Review: Jordan Reclaimed by Scarlett Cole

Jordan Reclaimed
(Preload #1)
by Scarlett Cole
Publisher: Swerve
Publication date: Feb. 28, 2017
Genre: Romance
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Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.

Now he’s made a career out of playing the music he loves, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.

She craves Jordan.

Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his hard rock edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?

 

 

I was so ready for this book. I love a good rockstar romance, and this sounded like it would be right up my alley, but I found myself really bored while reading it. I also felt a little confused and lost at times. This book, either though it’s the first of the series, felt like it was a later book in the series. I felt like I was supposed to know Jordan’s character, and the hang ups that he has. His brother and girlfriend are brought into the story like it was supposed to be a reunion instead of the reader meeting them for the first time. There were a lot of things that popped up that seemed more of a nod to a previous book or maybe even a brief recap of something. It wasn’t until I did some digging in the comment section on Goodreads that I realized that apparently these characters were in a different series. So, yeah… having a lot of references to a book I never read before really didn’t help me connect with this book or their characters within it.

Given that Jordan is possibly autistic and suffers from PTSD, and that Aleksandra suffers from an abusive father and an eating disorder, I thought this book would dive a little deeper than it did. I mean, it seems like these things were just presented to cause waves and shock readers as opposed to actually adding depth to the characters. A lot of the story actually felt one-dimensional. From the story line, to the characters, to their problems, and their romance. It was always in my face, but I never actually felt it.

I had high hopes for this one, but it lacked the depth and emotion I need in order to get immersed in a book. I found myself skimming a lot and was honestly pretty bored while reading it. I kept pushing myself to continue because I hoped it would grab my attention eventually, but it never did.

 

 

 

5 Thoughts on “Review: Jordan Reclaimed by Scarlett Cole

  1. Great review. I am so sorry to hear that this lacked so many things for you. I really look for depth in my books and I can imagine how disappointed it was in reading this one. Hope your next read is a more positive experience for you.

  2. It is so frustrating when an author glosses over serious issues. It feels like a half hearted attempt at depth, like you said.

    Great review. Better luck with your next read!

  3. oh no. the cool looks great. sorry the book fell flat for you. better luck with the next one
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you.

  5. Having characters from another series that you haven’t read pop up in a book you’re reading would be a little irritating.

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