Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jersey Six by Jewel E. Ann Blog Tour

How 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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“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, and I 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.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


This is one of those books which I just want to tell you to read. I refuse to give you any plot details whatsoever, because you need to read it yourself, and not be influenced in any way by what I may inadvertently reveal.

Yes, the writing is great, the story is wild, and the outcome is...

Seriously, just go and get a copy and make your own mind up.

Thank you, Jewel E. Ann, for a stonkingly good read.

Spoiler-Free Review, which means it's going to be short and vague, since there isn't much I can say that won't be a spoiler.

From word one, I was hooked. I absolutely couldn't put down the book down. I generally do not enjoy amnesia storylines, but combined with the mystery of the past, and what happened in the fire, I was riveted.

Chris. Jersey Six. Ian. Two are homeless. One is fortunate. There are three narrators, all connected from a shared past, none of them being honest and truthful.

Unreliable narrators who manage to keep parts hidden, even when the passages are in their voice. This surprisingly doesn't come off as frustrating, as it often does, using this trick to exploit the reader. With these three narrators, it's not surprising that they would be lying to themselves, evading their own pasts, or just not be in-the-know, so therefore the reader is in the dark as well. It was fitting, leaving nothing but an air of mystery.

Two were homed with a set of foster parents, one accidentally killed the foster parents in a hit-and-run while they were taking their morning walk, destroying any future Jersey Six may have had. All three knew the foster parents, as well as were connected by the boxing gym, Marley's.

One knows the truth, one refuses to recognize the truth, and one is left completely in the dark.

Two plot to kill the third in a vengeance quest in honor of the foster parents, leading to twists and turns, their narration keeping everything hidden, leaving the reader on the edge of their seat.

I don't normally add a trigger warning, having read and enjoyed (I don't know if that's the correct word-usage) some of the darkest of novels. But there was a portion I struggled to read, feeling sick to my stomach, almost PTSD symptoms as I read the perils of the foster care system, when bad people abuse the system to feed their sick desires with more victims.

I'd love to explain deeper, as it was a twisted, devious, dark ride, but I refuse to ruin the journey for other readers. Sorry about being vague, but it's in your best interests that I am.

The one major twist, I kept saying to myself "I know what's going on!" but then self-doubt would creep in and I'd say, "Nah! What the heck is going on here?"

Because I'm a smug chick. I was right!

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Jersey Six by Jewel E. Ann to read and review for this tour.

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