Title: True Abandon
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Can the sins of the past be forgiven with the actions of
Trish Hogan’s life was destroyed when she gave her trust to her high school
boyfriend, Jackson, and he abused it, changing the course of her life forever.
A decade later she’s living in Manhattan — she has a roommate, a steady
boyfriend and a career. When a hurricane puts the city on lock down, Trish gets
a message she never thought she’d receive: Jackson is dying and alone. In a
city of millions, she is the only person who can sit by his side.
Jackson Davis was once the golden child of a senator who went against his
father’s plans and became a musician. Tatted up and broken, he wakes up in a
hospital only to see Trish — the one person he needs to atone his sins to —
standing before him. He will recover from his injuries, but not from the pain
he caused in the past.
Trapped by the storm, they embark on a night of reckoning that has one running
away to Hawaii and the other following in her steps. As the victim becomes the
villain, the two are forced to face the past, live in the present and find a
way to navigate into the future.
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“I want you to get to know me now, as a man.”
I hold a finger up to him. “No.”
Shaking my head, I state, “You can’t force me to spend time
“Yes, I can,” he retorts with a wink. He flicks a gaze around
the room—the fourteen-hundred-square-foot Pele suite with two king-size master
bedrooms, a living room, lanai looking out to the Pacific Ocean, and—
“Oh, no.” I put both hands up in the air and start to back
away. “No, no, no, no, no.”
He strides toward me, each step more purposeful than the
last. “Eight days and seven nights of personal concierge service.”
I continue to back up. “You’re insane.”
“Sit back and relax at our five-star luxury resort while
your every need is met,” he recites the words from the hotel’s website.
My heels continue to retreat backward. “I don’t know what
you think this service includes, but it’s not—” My back hits the wall.
“Not what?” His palms are pressed flat against the wall by
my head, his body pinning me in.
The buttons of his shirt are level with my eyes. The fire of
the dragon peeks over the top of his collar. His strong legs encase me. The
well-defined upper half of a man who clearly treats his body like a piece of
art paired with the intoxicating smell of warm honey radiating off his skin
trap me. I’m consumed by the power of this man, yet not one single part of his
body is touching me. Not one tiny inch.
I look up and am a breath away from lips whose kisses are
still ones I dream about. I dare myself not to, but I find myself glancing
further up, and my heart stops at the look he’s giving me—the heated one of a
man who is fixated on the one thing he wants. The determined yet yearning gaze
of someone who has been deprived for years. The look of someone who is staring
at what he needs.
From the tips of my fingers to the swell of my chest and
right down to the simmering of my core, I’m reacting to having this hard,
powerful body so close. It’s so intense, so direly missed—and so very, very
I tilt my head to the side, causing Jax to lean in and
whisper into my ear, his breath hot against my skin, “There once was a time
when you looked at me like I was your savior. Now, your eyes scream in disgust.
Where you once melted, now, you flinch. I did that to you, and it kills me.”
He pushes off the wall and stalks back to the middle of the
room with his chest heaving. I was so concerned about my physical reaction, I
didn’t even notice he had one of his own.
“I’m not the monster you think I am.”
Jeannine Colette is a television producer, writer, mother, and philanthropist.
A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She currently freelances in the television industry while attending to her children and pursuing her writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.
Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.
I have to admit True Abandon by Jeannine Colette was not what I expected. It is the first book by this author that I read and her writing is good and engaging. Still I had a few problems with the plotline and the characters.
In the beginning Trish the female lead felt “strange” to me kind of disengaged and may I say weird? I get that certain experiences shape a person but the shape her personality received was not what I would have expected and somehow in my eyes some things did not work for her character.
Yet the Moment Trish and Jax are in one room things suddenly are just like one would expect from the storyline. I would even go as far to say they feel real. At one moment a line came to my mind that said : “Only from real true deep love this kind of raw hate can develop”
And I as a reader could feel that …
The author choose to not use accidents or surprises leading to revelations which is a nice change because it opened up the possibility for the characters to really TALK instead of being placed in situations out of their control. And their exchange was good – really believable and deep.
Again Trish showed tendencies that while I might kind of sort of tiny wee bit understand them I cannot support them. For example no spoiler here when I say that the blurb mentions a boyfriend. – while I was afraid about possible cheating which is a trigger for me – the plotline convinced me that to be able to cheat you would have to have a relationship first … yeah … I leave it at my personal thought that says “I’d rather be alone than in the wrong company” …
And for someone whose privacy has been violated so badly she sure goes all the way when it comes “an eye for an eye” … … that is me not liking that phone snooping at all.
I liked that Jax did not try to hide his mistake, on the other hand he was throwing out comments that were really a “wow – did he just say THAT ?”
As the story progressed I kind of felt that it lost its way a little … there was to much forward and backward and parts felt weird to me as the characters were dancing around the elephant in the room. I get that there were things to overcome but it was not handled very convincing in my opinion.
Up to that point of about 90/95 % that book was a 4 star read for me but then the author added something that I felt coming from like lets say 70 % on … and the way the complete issue was handled felt unbelievable and far fetched. From the way the “issue” happened to the way it was handled. The whole story was slow and forward backward until then but with this issue suddenly a kind of “turbo” was installed and the impact it showed in the story was in no relation to what it should have been. But worse was the reaction of the characters they were reacting totally out of their given characteristics
But in the end it is not about me liking Trish or Jax it is more about Growing up and taking responsibility for your actions, about forgiving – . So while the book kind of lost me in the finish line it might still be a great read in another person’s opinion so do not take my opinion as face value but check for yourself