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Wild Sparks’ Hadley Beckett isn’t the only Beckett with a broken past and a story to tell…

Thirty-year-old Jared Beckett has always lived his life unconsciously, contemptuously, single-handedly, and on his own terms, not caring what people think of him, or thinking much of the people who do care. His mother’s abandoning him when he was a toddler laid the bitter foundation in which he proceeded to build upon, but that was only the launch of his downward spiral. His father tried to do the best he could as a single parent, and even though Jared was an honor student and is now a talented structural engineer, he’s always felt slighted and compared to his older sister Hadley, increasing his hostility.

Despite his antipathy and aversion to being close to anyone, becoming a master at hiding his internal struggles, he has two friends, Dash and Rio, but even they don’t know the extent of his eternal anguish. His friends tirelessly try to change his life for the better, yet their efforts to help him find a love connection are fruitless because of Jared’s refusal to acknowledge the existence of love, feeling distrustful of people from his own mother’s inability to love him.

Adding to his foundation of resentment, and unbeknownst to anyone, when Jared was 16, he had met a girl in school who made him question his enduring doubts. They became fast friends, but feeling oddly different about her and not knowing how or why he wanted something more from their friendship, he became frustrated when she didn’t seem to return his advances. Their friendship grew strained, forced, and painful. On his last day of school, he finally said goodbye to her and didn’t look back, yet never moving forward, caught up in her memory, and regrets of what could have been.

Nearly 14 years after he said goodbye, Jared has returned to his hometown of Annapolis for the summer, as well as to his dark memories. However, with a new light illuminating them, revelations about his covert friendship are revealed, and as his secretive nature and progressing resentment deteriorates any relationships he has left, in an unexpected move, he reaches out to help her. With her in his life again, will he become even more entrenched in his acrimony or is she the only one who can bring down his walls, unlock Jared Beckett’s unconscious heart, and revive him before it’s too late for both of them?




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There was much that I liked about this story, but Jericho/Jared tried my patience more than once. For me, it was a slow start. I was not fond of Jared. I did like Kat, Dash, Rio, and even Liberty. He was very rude to Liberty, Rio, and Dash. I wondered at times why Dash and Rio even stuck around. As the story unfolded, I began to understand Jared and why he was so closed off and even mean to everyone, except for Kat.

I liked the colorful characters of Dash, Shell, and Victor. I found myself laughing at times at their crazy antics. I was touched as Jared tried to help Kat push past her fears by teaching her to drive.

“However the truth is I’ve only been a victim, as Jared said, living in fear of getting behind a wheel, and allowing the fear to drive me instead of me driving a car.”

Honestly, there were times that I just wanted to smack Jared when he interacted with his dad, Dash and Liberty. I wish that Rio and Liberty could have had a side storyline, but I was satisfied a bit later when Liberty had a part in helping Jared. I was also glad later as his Dad and he got a chance to clear the air about a past situation that had continued to affect them both.

I enjoyed the difficulties of the missed chances, the games played, the fears of being rejected, and unwillingness to be vulnerable that both Jared and Kat experienced as they tried to go from wanting to be high school sweethearts to becoming friends again and the transition to lovers. Ren got the awkwardness and uncertainty of their feelings and conversations. There were the times I was aching for them to say what they were really feeling. It felt real.

There were quite a few hot sex scenes, so if you’re not into that… If you are, this might be the book for you.

As Jared said, “And clueless sweethearts finally getting their sh** together.”

Jared learned to let down some of the walls of Jericho for his family and friends, but Kat definitely got the ‘Keys to Jericho’.

There was the part about Hadley from the Wild Sparks series. This can be read as a standalone, but the parts of the story dealing with Hadley and Finn and their unfinished business left me curious enough to want to read that series, too. Jared showed that he was a caring brother when Hadley needed him to be there for her.

Note: I received an ARC from the author, and this is my HONEST review.


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Ren Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, but grew up in a nearby tiny, historical, college town in the Northern Panhandle of the state. She graduated from West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was reading and writing. She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters and two cats. “Chasing the Wild Sparks” is Ren’s first novel.

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Comments on: "Review: The Keys to Jericho by Ren Alexander" (1)

  1. LOL Oh the ones you want to just shake and pinch. Glad it turned into a great read! I do like them steamy 😀

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