From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Nikan Rebuilt, the next novel in the Preload series.
Does the past ever really stay in the past?
Nikan can never be complete. He's got a rock group made up of the family he built for himself, more money than he knows what to do with, and a stream of groupies falling over themselves to date him. But none of them are her. The one regret that still plagues him, still taunts him with what he could have had.
Jenny is a survivor. Now running a group home after overcoming life in a cult led by her manipulative father and watching her mother drink the poison he fed his followers, she fights to keep the light in the eyes of every boy who walks through her doors. Far from simple young love, Nik taught her to trust, showed her how good life could be. Before he formed the band. Before he became a famous rockstar. Before he destroyed it all.
A chance meeting after years of no contact shows the connection still blazes between them. But will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?
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"November is getting off to a less-than-stellar start for one of metal's favorite bad boys. We're told we haven't seen the worst of the videos yet, but according to a source close to Nikan Monture, guitarist for explosive band Preload, Nikan isn't worried, as the footage is old."
Nik glared at the TV and the peppy entertainment-show anchor. "How about you make the story about me being hacked? About someone stealing my personal property?" he muttered as he started the coffee brewing and the kettle boiling. It was too fucking early in the morning to deal with this shit. He needed his lemon drink for his throat and some coffee to kick-start the rest of him before he could deal with the fallout. Three women had already been in touch asking what actions he'd be taking. The videos were from his private collection, all filmed with absolute full consent, the most recent one having been added three years ago. He'd grown up and moved on, but had stupidly forgotten to hit DELETE.
"And ladies, for the record, having seen a handful of the videos, we'd say Preload's hits are not the only huge thing in Monture's life."
Nik groaned as he ran his hand through his hair and tugged on the ends. He knew how big his dick was and, given the number of women who'd seen it, it wasn't a secret that he was well endowed — but, fuck, did the world need to hear about it over breakfast?
He looked down at his phone and realized it was actually closer to lunch. Not that the time of day made any difference. He grabbed a lemon from the silver dish on the counter and began to slice it.
"Either way, between Preload's upcoming North American tour and the leaked videos, I'm sure we're going to see much more of Monture in the coming weeks."
He reached for the remote and turned the TV off before he could do something stupid — like rip it off the ugly kitchen wall on which it had been hung just yesterday and smash it on the ugly linoleum floor. At least none of the gossip networks knew where he was for now, hidden away in the fixer-upper Cabbagetown house he'd bought four doors down from Elliott, a fellow Preload guitarist, and around the corner from the group home in which all of them had grown up.
The rest of the band, the men he called brothers, had his back, though they were as frustrated about the leak as he was. Dred, Preload's lead singer, had texted to say reporters were still hanging around his driveway, waiting to see if Nik surfaced there. And Lennon and Jordan had gotten into a scuffle the previous day with the paparazzi on their way into Elliott's place, which housed their recording studio.
Unable to join in on working on new material with them even though he was only four doors away, he'd attempted to work here, but the results lay in crumpled balls on the kitchen island. Nothing had come together; everything had sounded jarring. His block was getting worse, but he could never share with the band the reason behind it. How on earth could he tell them he didn't really love metal or the music they played? He didn't hate it, but it didn't strike the same chord in him as it did the rest of them.
When they'd first started playing instruments together in the group home, metal had been all Jordan had wanted to play. It seemed to be the only reason he had for leaving the attic in which he otherwise hid. And it had been a way for Dred to channel his anger. As the eldest, who had always felt a familial sense of responsibility for them all, Nik had wanted them to be happy. He'd made it his mission to give them what they'd needed to survive. So he'd done what he did best. Faked it. For fifteen fucking years. For the sake of keeping his family together.
Angrily, he threw some lemon slices into the mug, then gripped the counter. Goddamn, those videos. ... No, those moments had been his only windows of escape. They weren't for the world to see.
Barefoot and wearing only a pair of jeans, Nik poured boiling water into a mug and added some honey. It was his routine every morning, some self-care for his vocal chords. Even though he only sang backup to Dred's scorching vocals, his throat still took a beating. November and the Canadian leg of their world tour would be here soon enough, but first he had to survive today and deal with the record label's cyber-security team, who were helping him find the source of the leak. Perhaps he should just stay inside and help the contractors he'd hired continue demolishing the upper level of his home.
