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Friday, September 12, 2014

Jag By Stevie J. Cole Book Review

"My name's Jag Steele. I’m the lead singer and guitarist to the band Pandemic Sorrow and I have a drug problem – well, I mean it's not really a problem – unless you count the fact that I almost made my heart explode from all the blow I shoved up my nose a few weeks back..."

That was my introduction during my first stint in rehab. I'm a f*ck-up. If you ask anybody who I am there’s a list they will go down: Famous, rock star, legend, drug addict, womanizing man-whore… but if you asked me, I wouldn’t have the first idea of what to say, because I don’t know who Jag Steele is. Really, I’m living every other damn person's dream, and all I want is reality.

Roxy Slade, that girl was my reality. My brutally flawed and beautifully broken reality. And she f*cking hated everything I stood for. To her I was just one of “those guys”, and she’d rather be buried alive with poisonous snakes than give someone like me a piece of toilet paper to wipe their ass with. Brutal. Life. Is. Brutal. And it is just a giant pain in the ass, which is why I chase after anything to make it numb, anything that can fill this void. I just want anything that can make me not feel.

Wow. Just un-fckn-believable. What a story? The pain and heartbreak in this story went beyond any assumptions I had when I first read the blurb. I thought “rock star with: womanizing, drug, and alcohol abuse problems? That’s been written before, but because I’m half-way addicted to rock star books I’ll give this a shot.” Well Stevie completely proved me wrong, not only did she bring the REAL out of this story, she put the WHOLE book in Jag’s POV, I don’t think I have ever read a story like this one written with such gut wrenching honesty coming completely from the man in all the years I have been reading.

Jag, he is the epitome of rock-star god. He’s sexy, an ass hole, and heading on a track to being in the hall of fame. A stench in rehab happens from time to time, and even though he says he doesn’t have a problem you can read his thoughts and know he really really does. I was shocked by the words spoken and how he could go from this amazing brother, boyfriend, and musician to someone I wanted to straight punch in the face. For about 35% of this book I had a love/hate relationship with Jag, I honestly didn’t know what to do about where his story was going. Stevie gave us a background and flashbacks for times when they are needed to understand how things came into play and who certain people are so I appreciated not feeling lost and thinking “well shit, what just happened?”

Now…for the love interest we have ROXY…I LOVE HER!!! Stevie didn’t just give her to us on a silver platter, or should I say for the first 20% of the book, you have to actually work for her. You have to take Jag’s journey with him to understand what kind of man he is, so when you do get ROXY you know how she will affect his story and how important of a role she will play. Roxy is feisty, take no shit from anyone, leave me alone and let me either love you or just go the fuck away kind of girl. LOL. There’s some baggage to her, but who else could you have chosen for Jag’s lost soul. There story isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s not beautiful, it’s a struggle between hope and drugs, trust and lies, sex and a friendship. They don’t get to go day to day with support from their peers; no people hate them together and have no real emotion no matter how great of a girl Roxy is….(you will see what I mean)

All in all I loved Jag with a vengeance, this is a re-read for me, and even though Jag does get his HEA, Stevie left the story wide open to letting anything happen. I know I didn’t touch on the other characters of this book, but there’s a reason for that, and I feel it would give away too much if I did. I know for a fact we’re gonna get more from these characters, so just read this book, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do.

5 STARS!!!!

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