Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: Scorched by J. Lynn

Frigid #2
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published by Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: June 15th, 2015

Sometimes life leaves a mark.

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge, and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

My Review:
If you’ve been on my blog and read some of my reviews, you should know I’m a big JLA fan. I’ve been in love with her writing since the Half-Blood series first pulled me in. Amazingly I’ve been a fan of her novels for a long while now and up until recently that hasn’t changed. Sadly, Scorched was another one of JLA’s books that have left me feeling bored and disappointed. What once were new and exciting ideas and characters now feel like recycled stories I’ve been reading for the past four years. Not sure when this change happened but sadly there it is.

Scorched is the sequel to Frigid in the Frigid series. The story started off with Sydney and Kyler and now continues on to Andrea and Tanner Kyler and Sydney’s best friends.

Andrea is an alcoholic. I’m going to put that out there now so if you find this too much of a spoiler stop reading. Anyway, Andrea is a party girl who ends up too drunk to remember most nights. Andrea feels like she needs to drink to be social or feel less lonely which is covered in the first couple chapters of the book. She has some issues and the story covers how she copes with some of her issues. Saying all of this I am going to say I felt no connection to Andrea and it’s not because she was a bad character. I’m sure lots of people can connect with her story. I’m not one of those people for numerous reasons but the main one is I don’t drink and never have. Meaning a lot of what she’s going through was lost on me. Now, this may be due to the writing and delivery of the character, but I don’t think that was the issue for me. So starting off you can see why I wasn’t really feeling her character or this story so much. On top of that to make her seem less shallow I felt like JLA just threw in a couple of interests that just didn’t feel connected to the character. Her extracurricular activities were just thrown in there like “you think she’s shallow? Well, she helps out at hospitals and suicide hotlines.” It just didn’t flow very well with the story.

Tanner was a great character. I liked him. I thought he was a nice character who balanced out Andrea’s.

Overall I didn’t love this story, I didn’t really even like it. I did finish it which is something but I just could not feel for Andrea’s character is a way that made me enjoy this story. I was glad she got help, but in the long run, I’m not sure how she’ll be.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, and no. If you know someone who is suffering from depression or anxiety or something like that, this book may be one that’s helpful because it doesn’t just focus on that problem. If you don’t know anyone like this and are just looking for a decent read? No, I wouldn’t suggest or recommend this book. If you’ve read JLA’s books before this book may just feel like the same old same old.

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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