Sunday, January 6, 2013

From Rags by Suzanne Wright

There has only been three people in Jaxxon Carter's life who truly mattered to her. Her mum, who committed suicide. Her sister, who she hasn’t seen since her teens. And Connor McKenzie, who disappeared from her life the same day he left their foster home. The hardest part of that was that he never completely left her life because she was forever seeing him on T.V. or in magazines as a Formula One Driver. But Jaxxon refuses to live a ‘woe is me’ life, even in spite of living alone in her one-roomed flat and being expected to survive on a ridiculously low income. Then one night she is offered a modelling job and before she knows it she has been catapulted to the peak of success, gaining fame, fortune and security. Oh and a stalker. 

Connor McKenzie is busy trying to shake off his crazy ex-girlfriend – another woman who thought she could get around his no marriage rule – when he sees Jaxxon on the cover of a magazine. Remembering how close they had once been, he’s shocked when she doesn’t respond to his attempts to contact her and then acts indifferently to him when they meet. But Connor can’t let it go. The only reason he had kept his hands off her ten years ago was that she had been younger than him. Now that they’re adults, he isn’t prepared to allow anything – not even Jaxxon – to stop him from having her. 

4 Glorious Stars!!
This book was written with a lot of British slang, so I had to break out the urban dictionary to figure out what they were calling each other.  I never knew so many innocuous sounding words could mean such vile things. I love it!  From Rags kept me on my toes.  Just when I thought I had the book figured out, the whole thing turned on it's head.  Total page turner.

Conner:  He is a formula 1 race car driver, womanizer, and childhood crush for Jaxxon.  In other words, sex on a stick!  One of my favorite scenes with Conner is when he is having an inner monologue about how he is going to call Jaxx, and she is going to fall all over herself, and agree to be his bed buddy once or twice a month.  Ha!!  She wouldn't even call him back.  Jaxx is awesome.

Jaxxon:  She is a kick-ass for real, she beats people up.  Jaxx is not a 5'2", super skinny girl either, she is curvy!  I love a curvy leading lady, it makes all us normal girls feel better. She has a total potty mouth, and some serious inner demons.  She is also the only woman that Conner can't intimidate and boss around.  Some female leads can't pull off all rough edges persona, Wright writes her well and it works.  

My only issue with the book is the constant and random POV changes.  There were several times I was reading and had no idea who was talking/thinking.  I think she should have stuck to just the main characters POV to make it less confusing.

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