JACK is the second installment in Juliana Stone’s adult, contemporary The Family Stone romance series focusing on The Family Simon-a spinoff from Juliana’s The Barker Triplets series. This is political candidate and golden boy Jack Simon, and singing sensation Donovan James’s storyline. JACK can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.
Told from third person perspective, the focus of the storyline is the rekindling of the relationship between Jack and Donovan. Five years earlier, after a heated argument, Donovan walked out of Jack’s life without explanation or reason. In the ensuing time, our couple saw one another once leading the paparazzi to speculate that America’s glamor couple were back on. But Jack despises the very ground upon which Donovan walks, and Donovan knew that to attempt any reconciliation with Jack would mean death to both of their careers.
Jack ‘s character has some issues with forgiveness and letting go of the past. His hurtful words and actions border dangerously on emotional abuse and in this I took issue with behavior. Donovan has never stopped loving Jack and walking away was the only thing she could do to save both of their careers. Although Jack is not aware of the circumstances, his attitude left something to be desired.
The relationship between Donovan and Jack is angry, hurt-filled and volatile. Jack has never forgiven Donovan for walking away, and Donovan has not been able to reveal the truth about what happened years before. Our couple will find themselves on a secluded island in Belize, where it is hoped, by well meaning but interfering family members that Jack and Donovan will get back together. The $ex scenes were limited, as our couple struggled with their relationship throughout most of the story but there was definite sexual chemistry and tension.
The engaging, colorful and energetic supporting characters include most of the Simon siblings, cousins as well as a cameo by the Simon family elders Noah and Eden. We are introduced to Jacks’ nosey but enlightened neighbor as well as Simon’s best friend Derek whose intentions are questionable, at best. The Simon family reminds me a little of the Kennedy Clan-similar numbers, fame and family issues. I did have one concern-it is never revealed who leaked the background story, and in this, we never learn who was responsible or if anyone has paid for their ‘crimes’.
JACK is an emotional second chance storyline; a story of betrayal and friendship; love and understanding; acceptance and letting go. JACK is also a story about family differences and different families. Juliana Stone writes a passionate and emotional storyline that will have you reaching for the tissues.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1478 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Juliana Stone (25 August 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KVKSLNW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 90 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)