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Jezebel's Wish Paperback – November 29, 2011
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I truly enjoyed this story. It is the first I have read in the Redemption Ranch series. The characters were well developed and the story was well written.
The only thing that bothered me is that the mechanics of writing got sloppy in the last half of the book. There were several sentences that had either extra words or words left out. This caused me to have to read the sentences more than once to figure them out.
The Reverand, the most lovable of horses, accepted Jezzie--quirks, moodiness, moles and all. What the author slowly reveals, through the peeling back of emotional layers, is why Jezzie considers herself unlovable. Don't we all feel unlovable at certain moments? It is a human condition that plagues us all from time to time, for a multitude of reasons. The author uses that human fraility to connect us with Jezzie. Before long, we are understanding of this prickly character. We cheer for her. We fuss at her when she turns a cold shoulder to Mattie. We delight in her progress. And Mattie? Ah, now there's a hero that will warm any woman's heart.
Put on your comfy jammies and your fuzzy socks, open a bag of chocolate chip cookies, set a box of tissues at your elbow and begin a journey of healing...healing for Jezzie, for Mattie and, if you're lucky, for yourself. AJ Nuest doesn't disappoint.
After the death of her fiancé, Jeffrey, Jezzy goes home to be in the comfort of her family. She meets Matty, the family vet, who challenges her at every turn. They bicker constantly, but when mom devises a plan for Matty to give Jezzy horse back riding lessons, there is no turning back! Through the course of Jezzy's short time at home, she is able to let her guard down and you see the real Jezebel... not who Jezzy thinks she is. Jezzy's perception of herself is so skewed due to Jeffrey's treatment of her that she doesn't know how to be anything other than the weak and worthless woman he always said she was. What others don't know is that Jezzy is harboring a secret and the guilt of that secret is eating her alive. The only person to see through all of this... Matty. Can he convince Jezzy to let go of her past so that she can start living the life she deserves?
This story definitely pulls at your heart strings and then completely rips them out. While reading this story, I had to remind myself that I am not who people think I am... I'm my own person and everyone deserves to be happy. It reminds you that life is short! Live, Laugh, Love!
Jezebel's Wish is a compelling novel by AJ Nuest. It runs the gamut of being intense to lighthearted with an emphasis on intense. Jezebel is a tortured protagonist and her bristly personality pushes the reader's tolerance at times. After a traumatic incident in Chicago, she goes home to her mother and sister to heal. Along comes Mattias Saunders with deep dimples and sea blue eyes and with patience greater than any woman has ever experienced, and the reader's heart goes thump. This guy extends hero status beyond being a Prince into Sainthood! He is every damaged woman's dream. Ms. Nuest writes sexy and sensuous prose, dramatic and gritty characters, and grabs the reader by the throat and forces them to follow a story that, at times, feels more than this reader could handle. There is an interesting plot twist toward the end, and a fabulous ending, the kind us romance enthusiasts love. This book reads more like mainstream fiction, but the numerous love scenes rein it back into the romance genre. I recommend this book to those who love a deeply dramatic story, one that twists your gut at times, but one that most assuredly delivers on the HEA.
Be forewarned - you'll need your tissues! But if you love romance...if you appreciate a man who is not only strong and sexy (puts hand over heart!!), but steadfast...if you can identify with a woman who has been through the worst kind of tragedy yet finds the strength to reach for the promise, then Jezebel's Wish by A.J. Nuest is the book for you.
Seriously, this book is going with the rest of my favorites, and I encourage you not to miss it!
Ms. Nuest wrote a lovely story, and I, for one, will be watching for any new work she releases.
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