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Roxy (Pandemic Sorrow Book 3) by [Cole, Stevie J.]
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Can be read as a standalone.

WARNING: This book contains explicit language and sexual situations.

My life had been no fairy tale. Actually, growing up, it had been something more like a nightmare, which is why I ended up so hard. When you don't want to hurt having the ability to be numb is your best defense mechanism. And for a long time all I was doing was existing.

Jag Steele, the lead singer of the international rock band Pandemic Sorrow, was the epitome of everything I despised: arrogant, entitled, but the thing I hated most about him was that he was an addict. Drugs had been the demon that had ruined everything in my life, and anyone who had a love affair with them pretty much made my stomach turn. It brought up memories I wanted to stay buried. Needless to say, I wasn't exactly a fan of Jag.

Funny thing is, people aren't always who you expect them to be. Never in a million years would I have thought the night I meet Jag would have any significance on the rest of my life, but it did.

I found out that sometimes something that screams utter destruction might actually be your saving grace.

Some people may say our story is too screwed up to be a romance, but for two broken people, we made the pieces fit together perfectly.

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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511514043
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VR8ZBBW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Oh, I didn’t expect my heart to hurt so much reading this book. I love rockstar romances and this book was refreshingly real. Have to give kudos to the author, she didn’t take the glamour road of addiction. She showed the truth. The horrors of addiction. The cold sweats, the death, the torment, the recovery and how an addiction eats away at you even though you’d do just about anything to be relieved of it. Addiction is a disease of undermining. It takes more strength from a person to stay in recovery than it does relapse. This is a very powerful book and I’m glad it wasn’t glamourised. If it was, this review would be very different.
Roxy has an upbringing that no child should endure. I actually had to put the book down and recollect whatever expectations I had on this book aside. Once I got it in my head ‘this is not going to be an easy read’, I was good to go. The thing I loved most about her is that Roxy doesn’t want pity. She doesn’t let her past define her. She just wants to get on with life and stay on the straight and narrow. She’s worked hard to remove herself from her past. If anything, she is the poster child for making a break from your childhood and not being defined or stuck in that lifestyle. She might not have much but she has all she needs, her sanity and she’s clean.
I love the character of Roxy. She’s tough talking, she’s brutally honest, without filter and she’s real. She tries all she likes but she’s not immune to Jag’s charm or wit. I actually found him affronting and arrogant. But it’s when he keeps his stage persona backstage and shows his true identity, well, the one of an addict, that he gains ground with Roxy.
My heartache for both these characters was split right down the middle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfectly perfect love story!! 7 May 2015
By Cassie H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First off, I had no clue this was the third book in the series, but thankfully, you don't get confused. It could be read as a standalone.

This is a story of letting people in, trusting, forgiving and letting yourself be loved.

Roxy has had a hard life. She's lost one of the most important person because of drugs. Because of that, she's closed herself off. Shut everyone out.

She would have never known that her birthday gift to her sister would change her life completely. Meeting Jag Steele will knock her off her axes. He's arrogant, womanizer, druggie, famous rock star. He is everything she hates, and more.

Their beginning is crazy, But with one another they can put their broken pieces together and make each other whole. They'll confide to each other things they've never told other's.

Can loving someone so fiercely heal them. Will the love Roxy has for Jagger, can that be enough for him to stay sober... or is love not enough?

