Series: Journey #2
on July 24th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A present life worth moving on for. A past best left to memories tucked away.
Jaxon Dean has reached a point in his life where everything is as it should be. He has the personality, the looks, and the charm, to basically get whoever he desires-except Cassandra Tyce. She's immune to his playboy ways, quick wit, and over indulgence of himself. There is only one time he can recall having to work as hard to snag the one he had his sights set on...
At a much simpler time in life, all he had to worry about was passing classes, hitching a ride to places, and collecting phone numbers. Although on his first day of high school, Jaxon found not every girl was susceptible to his charms. Could one person truly change his overzealous ways?
An unexpected turn of events can leave even the toughest ones lost without hope... Hope of ever recovering, of ever wanting to see tomorrow, of ever feeling true happiness again.
With the help of Cassandra Tyce, Jaxon will learn that sometimes, lying to oneself can be the sole reason a person stays torn.
Ending a Torn Past was one heartbreaking story that kept me turning the pages in order to learn more about both Jaxon and Cassandra as the story unraveled. And unravel it didÔÇöin a way I never saw coming, and therefore didnÔÇÖt anticipate to have my heart shattered in such a devastating manner.
We have met Jax and Cass in MackenzieÔÇÖs story, Ending a Broken Journey, where he portraits himself as the goofball whoÔÇÖs always able to lighten the mood with a sarcastic joke and make everyone laughÔÇöwhich is what made me love this tattooed playboy. However, what I havenÔÇÖt fully realized, and could only guess at until reading this book, was how much pain Jax is covering up by putting on a careless and seemingly happy mask.
Once upon a time, Jax had everything he ever wanted in life and was blissfully happy, until in a blink of an eye it was all taken from him. This overwhelming loss left him broken and spiraling into a dark abyss of pain, loss, and devastation. Even though he was able pull himself out of that dark place, he wasnÔÇÖt the same person anymore. He went through the motions of life; being the life of the party, having no-strings-attached sex with countless women, and no intentions of ever settling down. That was, until Cassandra Tyce turns his carefully crafted existence on its head.
Cass was a strong, independent woman, who didnÔÇÖt fall for JaxÔÇÖs bullshit and calls him out on it. She didnÔÇÖt take any shit from anyone and her quick witted comments keep Jax on his toes. They embark on a journey that starts out as casual sex, but soon becomes so much more for both of them.
I loved Cass and Jax individually and as a couple. Their dynamic and chemistry was unique and genuine. The fact that Cass was very persistent, put up with JaxÔÇÖs moods and asshole-ness in order to try and help him work out his issues, made her one of my most favorite female characters. The fact that she sat on his couch for days, taking his verbal abuse and mood-swings, showed what kind of person she is and how much she loved the moody bastard. And even though Jax showed that he can be a jerk, I couldnÔÇÖt help but love the man, especially when I learned what made him the barely existing shell of a man.
This story of realizing that everyone deserves a second chance at love, of letting go of the past and embracing the future, has evoked a vast variety of emotionsÔÇöI laughed out loud, ugly cried, swooned, and fell in love right alongside both of them. Further, the original lyrics Melissa L. Delgado wrote for this novel not only complement the story perfectly, they also gave deeper insight and depth to her characters and their story, especially JaxÔÇÖs emotional state.
Ending a Torn Past is a MUST READ for anyone who loves an excellently written story, a strong female character, and a broken hero who is full of sarcastic one-liners, but at the same times has a level of complexity to him that is astonishing and rare in this world of self-publishing.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)