Review & Excerpt Tour LENNON REBORN by Scarlett Cole
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Release Date:May 1, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press SWERVE
Format:Digital and Paperback
Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want.
Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free.
Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?
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LENNON REBORN Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Scarlett Cole
Georgia ripped off her coat and tucked it around the man of the floor. The air was sharp against her skin. Without thinking, she used her hand to move the stray hairs from across his face, and the man gasped. She checked his pulse and could tell the blood loss was getting dangerous.
“What’s your name?” she asked as she shone her light in his eyes. The tightness in her gut relaxed a little when they responded as they should.
The man hissed in a breath. “Lennon.”
“Do you know what day it is?” she asked.
“April . . . fucking . . . Fool’s . . . day.”
“Well, Lennon,” she said calmly, “the paramedics are almost here, and we’ll get you out of here soon.” She reached for his uninjured hand and squeezed it between hers. There was a spark of static between them, white and powerful. His life force. The thought was overwhelming.
“Let me go . . .”
She released his clammy hand immediately. “I’m sorry, I was just trying to give you some comfort. I—”
He reached for her hand, gasping. His fingers were large against hers. “No . . . you should . . . let . . . me . . . go.”
His eyes rolled closed.
No! She wouldn’t let him die. She tapped the side of his face until his eyes opened. “Wake up. I am not letting you go anywhere,” she said, knowing that any semblance of the professionalism to which she usually clung was slipping away. She believed patients’ stories about tunnels of white light, and seeing loved ones, and auras dimming. And she knew everyone needed to be allowed to leave if they really felt it was their time. But there was something so different about Lennon. She could feel his life force vibrate from his hand into hers, as if she taken hold of an electric fence. The energy was slipping away from him, and she would do anything to put it back in him.
He tugged her down toward him, so his lips could brush against her ear. “I’m . . . tired . . . of my life. Just . . . let me . . . go.”
His eyes closed, again.She rested her forehead on his. “Your work here on Earth isn’t done, Lennon,” she said, tears burning her eyes. “And I am not going to let you go.”
About Scarlett Cole
The tattoo acrossmy 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 wereI 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.
I was not ready for this book. I've been mentally preparing myself for Lennon's story since the first book in this series. All of my preparation didn't save me from the heartache. I was shattered.
I fell in love with Lennon at the beginning of the series. He was a jerk who often said hurtful things to his band mates. Band mates is putting it lightly; these are his brothers in every way that counts. No matter how much Lennon pushes them away, they never give up on him. One of the things I adore most about this series is the sense of loyalty and love between the men. They've all walked through their personal version of hell, but they formed a family.
When Lennon's life is shattered during a tragic tour bus accident, he's ready to give up...on everything. Without the ability to play drums he feels he has no purpose. Even writing this I have a lump in my throat. I can vividly see the scene of the accident playing through my head. The hopelessness and devastation in Lennon's voice guts me.
Georgia is a celebrated neurosurgeon. She comes from a long line of neurosurgeons. Her father and her brothers often make her feel awful by picking apart and diminishing her accomplishments in surgery. Georgia is the kind of heroine that I love. She's struggling with her family, but she's so strong and capable. The way she takes Lennon in hand without coddling him is amazing. She's the perfect balance of sensitive and firm. She doesn't let him wallow. It would have been so easy to just take care of Lennon and do everything for him. But she knows that's not doing him any favours. I think Lennon was thrown off balance by her. He wasn't expecting her.
In true Scarlett Cole fashion, the chemistry between the hero and heroine was off the charts! Lennon is crazy sexy, and Georgia is happy to love up on him all the damn time. And who can blame her?
Lennon has so many layers, and as each gets peeled back, he's able to grow a little more. It was amazing watching these two get stronger together on every level. It's like they fed off of each other and brought out the good stuff.
This was a tough book to read. All the books in this series are difficult, but Lennon's story has such an intense feel of anguish. Scarlett Cole has the ability to draw the reader in and really make you feel what the characters are going through. The emotions of the characters often felt like they were sitting on my chest. I loved every second of it.
When this ARC landed on my kindle I wasn't sure how I felt. I was excited because I've wanted to go on Lennon's journey for so long, but I was also sad. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters or the series. I'm not sure I've ever had such a visceral reaction to fictional characters before. I fell hard and I don't want to let go just yet. Or ever. I'm glad that the Preload guys got their HEA's. But what makes this so realistic is that even though they all found their soulmates, they each still have more growing and healing to do. The journey continues, but now they have the loves of their lives walking through it with them.
I suppose this could be read as a stand alone. Though I strongly recommend starting from the beginning with, Jordan Reclaimed. There are so many intimate details that carry throughout the series. I think you'll have a better understanding of all the guys if you read from the start.
Rating: 5 Stars (A+)
Review copy provided by publisher