“Marley” Book Review

November 16, 2015 / 0 comments

“Marley” Book ReviewMarley by Lesley Jones
Series: Carnage #3
Published by Self-Published on October 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC
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From the author of Carnage 1&2, comes this follow-up novel.

Marley tells the story of Carnage from Marley Layton’s POV. It will give you the missing years. Marley is a companion novel to Carnage 1&2 and both of those books should be read first.

Want to know what really happened in that hotel room in Paris?
Want to know if the rumours of Marley, Sean and their sexploits were true?

We got to watch Georgia fall apart but what was Sean going through in those four years they were separated?

Marley will give you the answers but he might just break your heart along the way.

Liezel’s Thoughts:

I thought I had already shed every tear that I possibly could over this series yet even knowing how it all ends I couldn’t stop my emotions getting the best of me all over again. This is just how moving the series was.

A  little background about the book… “Marley” is a companion novel to Carnage 1 & 2 and is not meant to be read as a standalone and I would not recommend reading it as such. That being said, this review may contain spoilers so consider yourself forewarned. Marley is Georgia’s older brother and Maca’s bandmate and best friend. He was present  every single step of the way from when the band formed itself  and up until the tragic end.

They were young when their popularity hit and when they reached that stardom their lifestyle began to change considerably. This was what caused the rift between Maca and Georgia’s in the first place. They could have been together for years and knowing the role that Marley played in their ultimate destruction …you can’t help but abhor his character.

This is what I liked most about the book –  the way the author was able to affect my emotions so powerfully. One minute I  hated Marley with a passion. I  wanted to strangle him for influencing Maca. Then further into the story I felt remorse for feeling that way. Despite all the pain that he caused he did redeem himself in more ways than one and I admired how the author was able to sway my opinion. She certainly convinced me that after all the pain that everything ended as it should be. No matter how tragic.

One of the things that I need to point out is how detailed some of the “situations” are. Some readers may appreciate this and some may think that it may be way too graphic. I personally loved how Lesley Jones didn’t hold back in describing the debauchery. It felt realistic – everything that I would have expected  in a rock stars domain and can’t thank her enough for the providing that feeling of authenticity.

It may be somewhat difficult to fully immerse yourself into “Carnage” given that the vocabulary, idioms, and expressions are different from what we are exposed to but for me I certainly enjoyed the diversity. If this is something that you are willing to look past then I do believe that you will come to love the entire series as much as I did.

The Verdict:

rating-4

My Review At A Glance
Writing Style
Story Flow and Pacing
Overall Impact
Character Development
Heat/ Sexual Tension
Overall: 4.4 / 5

About Lesley Jones

Lesley was born and grew up in Essex, just outside of London, England but moved with her family to Australia in 2006 and now lives close to the city of Melbourne. As well as writing, Lesley is an avid reader and also enjoys watching a game of football- the round ball version- while sipping on a glass of wine, during her down time. Despite now living in Aus, she is still an Essex girl at heart and remains partial to her waxing, tinting, sculpting and shellac routines. Lesley is a huge fan of social media and can often be found chatting to her readers in her various groups. She is a sucker for a reality TV show, with TOWIE being her obvious favourite.

My Review At A Glance
Writing Style
Story Flow and Pacing
Overall Impact
Character Development
Heat/ Sexual Tension
Overall: 4.4 / 5


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