Book Talk | The Prototype Series by Jacinta Howard (A Dual Review)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

You know what seriously got me about these books, these young men speaking and moving like they were fully grown. What is you trying to do Ms. Howard? Ma’am? Also, if these characters are based off real like folk around you…you know like a brother…uncle…someone along those lines. Uhm, hey…I would like to be your new friend 😊.

These stories focus on the members in the band, Prototype.
Let’s get into these books.

Book 1
Published: 8/2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Available: Amazon | Add it to Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★★

I will say that Happiness in Jersey was by far the most intense of these books. Jersey (and yes, this is her name) and Zay just flowed together so perfectly. Jersey Kincaid was just a little bit of a hot head because of the relationship or should I say non-relationship between herself and her father. Not to give away too much but her dad was pretty much a pos that blamed his daughter for things that she entirely had nothing to do with. And because of his inadequacies as a parent, Jersey literally was a talking text book of a chick with “daddy issues” but enters Isaiah “Zay” Broussard with his smooth talking jazz voice, a body some young girl will lay it all on the line for, grey eyes and to boot a attitude that is so damn chill…my goodness, it’s a wonder this girl fell for him.

Zay is able to come into Jersey’s world and do what other young men haven’t been able to do. That is break down steel (and I do mean steel) walls she has managed to build around herself. Jersey doesn’t do relationships, get off a little steam with a dude…sure. But go full blown lovey dovey with someone? Nope. But Zay who has suffered his own kind of lost and has been where Jersey now is. Walking around fully angry at the world. He managed to come out on the other side and plans on bringing Jersey into the light one way or another.
"Well," he said, staring at me again. "I believe God is love. And God created everything. So, love is innately in all of us, thereby making love an inevitable part of life."
Oh, this story was intense…intense. I felt for Zay at times because lawd that young man wasn’t given up on Jersey, whom he deemed as the love of his life. And I felt for Jersey too, it’s hard to have a non-working relationship with a parent especially if they are your only living relative. Because honestly, how are you supposed to have a working relationship with others if you can’t even get along with family? Smh. 

Jacinta Howard was able to make this relationship flow between the serious themes she decided to take on in Happiness in Jersey by adding fully functional young adults and music. Her writing is truly impeccable, and I couldn’t help but root for Jersey and Zay to push through it all.

Triggers: suicide and depression.

Kindle Edition
Book 2
Published: 5/2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Available: Amazon | Add it to Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★

Not as intense as the first book, Finding Kennedy still gives young members of our society dealing with truly serious themes as well. We also get dual POVs. 

In the 2nd book in the series, our story follows band member Travis Broussard (Zay’s cousin). A new cutie is in town and Travis is immediately drawn to Kennedy James, they have a connection and Travis plans on fully testing said connection out. Although Kennedy feels this thing between herself and Travis, she has her own issues and is running. Also, what she doesn’t need is some dude all up in her space when she’s trying to make a new path for herself in this little small town of Tyler Texas.

Whew, let me tell you. If I had a dude that was all on me like how Travis was on Kennedy, I’d probably be married by now but alas…lols. 
Anyhoo’s the chemistry between these two was crazy and my goodness what is in the water in Louisiana that has men talking like Travis and Zay?
“Then I figured out the opposite of fear is freedom” he said, raising his gaze to me. “Freedom is life. So now that’s what I strive to hit, every day.”
Sir? Where ya'll come from? Seriously.

Travis however did have is own mess in this book and he almost got on my nerves, but he was so damn intent on having Kennedy around him, he was kinda hard to be mad at...kinda because I was seriously side eyeing his butt at times. And for Kennedy, coming through a traumatic event and being so used to hiding away…that intensity was too much at times. Still, Ms. Howard give us a story full of music lines and crushing young love. Kennedy’s and Travis’s story also flows fluidly and this story will probably have you questioning why you didn’t have young men around you when you were in your college days like the Broussard men.

Triggers: mention of suicide, anxiety

Honestly, I’m not much of a young adult, new adult reader. I have two of them around me and chile listen…

But what Jacinta Howard is able to do with the characters in the Prototype series is make them angsty but not overly annoying. These young people have their issues no doubt about that, but this author writes them in a way where as I said earlier you to want to cheer for them to get through the sludge that life often-times throw your way. The young people in these stories are probably some kid you know and that for me makes these stories stellar. Although I did have to by-pass the extremely sexy times because again, I have two and I don’t wanna read or know…at all, lols.

Highly recommended reads, I say add them to your library or recommend them to a youngin’ in your life. 

**I need a novella or something following up on Jersey and this relationship with her father. That man is raggedy and I need him gone from her life. 

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