From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Nikan Rebuilt, the next novel in the Preloadseries.
Does the past ever really stay in the past?
Nikan can never be complete. He's got a rock group made up of the family he built for himself, more money than he knows what to do with, and a stream of groupies falling over themselves to date him. But none of them are her. The one regret that still plagues him, still taunts him with what he could have had.
Jenny is a survivor. Now running a group home after overcoming life in a cult led by her manipulative father and watching her mother drink the poison he fed his followers, she fights to keep the light in the eyes of every boy who walks through her doors. Far from simple young love, Nik taught her to trust, showed her how good life could be. Before he formed the band. Before he became a famous rockstar. Before he destroyed it all.
A chance meeting after years of no contact shows the connection still blazes between them. But will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?
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Nikan Rebuilt, a second chance romance.
I like the concept behind this series. 4 guys who all grew up in a group home, they form a band and stardom finds them.
Each band member has a story of their own and this is Nik and Jenny's.
Jenny and Nik were teenage sweethearts, first loves, with hopes and dreams involving each other.
When Nik goes on his first tour and Jenny stays behind to continue her education she supports him and awaits his return but a one night stand caught by the press ends it all.
Jenny leaves and Nik never finds her.
Eight years later and the girl who herself was once in a foster home is now a worker for children in care.
The story starts with Jenny getting a new job in the town she once called home and the past is disclosed as the story progresses.
Nik and the band still support the group home they grew up in and are active with the boys on a regular basis whenever they are home from tour with the band, this is when Nik finds Jenny again.
The new worker who joins the group home he discovers is Jenny.
Eight years of wandering where Jenny went with no chance to apologize or explain is suddenly at Niks feet and it's time to grovel to get her back.
Nik and Jenny's reunion is awkward. Jenny is still full of hurt while Nik is full of regrets for his immature decisions all those years ago.
Nik is determined to get his Jenny back now he has found her and Jenny needs to let go and forgive.
Nikan Rebuilt is a heart warming journey with great characters, no angst or drama which is sometimes needed to keep you turning the pages, it felt like a middle book the bit inbetween, a character that needed to be covered but he wasn't as interesting as the others but the journey was sweet, Nik and Jenny's story needed to be told and it did lead to an overdue hea for Jenny and Nik.
A story of second chances, finding ones self, trust, healing and hope.
Told in third person dual pov. Third book in the series.
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NIKAN REBUILT Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Scarlett Cole
Nik took the towels out of her hands and placed them on the dryer. “Hey, come here,” he said as he reached for her hands. “Talk to me.”
She wasn’t ready to, not least because she didn’t understand the swirl of feelings sweeping through her. To put into words for Nik exactly how that felt was impossible. “I’m fine, I’m good. I just have a lot to do here now.”
Nik placed his finger under her chin and raised her eyes so she was forced to look at him. “I think we can safely say that lies have no place between us. So, I’ll tell you what I’m thinking, and then you can tell me what you’re thinking. Okay?”
Jenny sighed and nodded. “Okay.”
“I didn’t come here tonight expecting to kiss you like this. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it, but I know I have a lot of work to do to prove myself to you. But seeing you laugh, and seeing you look at me, just for a moment, without the pain I caused you in your eyes . . . Well, I don’t even know how to begin to explain what that felt like to me—except that I didn’t want to be away from you for another moment, and that it felt like a new beginning of sorts. If there’s any doubt in your mind about what that kiss did to me, I’d encourage you to touch me and check, but I think that might be a step too far, given where we are. Now it’s your turn.”
His words made her stomach flip, and despite her best efforts she was filled with a warm and fuzzy feeling. She looked over to the staircase again to check that nobody was within earshot. “We’re coming at this new friendship . . . relationship . . . from two completely different places. I’m mad at myself for letting you get this close to me again. It’s reckless to fall for you all over again and I know it. But when you stand so close to me, I can . . .” Crap. How could she explain that the way the smell of him, and the heat of him, and the proximity of him, and the touch of him took her straight back to that time and place where she wholeheartedly loved him?
“You can what?” Nik asked, moving his hands to her hips.
“I can remember us. Before.”