This book starts with a letter from the author to the reader, which I found to be quite nice, explaining how Bullet came to be and giving you a warning pertaining to the length of the book.
Miss Jamison had me on an Emotional roller coaster, there were times when I was routing hard for Val and Ethan, others when I wanted to strangle Ethan and slap some sense into Val. It was a longer story than most but I felt like it was perfect because Miss Jamison was not writing your typical love story, she covered several sensitive subjects such as infidelity, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as domestic violence and emotional abuse and depression, and she did it with so much consideration for the seriousness of such subjects.
So much of Val’s story is about Ethan’s struggles whether they are with his demons and his addiction, or denial of his depression that you can almost feel her love, and her pain right along with her.
Val Quinn, a naive college freshman raised by good God-fearing parents, is just trying to figure out who she is and where her place is in this world. She knows one thing for sure though and that is that she LOVES Metal music! Her college roommate is a bitch, and Val doesn’t know anyone else at school so for the first 2 months or so Val just keeps her head down. That is until she sees the cute guy in her history class. After planning to introduce herself to the hottie in her history class Val finds out Ethan Richards( the hottie) loves Metal as much as she does He’s even in a band!!
Throughout the beginning of the book, you get glimpses of a darker side to Ethan, a side that Val can’t begin to contemplate. At first Val and Ethan look like they are stuck in the friend zone, but eventually Val breaks down Ethan’s walls. Ethan comes with baggage, but Val doesn’t seem too worried about it, not yet anyway. Ethan isn’t sure of much in life, just that music is his life; there is nothing else, until he meets Val, his muse.
Will the two of them be able to overcome their differences, fears and obsessions, or will their love for each other destroy them both? Between Ethan’s dark cloud over his head, Vals enabling, and the other members of Fully Automatic trying to maintain the balance between music and Friendship, you get a good look at the depths of Val’s love for Ethan. It starts as a crush, and as we watch it progress it turns into an almost obligatory emotion on Val’s part and an Obsession on Ethan’s.
Not only will you see Val and the guys grow up emotionally, but you get to watch Val Discover herself, who she wants to be as well as what her body was made for. I loved reading the scenes where Val was becoming more sexual , not just because Jade C. Jamison can write a scene that will have you clenching your thighs and biting your lip in anticipation, but because it was great to read a book where your “heroine” isn’t meek and mild mannered after her de-virgining, but one who is learning what she likes and how to get what she wants/needs out of each new experience. The only sex scene that disturbed me was Vals first experience , and only because I felt it went from holy shit this is hot, to almost clinical and then over, and I felt bad for Val. However, looking back at it I think that was probably a good indication of how Ethan and Val’s relationship was going to progress. Val and Ethan’s Journey is one that would leave most in pieces, but the characters in the end are that much stronger for all the shit they’ve endured.
It’s through Ethan that Val meets Brad a fellow band member and Ethan’s best friend. Between Brad and Jet (Another rock-star bad boy) Val has a few brief romantic encounters to distract from the pain her first love can’t help but inflict on her.
Val , being the only chick in a metal band full of young virile guys, makes for some interesting interactions, some that will push her closer to Ethan, and others that will make her wonder, what if?…..
You will fall in love with the Men of Fully Automatic (Bullet) especially Brad with his incessant flirting.
At times, I felt myself wondering what the hell Val was doing with Ethan when she could have Brad, but like I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again… Who doesn’t love a bad boy? Don’t get me wrong though Brad has his bad boy moment’s, and they are quite yummy J Especially when written by the talented Miss Jamison!!
All in all I loved this book, It was a great mix of love , drama, music (and yes even a little smut thrown in) ;)