Jordan Reclaimed (Preload #1) by Scarlett Cole
Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.
Now he’s made good, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.
Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.
She craves Jordan.
Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he's never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a fab start to a new series by this great author.
“Lexi just twirled into my life, and she’s like the light I’ve been living without.”
Jordan might be a rich and famous rockstar, but he lived daily with his issues from a damaged childhood. As long as he has his ‘brothers’ with him and accounted for, he’s fine. Women are transient in his life and a relationship is something he’s never really thought he could have. One evening, he’s sees a ballerina dancing through the window of a dance studio. She is beautiful and wondrous. She’s like bright sunshine penetrating his dark existence. When their eyes meet, a connection is forged between them. It was as if she saw to the heart of him and he quickly becomes consumed by her.
“The connection between them couldn’t have been anymore real had they been touching. It was solid, and heated, and unlike anything Lexi had ever experienced.”
Lexi is a principal dancer with the Canadian National Ballet. She yearns to spread her wings beyond classical ballet but her obsessive father guides her life and career using guilt, cruel words, and a tough hand. Jordan, with his heavy metal background, and his black clothes, and tattoos, is the complete opposite of the type of person she would normally socialise with, but something about him calls to her and, for the first time in her life, she’s excited about something other than dance.
“You're my everything...Everything I didn't know I wanted or needed. Everything I didn't think I could have.”
I adored the connection between Jordan and Lexi. I loved how natural they were with each, and how quickly they came to care about the other. Apart, they were not quite whole, but together, they were really something special. I melted at how his desire for her and to have her in his life, had him looking closely at himself and the way he lived his life. Jordan is intensely sexual, whilst Lexi is sweet, although not inexperienced. I really enjoyed their journey together – Jordan revealing more about his past, as Lexi deals with her own issues in the present.
One last thing, I loved how Jordan got his name from his foster mother and the reasoning behind it! This was a fab story and I’m looking forward to the rest of this series about the band.