Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lennon Reborn by Scarlett Cole

From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Lennon Reborn, a stunning, shattering rock star romance in the Preload series.

Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want.

Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to be shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free.

Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?

**Warning: Deals with dark themes and deep personal struggles.**

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Lennon is struggling with his life. Despite loving his job, he also sees his brothers/bandmates moving forward in their lives. Lennon's inner voice is constantly telling him that there is nothing worthy in him. When Lennon and his bandmates are in an accident, Lennon's outlook on life only become more bleak.

Georgia is a hard working surgeon. She knows her job and knows that she's amazing. BUT, with a family full of doctors – all her brothers and her father – she feels that she never truly measures up because her dad and brothers are constantly belittling her and her career. When she witnesses an accident, she can't help but help. What she doesn't expect is to see her patient bleeding out and hearing him wanting to give up – wanting her to give up on him.

Georgia can't help but see Lennon for who he truly is – she can't help but see his pain too. Instead of an epic romance, you get to see their journey together. Lennon works through his past issues and current situation and Georgia has to work through her family's betrayal and her desire to continue on her career. Lennon also returns the kindness and love to Georgia by seeing how hard she works and how much she cares about her patients.

I really enjoyed this story – it was strong and emotional, realistic and enjoyable.

This story starts with an explosive plot twist that had me completely shocked (no spoilers!). In the aftermath, an unlikely friendship emerges between a heavy metal drummer and a high-flying neurosurgeon.

As with every book in this series, Lennon’s story is heartbreaking at times and I blubbered through good chunks of it. Where other band members struggled to justify their present success and happiness against their childhood horrors, Lennon must deal with the trauma in his present while also working through his terrifying past experiences.

As a surgeon, Georgia is just as successful and celebrated as Lennon in her own circles. Georgia struggles with a family that is cold, pushy, and brutally competitive. And while she is the best at what she does, her job consumes all of her energy. Her surprising friendship with Lennon provides much needed social interaction and provides some balance in her life.

The relationship between Lennon and Georgia builds slowly. In the beginning, they provide a place of escape for each other. Friendship follows and soon, Georgia and Lennon make each other stronger and more resilient.

This last Preload book is beautiful. I was fully consumed by the characters, their experiences, and their emotions. Beyond the suffering, this series always offers strands of hope and redemption and while this story starts in a very dark place, Lennon’s Preload family doesn’t allow him to stay there. I love the ‘family of choice’ theme that runs through this whole series and I’ve loved watching the Preload men grow into themselves and their relationships. I am so sad that the series has finished but I’m definitely going back to the beginning for a binge reread.

Another 5 star read for the last book in the series – but as I have thought about every single one as I read it... this is definitely my favourite... until I find time to read them all one after the other and love them all as much as the other.

Whilst the other stories have given us insight into painful pasts, and clarity over the joy that can be possible in the present, this one makes us question both the past and the future. And yes, make sure you have plenty of tissues to hand, and a private space in which to imbibe this wonderful book.

Lennon definitely competes with the rest of the men for a terrible past, one which has done him some awful damage which still scars his mind. And somehow, the power of love, the love of a woman who just somehow gets him, will make all the difference in the world to his future happiness. And whilst the way he meets her has to be the hardest thing to ever happen to him, she is everything he needs.

Georgia is such a perfect match for Lennon. Only Ms. Cole could have possibly imagined such a person, with intensely different, but serious family issues, could have given Lennon the chance to become whole. I love that he believes his mission to be to save her, just as she is inevitably saving him right back.

Beautifully intense, sexy, and just wonderful. This is really an amazing story, I recommend it to you with every bit of me, heart, brain, and soul. Some of the scenes are so perfect, so simple in their words, so intense in their meaning. Thank you, Ms. Cole, thank you for an amazing group of men and the women who love them – but maybe, most of all, thank you for Maisie and Ellen.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Lennon's struggles only get worse and more intense after the bus crash that injures him and his bandmates and their families. Waking up after the accident and learning the truth about what happened to him, he only wants to be alone.

