Review: Jilted
JILTED - Eve Vaughn
Eve Vaughn Books
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April  2016
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: This is the first book that I have read by Eve Vaughn, and it is the first time I have encountered a hero of a romance tale with no redeeming qualities. It was hard reading this story of Ashley Hollingsworth, the hero and Skylar Brown, the heroine, because I really wanted to seriously hurt the so-called hero.

We begin with a wedding and Skylar, the bride, is musing about her dreams coming true because she was marrying a man who was everything she could ever hope for. Sweet huh? Well, that moment is short lived when our hero, Ashley denounces Skylar just as she joins him at the altar. He goes completely off on her in front of a church full of family, friends and invited guests. After he walks out of the church, Skylar runs after him and is the recipient of one of the most horrific verbal confrontations I have ever read. Our “hero” accuses the heroine of having sex with another man behind his back, and he has photos and a DVD to prove it. He even threatens to plow her ass down with his car if she doesn’t move. Strike 1! To say Skylar is totally humiliated and devastated is putting it mildly. Ashley even goes on what would have been their honeymoon trip with another woman. Ironically, the hero has become the villain you love to hate.

With the support of her family and friends, Skylar manages to complete law school, and move on because not only was she pregnant when Ashley dumped her, she was pregnant with triplets. The plot thickens! What does the hero do when Skylar informs him of her pregnancy? He kicks her out of his office. Strike 2! There are many twists and turns to this story including the fact that Ashley is Caucasian and Skylar is African American. No one in Ashley’s family, mother, sister, brother, likes Skylar, and they don’t hide their feelings. Ashley’s mother is a piece of work, and it is implied that she is partly responsible for Ashley’s over the top mistrust. After all of this, our Skylar still loves Ashley.  On another note, the triplets are definitely his because the boys look just like him, and the girl has family features. The resolution comes when the real villains responsible for the incriminating photos and DVD are discovered. No spoilers here, but I can’t help but feel that our “hero” could have utilized the same energy and investigative instincts when he first received the damaging articles instead of five years later. Strike 3!

I must admit that my feelings toward Ashley Hollingsworth have not changed very much. Even though the story ends as it began, with a wedding, but with a different outcome.  The hero is still a cad in my opinion. Nevertheless,
JILTED is a very interesting, and well written story. You should check it out! It’s not your usual love story by any means. Although I still don’t like the hero, I totally recommend the book.

20th April 2016 | romcol@caribsurf.com