Eli by Jessica Gadziala

June 18, 2020

If I never wanted the rage to win again, I needed to stay away from anything that triggered it.

Eli by Jessica Gadziala
Six years on the inside gave a man a lot of time to think. And a lot of time to plan. When I got out, I was determined for things to go a different way. I never wanted to lose control and rage out again.

The only way to accomplish that, though, was to shut it all down.
Complete disconnect.

That meant no family, no friends, no links to anything attached to the man I was before.

Of course the problem was, I never factored HER into my plans. And try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to shut it down, to disconnect from her.

I had a sneaking suspicion she was going to take all my carefully constructed plans and toss them out the window, was going to force me to face up the demons inside and confront the ghosts from my past.

Those ghosts?
They wore the faces of my family.

And a confrontation with them, yeah, I had a feeling it was going to show me that I had spent six years taking action on beliefs about the demons inside. Demons that had never actually existed in the first place…

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-- My Two Cents --

How could I possibly dismiss this broken hero? I've been getting hints and clues and innuendos galore since I started this series that something happened to Eli. What? I didn't have a clue. And I know that there's a certain reading order to the Navesink world, but I had to disregard all of that in order to get to the truth.

So what happened to the youngest Mallick brother?
💔 unlike the other brothers, Eli and Hunter weren't cut out for the violence of their family's business. I already knew that Eli was the last choice, the one most likely to get lost in a rage, and that he needed someone on the job with him to pull him back.
💔 Eli was softer, warmer, and had the heart of an artist. That was his passion, but he couldn't find a way to make it his life.
💔 He couldn't see someone suffer, be it woman or animal. He was a hero, a knight in shining armor. Unfortunately, one day, he was in the right place, at the right time, with the wrong people. He served six years for doing the right thing :(
💔 while serving his time, he cut out his family. He felt that he needed to control his rage and being a part of his family, it would stay at the surface. So he had to shut them out. Cut off his feelings. Kill his heart.

And then he comes out. All of the Mallicks couldn't be happier, until they realize that he wants nothing to do with them. The only one he lets in is the woman who stole his dog - Autumn. Now this woman, she was an amazing character. After taking in Eli's dog, she finds out where Eli is and keeps him updated. Those updates turned into conversations, and a bond was made. Those letters were Eli's only link to the outside world, so when he gets out, it's no surprise that she's who he turns to.

However, the shining star of this book, the character that really stood out, was Peyton. This chick was a hot mess of awesomeness! I freaking loved her and I hope a book exists for her because she is a character that needs her own story. While this story was utterly heart breaking, it was livened up with Peyton's humor and the incredible eroticism that existed between Eli and Autumn. These two were sexxxxxxxxy!

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-- About Jessica Gadziala --

Jessica Gadziala is a full-time writer, parrot enthusiast, and coffee drinker. She enjoys short rides to the book store, sad songs, coffee in Big Gulp-sized cups, and cold weather, and has recently developed an unhealthy obsession with acquiring houseplants. She lives in New Jersey with seven parrots and six dogs.

She is a big believer in snark, strong secondary characters, and bada$$ women.

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