I’d have to say that Scorched is one of the most realistic and poignant books that Jen has written to date. Andrea’s story is something that I know a lot of readers will be able to relate to, either fully or in one way or another. The book itself isn’t filled with a dramatic roller coaster, but rather an inner roller coaster of thoughts and emotions. It’s through Andrea’s relationship with Tanner, her being able to open up to the possibility of love, that she comes to terms with her issues and decides whether or not she’s going to take control or let it continue to control her. Andrea is such a strong character and handled her situation in a very admirable way.
As for the romance, I really enjoyed Tanner and Andrea’s relationship progression. They’ve had a tentative friendship from the very beginning with an obvious attraction to one another. I’m surprised nothing had happened between them before all this went down. The first half of the story takes place at a cabin that they, along with Kyler and Syd, go to for a vacation. It’s there that their relationship is taken to the next level, as Tanner can’t resist his attraction to Andrea and she decides she might want to give it a try, too. From then on, it’s a real push and pull between these two as their communication skills aren’t the best. I liked that even though there was drama, it wasn’t extreme, which made it more believable. They also had plenty of hot moments, in true JLA fashion, and I was a total sucker for Tanner.
Scorched had all the elements that I’ve come to love and expect from a JLA book, but her writing was also taken to another level with the issues she addressed. She tackles so many – from alcoholism to mental illness to addiction and more. All of that was mixed together well to paint a raw picture of what Andrea is going through and making sure the reader grasps the significance and importance of it all. She makes a point that it’s okay to be who you are and that whoever that is, it’s normal. This book demands to be read and I’m so happy Jen wrote it.