Title: Nikan Rebuilt
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Preload #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press SWERVE
Format: Digital and Paperback
From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Nikan Rebuilt, the next novel in the Preload series.
Does the past ever really stay in the past?
Does the past ever really stay in the past?
Nikan can never be complete. He's got a rock group made up of the family he built for himself, more money than he knows what to do with, and a stream of groupies falling over themselves to date him. But none of them are her. The one regret that still plagues him, still taunts him with what he could have had.
Jenny is a survivor. Now running a group home after overcoming life in a cult lead by her manipulative father and watching her mother drink the poison he fed his followers, she fights to keep the light in the eyes of every boy who walks through her doors. Far from simple young love, Nik taught her to trust, showed her how good life could be. Before he formed the band. Before he became a famous rockstar. Before he destroyed it all.
A chance meeting after years of no contact shows the connection still blazes between them. But will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?
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I thought when this book hit my kindle that I'd gobble it up. I mean, I was dying for Nik's story. But the exact opposite happened...I couldn't bring myself to read it right away. It wasn't because I was worried that I wouldn't like the book. I knew I'd love it. But I had to mentally prepare myself to go on this journey with Nik and Jenny. Also, after this book, there's only one story left. I wanted to saviour it and make it last. I'm nowhere near ready to say goodbye to these characters. Crazy? Maybe. But this series has pulled me in like nothing before it.
Nik is every bit the rock star. He's gorgeous, talented, rich, and insanely popular with his fans. But he's struggling. He's thankful for everything he has and everything he's achieved, but there are things that are still missing. When Jenny comes back into his life after almost a decade, he knows that he has to make things right with her.
One of the hardest things Jenny has ever done is walk away from Nik all those ago. He destroyed her heart and her trust. Seeing him now shreds her in so many ways. But one thing is for sure, she's missed him and still wants him.
I'm going to be honest, if this book had been written by anyone else other than Scarlett Cole, I wouldn't have read it. There's a part of the story that is a pretty hard limit for me. But I needed to read Nik's book. I needed to come along on his journey. I knew if any author could take this sensitive situation and fix it, it was Ms. Cole. She did it. She made me love Nik, and while I can't condone some of his behaviour, I could understand how it all broke down for him.
Since Nik's days in the group home, he's been the fixer of any problems between him and his band mates, his brothers by choice. And while he wouldn't change the fact that he always put them first, he needed to live for himself now. He needed to discover who he really is. It was such a privilege to witness Nik's growth and self-discovery. I'm blown away by his ability to find the peace and redemption that had eluded him for so long.
This entire series is full of those "ugly cry" moments. There's some really tough situations that are hard to read. Sometimes I have had to put the books down to collect myself. Man, the storytelling in this book, and the others before it, has pulled so many emotions from me. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is sultry and sweet, I have laughed at the antics of the band, and I have felt lost and adrift because of their pain. How does Scarlett do it? How does she make me fall apart, and then put my heart back together again? That type of talent isn't learned. It's something that has always been there begging to be shared.
I thoroughly loved Jenny's character. She was so strong. She built her life on her own terms and carved out something for herself. Her capacity for compassion with the kids she works with is endless and awe inspiring.
I can't really explain what it is about this book, or series that pulls at me. At least not in a way that would do it justice. I just think you should do yourself a favour and read it. While you could technically read each book as a stand alone, I really think you need to start at the beginning with, Jordan Reclaimed. To fully understand the bond between these men you need to go with each of them on their journey. Lennon's book is next. I am not ready yet. I want to read it more than anything, but I know his story is going to shred me in ways that'll make it hard to breathe. But I'll do it, because Lennon deserves to have his story told and to find his HEA.
Rating: 5 Stars (A+)
About Scarlett Cole
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.