BXTCHES Gotta Warn:I remember when I first read this book back in October 2013 and I fell in love with it. So, when I decided to give it a re-read, I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to be as good as I remembered. Needless to say, it was just as good, if not better than I remembered. I do really enjoy the Rock Star genre and this series is pretty high up on my favorites list. Having said that, this is the first book of the series AND to get the fullness that the series offers, you need to read all of the books, starting with Jack Who?.
Jack Who? will be told through the third person POV of Marissa, our female lead.
The beginning of Jack Who? finds our female lead, Marissa, and her BFF, Olivia, at a rock festival. This isn’t really Marissa’s speed, but Olivia is dying to get backstage so she can meet some rock gods. Somehow Marissa and Olivia get separated and instead of Marissa searching for the debauchery that Olivia is sure to find, she comes across a dog. Yes, a dog. The owner of the dog is no other than Jack Storm, the lead singer for Jackal. I should go ahead and point out that while the world may know who Jack Storm and Jackal is, Marissa does not fall into that particular category.
Let’s cut to the good stuff. Once in Jack’s trailer, quips get exchanged, consent form gets signed, and sex gets had. One would think that this is just a one time thing, but they do exchange phone numbers, however, several months down the road and Marissa finds herself expecting a child, Jack’s child to be exact. In her mind it is best to not say a word to her baby daddy and when he texts her and asks her to fly out to L.A. to visit, she kinda has to give him the ole’ blow off, which pisses Jack off and in turn, cutting off all contact between the two.
Fast forward 5 years and she is left with no choice but to make an attempt to contact Jack. Their son, Tristan, is in need of surgery and Marissa is in need of money. After some back and forth, surgery day has arrived and so has Jack, much to the shock of Marissa. Well, really to the shock of everyone, because Marissa never disclosed the identity of Tristan’s father, not even to Olivia.
Even though their was an order for Marissa to get a DNA test, once Jack lays eyes on Tristan, he knows without a doubt that he is now a father. At this point, the majority of the remainder of the book is really focusing on Jack and Tristan developing a relationship as well as, Marissa and Jack trying to rekindle what they felt between them five years earlier.
There are so many great things about this book, where to begin? First, let’s start with Tristan. He is so wonderfully written. He is witty, funny, smart, and not at all hindered by his disability. Then of course, there is his relationship with those around him. He is very inviting to Jack and Jack to Tristan. I mean, it can’t be an easy day when you meet your son that you didn’t know about for five years, but Jack handles it very well. And while you know that Jack is a rock star, his only focus is really getting to know his son and Marissa. All in all, I think that Marissa was a very well rounded character. There are flaws that may aggravate some, but I almost fell that they are necessary flaws. The chemistry between Marissa and Jack is very profound from the get go, immediately you understand that it’s more than groupie/rock star and while the Tristan was the catalyst that brings them back together, you almost know that even without an unplanned pregnancy, they would’ve found their way back to one another eventually.
The supporting cast of characters here are really, really in the background here and this is one time that I am perfectly okay with it. I think that this is one of those storylines that needs to put all of the energy into the main characters. That’s not to say that there isn’t any focus on the secondary cast, there is, it’s just not in your face.
What would a Rock Star romance be like without discussing the sex? The sex that is written is spicy enough, but like the supporting characters, it isn’t one of the focal points of Jack Who?, it is part of it though, and I do wish there was a little bit more sinning. Having said that, the times that Marissa and Jack tangle up, it was certainly done in true rock star fashion.
This is a pretty quick read, it’s only 266 pages and it will certainly captivate you and keep the pages turning. I have read the next two books in this series and as a whole, this is a fantastic series. Like I said, it is one of my favorite Rock Star series and if this is your genre, even if it’s not, give it a go.