Book Review: Jacked by Tina Reber

Jacked
Title: Jacked (The Trent Brothers #1)
Author: Tina Reber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 563 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
We all have skeletons in our closets.

Doctor Erin Novak was only sixteen when she was accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Since that moment, she has made it her life goal to pursue emergency medicine, pouring her heart and soul into assuring another innocent life isn’t lost to the hands of the wicked.

We all have secrets we’ve never shared.

Detective Adam Trent has lost control of everything, starting with losing his partner to a punk with a gun and then everything else to the crushing guilt. Now a member of the elite Auto Theft Task Force in Philadelphia, it’s his job to be one step ahead of the criminals stealing expensive cars in the city. Too bad the television cameras keep getting in the way of his investigation.

We all have pasts that we can never escape.

A stolen car, a tragic chase, and a traffic stop crosses the fates of these two, tying them together in ways that are unimaginable. As their love and trust grows, so do the enemies that threaten their survival, testing the strength of their commitment. Can true love endure half-truths, past pains, and secrets never meant to be shared?

Some things are just out of our control.

Love Unscripted spin-off featuring Kyle Trent’s older brother, Adam.

Grace Review
It seems like forever ago that I read Love Unscripted and Love Unrehearsed, when its really only been about a year.  But I was ecstatic to see this ARC pop up in my email, and I literally dropped everything.  My TBR list has gone to shit, but whatever, I needed this book!

To be honest, I didn’t really recall Kyle Trent from the Unscripted series who is brothers with Adam, the main character in this book. But Kyle is barely mentioned, so this book is truly a spinoff, and not a continuation of that previous series.

What I liked:
The books kicks off with a powerful beginning filled with heartache, fear and anger.  The first couple chapters are incredibly intense and I immediately loved both main characters.  Despite having some past personal issues that haunt them daily, they are still fighters.  And what makes them more special is their drive to fight for others, one fighting justice, one fighting to save lives.  Their professional lifestyles, filled with stress, highs and lows, with odd hours, made them an ideal match.

Erin suffers from the typical female insecurities, having recently been burned by a cheating boyfriend, who she has to face daily at work.   That heartache made her doubt Adam’s intentions often.  But when faced with several female admirers, I liked her spunk.  She showed that she had fight and didn’t let woman take what was hers.  Also, despite everything thrown at her in this book, she keeps moving forward.  I, personally, would have gone mental.

Adam is most definitely swoon-worthy.  There were occasions that he was a bit maddening, particularly with regards to his ex Nikki and his other secret.  However, he’s the total Alpha male package – strong, assertive, possessive, protective.  And of course, his interests in ropes.  HAWT!

If want could take human form, it just possessed me from head to toe and clouded my every thought.  And now I wanted to possess this woman as much as she’d possessed me – inside and out.

With all the drama, this book did have some hilarious moments, to lighten up the angst.  Such as Erin’s horny inner monologue:

“Yeah, hi.  I’d like to order the number two sex combo platter with extra cock.  Does that come with one or two finger penetration with the oral?   Two?  Excellent?  No, hold the post-sex awkwardness.  Oh, can I get an extra helping of CumOfSomeYoungGuy?  Thirty-five minutes?  Perfect.”

Or this comment from his buddy, Marcus:

“. . . hallway sex is after you’ve been married so damn long, you pass each other in the hallway and say ‘fuck you!'”

Side note: As a Philly girl, born and raised, I loved that this book took place in my hometown.  And I loved that the Flyers got a shoutout!  Booyah!  (that would be the team’s goal song). : D

What I didn’t like:
***Drama: I like drama of course, it grabs your attention, raises your heart rate.  All of that.  But this book had way too much drama.  It got to a point where each chapter seemed to bring another dramatic twist to the blooming relationship between Adam and Erin, forming a pattern.

Drama for either Adam, Eve or both of them.
Aftermath of drama and how it impacted the couple.
Sexy times.
Rinse and repeat.

With Adam being a Detective and Erin being a doctor, you’d expect they’d see drama in their everyday work environment. But a lot of this drama seemed to follow them home.

The drama came in so many forms:
Crazy ex’s
Ex’s crazy new significant other
Reality show madness
Questionable producer and film crew
Deaths and injuries
And on and on.

***Secrets: Both Adam and Erin held secrets, which were pretty fucking huge.  While Erin kept a secret that warped her ideas about their future together, I thought Adam’s secrets were bigger, primarily because of how they were revealed.

I sort of understand why he kept one secret, out of fear it would be the final blow to drive Erin away.  However, I’m not sure how keeping the secret made things better.  He suffered an incredible amount of guilt for his actions and the damage it caused.  But in the grand scheme of things, it was truly just an accident.  The bigger issue was keeping the secret from Erin and then the way in which she found out the truth, only made things worse.

I was also bothered that Adam talked a big game about trust and getting Erin to open up, not shutting him out.  Yet, he did the same thing to her repeatedly.  And his methods for getting her to open up were a bit jarring in my opinion.  It was meant to be sexy, but seemed too aggressive. And the bomb he drops on her during one of these shibari moments, UNREAL!  I think I screamed at my kindle, “WHAT THE FUCK!” Totally bad timing.

In the end, this couple is able to withstand all of the drama and secrets and come out stronger than ever.  They showed the strength they had individually, and proved that they were even stronger as a unit.

The next book in this series will feature Jason, and based on his own traumatic turn in this book, I expect that book to be a heart-breaker.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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