Early Book Review: Jagged (Whiskey Sharp) by Lauren Dane

Jagged is the second book in the Whiskey Sharp series by Lauren Dane. It is currently scheduled for release on March 27 2018. I highly recommend reading the series in order, because it will explain the tension between Rachel and her parents, and her sister. However, if you are just in it for the romance you might be fine reading it as a stand alone. However, I loved the first book so much that you will only win by reading both.

Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away rather than draw her close. He’ll use every tool in his easygoing arsenal to convince her to take a chance on them. Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by a series of bad choices and violence. She knows she can trust Vic, it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to be caged or controlled, does not want to be protected so much she has no ability to make her own choices. And damn if the man doesn’t know it. When Vic finally drops all pretenses of “just friends” and focuses all his careful affection and irresistible seduction on her, Rachel knows she’s falling hard for the laid-back pretty-boy Russian she discovers has a relentlessly steel spine when it comes to her. And she can’t resist

Jagged is a heart warming, and steamy friends turned lover romance. Rachel has been concentrating on healing and protecting her freedom and her sister and avoiding romantic entanglements. However, the growing friendship and spark between her and Vic has her inching toward taking the leap. Vic is aware of the struggles Rachel has, and is patient and willing to make changes and put in the effort to make sure he gives Rachel the space and security she needs. I love the combination of a strong man and the respect and care he has for all of the people important to him. Too often the strong hero just rolls over his counterpart, be he really treats all of the women in his circle as equals, as strong individuals in their own right. This is something consistent in Dane's characters, which has made her a favorite of mine. The trouble with Rachel's parents carried over from the first book, Unraveled, and I spent a good chunk of this book waiting for the other shoe to drop, and the anxiety and tension that it created was extremely effective. The story and characters stayed with me well after I finished the book, and I am still itching for more. I am eagerly awaiting more from Dane, and am hoping to go back and read some that I missed from the past- I just need to find the time.

Jagged is  another fabulous book by Dane. My biggest problem with the book is how long I will need to wait for Torn, the third book in the series, which does not come out until the end of May 2018. The wait is going to kill me. 
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