Vanquish (Triumph #1)


Jared Roman has lived his entire life feeling unworthy, unwanted and unloved. He’s lived a life of abuse, addiction and abandonment.

Zhoe Dawson comes from a different world than him. She comes from money and social status. But with that comes the dictatorship her father runs. All Zhoe’s ever wanted is to break free of his rules, and to feel loved.

When they learn Jared is the reason for Zhoe’s pain, her loss, and heartbreak he tries to walk away.

But, Zhoe offers him the one thing he’ll never be able to leave behind – her heart.

Can Zhoe’s love save him from his past?
Can she help him conquer his fears and doubts?

Vanquish (Triumph Book 1) Book two, Conquer is due to be released in late 2014.


This is a debut read from the immensely talented SJ McGran that totally blew me away.  The plot is intricate, perfectly timed and well layed out.  Vanquish is a story that will draw you in and not let you go until the very last page is turned.

Jared and Zhoe are direct opposites (or so it seems).  Jared has lived an unimaginable horrific life full of pain and abuse.  All that he is looking for is someone to love him. But Jared is hiding a major secret that will directly impact Zhoe’s life.

 Zhoe has been sheltered and had a privileged upbringing.  Her life isn’t all that it seems. We learn at the beginning of the book that her brother, Cole, has died.   Zhoe is forced to live under the dictatorial rule of her father.  All that she is looking for is freedom and love. This book is so good because Zhoe and Jared’s pain feels like a living and breathing entity.  You find yourself alternating between anger and tears.  Did I mention that this is a very emotional read?  This book has some delicious plot turns that will make you cringe and break your heart.  The drama and angst factor is very high in this read.

I love the friendships between Jared and his bestie Rocco and between Zhoe and her friend, the oh so lovable, Ang. Their interactions are one of my favorite things about this book. The author does a fabulous job with the development of her characters. You can see the changes in them throughout the book.

I give major points to SJ for writing such an intriguing and addictive read. I am already planning on re-reading Vanquish.


Vanquish (Triumph Book 1)


S.J. McGran

Born November 22, 1987, S.J. McGran is a new author with a penchant for writing, reading and reviewing romance novels.

She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, cat and lots of siblings. She is a die hard Detroit Tigers fan, and has a love for ice cream and pizza.

Vanquish is the debut novel by S.J. McGran and is due out July 2014.



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