Once upon a time, Selena Graham met a boy named Jackson Quinn…
This isn’t your typical fairytale, no. This one is twisted and the role of prince charming is filled by one man too set in his ways, haunted by the demons of his past.
Jackson wants to live his life free of the tribulations the woman in his past put him through and nothing makes you appreciate what you have quite like the reappearance of someone you thought was long gone.
Selena knows he’s too much for her, but he’s the only person besides her best friend who accepts her for who she really is—out of control and desperate for attention. She knows she deserves more, but how can she quit the one thing that makes her feel accepted?
While both struggle to find balance, can Jackson keep his past where it belongs? Can Selena hold on long enough for Jackson to realize what’s good for him? And can he relinquish control and finally let love take over?
Review by Amanda
This is the story of Jackson Quinn, who we first met in Consumed by Skyla Madi. Although, you don't necessarily have to read The Consumed Series to follow this story, I would definitely recommend it.
Selena and Jackson are taking a break, not that they were ever really dating to begin with. Jackson has done some awful things in his past that he doesn't think Selena will understand or forgive him for. He decides that instead of letting her be the one to walk away he will do it himself. However, the two share an intense physical connection that neither one seems to be willing to give up. Enter the one woman from Jackson's past that has the power to not only destroy their relationship, but also Jackson himself.
I loved this book - I knew that Jackson was a really dysfunctional character (based on what I had read in the Consumed Series) but we are really allowed into his personal hell in this book. We are finally given the insights into what Amelia put him through and the pain that finally changed him from the laidback and happy-go-lucky person he once was to the hardened and incapable of love person he is today.
We get to see Jackson's internal monologue and that was almost soul destroying to read, he is so fractured and damaged, and trying to overcome so many emotional issues. I could literally feel his heartbreak and shame through each page of the book.
"Then comes the loudest sound I have ever heard... the sound of her heart shattering into a million tiny pieces in her chest. I see it too. It tightens her chest, then her throat before making her eyes water." - Slammed, Skyla Madi
"What happens next is something I never thought I'd ever see. Jackson cries. Like a small, frightened boy... he actually cries."
We also get to see the softer side of Selena in this book (again if you have read the Consumed Series you will understand what I mean). Although, she is softer and definitely more likeable in this book, she is still as tough as nails and not afraid to say her piece. She loves Jackson to distraction and I have loved reading as her character has developed. She is strong yet vulnerable, which is tough to pull off, but Madi does this with ease.
"Oh, make no mistake," I say in my friendlise tone. She looks at me and her eyes thin slight. "He's mine. It's just complicated." - Slammed, Skyla Madi
"Mark my words and hold my heels, I do not play nice when other women touch my things" - Slammed, Skyla Madi
This book is written in dual perspective, we are allowed to see the inner workings of both Jackson and Selena's minds. Selena's heart brokenness is so palpable, it makes your chest ache. It definitely made me want to slap Jackson more than once.
As per Madi's usual flair, the book is filled with loss, sadness, frustration, anger, hope, and the kind of love and passion that heals a broken soul.
The character of Amelia I detested (as I know was Madi's aim), a true romantic villain if ever there was one. Tormenting Jackson with their history and trying to bend his will to succumb to her. I can honestly say that this is one of the best villains written in this genre for a while!
I am giving this book 4 stars - I did love it, but I was a bit disappointed with the fact that it is now being split into a series. I really believe we could have given Jackson his happy ending in 1 book.
Meet Skyla Madi
Skyla Madi is an Australian writer from Brisbane, Queensland.
Skyla started her writing career fresh out of high school and at 21 she is a giver of both real and fictional life.
She is an aquarian, lover of the written word and author of the #1 BESTSELLING Consumed trilogy.
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