Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour & Review... Kelly Gendron's Jax

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Title: Jax
(Breaking The Declan Brothers #1)
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17, 2015

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“Some boys can get rough, some don’t always listen when you tell them to stop, and some boys, they’re just monsters. You gotta be careful who you play with…” ~ Jax Declan

I’m a tease, always have been. In my teens, Jax Declan tried to warn me about staying away from the bad boys. The only boy I ever wanted was Jax. But, no matter how much I tried to play with him, he rejected me.

I haven’t see Jax Declan in years. A couple friends and I are going back to the Bayou for the summer. A little older now, and a bit wiser, I’ve decided that I’m going to find my teenage crush and I’m going to break him. This summer Jax Declan will play with me.

But the closer I get and the more I learn about the reserved, discreet, and sexy Jax Declan. Well, I’m starting to think that Jax Declan might just be one of those bad boys he tried to warn me about all those years ago.

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Prologue and Chapter 1 Reveal:

I slip a trembling hand inside her shirt, move it up her soft belly, and reach her lacy bra. A moan escapes her lips, and I deepen the kiss. Pulling the lace out of my way, my knuckles scrape across a small bead. My heart beats recklessly beneath my own shirt. I find her nipple again, that perfect little tight bead, and squeeze it between my fingers. She whimpers against my mouth. I pinch harder. Fuck. I want to grip hold of it with my teeth.
Too anxious, I slide my hand down into her pants. The tight elastic waistband presses on my forearm, forbidding my entrance, but I’m gettin’ in there. I feel her wetness on the tips of my fingers. My heart beats faster. My finger follows all that wetness and fuck, it slips right into her softness. Damn, it’s so tight in there, so amazingly snug and warm. Man. I gotta get into that sweet, tight place. I pull out and thrust back in. Her hips move with my probing finger. A groan reels from me. Not breaking from the kiss, I pull my hand out, grab her pants, and start to yank them down.
“No,” she breathes over my mouth.
The blood in my veins pumps hard, pulsating and thrashing beneath my heated flesh. I neglect the sounds she’s making and strip her panties off. Her ripe pussy glistens beneath all that wetness. Fuck, it’s making my dick hurt so bad.
“No.” She pushes me.
Breaths rapid and shallow, I struggle to undo my pants.
“Stop.” She hits me in the chest.
I pull my dick free from my jeans. I’ve waited and waited. She’s made me wait. She said tonight. I could have her tonight. Blinded by the uncontrollable need to have her, I crawl over her fraught body. Afraid I’m going to blow my load before my dick can make it inside. I grab it. She slaps me, striking me across the face. My dick gets harder. I guide myself to her opening.
“No! Stop!”  she screams. Loud!
That’s when I snap out of it and look up.
That’s when I see it so alive in her eyes.
It rushes all through me.
I can taste, smell, and feel…her fear.

