Exploration (The Potential Trilogy, #1) by Peyton Sloane
Being with the same man since she was 18, 26 year old widow Jazz Mickelson is hoping to catch up on all the life experiences that could have been hers had she not leapt into a committed relationship so young.
Julian St. Sauveur is looking for three things: romance, comfort and trust. He mistakenly thought he had them once many years ago. He sees potential for him and Jazz but knows it is too soon for her.
Will she accept his unusual proposition, one that allows him to hold on to her while she catches up on life?...and will she choose him after experiencing all the wonders that await her?
Find out as Jazz and Julian explore their potential...
Emma - 3.75 Crowns
Book one in The Potential Trilogy.
Jazzmyne Mickelson is on a voyage of self discovery. After losing her husband to cancer at the tender age of 26 and having cared for him for the last 4 years, Jazz feels it's time to do something for herself.
We meet Jazz as she boards a plane bound for Paris. It's a place she visited as a child with her parents, and for her the place to recover from a very tough 4 years. On the plane, she is seated next to a tall and dark stranger named Julian St. Sauveur. They soon get chatting and form an unexplainable connection. Julian makes his lust for Jazz clear and when they find that not only were they seated together on the plane but are also staying at the same hotel; Julian makes it his mission to get to know this fascinating woman a lot more.
Jazz soon finds herself agreeing to accompany Julian to a business function, leaving her feeling overwhelmed by this enigmatic man.
Will Julian get under Jazz's skin and convince her to "explore their potential"? Will she discover the person she has lost over the last 4 years? And will she fit into the opulent world in which Julian lives?
This is a good debut novel by Peyton Sloane
Jazzmyne is a really different character to your normal heroine in this genre. Bohemian with braided hair, she works for a Harley dealership and rides a motorcycle herself. When her college sweetheart was diagnosed with cancer, she accepted his marriage proposal and cared for him until his death. This relationship though lacked passion and she was very much trapped in a marriage with a dying man out of loyalty and compassion. This trip for her really is about discovering herself and living her life in the way she should have been doing over the past 4 years. The chemistry she has with Julian is a new experience for her and it scares her; especially given the life he leads.
Julian made me swoon. A very successful, well known architect, he lives a jet set lifestyle rarely staying in one place for too long. He of course comes with his own baggage, in particular his reluctance to form any meaningful relationships. He does however still believe in finding a great love. Jazz is someone he wants to "explore potential" with. He is very alpha but at the same time is very understanding of Jazz's need for self discovery. He treats Jazz with kid gloves in the hope that she will also want to discover herself with him.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a twist on the billionaire meets girl next door story and I can honestly say that it is certainly different to the many books with this type of storyline. I liked that Jazz was independent and determined to think of herself above everything else; I also loved that although Alpha, Julian was gentle and understand rather than gruff and dominant.
If I am being really honest, I wish that the book had been told with a dual POV; I think it would have caused less confusion with thoughts and dialogue at times and for me it would of added more depth to both characters. I also found the introduction of a group of fellow tourists a nice addition but for me it was a little too lengthy and when the story started involving their thoughts it was a little confusing and dare I say it unnecessary.
The ending though was interesting (I just wrote more then deleted as don't want to give anything away ;)) It isn't an OMG ending, but it certainly leaves you wanting to find out where the relationship between Jazz and Julian will lead.
On the brightside... book two 'Obstruction' is already out and I look forward to reading it.