When he'd first started looking for a new place, he'd looked at premium condos, all glass-and-chrome modern. All finished to luxurious specs. They were places where he imagined himself living the bachelor life of parties and regular visitors, with enough space too, for him to babysit Petal, Dred's daughter, or their new baby that was on the way, or have Daniel, Elliott's stepson, come hang out. On paper, the penthouse of the Tip Top Lofts or one over in Bloor West Village at the top of the South Kingsway had been exactly what he'd been looking for — perfectly laid out for entertaining and able to allow him the anonymity he craved when he wasn't on stage. But within minutes of entering them with his realtor, he'd immediately known they weren't right. None of them felt like home. Nowhere ever really had. The home he'd shared with the rest of the band was the closest he'd ever gotten to that feeling. So he'd cancelled the rest of the viewings, gone to the Starbucks at the intersection of Jane and Runnymede, and written out a list of what was important: Cabbagetown, where he'd grown up, a place he'd be relieved to return to after months on the road. Proximity to the men he thought of as family. And finally, a place he could work on with his own hands, make his mark on, and set down roots in. His forever home, even if he was the only one in it. A place he could retrofit with the layout he'd planned years ago with the woman he'd intended to spend the rest of his life with.
Until he'd blown his and Jenny's forever.
He left the first-floor apartment and jogged up the stairs to the second floor, trying to ignore the faded yellow wallpaper.
Underneath the dirt and debris of a house that had stood empty for a year, it was easy to see that it had once been an incredible single-family home. The worn newel on the wooden post at the top of the stairs was evidence of just how many people had made their way up and down the staircase that ran through the middle of the house. It sucked that someone who had seen a business opportunity in the late eighties had ripped the building apart, turning it into six apartments. But even so, it had remained a place for families. One of the doorframes in apartment three had pencil marks showing the heights of a growing child, and the tenants in one of the ground-floor apartments had installed a small swing set in the backyard. Families had lived here, had grown here, had been happy here. Unlike his own, which had been decimated by the early death of his father and the murder of his mother.
He shivered at the memory of all the blood. Thinking about it — and the pain he had experienced — always made him feel sick to his stomach.
He pushed his thoughts aside as he opened the door to apartment four, bracing himself for the stale smell that always hit him when he entered. It wasn't nasty, more like the damp smell that books took on when they'd been hidden in an attic too long. Bland walls that had yellowed over time contrasted with original dark-wood floors that had been scratched and scuffed by furniture and footsteps. A large pile of left-behind furniture was stacked by the door, ready for the Salvation Army. Lennon would be heading over soon to help him carry it all to the ground floor. Then they were going to rip out the kitchen.
One day soon, the apartments would be returned to a single-family home he could be proud of.
He caught sight of his reflection in the large mirror resting against the wall. Everything about his appearance looked the same as it had yesterday and the day before that. Yet his reflection was becoming less familiar somehow with each passing day. Nothing about him had changed. He was the eldest. The guitarist. The reliable backup vocalist. The patriarch. His days of being the wild child, the one trying to escape reality through hedonism, were over. Because no matter what he tried, there were still days when none of it felt enough. When nothing filled the growing pit in his stomach.
He felt Jenny's absence more now than ever. He peered out of the room into the hallway and could imagine her bounding up the stairs toward him. She'd be smiling at him the way she used to, radiating with everything that was good, and caring, and sexy as hell — all just for him. They would have a bedroom of their own, and the kind of bathroom Jenny always used to dream about. One with candles, and bubbles, and no time limit because there wasn't a queue of other kids waiting to use it like there always had been in their respective group homes.
But that was never going to happen. He couldn't fix what he'd done the way he could fix up this house. Even after all this time, the pain of his stupidity hadn't diminished. He knew deep down that a love like the one he'd felt for her, found with her, only came along once in a lifetime. But he'd lost his chance — he'd lost her. And clearly she didn't want to be found. Nobody knew where Jenny was. And heaven knew he'd looked.
