Ignite by R.J. Lewis
They grew up together as the closest of friends… and then more. When Sara Nolan and Jaxon Barlow decided to be together, their relationship as a young couple was consumed by a love that was both passionate and beautiful. Sara had it all when it came to a boyfriend: romance, trust, and a protector of all things bad. Jaxon had given her his bleeding heart for the keeping.
The last thing Sara expected was to ruin it all. Falling into a darkness that turned her loving relationship into a chaos of deceit and violence, she walked away from the pain she was inflicting on the man she loved, never seeking to return again.
But when Sara is forced to return to her hometown, she didn’t anticipate for Jaxon to be there. Nor does she anticipate the change in him; a change so harsh and callous, he is a stranger with a dangerous agenda of his own. Ignited by her past feelings and the reminder of the guilt she carries in her heart, Sara attempts to avoid Jaxon at all costs… only to find herself trying to pull him out of the same darkness she was once in.
**** 4 Stars ****
Thank you R.J. Lewis for getting me out of my book funk. It’s been a while since I stayed up til 3am reading, knowing I have to get up in three hours for work. Kudos Ms. Lewis on your debut novel!
Sara Nolan had one tough upbringing…She lives in the poor side of town with her absent, alcoholic parents, and has been constantly bullied in school by her peers. That is, until one day, Jaxon Barlow decides to step in and teach Sara’s bully a lesson. After that, Sara and Jaxon become the best of friends. He takes her to prom (after no one would ask her – thanks to him) and they finally agree to take their relationship to the next level. I love stories that start off as childhood friends – it makes the instalove much more believable, you know?
Sara Nolan (not sure who she is, but she’s gorgeous and is my idea of Sara).
Their relationship is amazing and are so much in love. They’re living together while Sara attends college and Jaxon works as a mechanic. Everything seems to be going right, until Jaxon’s mom has a talk with Sara and puts doubt into her mind (don’t worry, the mom’s super cool – she’s just looking out for Sara too). So Sara starts treating Jaxson like shit and she leaves him for good.
Jump 5 years later, and Sara has moved on – she’s found a steady job at a law firm, is f*ck buddies with her boss and is roommates with her best friend from college. Life couldn’t be any better, except she thinks and dreams about Jaxon constantly and can’t get him out of her mind. She receives a phone call saying her alcoholic mother passed away and she heads back to her home town to sort through her belongings. There she runs into Lucinda (Jaxon’s mom) and has dinner back at her house (can you guess who comes through the door after a few minutes)? Yes, Jaxon is back and spiteful! He’s a new man and 5 years definitely changed him. Now in a gang called the Scorpions, the man Sara once knew, no longer exists.
Jaxon Barlow (Jason Lewis aka Smith Jerrod)!
There’s more to it than just Sara and Jaxon though. Sara doesn’t know her family has been linked to a biker gang called the Jackals and a member of the gang has been watching her ever since she was a teenager. Remy – second in command, whose about 8 years older than Sara, has known her since she was a baby and watched over her up until this day.
Remy Martinez (Joe Manganiello)
So there’s two guys, one girl and not really a love triangle, but more like may the best man win. These guys will stop at nothing to claim Sara! I must warn you, there is a cliffhanger at the end, but the second book is out, so no need to wait to pick up the next book.
“Just breathe,” he said, in the gentlest tone I’d almost believed he was incapable of. “You’re safe with me here.”
“You’re the best thing that ever happened to me. You’re it for me. You always have been, and I refuse to let you walk out of my life again. I need you too much. Even after all this time, I’m so fucking in love with you it kills me.”
1. The 1975 – Fallingforyou
2. Imagine Dragons – Battle Cry
3. Cary Brothers – Runaway
4. Sara Bareilles – Gravity