Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
G&J ~ 4 Stars
Gitte: The second and final instalment in the Marked series did not disappoint did it Jenny?! It tied up all loose ends and the emotion was so palpable towards the end I had to clutch my heart. Oh and the epilogue was so brilliant, one of the most satisfying and heart-warming I’ve read in a while after such an arduous thrilling journey.
“I can’t imagine a life without you in it. You make life worth experiencing, worth living.” – Jay
I actually preferred this one to book #1 as the characters showed such depth and the emotion was so intense. The drama and thrilling action; the passion and the romantic element made this such an enjoyable read. Oh and I have to say that I loved the fact that Jay was allowed to be vulnerable and show a more softer side as it suited his journey till the end perfectly, despite his bad arse sexy alpha side. I thought it was perfectly balanced.
‘The man that I love is hurting and all I can do is lay with him. I’ve never felt more helpless.’ – Lily
The scene that really stood out for me as being a proper winner both emotionally and poignantly was the scene where he faced his nemesis, finally. Wow, well played J.M; it was harrowingly beautiful and emotional.
“I’m afraid that somehow I’m cursed, and if the universe hears me something will happen and you’ll be taken away from me again.” – Jay
We don’t want to say too much do we, Jenny as this is the concluding part. However, watching Jay trying to get his life back, realising the meaning of true unconditional love, well, it was really quite something. Also, I really preferred Lily in this one as she’s grown so much, she shows real maturity and she embraces her kick arse nature. Oh and she did it with style and sass with the help of few weapons!
Jenny: It certainly did deliver G. It had everything we could want in the conclusion to Jay and Lily’s story and ohhh that epilogue! Sigh….just wonderful.
In Becoming Noah Baxter, we were to witness a different side to Jay. Whilst we saw the change in him as book one progressed, it was far more apparent in Noah. Jay was a little as a loss with what was transpiring and trying to keep it all together definitely showed us a very vulnerable side to this very complex, gruff man. How do you live a life such as Jay had, how do you live with what tortures you day in day out? Watching Jay fight his internal battles and his emotional battles was enthralling and I loved this book. This final instalment gave us answers and a whole lot more.
‘Do I even know how to be normal? No, I sure as fuck don’t. I’m going to try though, I have to try. I have to win, I don’t have a choice, Lily owns me heart and soul.’ – Jay
Lily was definitely better in book two. In book one she tended to grate on me but this time I found her to be a much stronger character, and her cheekiness and forthrightness amused me. Nothing stopped Lily saying what was on her mind or asking those probing questions. Her love for Jay and her overriding desire to help this man find his internal peach made for some captivating reading.
“Be that man, Jay. Be the man who fights for us and will never let anything destroy what we have. Don’t doubt the love we share.” – Lily
G&J: So yes, we can definitely recommend this two-part series. It’s full of drama, revenge oh and romance and hot passion. Yet it’s beautiful and emotional too. We fell in complete love with Jay.
“Please tell me you believe that I’ll never give up on us. I swear it. I’m forever yours, Lily.”
The journey starts off with The Missing Link which in some aspects sets the scene, for the revenge with the fast paced horror, the emotionless and the violence. And of course the dark killer persona of Jay. Then follows Becoming Noah Baxter which highlights Jay’s emotional side, the side that loves beyond the personal war, the personal struggle and brings forth the romance. It’s very clever and well executed.
“I hope this is our normal.” – Jay
If you love thrills, hard-arse bad lads and quirky kick arse heroines then this is a series for you. Albeit a ‘slow to develop’ story it is SO worth it in the end!! The epilogue ROCKED!!
Now for a personal note to J.M: If you read this review, we would LOVE Ben’s story and Charlie’s too pleeeaaaaseeee!!!!!!
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review
THE MARKED SERIES by J M SEVILLA