Friday, November 4, 2016

Jacked Up by Elle Aycart

Title: Jacked Up
Series: Bowen Boys, 4
Author: Elle Aycart
Publisher: Loose-Id
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
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Reviewer Name: Luna
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Since James Bowen married Elle Cooper’s sister, tall dark and handsome Jack Copeland has become a permanent fixture in Elle’s life. A silent, rather annoying fixture, with his arrogant aloofness and my-way-or-the-highway attitude rubbing her the wrong way. So she does what any self-respecting woman would: aggravate the wits out of him.

Party girl Elle Cooper is everything covert operative Jack Copeland doesn’t want in a woman. Outspoken, sassy. A smartass. Too bad when he closes his eyes, all his mind conjures is her. To everyone else, he comes off as intimidating and unapproachable. Everyone except Elle. So he does what any self-respecting man would: stay the hell away from her. But when Elle gets herself in deep trouble, all of Jack’s protective instincts kick in and keeping his distance is no longer an option.

Elle’s already complicated life takes a down turn and she’s given two choices: go to jail or stick with Jack. With Jack and Elle in such close proximity, sparks are flying all over and it’s only a matter of time before they ignite. The only question is, who will kill Elle first, the vicious drug cartel hunting her or Jack?

Elle has seen something that could cost her life, but she is determined not to allow fear to control her. But when danger closes in, will her stubbornness cost her more than she ever thought to lose? In Jacked Up the latest installment of Elle Aycart’s Bowen Boys series we find out. Although this is the fourth story in this series, it is a stand alone.
I struggled with this story. It started with a bang but while the story was good, I did not like Elle. She came off as spoiled, at least to me. I wasn’t expecting to have that struggle. Ms. Aycart gave us a character, in the beginning, which appeared to have a heart of gold. She was willing to help others and she was kind and loving. But her actions placed her and those around her in danger and she maintained a blithe disregard for how her actions affected others which rubbed me the wrong way. And while Jack had moments which I adored, he allowed Elle way too much leeway which seemed unrealistic for the type of man Ms. Aycart portrayed him as. Having said that, I did enjoy the secondary characters in this story. Elle and Jack’s interaction with their friends and family made the story for me. I also enjoyed seeing Elle loosen Jack up. He was always popping antacids and while Elle’s antics did not help, you knew he needed someone to help he let lose. Overall this story was well written and well-paced. The characters were well developed even if I struggled to like them. While these particular characters were not my favorite, I have read this author in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
                            Four Twinkling Stars

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