Ah! I have so many feelings about this series! I normally feel really strongly about which guy in a love triangle I want to win out, but in this I really can’t decide!
Series: From the Inside Out (Book #2)
Author: S.L. Scott
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: serial readers looking for something between longer reads
Note: I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
About Scorned and Jealousy:
I was wrong. So wrong.
I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be.
Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back.
To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me.
This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny.
This is our story.
And it’s not for the faint of heart.
I don’t know…
I liked this book, and I have a lot of emotions, but said emotions aren’t strong enough for me to give it 5 stars. I’m flip-flopping like whoa.
Frankly, I’m surprised I’m not either Team Austin or Team Dylan. I feel like I’m supposed to be, but since the book couldn’t sway me in one direction or another.
On the one hand, Austin has his life together, knows what he wants about it, and is treating her alright. There are things like ditching her to get drunk around the corner, and not being open with her about traveling, but they aren’t major dealbreakers on their own. I can see the work travel being a big downside for Jules. Austin is going to travel a lot for work. There are some spouses that can be okay with that, but Jules doesn’t seem to be one of them.
So now, there’s Dylan, obsessively working his way back into Jules’ life again, trying to prove he’s worthy. It’s kind of obvious that Jules is lying to herself about her feelings for him. As in, really obvious, since she basically made out with him while her passed out boyfriend was still touching her.
So one of the reasons I can’t make up my mind is because Jules can’t seem to make up hers. They both seem like great guys, but they both have their downsides. That’s true for most guys. The key is who is the best person for you. But who is the best person for Jules? It frustrated me that I couldn’t figure that out.
Choose Your Own Adventure
So here’s where it gets really interesting. After I had all this cognitive dissonance, I started feeling angry and confused at the book. But then I heard about how the series concludes: choose your own adventure.
Maybe it’s not obvious who the best guy for Jules is is because we get to choose for ourselves. S.L. Scott is doing something really awesome that I’ve never heard of a romance author doing before: alternate endings.
She’s writing two separate endings in two separate books. One, aptly called Austin, the other, Dylan. Since I don’t really want Jules to end up with one guy over the other, I’ll probably read them both.
Ever since that fateful day, I became an expert at avoidance.
Avoiding attachments. Avoiding relationships. Avoiding love.
My company became my constant, the only companion I needed… until a chance encounter with Jules Weston. I met her at a most vulnerable moment. Despite the tears that streaked her face, I fell in love the first time I ever laid eyes on her. I needed her in my life.
She was broken, but I knew I could heal her. I would wait until she let me into her heart, allowing me to love her. And maybe, just maybe, one day she could heal me too.
Four years ago, I was tempted with money, prestige, and power by a woman who offered to give me the world. That lifestyle came with a price. I had to leave the love of my life — the one person who had already given me everything I would ever need.
Today I watch Jules Weston in another man’s arms. Wanting… needing her back in my life again. But there are obstacles that keep us apart. Her boyfriend. Her best friend. Her anger that has raged inside her over the years.
Despite those, I’ve returned to take back what’s mine. The one thing I regret leaving behind—her heart.
About S.L. Scott
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.
Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.
Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.
Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.
She welcomes your notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.