Monday 27 November 2017

Book Blitz & Review - True Abandon by Jeannine Colette

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 today?

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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True Abandon by Jeannine Colette is a full-length, standalone, second chance romance novel. The cover to this book is just beautiful and suits this book perfectly. An emotional read with great tension, angst, and heartbreak. I smiled, laughed, cried and at times was angry and wanted to scream at both Trish and Jax.

Trish lives and works in Manhattan, has a boyfriend and lives with her some what best friend. Looking in from the outside you would think life is good for her. But for Trish it's anything but good her job is just one she's stuck at and she is always holding back when she knows she should be moving forward but she' s stuck in the past when she was wronged. Years of pain have made Trish a broken woman, scared to love and trust.

Trish never wanted to see or hear from Jax after what he had done to her. But when she gets a very unexpected call that Jax is in her local hospital alone and possibly dying. She reluctantly puts her feelings to one side to be at his side. What Trish didn't expect was that it would turn out to be so much harder to do than she thought.

Jax Davis wakes in hospital and is even more shocked at seeing the person in his room than waking up in hospital. Jax has always struggled with regrets at what he caused Trish, the girl he betrayed to go through. Trying to explain what happened turns out to be so much harder than he thought it would. When the nurse comes in to take him for a scan he ask's Trish to wait but when he returns she's gone. 

Trish does what she does best she runs and hides to scared to face what she's thinking or feeling. She leaves Manhattan and moves with her friend to Hawaii. She wanted to put see Jax again far behind her, but he has other plans. When they are reunited and Jax tries with everything he's got to put their relationship back together, Trish is understandably reluctant to let him in. She is confused and frightened by the way he still makes her feel, still consumes her. 

I'll admit I had mixed feelings for Jax at first. What he did to Trish was unforgivable, but not everything is as it seems. That being said I liked that she made him work for her forgiveness. It was his determination to atone for his actions, his tenderness and undying love for Trish that won me over. Especially the whole time they were Hawaii which by the way was beautifully written and the searching the ocean scene melted my heart. It was so clear that they belonged together, but there was so much that they needed to work through! 

This book was a gripping love story about forgiveness, redemption and giving that second chance. The journey that both Trish and Jax went through was bittersweet and emotional. How they were able to come back to each other after years of being apart was so heartwarming and made this a truly beautiful read. 


“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 with you.”
“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—
Realization strikes.
“Oh, no.” I put both hands up in the air and start to back away. “No, no, no, no, no.”
He smiles.
“You’re sick,” I state.
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.
I gasp at the proximity.
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.
My body ignites.
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 dangerous.
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.” 

Author Bio

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.

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