Thursday, May 14, 2015

review || ROXY { blog tour }

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Roxy by Stevie J. Cole

Publisher: Amazon Digital (4/6/2015)
Series: Pandemic Sorrow, book 3
Genre: Erotica
Source: SBB Promotions

Rating: ★★★★
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My life had been no fairy tale. Actually, growing up, it had been something more like a nightmare, which is why I ended up so hard. When you don't want to hurt having the ability to be numb is your best defense mechanism. And for a long time all I was doing was existing.

Jag Steele, the lead singer of the international rock band Pandemic Sorrow, was the epitome of everything I despised: arrogant, entitled, but the thing I hated most about him was that he was an addict. Drugs had been the demon that had ruined everything in my life, and anyone who had a love affair with them pretty much made my stomach turn. It brought up memories I wanted to stay buried. Needless to say, I wasn't exactly a fan of Jag.

Funny thing is, people aren't always who you expect them to be. Never in a million years would I have thought the night I meet Jag would have any significance on the rest of my life, but it did.

I found out that sometimes something that screams utter destruction might actually be your saving grace.

Some people may say our story is too screwed up to be a romance, but for two broken people, we made the pieces fit together perfectly.

about Stevie || I grew up in the southern United States, and am still stuck here. The basics: I'm eccentric, I'm slightly obsessive, and I've been called a pervert. I love writing because it is nothing short of a magic trick. It pulls someone else into your mind and holds them there. Fair warning: my mind is pretty twisted, so watch out.

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"...this may not even be a romance because it is raw, it is ugly, and it will make you hurt, but that’s what makes it so beautiful. It is something that was earned, something that neither of us really deserved. It is life. And to truly appreciate love, you have to know what it means to lose it. You have to make compromises, you have to accept flaws, and you have to be okay with less than perfect. 

My life was always a fucked-up fairy tale, so to get my happily ever after, I needed a fucked-up Prince Charming."

As this was my first Stevie J. Cole, I had no idea that this story was one of those "told again in another point of view", such as the Love's Suicide stories { review of LOVE SURVIVES }. After learning this little tidbit...

Of course I want to go back and read it in Jagger's view (especially their first interactions)..! As this was in Roxy's point of view, we learn a lot about why she acts the way she does, her feelings and how they grow for Jag, and the parts that make her want to leave him but draw him near.

Roxy has had a rough past (one that will make your stomach cringe in the second chapter, and that's just a taste...) and by the time she meet Jag, she says she was past the bitter... She was numb. Anyone who has hit their personal rock bottom can relate. 

She is a very self-aware character who knows her limitations and how to stay away from the past she so despises. She had to learn to fight for herself, because those you expected to be in your corner rarely ever were. There are times with Jag that will test these boundaries and make her question what she can handle. 

With what she went through with her dad and then brother -- the man she loved with all her heart, who was supposed to always protect her -- it's amazing she fell for someone like Jagger...

...but then again, we are drawn to what we know.
I found it comical that she wanted nothing to do with Jag, and that her sister was fan-girl crazy in love with him. Sure, she had her reasons -- true, legitimate ones -- but she's the one who ends up letting him in and helping him through his own battles. Yes, when they meet, he's an arrogant ass, but by the end, the broken man in the bathroom who has his whole world to lose... You eventually grow to like him.

"Fate…that’s a real force, and one that you can’t fight, no matter how much you think you can. Fate always, always gets its way."

Roxy makes it clear she has no interest in drugged up, pretending to be sober, Jag. She didn't worship the ground he walked on, didn't sugar coat her feelings... And was exactly what he needed -- someone real.

With all of the lies and deceptions, the broken trust and betrayal, that Roxy went through in her life, it is quite amazing to me she makes it out on the other side. 

Theirs was a rocky one, but if anything their road showed them, it was how to love fully and allow their family to have the joys they both missed out on.

"...nothing will ever mean more to me than you do." --Jag

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