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Jem by [Abbott, Michelle]
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Length: 168 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,878 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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