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Happiness in Jersey (The Prototype Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Finding that one person in life who makes you a better person is never easy. Love takes time and patience. It also takes two people willing to make it work. But when your soul has been trampled on and beaten down to the point that you don’t feel as if you deserve the happiness they can give you, it makes for a tough and rocky relationship, even if you know that relationship can be everything you want it to be. Such is the story of Jersey and Zay.
Emotionally broken and carrying around a ton of baggage, Jersey is a tough character to like in the beginning. Her past is truly heartbreaking and you so badly want to understand and sympathize with her, but at the same time, smack her upside the head for some of her actions. Living with an emotionally and verbally abusive father after losing her mother, hardened her in ways no one should have to be. Mentally she tries to come across tough, but we all know it’s those types who are usually hurting the worst and it’s only a matter of time until they fall apart.
Zay is perfect in every aspect. I mean, I totally fell in love with him. He’s beautiful, talented, flawed, tough and just about the sweetest damn man on earth. Dealing with his own issues, he’s been where Jersey’s at, so he understand where she’s coming from and through that understanding, he commits himself to helping her work through her past. But, please don’t take his sweetness and confuse it with being a mushy pushover, because he’s anything but. Jealous and opinionated, he has alpha tendencies without being severely dominating. He’s patient, kind, but also more than willing to call Jersey out on her actions and feelings.Read more ›
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**I will try not to give away any spoilers.**
Jersey is a broken young lady, and rightfully so. Her father's harsh, abusive and sometimes drunken words rips her poor heart and soul apart. On one occasion he makes a point of acknowledging that Jersey not only inherited her mother's good looks, but emotional issues too... yup. Tears came to my eyes. What a sad, lonely, mean man! I wanted to slap him and curse his stupid, insensitive ass!
So understandably, Jersey feels alone and abandoned by both her deceased mother and her father. "Fate" had not been kind (as an old Gladys Knight song says), and she finds solace in her music and random hook-ups. Jersey was semi-content to "exist" in her small, tattered world; or so she believed. But as life often does, it slaps you right back into real life existence! And, in walks a gorgeous, gray-eyed, hot. Sexy. Driven. Tattooed young man who knows what and who he wants. He too is severely broken, but he lets her know right away what he wants, and he pulls out all of the stops! I will admit (but don't tell anybody) that I was completely and utterly engrossed in this story of young love. It brought back wonderful college memories of me and husband's bumpy start. Ms. Howard's character development and tone for each person was on point (Clearly she is a gifted, natural writer). The descriptions were vivid, and the pain was raw. The emotions were deep and heartfelt, but not overly mushy. Zay, was a just delicious. He made ME swoon with His words. Yes, he was determined and smooth. I loved, LOVED this story! Whew. So good. When he said, 'I want to hear you say my name over, and over again.' He had me! I was telling Jersey she needed to get it together!
I want to be completely honest. I did not like the first half of this story. I generally know what I will rate a book by the fifth chapter and I kept thinking this was a solid 3. I did not care for Jersey at all. I mean at first, I thought she was funny and super sarcastic but then she began to wear me down. She was such a dark and pissy character. I get why she was like that, but it weighed the story down. I kept trying to find the good in her and surmised exactly what her father had about her even though he was the main cause of her character flaws. Listen, all characters don't have to be light and fluffy but I want to get them in some way.
So the second half of this book really took it up a notch. I really did become emotionally involved. There weren't many light and funny moments which I think would've helped balance this more but Howard did manage to make me want the best for Jersey and Zay.
On the technical side Howard can structure and end a chapter with ease. This was not a difficult read. I read this effortlessly. I wasn't bugging out about the chapters being so long etc. When that happens I know an author has roped me in. The structure of a chapter and inevitably a story can make or break it and Howard has that down.
I will say that these are college students, second year to be exact and they seem to be much older. I went to college and considered myself pretty mature. I think Zay and Jersey especially Zay seem to be in their late twenties to early thirties. College guys don't really surmise the way that Zay did in this book. This is possibly a good thing for readers who may think that the characters may be too young for them to relate.
I look forward to reading Finding Kennedy and anything else by Jacinta Howard.
The book focuses on Jersey and Zay (Isaiah) and they are both old souls in my opinion. I didn't feel like I was reading about College students. Jersey has a tough, aloof exterior in order to protect herself. There were things that happened in her life, beyond her control, that she continues to be blamed for and impacted by. Jersey and Zay are in a band, Prototype and they along with the other Band members are very talented and really a Family. I'm interested in the secondary stories as well.
Zay was coming from a place where he was just starting to live again. Zay knows he wants Jersey but because of her issues, she won't let him in. He was really persistent and didn't give up. I read the book hoping that Jersey would see that she can live her life a different way and be happy, instead of being indifferent, aloof and basically unhappy to her core.
I like the Authors writing style, the way she told the story and sucks you in. I felt like I was there and could see the scenes. I also liked how she incorporated the songs and the reader could listen to them and feel the vibe that the Band felt as well. I would recommend this book. Time to start book 2!