Jack by Juliana Stone (The Family Simon #2)

Jack by Juliana StoneAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

One night with the wrong woman can change your life….

Jack Simon’s road to the White House has been a smooth one until a night with the notorious Donovan James becomes a roadblock he can’t escape. Suddenly he’s America’s number one story and it has nothing to do with politics. Jack’s tangled with this woman before and knows they’re no good together. The only thing they are good for is a four letter word–hurt. He should get on with his life and concentrate on his job. But that’s hard to do when the one thing standing in his way, is the one thing he wants the most…

Donovan James, international singing sensation, has made a living singing songs about heartache and pain, two things she grew up on. But it’s time to set down some roots and the only man she wants is a man she’s all wrong for. A man she’s never stopped loving—Jack Simon. They’d had it all once, until they didn’t. And yet she can’t help but wonder if a second shot together just might be the game changer she needs. Or if old secrets can still ruin the only man she’s ever loved…


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Juliana Stone is one of my favorite authors when it comes to gut wrenching contemporary romance. She weaves tales of loss and redemption….misunderstandings and deceit. Book one of this series, Tucker, was absolutely amazing and finding out Jack would be center stage in book two made me supremely happy.

The Simon family’s shining star is without a doubt, Jack Simon. On his way up the political ladder, Jack know exactly what he wants and how to achieve it. The last thing he needs is to be seen with his past flame, Donovan. The woman couldn’t be more wrong for him and he’s unwilling to reopen wounds he still deals with daily. When she’s around Jack doesn’t care about what everyone else thinks, he only wants her. But being that irresponsible at this point in his political career would be detrimental.

Donovan James had it all and in one night she lost everything. Jack doesn’t know about her transgressions and in order to keep him in the dark she had to appear uncaring. In truth she wants him back with everything she has but Jack thinks her a spoiled, snobby singer who cares little for anything other than herself. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Jack and Donovan…sigh…they honestly couldn’t be more right for each other but due to extenuating circumstances they were pulled apart and trust was broken. Reuniting a few years later by accident (or by the perfect calculations of a certain Simon family member) they still have an undeniable pull to each other that they can’t resist. The tension between them finally explodes while they’re both staying on an island for some r&r. Donovan knows she should tell Jack the truth about her night with his best friend, which is why she left him, but the threat of blackmail keeps her in check and afraid.

There is a ton of lead up to the inevitable spilling of secrets and the watching of a certain blackmail filled video tape. And this is where it kinda fell apart for me. I loved both characters, I loved the story, then I went “Whaaaaaaaaa?” You see, the video confirms that while Donovan did sleep with Jack’s best friend (and campaign manager), she was also extremely drunk and saying no. So….rape. That I can deal with, I even expected it. However, after Donovan is confronted by Jack and told the truth, finally, her reaction was all “I was raped?” and then relief. What? No. I mean, sure, for a millisecond there she’s upset but then she’s so happy she didn’t actually cheat on Jack that everything kinda disappears in a haze of relief. I didn’t get it. Wouldn’t a person be more upset to find out she was raped? Even years before? It just didn’t sit well with me.

The next book is focusing on Maverick who has shown both a sentimental side as well as being a huge dick. He’s a character that I’m growing to love to dislike. He holds his secrets closer than the rest of the Simon family and is unwilling to let down his guard, instead preferring to turn people off with his epic dickitry. His woman better be able to handle his BS or she doesn’t stand a chance.

I give Jack by Juliana Stone 3.75 stars!

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