Reclaim by Marley Valentine
“Your head and your heart aren’t enemies; they’re long lost lovers desperate to be reunited. You don’t have to choose between the two.”
Marley Valentine has once again written a story that grabbed me from the first few pages and did not let go. Jagger Michaels is an inmate, paying the price for a crime that tore his family apart. And Emerson Lane is the Legal Aid lawyer appointed to Jagger to inform him that he is being released on parole for his good behaviour inside and because his brother was willing to apply for the early release. In what should be a simple lawyer-client meeting, an immediate attraction occurs and sparks certainly fly. But this isn’t going to be an easy journey, an easy relationship or even an easy possibility…. and this is where Marley shines as she brings the angst, the slooooooooow burn and the right amount of drama to have your jaw dropping and you turning the pages to find out what’s going to happen next.
I absolutely fell in love with Emerson from halfway through Chapter 1. She has her head in straight, knows what she wants and how to get it and isn’t afraid to say it like it is. She’s got sass and spunk but a whole lot of heart and vulnerability too. And Jagger – he is one hell of a broken man with a backstory that will bring tears to your eyes and break your heart. And the real question is – does Jagger deserve redemption and, more importantly, will if ever forgive himself and start to move on. My heart ached so much for Jagger (while at other times I wanted to slap him in the head!) but ultimately this guy is gonna be one you won’t forget.
Finally I have to do a shout out to the fact Marley set this book on Australia (my home country) and even better, primarily in Sydney (which isn’t far from me). It was so refreshing to read another Aussie-based book by an Aussie author as so many set them overseas to cater for those readers. And I need to mention the fabulous secondary characters in Reclaim as well. I loved Emerson’s best friend Taylah plus Jagger’s family in Hendrix, Dakota and Sasha. And knowing we’re getting Hendrix’s book as well has me totally pumped because these are a group of people I’m desperate to read more about.
Marley Valentine has been a must-read author of mine since I found her debut novel Devastate and with Reclaim she has only cemented herself as an author to watch because she has talent and is definitely deserves all the praise she gets for her incredible storytelling.