Haven’s life has been anything but easy. Watching her mom go from one mans bank account to the next, until drugs finally took over her life is the only behavior ever modeled for her. At twenty-three and shortly after her mother died from an OD Haven is working two dead end jobs just to pay her bills. When a rowdy customer in the coffee shop she works at gets in her face, a prince charming suddenly steps in to help her.
Most woman would love to be saved, but Haven doesn’t believe in prince charming and happily ever after’s but when she sees her savor, named Andrew again he’s insistent on giving her a ride home. When drug dealers come looking for money Haven’s mother owns, Andrew’s need to protect Haven seem over the top for someone she’s just met.
Andrew is a local artist, when lots of friends, a big family, and what appears to be a lot of money. And while Haven’s agreed to accept his help until her mother’s thug friends back off, she’s not about to become her mother and accept any money.
Andrew becomes a huge contradiction. One moment he acts like he wants a relationship, and the next moment he leaves her wondering if she’s just a pity project. But the closer they become the more clearly Haven can tell that he’s keeping something from her.
Haven wants answers and Andrew wants trust…
”I wasn’t taught to trust. I was taught to survive, which was what I was doing until you came along.”
The longer Haven stays, the harder she falls, but when Andrews past finally catches up with him, Haven is rocked to the core, and has to wonder if she ever really knew Andrew.
Jagged Love was a fairly quick and easy read, with just the right amount of angst. The story is told by Haven’s POV, so the reader is left in the dark to the mystery that surrounds Andrew and his past.
When Andrew “saves” Haven in the coffee shop, he claims to have felt an instant connection, one he never believed in until that moment. But he’s not in a place to start a new relationship. At the same time that rare moment was something he doesn’t want to slip away and when serious trouble lands on Haven’s doorstep, he knows he needs to help.
The relationship between Haven and Andrew happens fairly quickly. I almost want to say insta-love but Haven didn’t turn into a doormat heroine. While she was feeling something strong and fast for Andrew she was always willing to stick up for herself and was ready to walk away when something didn’t feel right.
The only thing about Jagged Love that didn’t like was the ending. I thought it very was rushed. Andrew’s big secret comes out and while Haven didn’t make life easy on him, and didn’t suddenly become a doormat, I didn’t enjoy the way things wrapped up so quickly. In my opinion an epilogue of how life turned out for them down the road would have given me the closure I was looking for.
*ARC kindly provided by Nicole Simone in exchange for an honest review*