Blog Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Slut by Jettie Woodruff

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Slut (The Twin Duo #2)

by Jettie Woodruff @jettie_woodruff

Rating: 4 stars

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I thought losing my memory was the worst thing in the world.

Forgetting who you are, and where you came from was like driving on a road with only right turns. All leading in the same direction. A direction I wanted to avoid, a dark tunnel that I had to enter if I ever wanted answers.

Losing my memory wasn’t the worst thing in the world. Learning, who I was, and the secrets I had kept was way worse. The unbearable pull and the passion we shared, mixed with the past that I didn’t want to remember, created a whole new storm. The perfect storm of two kinds of crazy. Stupid little fish.

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Paxton leaned up on his knees. “Is that Nick?” “Yes,” I replied as I fell into the same tense position he moved to. Elbows on knees, and eyes and ears on the voices.

“Where the fuck are my kids?” I  leaned up and hit pause, stopping it right there. “This is how it’s going to go? We haven’t even started yet, Paxton. I don’t know where they are. I just asked myself the same question. I’m assuming they were at one of the thousands of activities you had them in. I don’t know.” “You were supposed to be with them.” “Yeah, well, I wasn’t, and I don’t remember why. So. Do you want to do this or not? I don’t see where any good can come from it if you’re going to be like this.” “How the fuck do you expect me to be, Gabriella? You’ve been involved with Lane for the last year. And this shit. I don’t even know what you’re doing here, or why you’re not with our children.” “I’m done. You have fun watching it by yourself,” I said as I pulled my stone from his, and stood like it was really that easy. Paxton jerked me back to his side by my shirt, his hand went around my throat, and he told me how things were going down. Not my way. “You fucking did this to us. You’re the one that showed up here like this with all these lies and secrets. Let’s find out what you’ve been hiding. Okay? We said we were doing this together. That’s what we’re doing. Understand?” I couldn’t reply with one single word. Not even a nod. My eyes closed, my throat closed, trying to control it, and tears slid down my face. Paxton abruptly stopped, let go of me, and stood. “Fuck this, Gabriella. Fuck. I’m sorry. Fuck. I’m just so fucked up over all of this. You forget to stop and think about what it’s like for me. Look at what you’ve brought into this house over the last few months. How do you expect me to be?”

Words spewed from my mouth as tears slid down my cheeks. “This isn’t working, Paxton. Let’s stop. I can’t do this with you anymore. I bring out the worst in you, and you do the same to me.

It’s not fair to either one of us. We can be good parents without one another.” Paxton looked at me like I’d just punched him in his other eye. “We’re not quitting. No, Gabriella. We’re not quitting. Don’t you ever think you’re leaving me. You’re never leaving, not even if we find out that you’re the wrong wife. You did this. You’re not going anywhere.” “There’s not a lot you can do to stop me, Pax. I can’t do this thing with you.” I jumped a little when he moved back to my side, afraid of him for a second. “I’m sorry, Gabriella. I’m sorry. I don’t want it to be like this. I’m sorry. I swear I won’t get mad. I know you don’t remember any of this, but damnit. It’s so frustrating. Where the fuck was I? Why didn’t I notice this going on right under my nose?”

“Paxton, I don’t know.”

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“There’s always three sides, yours, hers, and the truth.”

Going into this book, I had so many questions:
Is Gabby the same Gabriella that Paxton married?
If she isn’t, what does that mean for them as a couple?
What happened to her twin?
What happened to Paxton’s first wife?
What is the deal with Lane?

As I started reading, I wanted to rush to get the answers, but found that impossible.  The identity of Gabriella was so complex, I had to slow down my pace and often re-read sentences.  But the answers about Gabriella are revealed in small doses throughout the story, driving up my anxiety.  I wanted to scream, “WHO IS SHE?!?!” at my kindle often.

There are revealations about Gabriella and Paxton that are sad and I questioned how she could forgive him.  And while I liked that they tried to take on this new knowledge as a team, I didn’t like how she would get mad at Paxton after each revelation.  While it is clear that she is not the same person that she was after the accident, Paxton isn’t either.  And that’s a good thing.  Yes, Paxton did some bad things and treat her badly before the accident, but he shows on more than one occasion that he is changing.  If she couldn’t forgive him for the past, then she either needed to walk away or stop watching the videos from her past.

“I soaked up the obedience like a sponge.  I was so fucking addicted to you.”

I also struggled with their secrets that they continued to hold back from one another.  However, there is one HUGE bombshell that I understood had to be kept a secret.  And while I think it is the right thing for Gabriella to do, I makes me wonder what big secret Paxton is keeping.  We know ther is one, we just won’t know the answer unless it is revealed in the special December novella.

While reading this story, you have to understand that the relationship between Gabriella and Paxton is not something you can put in a specific box as to how a married couple should act.  If you do, you will not appreciate their unique story.  Does it make sense how they feel about each other, or treat each other?  Not really.  But that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed.  Beyond the intense passion they feel for each other, there is love.  My favorite parts of the story was their flirty banter, almost as if they were rediscovering each other.

“I’m trying to show you how much you’re igniting the fire in me now.  Can’t that be enough?”

In the end, did I get answers to my earlier questions (and note, these aren’t the answers to the questions, just if they were answered):
Yes
Hmmm
Yes
Yes
Yes, and grrrrr.  Hate him!

This is an unpredictable and unique story that I couldn’t put down.  I’d go as far as to say it’s a twist on a second chance love story, as forgiveness for past mistakes is a huge part of the story. The mystery is drawn out and will hook you as you seek out the answers.  The story is complex and confusing at times, but will keep your brain engaged throughout and past the last page.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

 

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Suit (The Twin Duo #1)

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Jettie Woodruff is a lifelong writer, living in a pretend world since she was a little girl. Jettie spent hours filling pages of spiral notebooks with a number two pencil and a wild imagination. Her very first story was a scifi of all things.

Jettie writes more along the lines of erotica now. She likes to keep her readers on edge, and deliver a story that will pull out every emotion possible. Writing on the edge of taboo and dark, Jettie hopes to distribute an adventure you’ll not soon forget.

Married for twenty five years, raising two boys and one girl has left lots of writing material. She has recently become a grandma to not one, but two of the most beautiful little girls on planet earth.

Jettie also hates doing this bio. That’s all you get. She loves to read and write. What else is there? <3

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