Does the past ever really stay in the past? Find out in Scarlett Cole’s NIKAN REBUILT, the steamy, third standalone in her rockstar romance series, Preload. After years of no contact, Nik and first love Jenny’s connection still blazes between them. Will they have their second chance at love? Or will the weight of their past crush their future together?
Title: Nikan Rebuilt
Author: Scarlett Cole
Series: Preload #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press SWERVE
Format: Digital and Paperback
4.5 My Home CROWNS
The Preload men and their family honestly break my heart and fill it with immeasurable hope. I don’t know how Scarlett Cole gets me to feel both at the same time but she does, and I can’t get enough.
The character of Nikan gives this book a different feel from the first two. The overall tone of the book is calmer, less tumultuous, because of all the men in this band, Nik has been the voice of reason. He has been the one to care for them, to keep them together, and to give them a future. During this novel, readers get to see him flounder as the roles in the group change as each of the men have found their happiness. Even as he is lost and searching, he still retains his clam, accepting presence. On top of his role change within the band, he works tirelessly to get back the woman he has lost, and the way he loves her and the way he attempts to win her back with such care and understanding is unlike most heroes in the romance world, and so incredibly true to his character. Readers will absolutely want this selfless and caring man to find his place, his new role, and his real forever home.
Jenny has some gumption, which I love in a heroine, and not the fierce independent tell-it-like-it-is female. It is a quiet strength. The way she takes care of herself when it falls apart took an inner confidence she shouldn’t have had at her age. Her love of the boys in her care takes a world of patience and is a love that not everyone possesses. But her most outstanding attribute is her capacity to forgive, to open her heart again, and to be truthful with herself and others. This woman carries a lot on her shoulders and asks for very little in return, which is awe-inspiring.
Nikan Rebuilt lacks the turmoil and angst of the previous books in the Preload series, and this is truly because of the characters. What has broken these two up has already occurred and considerable time has passed, and while the author could have made the story about anger and betrayal, she made it about healing and forgiveness. This unusual second chance romance plot choice is refreshing, and readers will enjoy that the focus is on coming together and finding a new home, a bit reconfigured, for these two who have endured so much.
Scarlett Cole continues to break my heart with the Preload men, but every single story has been worth the pain, because not only does she show readers the power of romantic love but she also shows that family is more than blood. These men and the other characters who have been brought into he series have created their own family, their own homes, and their own happiness, and this is an idea I can solidly believe in.
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From the queen of heart-pounding, sexy, emotional romance Scarlett Cole comes Nikan Rebuilt, the next novel in the Preload series.
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 lead 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 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.”
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.