Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Release Day Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Slate (Breaking the Declan Brothers #2) by Kelly Gendron

Breaking the Declan Brothers #2
by Kelly Gendron
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

"Some boys will keep it, some will break it, and some boys, they just won't want it. You gotta be careful who you give your heart to..." Slate Declan
First loves, we all got them. Mine is Slate Declan. He was kind, gentle, and caring. Still, he managed to break my heart. So I put miles between us, and eventually, my heart healed.
I haven’t seen Slate in years, but a couple friends and I are going back to the Bayou for the summer. While I’m visiting my hometown, I’m going to look up Slate Declan. And I plan to break his heart, just as he did mine. I'll remind him of what he has lost, and then I'll prove to him that I’ve moved on.
It should be real easy, right?
Well, let me tell you, Slate Declan is not the same guy that I left behind. And there’s another problem. How do you break someone’s heart when they no longer have one?

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Oh, come on! You can throw harder than that,” I say catching the ball.
A wily grin spreads across Slate’s mouth. “I don’t want to hurt your girlie hand.”
You won’t.” I whip the baseball back to him, and he easily catches it.
Hey, Grams wanted me to ask if you’re coming over for dinner Saturday,” he says, tossing the ball up in the air and then catching it in his mitt.
Since Jamison’s death, home hasn’t been the same. My parents are either arguing or not speaking at all. So, I’m rarely there. I hang out at Slate’s or Emmie’s, weekends mostly at Slate’s seeing as Emmie’s mom usually has some kind of event or pageant scheduled for her. “I don’t know.” I shrug.
He stops playing with the ball and looks at me. “What? You got something else going on?”
Well,” I set my glove on my hip, “Timmy Baxter did ask me out to the movies.”
Slate’s face scrunches up. “Like on a date?”
I think so,” I say with a grimace.
And what are you going to do at the movies?”
Watch it, and maybe kiss,” I say, knowing that’s what most couples do at the movies.
Kiss!” His eyebrows lift. “Have you ever kissed a boy before?”
No.” I look down, kicking some dirt on the ground with my sneaker, suddenly feeling weird talking about this with Slate.
But you want to kiss Timmy Baxter?”
I don’t know.” I glance up at him. “Maybe.”
He walks over to me. “Show me.” He drops his glove on the ground.
Show you what?”
How you’re gonna kiss Timmy Baxter.”
You want me to kiss you?”
Yeah.” He lifts his hand. “Here, show me on my hand.”
That’s stupid.”
Don’t you want to know if you’re doing it right?” He shoves his fist closer to my face. “Go on.”
Never backing down from a challenge presented by Slate, I grab his balled hand and pull it up to my mouth. I close my eyes and press my lips against his warm skin. Opening my eyes, he’s curiously watching me. “Not too bad.” He drops his hand. “Now, let me show you how a boy’s supposed to kiss you.”
Okay.” I go to thrust out my hand, but he grabs it, yanks me against him, and lowers his head. He’s going to kiss me on the…Wow! His lips touch mine and those dormant butterflies come swarming into my belly. He pulls away with a smile. “And if he tries to stick his tongue in your mouth, knee him in the balls.”
You kissed me!”
Ah, it was just a peck.”
It was a kiss! Ow…I should knee you in the balls.”
What, you didn’t like it?”
You’re a jerk, Slate Declan.” I whack him in the chest with my glove. “I thought you were going to kiss my hand, too!”
Your hand is all dirty. Besides, I wanted to be sure I got there before anyone else did.”
Got where,” I ask, and a smile ruffles his mouth. What is he talking about? He’s not making any sense, and darn it, my lips are still tingling where his mouth touched me. “I’m going home!”
He starts laughing.
Jerk!” I stomp away.
Hey, Rayna,” he calls after me, still laughing.
I flip around with a snarky, “What?”
Have fun on your date Saturday.”

5 – Sexy, Hott, and Emotional – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

You really cared about this guy, huh?”
We dated for almost five years. He was my first everything – first love, first lay, first heartbreak. But that was years ago. I'm over him.”
You sure about that?”
I have to be. After what he did to me, there'll never be an 'us' again.”

Rayna Keeney has only ever loved one man before, and she loved him for most of her life – Slate Declan. He was her first in many things, most importantly – he was the first and only man to ever break her heart and the reason she left her hometown far behind her. It's been years since she's seen Slate, but as she returns to her hometown for the summer for the first time since she fled, she has one goal in mind – to track down Slate and return the favor. She will make sure he falls for her again, but this time she will be the heart breaker. Only trouble is, Slate is just a shadow of the man she left behind all those years ago. How can she break HIS heart this time around if he no longer has one?

Slate Declan had his reasons for ending things with Rayna the way he did, but none of them included not loving her – she is and always will be the only woman he has ever loved. But now that's she's back and town he doesn't want her anywhere near him. He never wants her to see the man he has become.

I know he doesn't want me here, but I don't care. For years, I loved this man with everything inside of me. He was awesome, just an all-around great guy. He was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. The man before me now, he's broken.

Before I get started, I think it's important to let you know that this book takes an up close and personal look into addiction. It's not pretty and it may be an issue for anyone who has dealt with this in their personal lives which is why I feel the need to lay this out there. With that said, I truly hope you give this book a try. Yes, this is an erotic romance – but it is also so much more than that. The emotions that this drags up, the hope and strength of the characters, as well as the brutal ugliness of the situations they find themselves in, held me captive right from the first page. The wicked steam was just the icing on the cake, the extra smack in the ass that I always look forward to in these kinds of romances. These brothers, although deeply damaged each in their own ways and for different reasons, are just sexy as all get out, hott has hell, badass dirty talkin Alphas to the extreme and I loved it. Although I did miss the first book in the series this still read as a standalone. There was never any confusion or giant holes in the story from missing book one. Having said that, I will STILL be downloading Jax's story just because I want in that man's head. We get duel POV's in here (Slate and Rayna) which was freakin awesome and quite honestly, the way I prefer it. You just truly get to connect with both characters on a deeper level when you get to spend some time in each of their heads. It was especially important in this one cause Slate spends a lot of the beginning half of the book being a giant ass, but at least we understood him. We may not like him a whole lot at first, but we understood him. Another thing I loved was the flashbacks. It added a sweet innocence that otherwise wouldn't have been there and helped alleviate some of the pressure from all the heavy going on in the present. Plus it went a long way in showing the connection between our main characters that was amazing to witness. I could spend all day going on and on about the many different things I loved about this story, but really, it would be so much better if you just went out and read it for yourself. It really was an incredible journey, well worth the heartache and tears that are sure to follow. If Kelly Gendron wasn't already sitting pretty on my One-Click-Addiction List with her Trouble Maker series, than this would have landed her there. I'm very much looking forward to what the Declan's bring us next.

You can have my heart, Slate Declan. It's broken, anyway. You broke it.”
“No. I hurt it, maybe even put a few nicks in it, but I didn't break it.”
“Why are you doing this?”
I told you, full force. I'm going to push you as far as I can, and if you fall, I will catch you. If you're unsure, scared, or not ready, then with my arms wide open, I'll wait for you.”

Jax (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #1)

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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, Breaking the Declan Brothers series, 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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