His phone vibrated in his pocket and he took it out.
Shit. It was from Albi, a twelve-year-old living in the group home in which he'd grown up, a home the band supported because of their love for Ellen, the woman who had raised them in it and still ran it now. X meant a kid was in a difficult situation from which he couldn't get himself out. X meant a kid needed help.
Every time Nik saw X on his phone, relief raced through him that he'd read an article about a way to help kids extricate themselves from danger and proposed using it with the kids to Ellen.
Nik dialed Albi's number and focused on the script they'd agreed on just in case someone was listening in. Someone who had the power to hurt Albi if they thought for one moment they were being set up.
"Hello." His voice was shaky, unusual for the cocky street kid.
"Albi, it's Nik. There's a problem at the home, and I have to come get you. Where are you?" "On Bremner in front of the Jays stadium, by gate five."
Nik placed his cup on the windowsill and ran back down the stairs to apartment one, into which he'd moved while he was renovating. "I'm on my way, kid. Ten minutes, fifteen max." Nik hung up the phone and resisted the urge to reassure Albi that everything was okay, that he'd be there soon, that he needed to stay strong and not do whatever it was he felt uncomfortable about. But doing so would give too much away if someone else was listening in on Albi's call.
It was the first time Albi had used the emergency X. Other kids at the home had used it and had tried to reassure Albi it was okay to do the same, especially when Albi had been returned to the home in a shitload of trouble by the police after being caught shoplifting in the Eaton Centre.
Nik pulled a T-shirt over his head while simultaneously shoving his feet into his sneakers. He grabbed an elastic and tied his long black hair back, then added a baseball hat and shades as he walked to the door and pulled on his jacket. He patted his pockets. Keys, wallet, phone. He set the alarm, locked up the house, and jogged down the steps to his car.
He might not have a family of his own, but he'd always be able to help these kids.
And as the engine of his all-black Jaguar F-Type roared to life, he knew it had to be enough.
* * *
The fuel light flashed on Jenny McKade's decade-old car just as she pulled off the highway.
The last thing she had time for was an emergency breakdown on the 401, a highway she hated more than life itself. Nothing good had ever come from being on Highway 401. She remembered the day her father had bundled them into the back of the car when she was seven, the trunk filled with what he'd called their post-apocalyptic survival kit. Jenny remembered not being allowed to bring her doll, Kayla, or her favorite Dr. Seuss books because they'd needed the space for "supplies." As they'd driven north from their simple home in the Beaches, Jenny's hopes of ever being reunited with her precious toys and things decreased with every mile they crawled up the Don Valley Parkway. But it wasn't until they'd hit the 401 that her father had begun to ramble even more than usual. Something about doing it all wrong at that siege in Waco, a comment she hadn't understood until she was much older after asking Pauline, the lady who ran the care home in which she'd been placed, what her father had meant. All she knew back then was that her father had gotten them to chant the words "We will overcome" until they had seen signs for the Toronto Zoo. For a moment, she'd thought it had all been a ruse, convincing herself that they weren't leaving her friends and her school and her dolls behind and instead were going to the zoo as a surprise for her birthday, which was just six days away.
But they'd driven past the zoo and kept going until they'd reached a neglected farmhouse on a large lot. When they'd stepped out of their car, people outside the farmhouse had greeted her father like a conquering hero, calling him the prophet and shouting about how the Earth would be returned to the blessed. "The comet will save us all," they'd chanted, which even to her young ears had sounded delusional.
Jenny returned her focus to the road. Technically it was her day off, but everything she'd done so far today was work related. Not that she minded. She'd always figured you were winning at life if you could do a job you loved and that society valued enough to pay you for doing it. Attending the networking breakfast for group-home leaders, during which several speakers had talked about professional development commitments, had been a no-brainer. Given its proximity to the Superstore on Weston Road, which thankfully had a gas station close by, she could tick a few more things off her list — gas, groceries for the group home, and some supplies for herself.
