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Published by Smashwords on February 21st 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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Asa and Callie had nothing in common. He was an Ace, raised in the club and loyal to it above all else. She was a high school student with braces on her teeth and a narrow view of the world.
They should have never crossed paths.
But when Callie decides to defy her parents, and Asa goes on an errand for the club, their lives collide. He saves her, and she mesmerizes him.
They part believing they’ll never see each other again. Neither could have predicted the chain of events they’d put in motion.
Now the two have to navigate the dark waters of a relationship built on tragedy and need without drowning in guilt for things outside their control.
How do you love someone when the worst decision of your life was the reason you met them?
“Demons come out in the dark because they are afraid of the light.”
– Nicole Jacquelyn
After reading Craving Constellations I wasn’t sure want to expect of this next novel in The Aces series. The first one was decent and I was hoping that this one would be better. I wasn’t wrong.
This novel starts off where the first one ended. Callie is at The Aces clubhouse confronting her ex love about her brother. It is then told entirely in a flashback of how Asa and Callie met and how everything ended up the way it did. Starting in San Diego, then Callie’s move to Sacramento, taking place over a few years as Callie gets older and finds who she is.
16-year-old Callie finds herself dragged to a party she shouldn’t be at. After having a drink handed to her by a stanger, she finds herself drugged and in a bad situation. The situation is made worse when The Aces show up to confront the gang throwing that party. When Asa sees Callie half naked on the floor he knows he can’t leave her behind. Asa drops her at her grandmother’s house after making sure she is okay and takes off back to Oregon. The repercussions of The Aces showing up at the party land on Callie’s family when they are murdered the next night. Asa and Callie’s lives are never the same after that.
Unlike in her first novel there is actually some character development in this one. Callie goes from being a normal 16-year-old to a teenage girl living on her own in the middle of California with a boyfriend who is at least four years older than her. She struggles to find herself and who she is until she makes a friend at her new school. Over the next couple of years she is forced to grow up faster than a normal young girl. We see her go from scared to strong willed.
Jacquelyn’s writing was a little better in this novel than the first. I could picture more of what was going on and found myself liking the characters a little more.
I actually liked that this storyline took place over the course of a few years in Callie’s life. I really feel like readers were able to get to know her. I enjoyed this storyline better than the first. Seeing Callie at the beginning of the story as a scared girl from San Diego making a move to live on her own in Sacramento while having a long distance relationship with someone from a motorcycle gang who she barely knew to ending up pregnant with his child a few years later was interesting. Jacqueline has definitely created a unique story full of characters who are vastly different from each other.