Review: Jackson by Tracie Podger



“It’s time to get my shit together. Time to tell her that I love her. Time to right wrongs and put the past behind me. But I have an addiction, one that haunts me, that takes over my body and mind. One that leaves scars.”


“It’s time to get my shit together. Time to tell him that I love him. Time to move on from my past. But he has an addiction, one that scares me, one that I don’t feel capable of dealing with.”

Jackson – Son of a wealthy, abusive man finds peace in art. Whether that art be on his body or walls, it gives him an outlet.

Summer – A woman in mourning, finds peace in the arms of her friend.

Together they can fight their demons, they can put the past behind them – or can they?

Can two broken people have the love they both desire? Or will dangerous, harmful outlets and loss forever consume them?

Jackson is a standalone with The Passion Series.

Angsty romance for over 18’s. This novel contains scenes that could be a trigger for some. Please feel free to contact the author or refer to the Trigger Warning section on the author’s website –

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Jackson Cover

~My Review~

Holy smoke… Where do I start???

Jackson is a fantastic book. Seriously every page was captivating. This book contains a topic which will not be easily read for everyone, that said it is handled extremely well and for those who do read Jackson it will touch your heart!

Jackson is an amazing story in which we see two people fighting their own demons as well as trying to help each other to deal and heal. The question is can they overcome all their demons or will some be too much too handle?

I will not allow myself to discuss the storyline in too much detail for fear of writing spoilers for those that are yet to read Jackson. What I will say is that this story is a journey full of emotion, secrets, guilt and discovery. It will have you completely invested in in these characters and their overall journey.

Jackson and Summer are both suffering for different reasons. As much as these two have been friends for a long time they both have things the other doesn’t know and that is slowly beginning to eat away at them. The two can help each other heal but the road to healing is far from smooth.

This story may contain subject matter that can be hard for some people to read, even I found it difficult at times, but Tracie has written it extremely well and has kept it incredibly real. Tracie has dealt with the issues that do exist in the real world, and that makes it even easier to relate to. Tracie has taken some very real, very painful and heart breaking times and has created a very addictive story, that is enjoyable, heart breaking and enlightening to read.

Tracie’s writing style is as always a pleasure to read and sucks you into the story alongside the characters. I was pulled into Jackson and Summer’s world from the very beginning, and I was held there until the very end. The emotion Tracie has put into this book comes through from both the characters. Every ounce of happiness and pain these two went through I experienced with them as though it was my own. I know these two had their claws in my heart because I actually felt the point at which my heart broke.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Jackson. I can definitely see a book hangover for a while. Just whilst I try and repair my heart. Well done Tracie for creating another compelling story that I’ll be reading time and time again!

~About The Author~Tracie

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

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~Other Books By Tracie~

Available in ebook and paperback….

Fallen Angel, Part 1

Fallen Angel, Part 2

Fallen Angel, Part 3

Fallen Angel, Part 4

The Fallen Angel Box Set

Evelyn – A novella to accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Rocco – A novella to accompany the Fallen Angel Series

Taylor & Mack – A novella to accompany the Fallen Angel Series

A Virtual Affair



A Deadly Sin

The Facilitator

Letters to Lincoln


Review: Gibson’s Melody by KL Shandwick

~Synopsis~Gibson's Melody

This novella compliments Gibson’s Legacy and Trusting Gibson (Last Score Series).

They say the past always catches up with you… For a guy like Rock God, Gibson Barclay, it wasn’t totally unexpected.

Everyone always knew living down the kind of legacy he’d created for himself was never going to be easy. But just when he thought there were no more skeletons to find, his wayward past raises its ugly head and sets his mind reeling.

Historically, nothing and no one had ever fazed this hotter than Hell rock star, but that was back in the days when he only had himself to consider.

Never one to shirk his responsibilities, Gibson takes the shocking news in his stride, but faces hurting the one person he loves above all else. When he shares his secret, can the love of his life cope with the inevitable changes to their daily lives and how can he balance his new responsibilities while managing to maintain the hard earned trust of his woman? .

˃˃˃ Series: Yes ˃˃˃ All Series Books Released: Yes


This story contains sexually explicit material, mature subject matter, and is intended for individuals over the age of eighteen.

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~My Review~

This novella compliments the Last Score Series. That said I am yet to finish the Last Score series, but that didn’t cause me any issues when reading Gibson’s Melody.

Gibson & Chloe! Wow! Seriously, what a pair. These two work so well together. They truly do even each other out and keep each other grounded.

I felt for Chloe so much throughout this whole book. She tries so hard to push her own feelings aside and to be supportive to Gibson and considerate to his feelings. Gibson too is very aware of Chloe’s feelings and he does his best to show Chloe that his feelings for her are still as strong as ever. He tries to ensure that she knows how he feels throughout everything that they are dealing with.

Piper is welcomed into their family and under their very protective care and she realises that life can be so much better than what she has experienced so far. She seems to fit in really well with these two and slowly starts to show signs of coming out her own protective shell. Chloe and Gibson help Piper deal with both her grief and adapting to her new life.

Once again KL Shandwick has delivered an exceptional piece of fiction, that enables the reader to escape from their own reality and become fully immersed in Gibson, Chloe and Piper’s world. I was sucked deeply into the world that KL Shandwick has created and I was help there until the last page.

KL Shandwick’s writing style is as good as ever, feeding you the details that you need to feel a part of the tale she is weaving and to keep you there wanting more, needing to know everything.

The characters that KL Shandwick has created are realistic, they are not perfect. Each has their own flaws and each one’s personality shows through in the way the talk and behave. It would be very easy to picture these 3 as a real everyday family, you know the ones, that rich family at the edge of the village in the acres upon acres of land 🙂 That’s my thought anyway.

KL Shandwick~About The Author~

Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy. She loves creating new characters and story lines.Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation of her stories, and each character has his or her own voice. She doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside and writes full-time.

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