The accident reminds him of his past, his neglectful mother, and his long-lost sister. He blames himself for the accident that caused his sister's death and believed everything his mother ever told him.

Georgia is a breath of fresh air in Lennon's life. It’s as if she sees him in a way that no one else can. She listens to his words and then to what he's not saying with his mouth, but with his eyes and body language.

Georgia likes being with Lennon. For all of his medical issues, he's easy to be around. He sees her in ways that her family doesn't. He lets her be... he just lets her be. He doesn't expect extraordinary things from her other than to be present with him. He encourages her to do the things she wants and to be the person she longs to be.

A truly fitting end to this wonderful series.

Lennon was really a heartfelt look into a person with a horrible childhood trying to find it in his heart to accept love when he feels like he's not deserving. Having been ignored and abandoned by his teenaged birth mother, Lennon never formed the bonds that teach us how to love or accept affection. Finding his "brothers" in the group home they shared helped, but Lennon always felt like an outsider, much due to his own tendency to push people away. After a horrible accident and Lennon losing his arm, he feels the band won’t need him or want him anymore. Coming to grips with a horrible situation and learning how to live with only one arm, Lennon finds himself opening his heart to the doctor who saved his life that tragic day.

Georgia is a workaholic, she's a renowned neurosurgeon and has spent her entire life honing her craft, her calling. Coming from a very long line of neurosurgeons, including her father and three brothers, being the only woman was trying and difficult. Never really adding up in her father’s eyes, Georgia is tired of the misogyny of her family. Lennon is so different from the other men in her life. He encourages her to have fun, take time off, and enjoy the quiet moments. In turn, Georgia is showing Lennon that he's wanted and needed. The two of them were sweet and sincere and touching.

I thought the chemistry between them was fantastic but also worried that Georgia was a bit too accepting of Lennon's mercurial moods. I also struggled with the ending. Georgia leaves everything behind to go with Lennon. Her home, her practice, her life. He pretty much just says, hey, go work at this hospital instead of the one you've made a name for yourself at because it would be better for me. Love sometimes does make people make tough decisions, sacrifices and compromises are what happen in a relationship. While Lennon was definitely in need of his brothers/bandmates and his home to help with his fledgling recovery, I found him really selfish expecting Georgia to leave everything. Then again, to quote a favorite movie "What wouldn't I do for the right guy?" (credit: Practical Magic) applies here. Because love is something to give it all up for... sometimes. Felt the ending was a bit rushed. Would have liked more on Georgia's father and the fallout of her leaving the Starrs of New York and moving to Canada with a rock star. Georgia just fell into the friendship with the other women of Preload and Lennon starred in the ending. It was his book, just felt Georgia got a bit pushed to the wayside.

This is a book with all the feels – I loved it!

Lennon McCartney is at the height of his career as a drummer for a band that is crazy popular. He and his bandmates are involved in an accident that results in the loss of Lennon’s arm and, he thinks, his livelihood. Having witnessed the accident, Doctor Georgia Starr is quick to jump in to provide any medical attention she can, and she quickly takes a liking to Lennon. When Lennon pushes everyone in his life away, Georgia steps in and offers him a place to live and a shoulder to lean on. This is the start of a great friendship that quickly turns into so much more.

I really enjoyed the progression of this story, it didn’t feel rushed but still has a great pace. Georgia and Lennon are made for one another, Georgia is the perfect balance to Lennon’s moodiness while Lennon gives her the push she needs to step outside her family’s “bubble” in New York. I adored both of their characters and found the journey that Lennon goes on accepting life without his arm truly inspiring. This is the first in the series that I’ve read – so I’d say it can definitely be read as a standalone but on that same note, I’m adding the first three books to my TBR!

I also have to say I love the title of this book – it’s so very fitting!

Also Available in the Preload Series

Book 1
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Book 2
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Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Nikan Rebuilt post.

Born in England, Scarlett Cole traveled the world, living in Japan and the United States before settling in Canada where she met her own personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. She now lives with her husband and children in Manchester, England where she's at work on her next book. She is the author of The Strongest Steel.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lennon Reborn (Preload #4) by Scarlett Cole to read and review.

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