Cover Model: Casey West
My life was a dark and desolate place. Consumed by work and full of regret, loneliness had become my closest friend. Ink and a tattoo machine were my therapy, a way to claim my own skin with the art that I loved.
The day I walked into her shop, I knew I’d found what I needed.
The light I’d been looking for.
When I first looked into those blue eyes I saw a depth behind them that I wanted to explore. Jason “Jay” Clarke was more than a perfectly pressed suit and dimpled smile. He was a man with a heart of gold drowning in the weight of his world.
He wanted me to mark him.
I never expected him to soothe my aching heart.
When our worlds collide and Jay begins to fall apart, will my love be enough to save him?
**WARNING: Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.
Melanie’s 4-SOLID Stars Review:
You know when you start off reading a book and you’re immediately standing in attention because 4% into it you’re already pretty much blown away by the writing? Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings toward EM Abel’s Saving Jay. I had goose bumps spreading across my arms just a few pages into the book and I couldn’t help but feel pride for the author because my gosh, how her writing has evolved into something so prolific and all of that was really how she got into the mind of Jason Clarke.
Saving Jay is ALL about Jay. He won me over from the very first blind date. I loved, loved how sure he was of himself and what he wanted out of life. His character was an enigma; haunted by past demons and at times paralyzed by them. However what defines Jay wasn’t these ghosts, it was his ability to identify them and his courage to move past them. Jay is resolute in breaking the chains and finding happiness in his life. If you all remember him from Freeing Asia, you’d recall that those chains kept him from truly giving himself over to Asia but this time around, he pulverizes each and every link enabling him to set himself free not only to find love but to also find forgiveness along the way. Jay was a man of action both in and out of the bedroom. Everything about his character was utter perfection to me; he is a successful mogul who hadn’t lost touch of who he was and what is most important to him. He is by far the strongest male protagonist in this series and what a way to begin it by setting readers up with a strong heroine like Asia and ending it with Jay.
I very much liked Jade’s character, her level-headedness saved both her and Jay a lot of unnecessary drama and that’s what I loved most about her. She was the perfect balance for him and I’m so happy that the author chose a character like her. Jade also had quite a bit of a dark past that was shrouding her life, unable to allow her to fully move on. Like Jay, she knows who she is and is true to herself. I thought that her physical attributes were just the right touch to that even harmony that Jay longed for—the tattoos, the exotic look, and a mind of her own. She was very much the opposite of the step ford persona he was running far away from.
The chemistry between them undeniably so, from the very start of their love affair you as a reader could sense how in synch they were of each other. Both knowing exactly what they wanted in life of which could only be sated by one another. I thought the author did an amazing job portraying the intensity of what Jay and Jade’s feelings whether that be intimately or even the friendship that they had. They became each other’s biggest support, each pushing the limits to exorcise their demons in order for them to move forward together. There were some hottie tottie scenes that had my breathing embarrassingly loud; EM Abel is a genius and you have to wonder how the heck these ideas come to life. You’ll definitely be reaching over for a warm body next to you.
I enjoyed this book a lot and ate it up in just a couple of days. What I do wish was for more “oomph,” a little bit more of a conflict and less so a problem that was readily fixed. As a reader, I like the feeling of my stomach churning, of my heart breaking just a bit and in the end have all that repaired back together with my endorphins verging on that cloud nine feeling. With that, I could honestly say that this was a SOLID, SOLID read. EM Abel’s writing style has grown so much that fans won’t miss it at all and of course, as I’ve said, this book was ALL ABOUT Jay! His character was just perfection, LOVED him so much.
I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us in the future because from this book, I gather that she is just climbing higher and higher. Make sure to pick up Freeing Asia BEFORE reading this book. It will make you understand Jay so much more and appreciate just how wonderful he is.
Letting go, Jay turned toward the table and pushed our dishes out of the way. My glass tipped over, spilling water onto the floor, but he didn’t seem to care.
“Sit down,” he told me, taking my hand and guiding me to the edge of the table.
I did as I had been told, getting up on my toes, before sliding my ass over the edge and sitting in front of him. His warm hands ran up my thighs, and his eyes were so dark and passionate that I couldn’t look away.
Kneeling down, Jay picked up one of the belts from our robes before standing up again. “Do you trust me?” he asked, holding the belt in one of his hands.
I glanced at it before meeting his gaze. I did. I probably trusted him more than I should. “Yes,” I whispered, keeping my eyes on his.
Jay’s lips lifted on one side, exposing one of his dimples. “Good,” he said before lifting the white belt and putting it over my eyes.
I gasped in surprise as everything went black. The soft material held my eyes closed as he tied it behind my head. I could feel his warm body in front of me, his thighs touching the insides of my knees. The rain sounded louder as it hit the deck outside. Licking my lips, I waited for Jay to make his next move.
“Lie back,” he whispered next to my ear.
I grinned and slowly leaned back, afraid I might knock something over. Jay’s hands helped guide me down, and once my head touched, I relaxed on the hard wood. Jay’s warmth left me, and I felt so exposed, lying there while blindfolded before him.
A few seconds later, I heard movement in the kitchen. The refrigerator door opened and closed, and I worked to control the rhythm of my breaths as I waited. I vaguely heard Jay’s footsteps as he came back into the room. It was hard to hear anything with the storm outside. Jay’s leg brushed mine before he moved to stand between my legs again. I had to fight the urge to talk. I wanted to ask him what he was going to do. I wanted to beg him to touch me, but I also knew the silence was only building the connection between us.
I have to trust him.
I felt Jay leaning forward, his hand moving to the table beside my shoulder. In the next second, something ice cold was on one of my nipples. I inhaled sharply as Jay’s lips wrapped around it, sucking it into his warm mouth. I sighed. The relief from the cold and the pure erotic feeling of having his mouth on me was almost euphoric.
Releasing me, I felt him move again before doing the same to my other nipple. A gust of wind blew outside, and I heard the rain pounding harder against the glass doors as I sucked in another breath. My legs drew in closer to Jay’s as my back arched off the table, my hands curling around the edges of it. I could feel the warmth of Jay’s chest as I drew closer to him, but he pulled away, and I relaxed back onto the table. I was breathing hard again, waiting to feel what he’d do next.
“God, you’re beautiful,” he said, his voice right above me.
When did you decide you wanted to be a model?
My husband is awesome and also a Chief in the US Navy. This means crazy schedules, uncertainty and lots of nights spent alone writing on my computer.
I have two amazing kids who always know how to make me laugh.
I’ve been passionate about writing since I wrote my first poem in the 3rd grade and I’ve been using it as a means to express myself since.
I think because I hold my emotions so close and fear being vulnerable I use different forms of self expression- writing, drawing, painting, photography, tattoos- to show the world who I am.
The one rule I use everyday is the Golden Rule–“Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.” I believe karma is very real and sometimes she can be a bitch if you make her that way.
I love acting crazy, I love to laugh, I love making people laugh, I love the ocean, I love dancing like no one is watching, I love good music, I love good books… oh man I should probably stop there. I love a lot of stuff.
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