Vanquish by S.J. McGran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Vanquish by S.J. McGran
Jared Roman has lived his entire life feeling unworthy, unwanted and unloved. He’s lived a life of abuse, addiction and abandonment.
Zhoe Dawson comes from a different world than him. She comes from money and social status. But with that comes the dictatorship her father runs. All Zhoe’s ever wanted is to break free of his rules, and to feel loved.
Jared knows he’s no good for Zhoe. She deserves so much better than anything he’ll ever amount to. But, after just one taste of Zhoe’s delicious body he’s hooked. He can’t resist her, can’t let her go.
When they learn Jared is the reason for Zhoe’s pain, her loss and heartbreak he tries to walk away. Tries to forget. But, Zhoe offers him the one thing he’ll never be able to leave behind – her heart.
Can Zhoe’s love save him from his past? Can she help him conquer his fears and doubts?
I literally knew from the first sentence that this book was going to mess with my heart and that I was going to love every minute of it, and of course, I was right!
I immediately fell in love Jarred Roman, what red blooded woman wouldn't? He is the very definition of a sexy Alpha- Male who has the balls to wear his heart on his sleeve however he is broken, and he is a man with a past; a past that has defined him and held him captive to guilt and a perpetual feeling of unworthiness.
His heart carries the burden of a painful childhood, riddled with abuse and addiction. To avoid facing those painful memories Jarred closes his heart off to the possibility of love and is content with meaningless encounters with any warm & willing body… until he encounters Zhoe.
Zhoe is a beautiful, shy girl with a broken heart, when Jarred keeps serendipitously turning up around town she finds herself drawn to him and sheds her timidity to try and gain his attention. The two are aware of the electricity between them and before long their romance takes off and we the readers get to be the fly on the wall watching their love blossom. Jarred cannot stop himself from wanting her but feels that he is not good enough for his "pretty girl". He is convinced that because of his past, and the pain he believes he has caused, he is undeserving of the happiness their love promises and begins to shut down his heart, leaving Zhoe crushed.
I found myself cheering when Zhoe decides to stand up and fight for him and for their love. What comes next the unravelling of a beautiful, heart wrenching and inspiring love story that reminds us that love crosses all boundaries. A well written, hot, angsty read. I absolutely loved it!!!!!
5 shiny Yellow stars!
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