Rock Me (Jaded Ivory, #1)

Rock Me (Jaded Ivory, #1)

by Rebecca Brooke
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Rock Me (Jaded Ivory, #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CeeCeeHouston 10 months ago
This story was fairly unusual in that it doesn’t really fit in with any major tropes. It’s not an enemies to lovers romance like some people are touting it as, because Cole and Mariella weren’t enemies. Cole and his friends bullied Mariella all through high school from freshman year to senior. Mariella believed she was weak, but to have put up with what they did only showed how strong a personality she actually had. A chance encounter brings them back together years later, when Mari’s band are playing in a bar that Cole’s best friend drags him to. He still doesn’t remember her, but lead singer, Mari as she now calls herself, recognizes him. So, that’s not truly a second chance as they never went out before, although I guess after a light bulb moment for Cole, who is now a high school sports teacher, it could be when he asks for a chance to apologize and make it up to her. Cole truly is sorry, especially after seeing his actions being perpetrated by kids he’s teaching. He’s riddled with guilt and remorse, as he should be. If only all bullies could see their actions from the other side there would be a lot less of it. I loved how strong Mari was on stage, but she kinda lost it when faced with her past. It takes her some time to come to grips with what Cole is trying to do. Will she give him that chance? Can Cole be the man she needs… at long last? Find out when you 1-Click Rock Me today.
SouthernAngel 10 months ago
An awesome and emotional second chance of two damaged soul's journey through heartache, sadness, redemption, and healing. Rock Me is one of those books that lingers in your mind long after finishing. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
AmyBosica 10 months ago
“Our lips reconnected; the same as before, yet different. This time there weas a promise. A promise of more.” “Cole was different. It was like an inferno was racing through me, burning nerve endings along the way. I felt sexy and desirable.” I thought this book was an ok read. I thought the idea of the story was unique and it definitely intrigued me. I thought the author did an amazing job with how she portrayed Mari’s past and the bullying that she endured. Fast forward to the future, Mari is not the same shy person she was in high school, she has totally reinvented herself. And Cole….Well, I’m not gonna lie, it took me a while to warm up to him. At first, I thought that Mari was just a conquest to him; that he had to get with the unattainable girl. But, once I learned about Mari and Cole’s past….let’s just say I was not a fan. I was pleased to see that Cole has matured a lot since high school and I do think that he was genuinely sorry for his past mistakes. I liked that he had to work for Mari’s forgiveness and really prove himself to her. The only real issue I had with the story was the actual relationship with Cole and Mari. Personally, I feel that these two would have been better off as friends. I won’t deny that they had amazing sexual chemistry, because they totally did. I mean off the charts hot chemistry. And I can even get behind the idea of Mari having a revenge f@%k with him, but to have an actual relationship with him, just felt awkward to me. Cole was a total jerk and made Mari’s life a living hell in high school. And I totally get that Cole is sorry and has grown since high school, but I just had the hardest time wrapping my mind around forgiving him and pursuing a romantic relationship. And maybe that’s just me, but that aspect just didn’t work for me. So, overall, this book was an ok read. Rock Me is definitely a book that you can finish in just one sitting. I thought it was written well and it does deal with some heavy hitting and real issues. But, there was just some things that didn’t work out for me. Even though this wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad I picked it up and gave it a chance. I would be open to reading more from this author in the future.