Subject – Jaq with a Q
* Wrong Number
* Looking for hit-man
* Want’s to die
* No desire to be found
* Released from mental hospital
* Panic attacks
* Nobody would miss her
* In the eye of the beholder
4.5 Crazy in Love Stars*****
(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
There’s nothing better for me than a truly original story. You gotta love Jettie Woodruff for never following a recipe and for only going by what her heart tells her. Her stories are bold, unique and always highly entertaining. Jaq with a Q is going to my top favorites shelf.
Be bold, be daring and enter the world of crazy and beautiful…
Jaq has been living in a mental institution for a few years , she feels safe there, with her doctors and all her medications. She’s eighteen now and her social worker and the state have decided it’s time for Jaq to go out into the real world and start living like any normal girl her age. No matter what Jaq wants or says, nothing can stop her departure from the center.
The problem is Jaq doesn’t feel like she’s normal, she’s scared of everyone and everything, she can’t survive on her own. After a few days, full of fear and feeling helpless , she decides that her best route would be to hire someone to end her life. She calls a phone number she got for a contract killer, Oliver because she’s scared of trying to do it herself.
Oliver is completely bored with his life, after many careers and many jobs, he still has no clue what he wants to do with his life. Nothing and no one holds his attention. He does have a passion for science and reading but even those pleasures can’t fill the void inside his heart. One day he receives a strange phone call from a girl that is desperate to die, she’s looking for someone to kill her. From their conversation, Oliver gets a sense of determination. Unexplainably he finds himself desperate to know everything about this girl, and the reason as to why she’s so unhinged. He wants to study her and ultimately help her.
Ollie puts his computers skills to work and finds her. He finds a very beautiful and strange girl, whose eyes hold desperation but also a secret. Something that sparks something inside him, something he can’t explain but also can’t walk away from.
Little by little, day by day, Ollie starts to win Jaq’s trust. He’s also designed a plan to help her. He is convinced that if he can take Jaq to his father’s country house, and find his scientific journals, he can find a way to reduce her medication intake and guide her to the road of recovery, where she can finally live her life without fear and phobias.
As impossible as it may seem, what starts as a sort of scientific project, turns into a friendship, where lust finds its way, turning their relationship into something much more deep and meaningful. Even though Ollie had a life, a job, and normalcy, he was just as lonely and lost as Jaq. She gave him purpose, with all her crazy and all her pain. He found a connection unlike anything else in the world.
Can love be the cure? Would tender love and care be all Jaq needs to learn to live a life free of pain and fear?
I am so in love with this book! So raw, so different from anything else out there. I loved how I had no clue where each turn would take me. I felt desperate for more and hopeful from the beautiful love story. I felt their connection, their love, and their craziness as if it was my own. The ending left me a little confused but I know the author is just letting us simmer while she cooks something even more intense and I’m sure I’ll be delighted with anything she serves me, because like I’ve said before, Jettie Woodruff writes the kind of books I want to read.
My Jaq with a Q music playlist:
*Uncover by Zara Larson
*Malleable Things by Paper Kites
*Only You by Matthew Perryman
*If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
*Grow Old With Me by Tom Odell