Review | The Resistance by S. L. Scott (@slscottauthor)

30 August 2014


Pages: 370

You don't choose when.

You don't choose where.

And you don't get to choose who you fall in love with.

The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.

One night. That was all it took for Holliday’s world to be flipped on its axis. Jack Dalton was cocky. Smug. Volatile. Demanding. He ignited something deep inside her like no other, but there was something more to this brooding bad boy. There was a dark side to him she couldn't help but be drawn to.

Torn between what she knew about him and a mysterious side he tried to hide, could she walk away or was he simply too hard to resist?

This is another of the many books I devoured while on holiday and oh how I loved it. This book tells the tale of Holliday Hughes and Jack Dalton (or Johnny Outlaw as the rest of the world knows him). 

Holli meet Jack at a bar in Vegas where he pretends to be an undercover narc so he can she her ID to find out her name. They flirt and then spend the night together. Holli soon comes to realise this is going to be much more than a one night stand as does Jack (or Dalton as Holli comes to call him).

We follow their relationship in Vegas and then back in LA as they both return from Vegas and then as Dalton tours. I really did love these two. They are so perfect for each other and really do love one another despite their flaws. I enjoyed reading their interactions with each other and the time they spent together. Dalton, despite his famous life as the front man of Resistance, has some seriously sweet moments in this story. This one, a line he says towards the end, is one of my favourites:

"Don't ever doubt how much I want you. I always want you so much. Too much." 

*le sigh* 

I fell in love with the man right there...

You read too many books where there's a one night stand, they get together and they don't fight real issues but boy the characters in this book do. Dalton has his demons and Holli has to help him through them and out the other side. It's hard and at some times his issues cause him to lash out, in particular with Danny, Holli's good looking former model neighbour who fate decides every time Dalton sees them together it will look like something else. 

There's a scene in this book where Holli finds Dalton coming down from drugs and it was so painful to read. You can see how scared he was and how worried Holli was. Even though he had screwed up all earlier that day he knew in his moment of need that all he wanted (and needed) was her. And she went to him because they need each other. 

And then out of nowhere came I twist I so did not see coming. At all. Here I am enjoying all the fun times and smut then: BAM! It gets dark. Really dark.

I won't tell you what happens, but I will tell you it has a huge affect on Dalton and as a result Holli. She thought she had to deal with issues before, but this rips the man she has come to love apart and eventually, because of his jealously over Danny, and an unfortunate set of circumstances that he can't see through, it rips them apart. 

I really didn't see a way out for them and a path to get back together but they did find each other again, at Tracy's wedding and boy was the reunion great and it led them back to where they started: Vegas where they married.

The book ends with Dalton facing one final demon, his relationship with his father. I loved reading a certain part of this chapter after it's all gone South and Holli stands up for Dalton and herself after his father's vicious words. I was thinking the whole time you go Holli! 

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