Title: Jack Hammer
Authors: Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Release Date: March 17th, 2015
I’m the Jack Hammer. Exotic dancer extraordinaire. The teaser and the pleaser—the paid for penis for play. I have to be all these things to survive. It’s who I became when I lost her. But now she’s back, and I can’t decide who I want to be more. The Jack Hammer or Blaine Wesley. All I know is she’s foreplay at its finest, and it’s my job to get them wet and ready.
Liar. That’s what I called him when he walked out of my life. Losing your first love will turn you into someone bitter. Hateful. Angry. But now he’s back, and he’s determined to torture me. The only problem is, I’m enjoying his form of torture too much. And the hatred for him that holds me together is slowly starting to dissolve.
Jack Hammer by Tabatha Vargo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★
OK It’s official. I love douche-bag boyfriends. I am not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I got more than I bargained for and I’m not going to lie, it was a guilty pleasure that I devoured from start to finish.
The prologue starts in the present, where Blaine is a male stripper working at the Golden Banana club and shaking his thang in a mortified and shocked Chelsey’s face. We are then immediately transported back to where it all began – at High School.
Blaine Wesley is from the other side of town where the not so well to do live, but he attends school with a lot of the rich kids, one of them being Chelsey Ford.
Blaine is a bit of a bad boy, he drinks, smokes weed and doesn’t necessarily follow the rules, but he comes from a loving family and his parents and baby sister Maddie will always be a priority.
Chelsey is a smart girl whose life dream is to attend Colombia University and her whole focus is on achieving that. She doesn’t really socialise and has only one close friend.
They soon realise that they may be completely different on the outside, but their souls are meant to be together and despite the disapproval from Chelsey’s parents, she is not giving up her bad boy anytime soon.
As tragedy and misunderstandings occur, life takes an unexpected turn which forces Blaine to believe that he’ll never be good enough for a girl like Chelsey and he flees to New York where he ends up stripping and having sex with women for cash.
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Chelsey was a relatively easy character to like, she wasn’t a complete doormat and she may have been a bit of a studyaholic, but she had a bit of a wild streak in her bursting to get out.
Blaine on the other hand was a wild card, he often said nasty things as a defence mechanism and could be a bit of a shithead at times. The whole misunderstanding that caused him to leave town, was a bit dramatic but I forgive him simply because he was suffering from post traumatic stress or something, either that or an extreme case of male pride.
I would have loved more scenes between his sister and the main couple, that would have propelled the emotional level up a notch and maybe we would have seen more of his softer side.
I was a bit disappointed (view spoiler).
I really liked it, and if you don’t mind a bit of drama or an assface book hero, then it may appeal to you. I am a fan of badboy/goodgirl so for me this was a winner.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Tabatha is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, but mostly she’s a sweet tea sippin’, front porch sittin’ kind of girl from South Carolina. She loves old, historical anything, wind chimes, and all things romantic. She’s the mother of an 9 y/o rockstar/princess and the wife of her very own Prince Charming.
When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself. Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try. Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series, was my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance duet- The Edge of Darkness and The Grace in Darkness. I also co-wrote Little Black Book and The Wrath Of Sin with Tabatha Vargo. The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy, and independent girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans, and my every inspiration. I live, breath, and would die for them! I’ve been married to one of the greatest men in my life for eight years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake and Friday’s. Without him, my website would be a mess and I would probably being paying more taxes than I should be. He’s a jack of many trades, and this is just my opinion, but I like to think besides my daughters, I’m his second biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?) I was born in Denver, Colorado, but I grew up in sunny Arizona. I currently live in South Carolina. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & mom. My mom is my hero, my reality check, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I’m lucky to have her on my side! 6 things you should know about me: 1. I’m a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. 2. I adore the color pink! 3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!) 4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5) 5. I’m loyal to a fault, but I like to see the good in everybody. Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :)) 6. I don’t like calling readers ‘fans’. When it come down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH! I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger, or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published, but I will try every chance I get. Y’all are the reason I’m here and every comment, every message, and every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU! Mwah! Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.