he feels like he needs to do it but it could have moved a little more slowly. He tries to act like they are a family when they clearly aren’t.
Overall the book was decent and worth the read, if only to become familiar with the characters so that I could continue the series.