Running a group home had been her only objective when she'd finally graduated from high school, and now it was a reality. It had been heartbreaking to leave the group home for which she'd been the assistant manager in Ottawa, where she'd lived for the last eight years, but as much as Ottawa had been good to her, it had never quite felt like home the way Toronto had. She'd missed it so much that when the home had been forced to make cuts, she'd volunteered, partly to save her coworkers from losing their jobs, but also so that she could relocate with a little severance money in her pocket. When she'd moved back four weeks ago, she hadn't had a job waiting for her, so she'd been thrilled when one of her former coworkers told her that a group home with a very special place in Jenny's heart was looking for somebody temporarily. She'd jumped at the chance to act as a substitute for Ellen, the current head of the home. Jenny knew her well from her own past and had been crushed to see the always-active Ellen with her leg in a cast. Ellen had brushed aside Jenny's concern, joking that she'd always thought an angry parent would be her demise rather than the misplaced laundry basket she'd tripped over. With her broken leg, she would need considerable recovery time after her surgeries, leaving the city no choice but to find a stand-in for her.
This would be Jenny's chance to prove that she could run a home. Do it right, impress her bosses, and the city might even find her a house manager role in another home when her temporary contract ended.
She turned into the grocery store's underground parking lot and pulled into an empty space. She killed the engine and looked over at her the mail sitting on the passenger seat that she'd collected on her way out of the apartment that morning. She recognized her father's handwriting on the envelope at the top of the stack.
Better get it over with.
Before indecision could take over again, she ripped open the envelope her lawyer had forwarded, an envelope that been sent to his office from the secure unit in which her father was currently imprisoned.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this series and it was great to read Nik's story. It's a second chance romance. Getting to learn Nik and Jenny's past I was rooting for them the whole way to get their HEA. Jenny is a great character and I could tell how much she loves her job. It's so rewarding for her. One of my favorite parts of the book is watching her work her magic with the boys. Definitely feel good moments. This book really brings home the changes the band is going through. How are they going to cope? This was a great installment to the series. After finishing this book it's left me anticipating Lennon's story. I have a feeling it's going to be the most emotional one yet.
Every book is my favorite until I read the next book. All the stories are wonderful and I can't wait for Lennon's story to come out. I strongly recommend reading this series and other books by this author.
Second chances never were so good! Nikan grew up in a group home. coming from a very violent background he was lost until he found his place and a new family with a group of boys who became his family and his responsability. Jenny's life wasn't easy either, watching her mother die because of her father broke her but meeting Nikan when she was young made her believe in happy endings but them he broke her heart (and his). Years later they meet again, and their chemestry is there. Their bodies in synch asever but learning to trust again isn't easy for Jenny and Nikan has a lot to sort through his head as well. I loved how the author portraited both characters. This isn't just about their love story or how they found each other again but about how they find themselves. I felt sorry for Nikan more than once, he took care of everything and then just went with the flow and somehow he lost himself in there. His hopes and dreams going up in smoke when he lost Jenny and I loved that he was trying to find a way back BEFORE she came along. While Jenny's presence was needed and helpful, he was already moving towards putting all of his pieces back together. I think the author did an amazing job with his feeling over hisNative heritage too. Jenny's such a strong woman. She not only survived his crazy father, after her heartbreak she still went on to live her dream. And when She and Nik meet again, she can tell the difference between her feelings and her body. I think the pace for the relationship was perfect. They didn't jump right back and it made it more realistic. I usually get a bit impatient with the characters getting together but this felt just right. I read this as a stand alone, but I'm very intrigued abot the other characters and how they all cope with their pasts. Can't wait to pick the rest of the series!!
Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole is book three in her Preload Series. Though part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Featuring Nikan Monture, guitarist for the metal band Preload, and the woman he left behind, Jenny McKade. Lovers and, so much more, before Nikan and Preload went on tour, Jenny McKade has kept away from Nikan after his public betrayal on his first tour with the band. Her heart still broken, she is definitely not happy to see Nik again when she starts her temporary position at the group home Nik and his bandmates used to live in. Nik is feeling lost and restless. He does not know who he is anymore and as his bandmates/brothers are now finding lives with their significant others, he can't help but want to find that too especially with the woman who always had his heart: Jenny. However, the past is not easily forgotten. For either of them and the history follows Nikan and Jenny as they deal with learning who they are now, if they can be friends or more, and if they can learn to trust again. I enjoy Ms. Cole's novel which pulled us into Nikan and Jenny's story with her detail and emotional conflict that each faced, not only with each other but with external issues like the band's future and Jenny's father. Add in additional stories amongst the boys in the group home under Jenny's temporary supervision, as well as returning characters from previous books, and we're provided a full and engaging story. Overall, Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlett Cole is a well-written novel with characters that are rough, flawed, and completely worth the read to see their happy ending. I happily recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
I shouldn't be surprised that Scarlett Cole blew me out of the water with Nikan but she did. With every one of her books I read, I fall for her male lead and his very real yet beautiful flaws. Before Nikan, Elliott was my go-to Preload book boyfriend. Well Nikan railroaded you out of that spot Elliott. #sorrynotsorry. Nik is repeatedly described as "the glue of Preload", the guy that keeps them all together. He's the one who calms them down, gets them to see reason and has kept them all together, as a band and as brothers. And he's also dealt with the loss of his first, and only, love Jenny; all because he did something stupid. Jenny is back to pay it forward. She wanted to be a group home "mother" and help save the kids who need saving, just like she was saved. Of course it's at the home where her ex Nik and his brothers came from. But she knew that. She just has to try and steer clear of Nik and the heartbreak he can give her. Nik is determined. Jenny is his one and he's going to do everything he can for her to know that. This was one hell of a ride and I know that Lennon's story is going to be a doozy.
This series just gets better and better and better!! Loved Nikan and Jenny's story...laughed and cried. I also like the way you get to know more about the previous characters. What a great family!
I love a good second chance romance and Scarlett Cole delivers with Nikan! I have been anxiously anticipating his story ever since she introduced the band in her other series. I mean a hot, sexy Rockstar, what's not to love! Nikan and Jenny meet as kids in foster care and fall in love. Unfortunately it is not a fairytale ending because love isn't always enough. My heart broke for both Nikan and Jenny, their story back to each other is not easy. Nikan has a lot of demons to deal with and he handled it badly. Jenny is a strong independent woman and I love how she doesn't make excuses for Nikan. Ms. Cole weaves an emotional story that made me cry and swoon and laugh. And of course her sexy times are HOT! Her secondary characters and the relationships between the guys in Preload just add to this incredible book. What a heartfelt journey of redemption, forgiveness and second chances. Another beautiful story from Scarlett Cole.
I could not be any more in love with the guys from Preload! Each one I have loved more than the one before, and Nikan definitely holds the lead! Years ago, Nikan and Jenny were everything to each other. Unfortunately, a quick thrust into stardom as well as life’s struggles, began to batter at Nikan and he made a decision and action that devastated Jenny and tore their relationship to shreds. Jenny’s history is steeped in darkness coated with memories she will never be able to forget. As a young girl, Nikan was her savior as he helped to shoulder some of the burden she carried just trying to get through her day to day life. When he ripped her heart out of her chest she ran. Now the opportunity to show she can do the job she’s dreamed of has arrived and with it the potential to see Nikan again. This couple broke my heart and at one point I felt sure the angst was going to shred me to pieces and leave me torn asunder. But Nikan never gave up. He knew what he wanted. He knew what he had lost. And he was determined he would never lose it again. Ms. Cole has written a beautiful story of heartbreak and finding redemption. The analogy of the title was so perfect because if anyone needed to recognize that they were made of multiple layers and were all the stronger for it, it is Nikan. This author did an outstanding job of making one of those layers his heritage. This is an amazing story and I absolutely loved how these characters grew stronger as well as all the Preload brothers. Each book has revealed a bit more about them even as their bond is solidified as they each face their own challenges. I’ve loved each of them, but I must confess, Lennon is the one I’ve been waiting for. And so, high on Nikan and Jenny, I settle back to wait. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.
Another fantastic story by author Scarlett Cole. This is the 3rd book in the series and it just keeps getting better and better.
