Review: Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sometimes life leaves a mark.
Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge, and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.
Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…
I am really having a love-hate relationship with this book. Frigid was the first book I ever reviewed on my blog, so it holds a special place in my heart; however, the first 70% of Scorched, I wanted to throttle Andrea. I felt completely disconnected from her, I could not relate to Andrea or paint an accurate portrayal of her in my mind. Her moods were boardline bi-polar and I just struggled to get a grasp on who exactly Andrea was. I don’t know if this was intentional or not.
Tanner, God bless this sexy firefighter because he has the patience of a saint. Tanner was everything I wanted in an alpha (or in any male character written by JLA), sexy, brooding, patient, a smart-*ss, cocky, confident, charming, but most importantly sincere. Again you get glimpses of Syd and Kyler, but the main focus point is Andrea and Tanner. The moments between Andrea and Tanner, steamy…so very steamy. If there is one thing JLA has mastered, it is writing one h*ll of a sex scene!
Now lets talk about the last 30%…because it was truly perfection. I loved that we finally figured out what was “wrong” with Andrea. We finally learn that sometimes you need to help yourself before you can help others. And Andrea desperately needs to help herself…I actually wished that the last 30% represented a greater portion of the book. It was beautifully written, accurate, and in the end…JLA captures what it is like to truly live with mental illness and how it is a constant struggle to hide it/overcome it. So hated the beginning…loved the ending.
“You know, usually the people who smile the most and laugh the loudest are the ones who…suffer the most.”
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