#BlogTour #FiveBlushReview ~~ Warrior Undone by Jessica Ruben
We’re celebrating the release of Warrior Undone by Jessica Ruben! One-click this “heart pumping, terrifying, beautiful” books today!
Sandy’s 5 Intense Blush Review
Lauren is a woman who tries to make her parents proud. Her boss drives her crazy but she is diligent about her work. Her friends, excluding Eve Borignone, share her culture and ethnicity. However, Lauren’s priorities are no longer designer clothes, partying and snaring a rich husband. Her heart yearns for something more.
Slade is alone. No matter that his fellow soldiers are around him, he is alone. No matter how many at the gym, he is alone. No matter how many at the casino, he is alone. His spirit bereft of emotion while his mind struggles to not be overwhelmed by memories of all that he has lost.
Lauren and Slade are not strangers to each other. They hooked up for a hot night after Eve and Vincent’s wedding. By the way, it was so good to get more of them and find out what’s gone on in their lives!
Slade and Lauren already know their chemistry is off the charts. Lauren wants love, kids – a future. Slade’s is falling apart, his PTSD quickly becoming out of control. He can’t give her anything more than no strings attached sex.
And we’re off to the races folks because, despite their misgivings, they can’t stay away from each other. A pivotal event throws them together again. Then things quickly nosedive into an unhealthy territory and a chain of events that will have dire consequences for all is set into motion.
Oh my God! The angst factor made my heart do flips. I loved the dual points of view. Even better, the inner dialogue was realistic and very vivid, without feeling overdone. We get a front row seat into Slade’s unraveling and Lauren’s total denial about his instability.
Truth is I was totally lost in Warrior Undone from the get-go. Yes, the heat factor is way UP there but THIS is so much more.
If you didn’t know, then let me tell you, Jessica Ruben is the real deal, Holyfield! Warrior Undone has cemented her as an automatic 1-Click author for me.
Stephanie’s 4.5 Blush Review
Jessica Ruben has wowed us again! Warrior Undone is the standalone spin-off from the Vincent & Eve series. It features Slade and Lauren. It is emotional, intense, and full of angst. The burn is slow as the story builds up. Like a roller-coaster, our ride is wild with ups, downs and a few crazy turns.
Slade is a complex man. He is dominant and direct. As a Navy SEAL, his life was full of control and adrenaline. When Vincent Borignone, Slade’s best friend, offers him an opportunity to head security at the Milestone Casino in Nevada, he takes it.
I grew up well. Football captain. Great friends. Church every Sunday. Both my parents were hard working and God-fearing.
Slade’s return home has left him a bit out of sorts. He is a war veteran struggling with everyday life as memories flood him. Living life in-between the past and the present. His internal dialogue is waging a war in his head and his thoughts are rampant. Doubt, fear, and insecurity creep in. Slade becomes moody and unpredictable.
Some hearts are filled with gratitude and joy, eager to make the earth a better place. My heart? It’s disfigured and can no longer be trusted.
Lauren is Eve Borignone’s best friend. Living the single life in LA, she is fun and free spirited, full of love and laughter. Lauren and Slade meet at Vincent and Eve’s wedding and their chemistry is hot! Flashbacks of the wedding tell of their super sexy encounter. She returns home to LA but is not feeling like her old self…
…everything in my life looks and feels like filler, overstuffed with fleeting conversations and pretentious hellos.
A chance encounter brings Lauren and Slade back together. They are raw and intense. Slade tries to fight off his feelings but they overrule him! He wants to throw caution to the wind and his selfishness wins out. They consume each other! But there is so much more going on. Coping and self-loathing take the lead as Slade is living in-between the past and present.
I don’t deserve the love of a woman like her, nor am I in the state of mind to have it.
Lauren is perceptive and fierce. She senses something is off with Slade but has no idea how right she is. She knows he is damaged but has no idea how badly. Lauren looks the other way for fear of rejection and losing the small amount of time she would spend with him. Slade is unavailable emotionally. Lauren finds herself having to make difficult choices. Once again, actions have consequences…
“True love is flexible and forgiving. Even if your lover lets you down, the love won’t break because it will bend for the other person.”
Jessica Ruben’s words are beautifully written. Warrior Undone is an emotional, uncertain and heartbreaking love story. It has a much different vibe than the Vincent & Eve series. The intensity is high and so are the “feels.” Slade and Lauren’s love hits every possible roadblock. Slade struggles as he tries to cope with so many issues. And kudos to the epilogue!!! I loved it!!!! It really warmed my heart!
We are also treated to lots of Vincent and Eve interactions! I was absolutely captivated by Rising and completed with Redemption. Jessica has become a 1 click author for me! It is hard to believe that she debuted her first book in 2018! I can’t wait to see what she writes next!!!
He’s the warrior right now, in complete control.
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From Amazon Bestselling Author Jessica Ruben comes the latest Contemporary/New Adult Romance….
I have no intention of finding happily-ever-after.
returning home is a curse.My demons need to be fed.
How else can a shattered man stay afloat?When a wild night in Las Vegas with the sexiest woman I’ve ever met turns into hell, she attaches to me as though I’m her savior.
But what happens when a woman hangs her hands on broken glass?
*Warrior Undone is a stand-alone spin-off from the Vincent and Eve series. This is a full-length novel.