Madversary by Jade C. Jamison
Kelly - 4 crowns
I LOVED this shorter novel by Jade C. Jamison, I'm a sucker for second chance romance stories and this definitely scratched an itch.
BOOK REVIEW: MADversary – Jade C. Jamison – 4 Stars
MADversary is a tale of second chances. A friends to lovers’ story that spanned over almost a year in late high school. Now ten years on their class reunion is looming and Megan Walker has never got over her first love, the boy she gave her innocence to, before they went their separate ways when they graduated and left for college.
But, when the love of your young life follows you daily, on the radio, on magazine covers and TV appearances, it’s hard to shut down and let bygones be bygones… especially when you are still completely and irrevocably in love with them.
Megan Walker had spent the last ten years in limbo. Graduating with an English Literature degree, she went back to her hometown only to find jobs few and far between. Settling down as a librarian assistant wasn’t the dream but it gave her the perfect platform to embrace her love of books and reading.
When her best friend, Lisa announces that she wants nothing more than to reconnect with fellow school friends, Megan refuses to attend the reunion with her. The only person worthy of her attentions is sitting in front of her, so why dredge up conversations with unrecognisable faces from the past? But Lisa isn’t taking no for an answer, and as she realises that her worries of one of the biggest Rock Star’s attending a measly school reunion is more than unlikely, she gives in to her friend’s pleas.
However, Tyler Green has other ideas…
Seeing Tyler again was Megan’s worst fear. Her emotions and heart couldn’t bear another fall when it came to this guy, so distance and self-preservation was the order of the day. Trying to keep her distance however, was something else entirely when he finally approaches her with his trademark jaw-dropping, heart-pounding, jelly-leg smile.
Reconnecting with her first love should have been awkward, especially considering how world’s apart they now were, but reminiscence has a way of rebuilding lost years, and when Tyler makes it obvious he still holds a flame for his high-school sweetheart, Megan’s sense of abandonment takes a nose-dive as she follows him later that evening to his hotel room.
Sparks fly… but it’s only the next day she realises that Tyler is soon to leave and head back into his Rock n Roll lifestyle, and feeling the sense of loss once again was all too much to bear.
Tyler may be a Rock Star and had his fair share of fun with faceless groupies, but when it comes to Megan Walker, he cannot help but feel that close connection they once shared - for she was the one that got away.
When a crazy ex from their school year recognises the flame that still burns bright between Megan and Tyler, she does everything she can to put out the blaze, and if she’s smart enough… she may just succeed.
I love Jade C. Jamison, that woman knows how to play advocate to my Achilles heel. I am a true sucker for Rock Stars and second-chance romances, and she played her part well. Very well! I loved Tyler and I understood Megan. Her reasoning’s were warranted, and I could quite believe her need to keep a distance to protect herself and her heart. But come on… you never forget your first love, and in this instance when that first love is adorned by millions the world over, you can’t help but yell, ‘YOU GO GIRL,’ from your reading chair.
I am really pleased with the way the story panned out and was happy with the ending, although I would have loved to have seen an Epilogue concluding events maybe a year down the line… That’s my only criticism as the ending, although it made me smile, I would have liked a little more.
MADversary is a fun, entertaining and heart-warming read and I highly recommend it.