Title: Jordan Reclaimed
Author: Scarlett Cole
My Rating: A-
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Preload #1
Main Characters: Jordan and Lexi
Release Date: February 2017
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Now he’s made good, 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 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?
Okay, this book features two characters who have seriously gotten the worst draw for awful parents. OMG...my heart broke for both of them...so hard.
This book is a spinoff series from the Second Circle Tattoos series (which I adored). One of the heroes in that series was Dred, a member of the band, Preload. Now, finally after watching this group of misfits surrounding him and Pixie, they're getting their own stories. Yay. And yay for having Jordan first.
At first glance, Jordan is the most messed up of these five guys (but with the hints throughout the book, it sounds like they're all going to have amazing stories). The band all lives together because of Jordan. He can't live alone. He needs to know that they are all safe and with him. Without that, he can't function or sleep.
Jordan's story is absolutely tragic. The only thing he has going for him is his incredible tie to music. He's literally a savant when it comes to composing and being able to pick up music. But that doesn't make up for the incredibly tragic childhood he suffered through.
He needs a good person in his life and Lexi is it. She understands hardship. She's a ballerina. Her father was also a dancer, but he defected from Russia and all his dreams fell apart. As a result, he obsesses about Lexi and pushing her to live his dream...to her detriment. But I love how determined she is. And unlike most heroines who find themselves in this kind of circumstance, she never backs down from her father. I loved how strong she was.
One of the best things about this story was the tie that both main characters have to music. They both feel music deeply, but they each express that very differently...Jordan through creating music, Lexi through dancing to it. I loved how they connected through that and how Jordan first contacted Lexi to give her music to dance to. Gorgeous. The mental visuals in this story were awesome, especially with the winter setting. I loved it all so much.
And as always, this story...just like Scarlett Cole's original series...has a great bromance. These five guys have been through so much together. They truly have one another's backs. I love when there's a great story for the guys in my romance novels. They give one another a hard time and love...both equally well.
Like I said earlier, there were glimpses of what's to come for the other guys. I always assumed that Jordan was the most messed up of this group, but I have a feeling Scarlett Cole has some amazingly angsty good stories to come. I can't wait. This was a GREAT start to this new series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.