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Melted & Shattered (L & J #2)
By: Emily Eck
Publication Date: April 21, 2014
Cover Designer: Melody Simmons
Elle was never broken.
She wasn't shattered.
And she sure as hell never needed to be saved.
until she found out what the aftermath of love was capable of causing.Doing her best to stay afloat amidst the sh!t storm that has become her life, Elle is hanging on by a thread. Between worrying about Fernie’s precarious future, an incident with a Shemar Moore look-alike gone terribly wrong, and an inability to let go of her feelings for J, Elle just can’t seem to get her head straight. Deciding a change of atmosphere is what she needs, Elle heads to Mexico to study abroad for a semester. She has no idea that she is walking into an even worse storm. One that involves a pissed off MC President, a ruthless drug cartel, and a man willing to die to have her light. ***This is the 2nd book in the series L&J – cannot be read as a stand-alone***
Melted & Shattered (L&J #2)
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Steel & Ice (L&J #1)
“I came here, baby, to tell you I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.” He inhaled sharply, but said in an even voice. “And I can’t lose you before the greatest fight I will ever wage.”
Redemption. Could I absolve him? I lay in a hospital bed for two weeks. All of it at his hands. I’d been marred, though the scar on my skin was not the worst damage. It was a reminder of the scar I’d carried inside. Could he erase that scar? Could he heal a wound one could not see?
There was silence, deafening silence. I tried to keep it together. I used every ounce of energy I had to keep the fire at a low flame, but it blazed through me. He would’ve shot my kid, and I couldn’t let that happen. These kids, they’d become my lifeline. My light.
“Without those kids, I’m just as dark as you.” I said emotionlessly, empty. These last few weeks of pretending during the day, only to come home and sob until sleep graced me was maddening. “I’ve got nothing left to give you, J. Nothing.”
I hung my head, losing the fight with the tears that had been threatening to erupt since J arrived. “I can’t be your light, when I have none.”
We lay on the floor, two damaged bodies searching for the light. J pulled my head into his hands, bringing us face to face. I could feel his breath against my lips. “You were a comet that bust into my life out of no where” he whispered. “I begged for you. On my knees in the dirt, I groveled to the sky to bring me light. And there you were, at Eight Oh Eight, staring up at me, even though I knew you couldn’t see through the window. I saw you, though. Elle, I saw you long before you saw me.”
“How could I love a killer?”
“How much pain was worth loving this man?
“Please, baby. Please. I need you. I love you. I can’t go into this without knowing you’ll be here when I return.”
“I’m not sure what to say. I want to tell you I’ll wait. That I’ll be here, waiting like a good girl for you. I want to because I love you. Fuck, I love you.” I turned, finally ready to look him in the eye. “I don’t know where I’ll be. I can’t tell you that. But I can tell you that I love the fuck out of you, and no matter how much I try to stop,” I paused. Fuck this mother fucker. Fuck! God, why was he doing this to me? Angry tears, sad tears, hopeless tears, tears filled with longing fell from my eyes. J caught then with his thumb, but there were too many. They ran over his fingers like a waterfall.
“Fuck, J. I don’t want you to die.”
He pulled me to him, and I inhaled his scent. I’d never be able to smell Acqua di mother fucking Gio again and not think of him. Today it was mixed with the smell of exhaust, like he’d been riding around all night. For what felt like the gazillionth time, I crumbled into his arms. How did two times come to be a number exponentially higher?
“I don’t want to die, baby. I want to fall asleep next to you. I want to wake up next to you. I’m fighting this war for you. To be with you.”
