Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ember's Center-- Jillian Jacobs!!!!

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Well, this book was quite interesting for me, to say the least. I have gone back and forth on how to rate it for some time now. I finally settled on 4 stars. I usually have a hard time giving books less than five stars, so I hated that this one couldn't quite get there for me. Honestly, I think it was because of the Xander character. While I do understand why he is was essential to the story, and the role that he played was needed to help the story unfold, I just hated him- pure and simple. He was so clearly a psychopath, that I had to wander how Ember failed to see the signs. The things that he said to her, the way he refused to believe that she wasn't interested in him in the least, and especially his treatment and belittlement of her- I just didn't get it. Then, when the ultimate degradation happened- she still didn't get it. Wow.
But Owen, now he stole my heart for sure. He knew. Right from the first moment he met Xander, he knew that something wasn't right. And he knew that he would do ANYTHING to protect Ember from him. Loved him!!! How could you not fall in love with the big and bulky football player, that loved so wholeheartedly?? Total swoon. Not to mention, his family- they were amazing to Ember, even during the sticky situations. It really just made up for Xander's appalling character and the feelings that I felt for him.
This book- I do recommend to everyone, because in totality- it was a great story. But, there are some very hard situations to endure- and some of these things could upset some. Ember goes through so much, it's sometimes hard to stomach- but stick with it, I promise that it pays off in the end.  :)

Series Name: The O-line Series, Book: 1


She spent her life fighting for middle ground, and now that she’s found it, she’ll fight for her life.

Ember Brooks yearns for an end to the dark chapters of her life—abusive mother, negligent father, teenage trauma, and sibling suicide. Determined to escape her traumatic past, Ember is finally headed for solid ground, gathering strength and balance with the help of her trusted counselor and friend, Xander Kane.

Still reeling from the death of her brother, Ember finds solace when Manchester Marauders center, Owen Killion goes on the offensive and barrels into her life. Both on the football field and off, Owen is sure-footed and confident. With his domineering presence and reliable nature, he alters her game-plan. But for a girl continually left on the sidelines, can she leave her heart on the line?

When Ember is the victim of increasingly dangerous incidents, and Xander changes the course of their relationship, once more her life spirals out of control.

Ember trusts Owen to guard their love, but when someone else is calling the shots, can they reach the end zone or will they fumble?


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In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled. Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category. Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.

The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review and for hosting Ember's Center today. You are not the only reviewer who really hated Xander, and as a writer I am glad to know I evoked such emotion. However, I would never want to do so at the expense of your enjoyment of the book. I am happy for any stars! Book 2, Rachel's Guard is up next.