Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Destructive by Jessica Prince

Men cause nothing but pain.

I live my life by these five words. For me, they have always proven to be true. Men have only brought hurt and suffering my entire life, leaving nothing but devastation in their wake.

I fear them. I hate them.

Until him.

Gabriel forced his way into my life, ripping down the walls I’ve built around myself. He wants me, and he’ll stop at nothing to have me. I should be terrified of what he makes me feel. So why do I crave him anyway?

I see the red flags and warning signs, but I just can’t help myself. I’m his obsession. I thought he was my salvation. But now I know his love could destroy me.

4 Smoldering Stars

Review by Jen Hagen

It’s been a while since I’ve read about a rich alpha businessman used to getting whatever he wants and whatever woman he wants.  This book was an easy way to find myself enjoying that genre again.  If you like Christian Grey, I would find this a good comparison – this is what Christian would be like if he were in charge of a Chicago mafia.  Besides having a hot alpha man, it also has a feisty female who is used to having to defend herself and she is not going to stand for any of Gabriel’s usual preying tactics.  Oh I loved Marley.  She could put Gabriel in his place in one second flat and he would be left groveling…definitely something he was not used to. 

Marley has had a crap life.  Her mother started selling out her little girl’s body when Marley was just a young girl in exchange for drugs.  Marley has never known her father, as her mother didn’t even know whom the father was.  At the age of 18 Marley was given an out to her life.  Even though it meant starting over with literally only the clothes on her back, she was much happier than she had been for 10 years.  Marley is now 22 years of age and has been able to make a life for herself.  Marley obtained her GED, is currently taking night college course, and works several shifts at the bar and grill to pay her rent.  Marley is happy and the only thing that currently is going to crap in her life is her car.

Gabriel is a 31-year-old successful business owner who also does a few shady dealings on the side.  He has a past that is painful and because of this he never gets close to a woman, only allowing himself to have one-night stands.  He is used to getting whatever he wants and when he sees Marley and their eyes meet, he wants Marley.  Nothing is going to stand in his way, including the locked door to her apartment.

I love good angst and this delivered a couple good shocking moments.  What’s better than seeing a man you’re curious about getting a blow job?  Going at it on top of his desk with somebody who resembles you.   I admit…I’m sick, but I loved those scenes.   But then I turned to mush over Gabriel when he sat on the concrete in front of Marley’s door in his expensive Armani suit waiting for her to arrive home so he could apologize.  

The pull between Gabriel and Marley is so great that she cannot fight it.  She is helpless when it comes to him.  What is it about him that is making her come undone?  Gabriel wants to find out where the two of them can take their attraction.  Marley needs to quit fighting him and embrace that he wants and needs to take care of her.  She doesn’t have to go through life alone.

Whenever he wraps me in his arms all the bad fades away.  I feel safe – protected.  When I’m in his arms it’s like I’m a different person.  Someone a little less broken.

There is more to Gabriel than being a successful businessman.  Some secrets of his life will hurt Marley, but yet Marley is definitely keeping her past hidden from him also.  One should know by now that nothing good comes of keeping secrets.   Secrets will blow up in your face when you least expect it.

When they say karma is a bitch, they forget to mention that that’s an understatement.  A more correct assumption would be that she’s a raging psychotic bitch from hell on the first f*#king day of her period.-- Gabriel

Strong secondary characters include Marley’s best friend Carmen who has no filter on her mouth, and Gabriel’s childhood friend and former lover who is unwilling to let Gabriel go.  Gabriel and Marley’s story ends on a cliffhanger, with the second and final installment of their story coming in fall 2014. 



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