Another love story from Preload series. It is a second chance love between Nikan and his teenager love Jenny-the one that got away. So they meet again. What can I say about this story? For me, it was not truly special other than starting some commotion in group Preload there is not much really happening. Jenny and Nikan start again their relationship and they are going from date to date. At first, Janny is reserved at the start but the attraction is still there and is hard to ignore. We see both Nikan and Jenny as a boy and a girl but the most important thing is what had happened after boy grown up in a man who has sorted his priorities in life. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Nikan Rebuilt by Scarlet Cole Preload #3 Nikan is a rock star Jenny was his first love And he was hers One decision he made Sent her running For eight years Now she’s back Second chances do happen… Sometimes… Nik and Jenny had horrible, no good, very bad childhoods that left them broken in more ways than one. Both of them ended up in group homes in Canada. They met one another in their early teens and became friends, fell in love and thought they had a forever love together. They communicated and cared and loved and had mutual friends in the rest of the Preload band members – young men that were like a family to Nikan (and Jenny) BUT when Nikan cheated during his first band tour…well… that finished things in Jenny’s mind and she ran away, hid and licked her wounds. Nikan looked for her but never found her. He eventually gave his life over to the rock star hedonism that so often occurs when one is rich and famous. When Nikan helps out Albi then drops him off at the group home he lives in he runs into Jenny for the first time in almost a decade. She has stepped in to substitute for someone taking sick leave. When the two lay eyes on one another the sparks fly and embers once banked begin to burn again. Sure, Jenny is leery and standoffish and less than welcoming. Nik is sure he wants Jenny in his life. He has always felt she was the other half of his soul. He is prepared to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to win her back. And the wooing and courtship and seduction begin. This book deals with the issues of First Nation People, colonial abuse of natives in the past, childhood traumas, living in group homes, cheating, forgiveness, communication, counseling, family, following one’s dreams and finding one’s happily ever after ending. I enjoyed reading about how the men of Preload became a family and then of how they continued to give back to boys in the group home they met and connected in. Hearing about how the men who are already in relationships were doing was a delight. I am now oh so eager to read how Lennon will finally find his HEA and am curious to find out what the future holds in store for the members of Preload. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press-Swerve an Barclay Publicity for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Rating: 4.5/5 This is the third story in this series which features the members of the rock band, Preload, which was originally formed by boys living in a group home. Now they’re older, have their own home and have been very successful. However, the reasons for them living in the group home, their backgrounds and what happened to them all have impacted on how they relate to each other and to others. This story has Nikan as the focus. He’s the glue that keeps the band together, the mediator who helps them all cope with the world. However, he’s also struggling and his biggest regret is his now none existent relationship with Jenny, the love who he let down and destroyed. When it turns out she’s actually back in town, running the group home where Preload first met, the chemistry between them is still there - but she no longer trust him in her life or in her heart. Can love find a way to help them both heal their relationship and give each other another opportunity for their own HEA together? This is another great story in this series. It was great to reconnect with all the band members and their ladies again and to follow the development of this relationship. The author skilfully makes the reader feel the emotional angst and turmoil suffered by this couple. The story is packed with drama and dilemmas as Jenny makes Nikan work to win her trust and love. There’s also some historical information regarding the First Nation people that I was totally unaware of as Nikan considers whether or not to share his ancestry in a television programme he has been invited to participate in. More details about Jenny’s upbringing in a cult lead by her psychotic father add to the plot. This is a second chance rockstar romance filled with emotion, drama and, eventually, hope. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel, Lennon Reborn, which I believe is due to be released in May 2018. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
I honestly could gush for days about how fantastic I think this book and series are. All I will add is that if you haven't started reading every Scarlett Cole book yet....get to it. You will be so happy you did. Since first discovering her I have anxiously awaited every new release and Nikan's story is the latest. All these characters are beautifully flawed and their stories will rip all the emotions straight from your heart. Nikan and Jenny are so accepting of one another and their story is beautiful even with their struggles. This one should top everyone's must read list! I highly recommend it.
