Locked and Loaded by Jade C. Jamison

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Summary small

Is it too much to believe that someone keeps returning to your life because it’s meant to be?

Zane Carson is an idealistic young man with one big skeleton in his closet when he first meets Jennifer Manders in college. They date only to break up soon after. The sexual attraction is like an electromagnet but they fight like alley cats. The relationship just isn’t worth it.

Zane’s band Fully Automatic breaks big about the same time Jennifer finishes college. One summer afternoon, they meet for coffee and sparks fly once more. It’s off again, on again, but they just can’t make it work and break it off for good, deciding it’s not worth the effort.

But Zane is drawn to her and, during a break in the music action, he tracks her down again, willing to change himself for her and needing to give her one last try. The attraction is as strong as ever, but now Jennifer is hiding something from Zane—something big, something that threatens to extinguish the spark for good. When Zane discovers her secret, will he be able to forgive her or will that be the end?

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My Review small

Sadly, this is the final book in the Bullet series. I think Bullet was my first Jade book. I am feeling a bit nostalgic…

This book is about the bassist in the band Fully Automatic, Zane. And boy does that man have some issues that I never even knew about!

Zane discovered a lot about himself in this book and the ending to this series was perfect considering how the band started out. Even though I understood Jennifer’s actions, I was a bit disappointed in them at the start.

The summary succinctly says everything that needs to be said about the book before you read it so I don’t want to say anymore on what happens. 

That being said, this read was as smooth as a hot knife through butter. I was just trucking along and, before I knew it was was 76% in. 

Thanks for the lovely series, Jade! Everyone in this series went through a lot publicly and personally and discovered who they were.

★★★★☆

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Jade C. Jamison began publishing erotic romance in 2011 with the release of Tangled Web. Since then, she has published more than thirty books, not just in the romance genre, but she’s dabbled a bit in horror and nonfiction as well. When she’s not writing, she’s working or spending time with her husband and four children in Colorful Colorado.

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Other books in the series small

1 Bullet: An Epic Rock Star Novel

2 Rock Bottom

3 Feverish

4 Fully Automatic

4.5 Christmas Stalkings: A Novella

5 Slash and Burn

If you like box sets (I certainly do!), then check out these links:

Bullet Box Set (Books 1-3)

Bullet Box Set 2 (Books 4-5)

Excerpt small

“Oh, Zane, this place is amazing. Why haven’t I ever heard of it before?”

“I can tell you exactly why. Three reasons.” She raised her eyebrows as he raised his index finger. “One, it’s almost downtown, and I know you avoid downtown like the plague. If I recall, you said something about rather losing a limb than walk the Sixteenth Street Mall again.”

“I said that?”

“Yeah.”

“Well…maybe that was a little drastic.”

“Yeah, probably.” He lifted the bottle of Dos Equis and then said, “Two, it’s a little hole in the wall. It doesn’t advertise like some of the bigger restaurants—no billboards, no newspaper ads, shit like that.”

Jennifer nodded. “Okay, yeah. And what’s number three?”

Zane leaned over the table and whispered. “It’s kind of a dive.” Jennifer couldn’t help but giggle. “But in a good way.”

She laughed out loud at that. “Yeah, definitely.” She picked up a chip and dipped it in the warm queso next to Zane’s bottle. “The food is amazing so far.”

“Just wait.”

The waiter came by with a pitcher. “More water, señorita?”

“Please.” After the waiter was back on his way, she said to Zane, “I love it. I love the people and I even love that stupid TV in the corner.”

Zane glanced over. “Yeah, well…”

“No, seriously. They don’t have the sound on, but it somehow makes it feel like home in here, you know? Lights and movement, but the sounds are coming from the kitchen and some weird soundtrack.”

Zane breathed through his nose, putting on a look of mock horror and said, “What if it’s our soundtrack?”

“What do you mean?”

“What if this is our movie? A movie about our lives…and that’s the soundtrack?”

“Three things.”

Zane grinned. “What?”

“One…if this is our movie, it’s pretty damn boring. No car chases, no sex scenes, no snappy dialogue—”

“Says who? My dialogue’s plenty snappy.”

“Two, the soundtrack sucks.”

“Well, don’t be telling them that.”

“And…I don’t have a three. I guess just two.”

A smirk covered Zane’s face. “And we can take care of the sex scene later.

 

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