This story is seriously one of growing, fighting your demons and letting someone in, someone you've least expected. The way Stevie Cole writes is awesome. The story continues to expand throughout the book. We see these two fighting for what they want, what they believe they need. It's a rocker love story in all scenes of the word. It's angst, maddening, loving, messed up and all around good. At first of had a really hard time getting into the book, and I don't know why. But finally it grabbed a hold of me and I had to know what happen to these two. I had to know their screwed up fairy tale. I will definitely be looking into the previous book's, because like I stated, I didn't know this was a series or even the third book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is a beautiful poison... 3 August 2015
By Rosa Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Hmmm...not sure where to go with this one. I'm a big fan of the Pandemic Sorrow family. The series is REAL, it's not sugar coated, it's dark and depressing sometimes. I'm pretty sure that the sex, drugs and rock-n'-roll lifestyle is pretty accurate. I had been looking forward to Roxy's story because I was interested in her female POV. I was expecting it to pick up where the story left off, but instead it was mostly Jag from another view. While there was some new content a lot of it had already been told. It makes me think it would be a good standalone or maybe if I hadn't read them back-to-back and had forgotten more it would have seemed less repetitive. I was at almost 80% before I made it from past to present. I'm a big believer in alternate POV. I like to know how both characters feel, but within the same book. I know that's a personal preference, it just makes it more enjoyable for me, making me less likely to skim till I get to a part where I don't already know what's happening. As readers we all like what we like, right? Roxy is a really good story and I enjoyed reading it. I especially enjoyed the sibling banter between Roxy and her sister Layla. My favorite scene was on Layla's 21st birthday, Roxy bought VIP tickets as her present. When they were heading to the meet and greet before the concert she told Layla, "Please don't rape the guy. I spent all my money on these tickets, which means there would be no bail money." I must admit that even though I already knew what would happen between Jag & Roxy through most of the story, the experience was still just as devastating. I felt the pain just as much from Roxy's POV. They are both so broken and it was hard to witness their anguish. It just seemed so damned unfair for all the bad stuff to keep happening to people that had already suffered so much. I was so ready for their HEA. I wanted some rainbows and fairy dust to magically fix the cluster of chaos that seemed to keep them chained to their misery. While I did get some glitter and roses, I was not spared the heartache of the process of growth and acceptance. When asked how it feels to be Jag Steele's girlfriend, her response was, "like a really f--ed-up fairy tale. Absolutely unbelievable." That's right, he might call her princess, but she had to deal with a lot more of the wicked step-sister side of a Cinderella life than the romanticized version with a Prince Charming. Actually, Jag is most definitely my kinda prince, the filthy-mouthed variety with a sense of humor. He's got a big heart and the best of intentions, but can he keep his promises? Can he be both Jagger the normal guy & Jag the rock star? Will he have to lose himself to be what his fans expect? Will he have to choose between Pandemic Sorrow and Roxy? Can he be a rock star without drugs? Can he be happy without either? I'm really, really looking forward to reading Stone's story, he's still on my good side, unlike Pax. However; I have a feeling the author will convince me otherwise if she so chooses. There might be a good story behind his douche behavior. And speaking of douches, my opinion of James has not changed, I just hate him even more now than I did before.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great rockstar romance! 17 May 2015
By TLBC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
posted first on http://triciaciak.blogspot.com/

My Review (ARC provided)
4-4.5 Stars!

This book was really good. I didn't realize going into it that there were two other books in the series and I generally like to read them in order even if their standalone's. I usually feel that I'm missing something even if it can be read separately. I really didn't feel this way about this book. There was only one time where I thought I missed something and it had to do with a secondary character (Rush) so it didn't bother me.
Jag (H) and Roxy's (h) relationship starts off a bit shaky and not in a conventional way. Roxy is pretty bitchy to Jag and really won't give him the time of day while her sister is obsessed with him and the band. Jag is determined to get Roxy's attention but she isn't easy to break until one night they run into each other at an unexpected place. They get to know each other and soon are really enjoying each others company.

Roxy has her guard up and because of her past experience with drug abuse in her family she doesn't want to fall for an addict. Jag is an addict but swears drugs off to be with her. Will Jag's rock star life allow him to stay clean and faithful?

I loved Roxy's attitude and could definitely understand her set back with dating someone like Jag. I really disliked Rush and then he changed in the end which was the only confusing thing to me because there was no explanation to why he changed. I'm sure you get all that in his book. I came pretty close to giving this book five stars but the last maybe fifteen percent of the book kept me from giving it the full five. I don't want to say what it was exactly but I really wish Roxy's fiery attitude came out toward the end, I felt that Jag kind of walked all over her. He left her on too many occasions wondering if he was okay. I wish she would have given him a little scare and left for a while. The rest of the book I loved. There was just enough angst and drama without it being over the top. I will be reading the first two books in the series because now I'm really curious about getting Jag's POV and want to know what changed Rush.