4 1/2 Stars! Another great book in this series. Nik has always been the leader and caretaker of his “brothers” from the group home they spent their teenage years at and that hasn’t changed years after they formed the famous metal band “Preload”. But 23 year old Nik screwed up big time when the band went out on their first tour when he cheated on his long time girlfriend Jenny. By the time he got home, Jenny had vanished from his life. 8 years later she’s back temporarily running the group home the boys grew up in and still help out at. Nik will do anything he can to convince Jenny that he is a changed man and he would never repeat his big mistake. But Jenny doesn’t know if she will ever be able to trust him again even though she still has strong feelings for him. This is a great addition to this series. I like how Jenny is her own person and just doesn’t fall back into Nik’s arms because he’s rich and famous now. And I liked how Nik didn’t waiver and he jumped through every hoop Jenny placed in his way. I can’t wait for Lennon’s book coming in March. I received an ARC copy courtesy of St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
4.5 Stars! Nikan Rebuilt is the perfect title for this story. We got to see Nikan basically stripped down and built back up. Nikan and Jenny met when they were kids, both struggling with traumatic pasts. They’ve been through many of their first experiences together. When Nikan’s band finally gets noticed and they go on their first tour, he did the unthinkable. When Jenny finds out, she left and never looked back. Eight years later, Jenny moves back to town and takes a temp job at the group home Nikan came from. She knew their was a chance she would run into him again but it was still a shock when he shows up at the home with one of the boys. Nikan has never been able to get over Jenny. When he sees her again, he’s determined to win her back no matter what he has to do. This is probably one of the best grovel books I’ve read. First, let me just say that I detest cheating in romance books. I struggled with what Nikan did to Jenny. I struggled because the author did such a good job of showing the man Nikan became. How much he grew and how much he regretted what he did. And most importantly, how much he truly loves Jenny. It’s rare for me to give a book with cheating a chance. The fact that the author could have me fall for Nikan despite it and root for him is pretty amazing. And these boys in the group home just melts my heart! I love that they’ve been a big part of this series. I’m looking forward to Lennon’s story. Arc provided by NetGalley.
Scarlett Cole, every time you do this to me! For those who've not read the previous books in this series, Preload is a metal band formed by guys who grew up in a Canadian children's home. Because it's Scarlett Cole each of the guys has had a dreadful childhood, abuse of all kinds, witnesses to terrible acts etc and Nikan is no exception. The child of a mixed marriage between a First Nation man and a white woman he has always felt alienated and troubled by his heritage. His mother was brutally murdered, and Nikan badly wounded, by a jealous neighbour who couldn't bear the thought of her with another man. Nikan is in love with Jenny, another child from the foster home/ childcare system, who he met when they were young teenagers but he threw it all away when he slept with another woman on the band's first tour. Eight years later Jenny has returned to Toronto to act as temporary manager of the children's home that Nikan and his fellow band members last lived in while the current manager recovers from breaking her leg. She too has had a deeply traumatic childhood and has never forgotten Nikan. At first I had my doubts about this book, Nikan was soooo needy and so insistent that Jenny had to move on and forgive him for his infidelity, I just wanted to shake him and shout that it's not so simple. But as always Scarlett Cole draws me in and as Nik starts to understand how his past has influenced his present and how there are parallels between his relationship with the band and Jenny's relationship with him he became a more sympathetic character in my eyes. As the book drew to its explosive conclusion in true Scarlett fashion I was on the edge of my seat as the tension mounted. Once again, Scarlett packs more plot, more angst, more life into just 260 pages than some authors can manage with twice that much. I loved it! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Sexy. Classy. Flashy. Trashy. Nikan Rebuilt is everything you would expect of a Scarlet Cole novel. It's dramatic, romantic and shocking. Nik and Jenny are the product of a storm, made up of lust and mistrust. She was the girl who needed to be rescued. He was the boy determined to be her savior. In the end, each had to learn to fight their own battles. There is truth in each line and scenario that makes up the inspirational tale that is Nikan and Jenny. Emotion paints a vivid watercolor of some of life's hardest moments and hope supplies the courage to overcome the tragedies.