Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jeremiah by Jayce Ellis

Jeremiah Stewart’s sexuality is no one’s business. Not that he’s hiding it. When—if—he finds the right one, he’ll absolutely introduce him to Mom. But a late-night brush with a sexy stranger in too much lip gloss has him rethinking nearly everything…

To Collin Galloway, direction is a four-letter word. Sure, he hates his job, he hates living with his parents and he really hates watching everyone move on without him. But he doesn’t know what he wants to do, long-term, and he won’t figure it out by thirsting over Jeremiah, the superhot, superintense paramedic who is suddenly everywhere Collin looks.

When Jeremiah’s faced with losing all he’s worked so hard to build, he reluctantly accepts Collin’s help. They’re both determined to stay professional… which works about as well as either would imagine. But Collin only does closets with clothes, and Jeremiah has to decide if he’s finally found the one worth bringing home to Mom.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This story was right up my alley. I love reading about regular people with everyday jobs and lives. Jeremiah and Collin are dealing with problems in their lives that plenty of people deal with. Things like family expectations, feeling left behind as your friends move on to a new stage in life while you are stuck where you are, and dissatisfaction at work. Things that were easy to relate to. The difficulties Collins has with the relationship with his best friend really got to me and had me shedding a few tears.

My favourite thing about this story is Jeremiah himself. I could say it is because he is a good guy, but really it is more about the fact that he is smoking hot. With just a few words, Jeremiah had my blood running hot. Early on in the book when the men keep running into each other and the sparks were flying, it was so exciting to read. I almost felt like I was the one doing the dating. The anticipation was exhilarating.

I really had a fantastic time reading Jeremiah. I’d definitely recommend it.

3.5 stars

This story manages to be both playful and gritty at the same time. It’s the story of a romance that builds between two New Yorkers from very different worlds. On the surface, Collin and Jeremiah couldn’t be more different. Collin is a rich kid who has spent his twenties underemployed and probably partying too much. In contrast, Jeremiah had to grow up far too fast. He works hard as a paramedic while supporting his mum and younger siblings. When a chance meeting brings Collin and Jeremiah together, the connection is instant, and they can’t quite forget each other.

I’m still a little bit conflicted about this story. I really loved the characters, but I struggled with the writing style. The writing feels choppy, and at times I found the writing distracted from the story. Readers might want to download a sample before purchasing this one. There is a whole lot going on in this book and while the plot is manageable at the start, it slowly unravels into slightly sensational melodrama by the end.

Jeremiah and Collin are both really engaging characters but I don’t quite understand why either of them hold on to the toxic relationships in their lives for so long. I really like the growth that we get to see in them but they are both too old for the coming of age themes in this book. This story has promise and I will definitely read more from this author. I just hope the author’s writing style becomes more fluid in the future.

Jayce Ellis has three loves: her husband and her two turtles. Hubby loves her back. The turtles she’s not so sure about, but they do love their sports (Oakland/Bay Area teams FTW!). She still hasn’t figured out why she lives in Northern Virginia, where there’s weather, instead of her home state of California, or even Mr. Jayce’s Florida, where it’s just... pretty. Jayce spends her days breaking up happily married couples (or so she’s been told, but really, what do exes know anyway?), and her nights talking maniacally to herself. Thankfully, the recorder catches her rumblings and turns them into words on a screen. Magic! Because really, painting nails is way easier when you don’t actually have to type, and with well over 500 polishes to get through, there’s a lot of painting going on.

Notwithstanding her no-good, very bad, horrible day job, Jayce seriously believes that true love conquers all. Even Maleficent said it. Sure, she was having an epic Mean Girls moment at the time, but she was right. The only thing Jayce loves more than writing about it is hearing from readers who feel the same way. Drop her a line; she’d love to hear from you.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Jeremiah (High Rise #1) by Jayce Ellis to read and review.

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