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5 Burning stars!!!
There is nothing better for me than a dark read with a damaged hero. This book was a PERFECT Christy read! I finished this book late last night and started a new book right after... now I have a problem. I still have Jay and Charlee on the mind! This story was raw, intense and amazing! The writing was fabulous. I loved this one!
"Love is like a series of improbable, lonely notes landing together in meaningful chaos. Where every channel carries a rhythm that conveys an expression of emotion. It doesn't feel flat or fake or hollow. It's not exaggerated with overtones. The complexity might feel organized, but the creation is never controlled."
Charlee is a tattoo artist who has been on the run for the last few years. There is someone very rich and very powerful who 'owns' her. She escaped him and she never wants to go back.
Jay is the lead singer of The Burn. Jay's childhood scared him inside and out. He has unhealthy ways of coping, but he has never truly learned how to deal with his issues. After a show in St. Lois, he decides to try something new. To get a tattoo to cover those scars. Maybe that will help...
Two strangers. Two tortured souls. One night. Once chance meeting. They will be forever changed.
Charlee does something for Jay. Something he will never forget. He can't get this woman out of his mind. She consumes his thoughts. That night changed him. That night changed things for Charlee as well. After being recaptured by her tormentor Roy, she holds on to Jay's strength. Thats the only way to get through the tough times.
She would lock his strength deep inside her, would mimic his steel undercarriage and make it her own.
After two months of touring, Jay makes it back to St. Lois. He needs to see Charlee. When get gets in town, she is no longer there. He learns that the tattoo shop owner and her boyfriend were both killed the same night he got his tattoo. He is completely devastated. Maybe he didn't know Charlee, but that doesn't matter. She changed things for him. She wasn't just some girl. She was the girl.
Back to Charlee... she is with Roy. Degraded, abused, held captive. She has to find a way out. She did it once before, and it's not looking like she can do it again. Luckily someone on the inside is there to help her. Nathan, her dead boyfriends brother. Her savior. He gets her out, but they have to be careful. They are on the run and they can't be found. Roy Oxford is a powerful man. Nothing is out of his grasp. Charlee can't go back to him.
Fast forward a few years later... Charlee and Jay meet again. Jay is not in a good place. He is not some unknown musician anymore, he is a famous rock star. Along with that, he is using anything he can to cope with his past, cope with losing Charlee. Women, drugs, whatever does the trick. As long as the women don't touch him, he's okay. Then he sees her again. Her hair is red instead of blonde, but she still has those eyes. Those beautiful blue eyes he could never forget. He is willing to do anything to make it work with her. Charlee and Jay have this deep connection. It's like they were made for one another.
Life was jaded like that, throwing them together when he couldn't tolerate affection and she was desperate for it.
Digging too much into the story line from here would probably be too spoilerish, so I'm going to just talk about my thoughts and try not to give away too much of the story.
They both have pain. A past that haunts them.
'Dare to be vulnerable with me.'
Jay wants to be there for Charlee. No matter what. He will do anything for her to trust him. To let him be there for her.
'To be trusted by you is the greatest compliment I've ever received.'
They are each others strength.
"I fucking love you. I don't deserve to love you, but I will spend the rest of my life earning that right. You are my music, do you understand"
Jay and Charlee were both amazing main characters. I'll start with Charlee. Charlee is resilient. No matter what she has been thorough, she endures. She never gives up. She is still trying to live and move on with her life. Her strength is admirable.
"She's broken inside.""Nothing about her is broken. She's the strongest fucking person you will ever have the privilege of knowing." Then there is Jay. Jay hits all of my damaged man buttons. He is a beautiful soul who was abused and mistreated and deals with it the only way he knows how. He wants to be better. He wants to overcome his demons. He is a strong character as well. Willing to trust, to try to overcome hurdles he has been dealing with his entire life... it's a courageous thing to do.
'More than anything, I want to learn how to bend to your touch without breaking.'
'Putting your trust in someone is the most vulnerable thing you can do.'
Jay and Charlee together were beautiful.
She was his greatest possibility. His reason. His why. He would give whatever she needed to be whole and happy, because loving her was essential as drawing air.
Beneath the Burn had it all. Action, romance, suspense, kink, and even some humor. It had its dark and twisted parts, it's steamy, sexy and kinky parts, intense, raw and gritty parts. It was the whole package. It's one of those books that will completely and utterly hold your interest, keep you biting your nails waiting to see whats going to happen next. It was a beautiful story of healing, overcoming your past and surviving. I loved it from start to finish. This is one I would highly recommend!
They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.
Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.
Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.
Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.
In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left…Beneath The Burn.