Chapter One ~ Emmie

“So ladies,” I walk over with the wine glasses, “what should we do this summer?”
Rayna takes her glass from me and lifts it. “I say we eat and drink as much as we want. We’ll make it our goal to gain no less than ten pounds this summer.”
“No way.” Lurlene shakes a full head of dark copper hair as she captures the glass from my hand. “I just lost twenty pounds. It took me six months. Now, when I wear my skinny jeans, it doesn’t look like someone forgot to stop pouring me into them. I had to eat a salad, and I mean just lettuce, so I could afford the calories I plan to consume with you ladies tonight. Sorry,” she scrunches her freckled nose, “you’re going to have to come up with something else.”
“Yeah. Bad idea, Rayna.” I retrieve my glass of wine from the counter and enter the living room. “I know you’re exiting a long-term relationship and all. You might want to kick your heels up for a couple months,” I slumber into the sofa next to Lurlene and peer down at Rayna sitting on the floor, “but I’m looking to get laid his summer.”
“You’re always lookin’ to get laid.” Rayna takes a sip of her wine. “And ten pounds wouldn’t put a dent in that body of yours.”
“It’s my metabolism.” I flip a hand in the air. “It kicks ass.”
“Yeah, she gets her perfect figure from her mother and me,” Lurlene smirks. “People think I work at the damn gym.  If anyone needs to get laid, it’s me.”
My eyes flash to Lurlene. “I thought you were saving yourself for the one?”
“Heck, I’m twenty-five, and there’s not a single prospect within miles. I’m never going to find love.” Lurlene shrugs. “I’m reconsidering.”
Rayna props up on her knees, and her dark long strands swing forward. “Hey, I’ve got an idea.”
Oh, here we go. We’re definitely in trouble whenever Rayna gets that look in those sly-green eyes.
“You know my sister still has her place in the Bayou? Well, she hasn’t used it in a few years, busy with the fam, kids, and shit. We could go there for the summer. I’m between jobs, Emmie, you can do your job from anywhere, and Lurlene, you lucky bitch, you don’t have to be anywhere until the kiddos go back to school in the fall. What do you think?”
“I don’t know. I haven’t been back to the Bayou in years,” I say.
“It’s been six for me. But we could meet up with friends, hang out at all the old stomping grounds, build fires, and get drunk all summer long.”
“Yeah, and we could also run into the Declan brothers,” I say with a tight smile.
“The Declan brothers?” Lurlene glances back and forth between Rayna and me. She’s not from the Bayou.
“Jax, Zeke, and,” I lean toward Rayna, “Slate.”
“I’m so over him,” she waves a hand at me and takes a sip of her wine. “What?” She sets the glass down. “Like I said, it’s been six years.”
“What’s up with Slate,” Lurlene asks.
“Rayna dated him all through high school. There was even talk of marriage.”
“It was first love shit. And I got no problem seeing Slate Declan again. What about you?”
“What about me?”
“Jax Declan?”
“I never did anything with Jax Declan!”
“But you wanted to,” Rayna smirks.
“Never,” I outright lie.
“What about Zeke,” Rayna glances over at Lurlene, “he’s the player of plays. And he’s so fucking hot. Too bad the asshole knows it.”
“And that’s why I never touched him, either,” I say, now speaking from truth. “Way too many hands grabbing on that pole.”
“I hear he has an exceptional pole. But then again, so did Slate. I can only assume Jax does, too.” She drops back down onto the floor. “Do you think Jax is gay?”
“Oh my God, I never consider it, but ya know,” I grimace, “he might be. I’ve never seen him with a girl, much less heard of him dating anyone.” And God knows I tried to get that guy to notice me, but he ignored all my advances. “Who knows, if we did go back there we could find the Declan brothers all married with a new herd of little Declans saddling up to wreak havoc in the Bayou.”
“I say we check it out. Let’s do it, let’s wreak a little havoc of our own.” Rayna grins.
“I’d love to have another go at it with Jax.” I bite my lip, again the truth. “Ya know, to see if I could break him, find out if he’s into the same sex or not.”
“Uh-huh.” Rayna’s grin widens. “And I, just by being there, could break Slate’s heart like he kinda did mine. And you,” Rayna looks at Lurlene. “You could get that cherry of yours popped by the best damn lay in the Bayou, and you could break every one of Zeke Declan’s rules, too.”
“Rules?” Lurlene’s brows draw together.
“Yeah,” Rayna lifts a finger. “Rule number one; don’t call him, he’ll call you,” she raises another finger, “two; he doesn’t date, three; no sleepovers, and rule number four,” Rayna looks at me wiggling four long digits, “absolutely no virgins.”
“And,” I turn to Lurlene, “if you don’t agree, understand, and follow those rules, he refuses to sleep with you,” I say, holding back my laughter from the appalled look on Lurlene’s face.
“You’re just his type, and you have experience with refusing men so you could give Zeke Declan a real good run for his booty call.” Rayna’s eyebrows wiggle.
“His type,” Lurlene says.
“Remember, Emmie, what was her name?” Rayna snaps her fingers. “Shit. Luna Featherhouse. That’s it.  Oh, Zeke fell head over heels for her, but she wouldn’t give his cocky ass the time of day. Drove him insane. With our help, Lurlene could do it. She could get laid, and break Zeke, along with every one of his damn rules.”
“Wait,” Lurlene says, shaking her hands. “He really has rules, and girls agree to them just so they can have sex with this guy?” Rayna and I nod our heads. “And neither of you—”
“Eww!” Rayna’s body shakes with the heebie-jeebies. “God, no! I dated his brother, and Emmie, although she’s trying to deny it, only ever had eyes for Jax. So, what do you say?”
I roll my only-eyes-for-Jax-Declan at Rayna. “You’re absolutely crazy. Besides, there’s a good chance we’d get there and the Declan brothers are indeed all married.”
“But if they’re not, that could be our goal this summer.” Rayna picks up her wine glass in cheer. “To breaking the Declan brothers.”

