Jem by Michelle Abbott
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Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?
Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father's fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.
She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.
Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he'll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.
Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.
This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
There were quite a few issues I came across while reading this book. First off I was unaware that the story takes place in England so some of the spelling and a couple words confused me. The dialogue was jilted in parts and the quality was like something one might find in a story written as a high school writing assignment.
The biggest issue though for me was the story line. It was so completely unbelievable to me that it took me away from the story. Both characters needed a good shake because they seemed so immature.
I wanted to like this more than I did but there were too many little things that took away from the story.
Reviewed by Elizabeth