L & J Series by Emily Eck
Steel & Ice Playlist
Dissolved Girl – Massive Attack (Sex at J's place)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat Maxwell (at 808 with J)
Do You Like Drugs – Miguel (at 808 with J)
Animals (the whole album) – Pink Floyd (At Checks)
Power Trip – J Cole (New Years)
Yeah – Usher (New Years)
Raise Up – Petey Pablo (New Years)
Wanna Be a Balla – Lil Troy (New Years)
Salt Shaker – Ying Yang Twins (New Years)
Jesus Walks – Kanye West (When Genesis texts)
Melted & Shattered Playlist
Soldier of Love – Sade (Elle wallows)
The Moon and the Sky – Sade (Elle wallows)
Otis – Jay Z & Kanye West (Operation Swagger Retrival)
Usher – Scream (Elle and Donte/Shamar Moore)
Aire – Golden Ganga (Elle & J's Mexico Song – Happy Times)
New World Order - Buenos Inquilinos (Cartel business – Not Happy Times)
Yo Te Quiero – Wisin y Yandel (J Missing Elle)
Don't Cry – G 'n R (Elle's confession)
Author BioEmily is a Midwestern Gal, but could be anywhere as you read this. She gypsy's the country, as well as south of the border. Adventure feeds her soul, and offers great writing material. She loves kids and working with kids, but can only handle caring for four-legged furry friends. A crazy dog and laid back cat have trained her to be their partner in life. Vices include Swedish Fish, ignoring chores in favor of reading, and caring too much for people in her life. She chose to write this bio in third person as she is an Aries, and found writing in first person ended up with her writing an excessively long life story. Aries like to talk about themselves. It is something Emily is working on being more mindful of.
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Steel & Ice:
Steel & Ice is the first in the series and it is a must read. I gave this one 5 stars. Emily Eck did an awesome job telling this story and I fell in love with Elle, J, and all the characters of this story. I was drawn into this book within the first few pages. I absolutely loved the dialect and slang that Emily used. I felt just like I was back in high school and talking to some of my friends. It brought back a lot of good memories. I understand the different sides of Elle. I feel the same way. There so many different sides of me but only one person gets to experience the REAL me with them all the time and “it’s home.” "Home wasn't a building or structure one lived in. Home was an idea, a phenomenon, an unexplainable feeling, a peace and contentment with the universe."
The REAL Elle is shared only with her close friends Chris & Aaron. There is Kitchen Elle, Clubbing Elle, and School Elle & REAL Elle. Elle volunteers at a Spanish children’s center where she forms a bond with some teenagers she thought she would never enjoy. She cooks for them once a week to give them a break from their nightly pizza. She has been through a rough life with not the typical loving mother figure. She is headstrong and is used to taking charge of every room, and making her presence shine. She has guarded her heart with ice and doesn’t allow anyone to melt those walls down.
J is the typical bad boy that everyone would go after. He is tall, dark and handsome. He spots Elle and decides he just can’t stay away from her. He is drawn to his light and decided he has to have her. J has also guarded his heart but with steel. He has been burnt in the past as well. What sacrifices will J make to be a part of Elle’s life?
Will Elle’s love for her teens make or break her relationship with J?
The ending of this book is definitely not anything I expected to happen and it is a total cliff hanger and will make you begging to read the next part of this series. You should read J Speaks to get J’s point of view on everything that happens.
This novella (1.5) really ties some loose ends with information that is not given about J in the first book and helps you understand more of his story and where he is coming from. I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing more into J’s eyes of the story. I’m so excited that the “giant hottie” has a soft side. I know J has been through a lot too and he deserves to be with his light. I can’t believe what he was planning the night that his plans and world crashed down. After reading this story, I hope both J & Elle learn that “starfishing” will build up the walls around both of their hearts again. This is a must read and you have to read in order.
Melted & Shattered:
This is book #2 in the series. I gave it 4 stars. You must read the series in order and I recommend including the novella for better understanding of background information. Elle went from a squealer to a cryer. She never knew what love had in story for her and the pain love can cause. "Love isn't easy. Love isn't Fair. Loves chooses you, not the other way around."
Chris is the best friend a girl could ask for. She is even like a motherly figure that she never had because her mom was not there for her the way she wished it was. I know there is only one person in my life that is my BFF that would treat me just like Chris treated Elle after her incident. After several mishaps, Elle Realizes that Chris is there for her and has her back no matter what.
Elle tries to get over J, but their “love bond” burns her the way that J’s eagle talon’s grips his shoulder.
Elle decides to study abroad in Mexico for one semester. She doesn’t know what she is walking into…
Just as I think I have this whole story and love bond figured out, sometime takes another turn and leaves you with a cliff hanger to pull you into the next story. I absolutely loved this series and can’t wait to read the next in the series.
I took extra time to do these reviews because it's important to me that they are honest and I do put my heart into them. So I hope you enjoyed them and thanks Emily Eck for sharing your wonderful stories!
**ARC given in exchange for Honest Review**