I recommend!
4.0 out of 5 stars the book kept me spellbound. 17 May 2015
By Karen's Book Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh, I didn’t expect my heart to hurt so much reading this book. I love rockstar romances and this book was refreshingly real. Have to give kudos to the author, she didn’t take the glamour road of addiction. She showed the truth. The horrors of addiction. The cold sweats, the death, the torment, the recovery and how an addiction eats away at you even though you’d do just about anything to be relieved of it. Addiction is a disease of undermining. It takes more strength from a person to stay in recovery than it does relapse. This is a very powerful book and I’m glad it wasn’t glamourised. If it was, this review would be very different.
Roxy has an upbringing that no child should endure. I actually had to put the book down and recollect whatever expectations I had on this book aside. Once I got it in my head ‘this is not going to be an easy read’, I was good to go. The thing I loved most about her is that Roxy doesn’t want pity. She doesn’t let her past define her. She just wants to get on with life and stay on the straight and narrow. She’s worked hard to remove herself from her past. If anything, she is the poster child for making a break from your childhood and not being defined or stuck in that lifestyle. She might not have much but she has all she needs, her sanity and she’s clean.
I love the character of Roxy. She’s tough talking, she’s brutally honest, without filter and she’s real. She tries all she likes but she’s not immune to Jag’s charm or wit. I actually found him affronting and arrogant. But it’s when he keeps his stage persona backstage and shows his true identity, well, the one of an addict, that he gains ground with Roxy.
My heartache for both these characters was split right down the middle. My pain comes from Roxy thinking she could change him and the pain I felt for Jag was his ‘I have to do it alone’ mindset. It was through Roxy that he got to take stock of himself, his life and where he was going. One of the first things an addict does is isolate. Jag is very good at isolating himself. He’s fighting a hard battle with himself. Again, have to give props to the author for posing the fear of ‘staying the same’ as opposed to how terrifying it can be to ‘change to the unfamiliar’ and the trappings that both those set.
The scene setting is seamless. Everything was crystal clear and to me, everything was perfectly balanced. The tension, the drama, the love. There were several times that I think my heart actually stopped beating. I read this book in one sitting and as hard as the theme is, the book kept me spellbound.
This is the first book of Stevie’s I have read – yes – I know – I read a book out of order of series – the world is going to blow up! But I didn’t have any questions crop up so this is a definite stand alone. If this is the standard of Stevie’s work – I’ll be checking out her other works for sure.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion. Getting this book for free did not sway my opinion one bit.
4.0 out of 5 stars A rocky road, but one to definitely learn and grow on 15 May 2015
By Mignon Mykel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Received a review copy in exchange for an honest review; full tour post can be found at:
http://mnonmklreviews.blogspot.com/2015/05/review-roxy-blog-tour.html

As this was my first Stevie J. Cole, I had no idea that this story was one of those "told again in another point of view", such as the Love's Suicide stories { review of LOVE SURVIVES }. After learning this little tidbit...

Of course I want to go back and read it in Jagger's view (especially their first interactions)..! As this was in Roxy's point of view, we learn a lot about why she acts the way she does, her feelings and how they grow for Jag, and the parts that make her want to leave him but draw him near.

Roxy has had a rough past (one that will make your stomach cringe in the second chapter, and that's just a taste...) and by the time she meet Jag, she says she was past the bitter... She was numb. Anyone who has hit their personal rock bottom can relate.

She is a very self-aware character who knows her limitations and how to stay away from the past she so despises. She had to learn to fight for herself, because those you expected to be in your corner rarely ever were. There are times with Jag that will test these boundaries and make her question what she can handle.

With what she went through with her dad and then brother -- the man she loved with all her heart, who was supposed to always protect her -- it's amazing she fell for someone like Jagger...

...but then again, we are drawn to what we know.
I found it comical that she wanted nothing to do with Jag, and that her sister was fan-girl crazy in love with him. Sure, she had her reasons -- true, legitimate ones -- but she's the one who ends up letting him in and helping him through his own battles. Yes, when they meet, he's an arrogant ass, but by the end, the broken man in the bathroom who has his whole world to lose... You eventually grow to like him.

Roxy makes it clear she has no interest in drugged up, pretending to be sober, Jag. She didn't worship the ground he walked on, didn't sugar coat her feelings... And was exactly what he needed -- someone real.

With all of the lies and deceptions, the broken trust and betrayal, that Roxy went through in her life, it is quite amazing to me she makes it out on the other side.

Theirs was a rocky one, but if anything their road showed them, it was how to love fully and allow their family to have the joys they both missed out on.

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