|Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis|
(The Rock, Book 2)
by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Length: 52,000 words
Genres: Gay (M/M), Contemporary, Romance
Jinx Jett is a rock superstar. As such, the hunky Skull Blasters drummer thoroughly enjoys the many perks of willing groupies, earning him a reputation as the band slut. Making it big and scoring hot women is something Jinx never expected. There's a little voice in the back of his mind constantly reminding him of how he used to be -- shy, overweight and acne prone. One night in a gay bar turns life upside down when Jinx runs into Jayden Dempsey, a kid he's been fantasizing about since giving him his autograph at a mall. Long-held insecurities keep Jinx from fully committing to anyone, and he may lose Jayden if he can't put his past behind him.
Jayden Dempsey always wanted out of his life in small-town Alabama. When his parents kicked him out after he told them he was gay, Jayden decided the time was right to move on. He crosses the country to try out for 'Singers!', a show that propels unknowns to stardom. In a twist, producers choose him and three others as winners and form a boy band called London Boys.This season, the show brings Jayden and the guys back for the finale. Surprise! The contest's heavy metal finalist will be singing with Skull Blasters.
Jinx and Jayden's initial meeting doesn't go so well, and Jayden's stunned when the guy he's crushed on for years turns out to be a total jerk. It doesn't stop him from falling into Jinx's arms every time they're alone, but Jayden didn't sign on for one nighters. He wants Jinx Jett, baggage and all.
Can a former teen outcast put rejection behind him and embrace the acceptance standing right in front of him? How much will one boy bander put up with from his rock idol before enough is enough? Can they make it work? Or are they jinxed in love?
3.5 of 5 stars
Picking up where Fret left off, Jinxed starts out strong but begins to falter as the relationship between Jinx and Jayden progresses. Tumultuous at best, the sex is hot but feels very superficial, and their emotions are all over the place. Angry, jealous, insecure, petty, disdainful, hurtful and manipulative, there is no denying the passionate!
What I love about this series is that it's imperfect. Opposites don't just attract, they spark, and it takes a whole lot of perseverance with a dash of flair mixed in, for these two to get on the same track. The forwards, backwards, up and down roller coaster is dizzying and made it harder for me to connect with these guys. Once things finally settle down between them the emotions shifted in a different direction as Jinx and Jayden travel backwards to address issues at home that have been festering for quite some time.
There's a lot to take in and the pace is crazy fast, they are both drummers after all, but the Skull Blasters' group dynamic is the glue that holds Jinx and Jayden's story together. The band still rocks, and even though I was a bit disappointed with Jinxed, I'm happy with the way it ended and am super excited for Harley's story!!
Best-selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by "Old School" French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn't until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research. She's been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She's traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.
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