Title: The Jezebel by Dylan Allen
Format: ARC~Kindle Edition (474 pages)
Published: July 20th 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Blurb: Stone Rivers is a sin I can’t commit.
After years of playing the trophy, puppet, perfectionist, I’ve forgotten who I am. Until the boy from my past walks back into my life. Handsome as sin, charming beyond belief—Stone Rivers is temptation personified. Our combustible chemistry shatters my resolve. His blistering kisses remind me of everything I used to want. But, our present is just as messy as our past, And reckless as it may be, I can’t let him go. My name is Regan Wilde. I’m a mother, a sister, a daughter. But Stone and I?
We’re a scandal in the making.
My emotions are all over the place. This is what true love feels like. Complete acceptance and steadfast. My heart is just full because of Stone.
In this third installment of the Rivers Wilde saga, we are treated to the journey of two people finding their voice and also learning to trust in love after navigating life in a lonely bubble. This wasn’t an easy love but it was fought for hard. I found Stone so easy to love because I recognized soul immediately since he wore his feelings on his sleeve the whole time. I didn’t connect with Regan for sometime but my understanding and admiration grew over time as she showed her inner fortitude. She wasn’t perfect but she was strong. I wanted to hug her because she needed a girlfriend in her adult life who would have her back.
Another thing I love about reading Dylan Allen’s work is that she manages to make you feel all kinds of things like sadness, joy, passion and at the same time, make you laugh. I always learn something new. I’m not much into astronomy but I found myself googling Mars and Venus. The way she wove the alignment of the planets into the love story emphasized just how deep this connection was with Stone and Regan. The most important thing though was how Regan found and used her voice. I love stories where characters grow and evolve and both the main characters did that. They found themselves and their purpose individually, but their love was the healing balm to make them more complete and finally get them to a place of completion.
If you want love stories with some passionate characters but with real complex family dynamics, then you have to read this book. You may cry a little, but you will finish with a smile on your face.