From Rags by Suzanne Wright
There has only been three people in Jaxxon Carter's life who truly mattered to her. Her mum, who committed suicide. Her sister, who she hasn’t seen since her teens. And Connor McKenzie, who disappeared from her life the same day he left their foster home. The hardest part of that was that he never completely left her life because she was forever seeing him on T.V. or in magazines as a Formula One Driver. But Jaxxon refuses to live a ‘woe is me’ life, even in spite of living alone in her one-roomed flat and being expected to survive on a ridiculously low income.
Then one night she is offered a modelling job and before she knows it she has been catapulted to the peak of success, gaining fame, fortune and security. Oh and a stalker.
Connor McKenzie is busy trying to shake off his crazy ex-girlfriend – another woman who thought she could get around his no marriage rule – when he sees Jaxxon on the cover of a magazine. Remembering how close they had once been, he’s shocked when she doesn’t respond to his attempts to contact her and then acts indifferently to him when they meet. But Connor can’t let it go. The only reason he had kept his hands off her ten years ago was that she had been younger than him. Now that they’re adults, he isn’t prepared to allow anything – not even Jaxxon – to stop him from having her.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
From Rags is a fun escape with some fantastic characters.
Jaxxon is a strong heroine with sass who doesn’t take any prisoners. Connor is an all alpha male who can give our girl a good run for her money on and off the track. From child neglect and foster care to sports / modeling celebrity success, discover how these two go ‘From Rags’ to Riches, and back into each others lives after eight years apart.
Connor left foster care at sixteen and the home he shared with Jaxxon and her cruel and conceited sister, Leah. He promised to return for her - his friend and the only girl he ever cared about - but as time went by he broke his promise...he never came.
Now, eight years later Connor is a famous F1 racing car driver and a notorious womaniser. He is incapable to commitment. Playing witness to families falling apart he made a promise to never marry or have a family of his own.
Jaxxon is working on minimum wage in a run down pub when she is spotted by a world-renowned make-up/beauty product CEO. Her eyes are the window, the escape to success as she holds that intense ‘look’ they have been searching for.
Now, with success banging at her door its not long before Connor and Jaxxon’s world collides once more - but this time, under very different circumstances. Fireworks explode, tempers flair, and the sexual tension is electrifying. Just when they start to re-connect and find equal footing, Jaxxon finds herself a target for a stalker and a crazy ex who will stop at nothing to get Connor back.
This may be a story of second-chance romance, but it entails so much more. Jaxxon is an incredible heroine. She has had her fair share of heartache over the years and yet instead of crumbling and playing the ‘victim’ card, she has become almost impenetrable. No-one will ever hurt her again, not like they did when she was a child.
Connor is a walking literary wet-dream. Oooh... ladies, this guy doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘No’ but in this case that is not necessarily a bad thing because it makes for one explosive and satisfying reading experience. I felt my heart accelerate whenever Connor made an appearance on the page, so for me, he was definitely my favourite character.
Jaxxon and Connor are not strangers to hurt imposed by others, and this has made them strong, albeit a little jaded. Love is a concept, a nice idea, but never something that they wish to have afflicted upon them. With love comes hurt, and both have had enough hurt to last a lifetime. Sex is easy, hot, fun and an itch scratched. Love... love is terrifying, and none more so playing out in the public eye.
There were certain elements that grated on me. I didn’t particularly like the third-person narrative, I think this book would have worked so much better in first-person with mixed POV. The flow could be somewhat confusing at times as the scenes switched at the drop of a hat, but overall, this was a fun, compelling read that kept me glued to my kindle for the whole duration. I read this from start to finish in a day!
Well worth a read!