Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Preload #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press SWERVE
Format: Digital and Paperback
Lennon McCartney is not a broken man. Because being broken implies being whole once. When a horrific accident deprives him of the one thing he loves—his talent as a fierce and explosive drummer—Lennon is left with a life chained by an abusive mother, by crushing guilt over a tragic past. A life he doesn’t want.
Dr. Georgia Starr is a legend. She’s one of the most successful neurosurgeons in the world, coming from a long-line of respected New York doctors. Her life is built around solving complex medical cases in order to bring relief and hope to sick children. But the one problem she can’t solve is how to live her life. How to shake loose the burden of being her elitist, arrogant father’s daughter. How to be free.
Can a man who despises his life and a woman who desperately needs to live find the answers, and love, with each other?
By: Scarlett Cole
Lennon McCartney has taunted readers from the inception of the Pre-load series with his elusive behavior and mixed signals. On one hand he could be endearing yet just as easily turn aloof and at times seemingly spiteful. No person could really reach him until his fated encounter with Dr. Georgia Starr. In Lennon Reborn, the inner workings and the culminations of the leads past come to the forefront as they deal with an event that bonds them in an intimate and exclusive way. The title aptly describes how Lennon voiced his need to be released from his pain in a poignant moment where he existed in a place between life and death. His fragile coping mechanisms destroyed, his demise/rebirth was held in the hands of Dr. Georgia Starr. She held the key to his salvation from her literally being at the scene of his near death to the relationship she developed with Lennon giving him a reason to embrace life. As Ms. Cole revealed Lennon’s secrets she also tackled his very ambivalent existence as she guided him through a series of choices that ultimately proved his worth. Before Lennon Georgia went through the motions of living but never really knew what it was to partake in life. Through Lennon she felt in color. This couple lived in emotional prisons and their connecting with each other set them free in a deeply moving and often brutal way.
It is hard not to fall in love with the Pre-load series and every one of its five members. Each installment was beautifully crafted, even while dealing with heart-wrenching and often ugly subject matter, that even the most hardened reader would find it hard not to be affected by. Ms. Cole is an excellent writer, she plots well and writes in such a way that readers can easily connect to her characters. What makes this author stand out though is not only does she form a connection for her audience but it is apparent from her opening lines forward that she is fully invested and deeply tied to her work as well. This makes all the difference and brings her books to a whole other level. It is always sad to see a highly anticipated exceptional series reach its conclusion but Scarlett Cole has created a group of characters that will live on in many a fan’s heart. With Lennon Reborn Scarlett Cole has firmly established herself as a romance rockstar!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone although it will enhance readers overall experience to read the previous books.*
experience to read the previous books.*
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LENNON REBORN Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Scarlett Cole
Georgia ripped off her coat and tucked it around the man of the floor. The air was sharp against her skin. Without thinking, she used her hand to move the stray hairs from across his face, and the man gasped. She checked his pulse and could tell the blood loss was getting dangerous.
“What’s your name?” she asked as she shone her light in his eyes. The tightness in her gut relaxed a little when they responded as they should.
The man hissed in a breath. “Lennon.”
“Do you know what day it is?” she asked.
“April . . . fucking . . . Fool’s . . . day.”
“Well, Lennon,” she said calmly, “the paramedics are almost here, and we’ll get you out of here soon.” She reached for his uninjured hand and squeezed it between hers. There was a spark of static between them, white and powerful. His life force. The thought was overwhelming.
“Let me go . . .”
She released his clammy hand immediately. “I’m sorry, I was just trying to give you some comfort. I—”
He reached for her hand, gasping. His fingers were large against hers. “No . . . you should . . . let . . . me . . . go.”
His eyes rolled closed.
No! She wouldn’t let him die. She tapped the side of his face until his eyes opened. “Wake up. I am not letting you go anywhere,” she said, knowing that any semblance of the professionalism to which she usually clung was slipping away. She believed patients’ stories about tunnels of white light, and seeing loved ones, and auras dimming. And she knew everyone needed to be allowed to leave if they really felt it was their time. But there was something so different about Lennon. She could feel his life force vibrate from his hand into hers, as if she taken hold of an electric fence. The energy was slipping away from him, and she would do anything to put it back in him.
He tugged her down toward him, so his lips could brush against her ear. “I’m . . . tired . . . of my life. Just . . . let me . . . go.”
His eyes closed, again.
She rested her forehead on his. “Your work here on Earth isn’t done, Lennon,” she said, tears burning her eyes. “And I am not going to let you go.”
About Scarlett Cole
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.
I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.
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