#RRBC Review of Jem by Michelle Abbott 4 Star

Jem by [Abbott, Michelle]

 

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I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but found it a truly enjoyable read.

The story begins with Jem and Devon as children. Young Jem is bullied at school and is treated even worse at home by his father and brother. Devon is his angel, protector, and friend. Wanting to protect Jem, Devon divulges to her mother that Jem is abused. That action separates the two, as his father leaves town, with Jem, to avoid being prosecuted.

Years later, Devon is escaping her own abusive relationship. Jem has grown up to be a tortured soul, fighting his demons and prone to losing his temper. Even though Devon is attracted to Devon, she also finds him dangerous.

When they meet, she doesn’t recognize him, but he has no problem identifying her. Even when he calls her Angel, his pet name for her when they were young, she doesn’t react. Wanting her to remember him on her own, he gives her a fake name when she eventually gets around to asking for it.

There were parts of the story that frustrated me, as with her not recognizing him, or his pet name from their youth, but it hooked me in at the same time. I couldn’t wait for her to finally recognize Jem.

For anyone who likes tortured alpha males, flawed characters who redeem themselves, or an enjoyable sexy, romantic story, I would highly recommend this book.

 

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