Title: Jackson (Rydeville Elite #5)
Author: Siobhan Davis
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/4
Type: Can be read as standalone. Suggest to read interconnected books for better understanding
Genre: YA, Thriller, Series, Contemporary Romance
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Jackson & Venessa (Nessa)
Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
I have become a great fan of this Author after reading few of her series. I have been excited to know about Jackson’s story and to go back to Rydeville and meet those several amazing characters again.
Jackson has been driven by revenge now. He wants to settle score with the person who was responsible for his sister Dani’s death. Even though he is driven, he is still the same playful, cocky and arrogant. Jackson thinks key to allure and hurt is enemy is through Venessa. Nessa is sweet hot mess who has bundles of problem and she has made up her mind and is cleaning up her mess. She has been sober and independent for a year now and finding other ways to deal with her problems.
We see how Jackson tries to Woo Nessa in the first half. His plans get messed up when emotions got involved. Step by step they are exposed to more monsters and more members of old elite team. I loved the twist and turns in the second part. Venessa stood strong in her own way. Things turn crazy and complicated very fast and bad yet they struggle to come out unharmed. Loved the support of entire team.
Secondary Characters – Totally loved seeing entire crew. We get more details on Sawyer in this. Looovvvveed Xavier, he just stole the show. Drew and Sandra took a different intriguing turn. Loved seeing Diesel & Bryant here, didn’t expect that. Loved how she linked Selena, Keanu and Kennedy brothers. Kayleigh was sweet. Abby and Kai delightful as ever. This entire plot became alive, lovely only because of all these secondary charters. Each have unique quality and play their own vital part in the plot.
What I didn’t like personally— The character development in the first half between Jackson and Nessa wasn’t as per my expectation. I didn’t understand the connection though it felt good in second half. When you are forced to stay together and play nice, what made act feel real plays a vital role, that wasn’t highlighted well (IMO—may not be same for all). I felt like this because I had too high expectations from Siobhan and she actually spoiled all heroin’s for me through Harlow. Plot moved super-fast for me in part 2.
In the end liked to see the charming flirty playboy on his knees. If you loved the dark world of Rydeville then this is definitely for you. You will love these knots the tangled web of Rydeville.
Blurb as per Goodreads
The devil came to me in disguise. Too bad I didn’t notice until it was far too late.
The devil doesn’t always wear an evil mask.
Sometimes, he appears in the most beautiful form.
Like the super-hot bad boy with the dirty-blond hair and a wicked glint in his blue eyes who swept in out of nowhere, stealing all the air from my lungs.
I thought he was my savior.
But he’s my ruination.
And he’s just taken a machete to my heart.
For years, my rage seethed under the surface. Hidden behind a cloudy haze of my poison of choice.
But now, the fog has cleared.
And I’m out for blood.
I will annihilate those responsible for taking my sister from me.
Except he’s not here, so I go for the next best target.
The woman he abandoned.
Until it suited him to drag her into this messed-up elite world.
Sucks to be her.
Because when I’m done with Vanessa, she’ll wish she was dead.
An interconnected standalone dark romance set in the Rydeville High Elite world. 120k word full-length novel. Due to mature content and themes, this book is recommended to readers aged eighteen and over. Some scenes may be triggering.