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Jem by [Abbott, Michelle]
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Length: 168 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Two injured, stubborn souls meet unexpectedly. Will they save each other from their demons or have they been too damaged for too long to see past the pain?

Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father's fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.

She smiled.
She listened.
She cared.

She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.

Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he'll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.

Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.

This is a standalone, new adult contemporary romance. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1138 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U65KU22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.25 stars--JEM is a contemporary, new adult storyline focusing on a second chance for two people whose lives have been destroyed by abuse. Fourteen years earlier Devon, then seven years old, and Jem, three years younger were torn apart when Jem’s father had been reported to children’s services. Jem and his family disappeared and Devon has never stopped loving the little boy who stole her heart. Fast forward to present day wherein Devon is now a single parent, trying to escape the abuse of her ex boyfriend. Meeting the ‘dark and dangerous’ stranger set into motion a series of events that culminates in the realization that the man she has befriended was once the little boy she cannot forget.

Told from alternating first person points of view (Jem and Devon) JEM is a storyline about abuse, neglect, and moving forward. But it is also a story about love between two children whose lives went in different directions but came together at the same intersections of abuse and hate. JEM is a difficult read because of the amount of violence but also because the heroine is unable to and unwilling to protect herself from an abusive ex. The battered spouse syndrome was all too readily apparent in our storyline heroine as she believes escape and retribution are impossible. Refusing to contact law enforcement added to the long list of signs. The lasting affects of the abuse inflicted on Jem was heartbreaking and filled with pain.

I did have some issues with the quality of the writing; the uneven flow of the text and conversations; there were also some issues with exposition and narrative summary-at times I felt I was reading a journal. The ‘telling’ of the story left me disconnected from the characters although their history of abuse was heartbreaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JEM - should be titled 'GEM'! 18 May 2015
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JEM was the second novel I've enjoyed by this author, and she never disappoints. Her stories are character-driven and compelling. The language is a bit colorful, but she is very forthcoming about that element in the description. The plot is steady in some areas (which gives the reader a chance to breathe), but fast-paced in others (which keeps the reader turning pages). One thing that was particularly refreshing was the fact that she didn't use too many flashbacks or try to repeat the same back-stories multiple times to try to 'catch the reader up', or worse, fluff up the book content.

There is no need for me to go into detail about the story line or characters' woes. All of those elements are revealed within the first few pages and the story unfolds and gets better with each chapter.

This was an emotional, sexy, enthralling read. I will be checking out other books in this author's collection!
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 8 June 2017
By Yvi MC - Published on
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I really enjoyed reading this book! It's been on my TBR list forever, and I'm so happy that I finally got around to reading it. :-) The author did a great job changing points of views between Jem and Devon. Each character was very well developed, and I couldn't help but love all of them, including the side characters. I LOVED Devon's neighbors! They were awesome! lol! The only thing that really bothered me was how Devon could end up with a guy like her ex, especially since she was so opposed to the abuse that Jem had received as a child. Still, the story was great. I couldn't help but feel bad for Jem, while at the same time face-palming every time he let his anger get the best of him. It frustrated me that he didn't just come out and tell Devon who he was, but I could understand his need for Devon to love him for who he had become. Though both Devon and Jem had to deal with rough moments in their lives, I'm happy that the ending brought closure to both of them.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two tortured souls reunite 22 April 2017
By Kimwrtr - Published on
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Jem was born into a world of abuse while Devon has a charmed childhood with loving parents. Devon's abuse came later at the hands of a boyfriend.

Enjoyable romantic story about two childhood friends who reunite as adults and become much more. The story is well-written with flawed but lovable characters. Jem is definitely a tortured alpha male with a tendency toward violence to protect those he loves. Devon is running from a violent relationship. She doesn't recognize Jem but he recognizes her as his Angel who tried to protect him before they were separated by circumstances. When she first sees him, she's attracted to him but immediately fears his violent tendencies. One thing that I had trouble with is that she waits so long to ask him his name, even agrees to go out on a date with him without asking his name.

I enjoyed this excellent story and would recommend it to all who love a good romantic read.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a sweet and fun read, but had a couple of plot issues! Still worth a read. 19 July 2016
By Julie G. - Published on
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Jem was a fun and easy read. I enjoyed parts of it, but there were a few things that distracted me from the story. First the good stuff! I really liked the two main characters, Jem and Devon. The each had a unique voice and heartbreaking stories. They met at a young age and were friends, and then Jem's abusive father moves him away because Devon finds out he's being abused and her parents call child protective services and so they leave before his father can get in trouble. Years later Devon has had a child while a teenager with an abusive boyfriend who she is trying to hide from. She happens to move to the town where Jem now lives on his own. Jem recognizes Devon right away, but she doesn't remember him. Now here's where I had a few issues with the story. Devon and Jem were friends for a short period of time when Jem was 4 years old and Devon was 7. I have a hard time believing that their short friendship would have, first of all happened at all (when you are that young, you don't tend to make friends with kids several years younger than you in school and they keep talking about how they are best friends), and I have a hard time believing that Jem being only 4 would remember Devon well enough to recognize her so many years later and that their short friendship would have had that big of an impact on his life. Devon also refers to Jem (because she doesn't know his name) as "the violent guy" for a lot of the book, and that just seemed kind of awkward to me. But putting both of those things aside, which may not bother other people, I thought it was a sweet read and was definitely routing for them! I liked how it ended as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review of JEM by Michelle Abbott 5 September 2015
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This is a delicate, and yet, beautiful love story. It is always sad when good people end up with complete swine. This Connor of a man, and bullies like him find their strength only in women, people they perceive as weak, on whom they take out their frustration. You never see them flexing their muscles with men. Cowards, who use women as punching bags.

That said, I cannot understand women who allow themselves to be emasculated to the point of losing their worth as human beings. Devon is an intelligent woman, who, for reasons best known to her allowed a common boy friend to bully her into submission. Like most abused women, she finds herself trapped in this abusive relationship. Even when she found ways of escape, she still invited Connor back into her life. What was she thinking? That a bully can be redeemed?

What a God sent Jem turned out to be. He too knew what it was to be a victim, and after a childhood experience that left him almost damaged, he turned his fear into his strength, and developed a formidable power that made him a threat to his foes, and a protector to his loved ones.

I know that in writing stories, we are told to show, and not tell. The showing in this story was so relentless, it made the flow very choppy. Otherwise, I enjoyed the read. I couldn’t put it down.