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**Barb’s Review**
First, thanks to Between the Sheets Promotions and Kelly Gendron for providing me with a copy of Jax to read in return for an honest review.

This is the first novel by this author for me and I am grateful to have come across her and this series. With that said.. (blinks hard) I have only read a few books that have made me speechless.. this is one. That is a GOOD thing in this case. It started a little slower than I am used to but a couple of chapters in it went from a slow pace to a full out race and sweet baby Jesus when it got to rollin’.. I was lost. Could.Not.Put.It.Down! The characters, the storyline and the way it all falls into place is just.. perfect. Again, that is my opinion. I loved it!

***small Spoiler alert***

Jax Declan. Tall. Dark. Handsome. Shy. Angry. All out bad ass in sheeps clothing. Muscles that fill out a body made to stare at who’s smile can melt ya heart and your panties is about to get a visit from the past. One that haunted him in the best of ways at the worst of times. Emmie Rue, sweet southern gal. A former beauty queen a body to die for, legs that never stop, and a heart of gold is back in town and on a mission. She is going to break a Declan brother. That brother.. Jax. The first time she sees him in the market once she and her friends get into town she is already hot for him. Her longtime crush, the man she has always wanted is a lot man than she remembered and the two have a spark. Even a blind person could see it but as with most people they both think the other doesn't want the. Emmie suspects that Jax just wants in her pants.

As time passes Emmie, her best friend and Galveston County resident turned New Yorker, Reyna and their friend Lurline all make themselves comfy in Reyna’s sisters house. Each has agreed to go after a Declan brother, use him, break him and then head back home at the end of the summer. Reyna and Jax’s younger brother Slade have a past. Truth is she is still in love with him. But she is too stubborn to admit it. Once Emmie and Jax start to flirt about with each other things between them start to pick up. Jax is holding back a deep, dark secret. A side of him that only a few people have seen. And Emmie, after flirting and teasing Jax learns just the kind of man he is.

“Some boys can get rough, some don’t always listen when you tell them to stop, and some boys, they’re just monsters. You gotta be careful who you play with…” ~ Jax Declan

Hard on the outside, kinky as fudge on the inside. Hot. Sweet Jesus.. he is a naughty boy and the good thing, maybe bad thing for Emmie is that having him spank her to ‘punish’ her turns her on so bad she can’t see straight. She likes his dominant, slightly aggressive side. The fact that as time goes on Emmie and Jax’s relationship, because lets face it that is what it is, grows more and more and he makes a few mistakes, though so does she. They are both trying so hard to keep each other where they have them that they miss the whole idea of communication. That door is finally opened and slowly they let everything out onto the table. Jax, sweet, sexy, kinky Jax is a teddy bear when it comes to Emmie. Even when he thinks he is going to lose her she sticks by him.

Understanding where he is mentally, emotionally and physically is what she focuses on. Her body, heart and soul crave the man she has fallen head over heels for, again. Nothing is stopping them from being together, being who they are and being how they are meant to be. Emmie and Jax, they are just meant to be… but then again they always felt it but with the age difference it wouldn’t have worked. Then when things could have been better tragedy hit home and nothing turned out the way it was planned to be.

I loved this story. And I know there has to be more for Jax and Emmie. They still have a growing relationship and time to process what that means. I am very anxious for Slade, book 2 to come out. Hopefully he and Reyna can fight through the demons of their past and fix what is upside down, twisted inside out and folded backwards for him at the moment. A secret that could break them and a girl who may already be broken leaves you a lot to wait for.


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About The Author

Kelly’s motto ~ "Bad boys, give 'em a little time and experience, and they will evolve into misbehaving men!" And what hot-blooded woman doesn’t want a naughty, all grown up bad boy?

Kelly Gendron is the author of the TroubleMaker series, the up and coming series ~ Breaking the Declan Brothers, and a few other romantic suspense novels.

When she's not writing steamy, blush producing romances, she's out meeting new people while representing a group of reputable nursing facilities. You can find Kelly in a quiet suburb, somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. If you Google her, she’ll pop up there too. And, please do find her. Kelly loves to hear from her readers, and meeting new people.

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