Title: Until Jax
Series: Until Him, Book 1
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Sweltering Keys
**Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him. Now she just hopes she doesn’t get hurt when she falls hard for a guy who’s known for breaking hearts.I love love love love love the Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds (ARR)! Did I say a LOVE this series already? Until Jax has slide right damn smack into home base as one of my favorite reads of 2015. Going into this book, I wasn't really sure what to expect especially with the way Ellie and Jax meet. I mean the chick was kidnapped and Jax shows up and goes all alpha bad ass on the poor girl! She has no clue how to respond to his advances and the fact that she's has a daughter just makes poor Ellie even more suspicious of Jax's intentions. But in true ARR style, she steers the storyline in a direction that you can't help but root for the happily ever after this couple deserves.
Jax Mayson knows that Ellie is his BOOM the moment he sees her. When he finds out she has a daughter, he realizes he wants a family, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep both of his girls safe, even if that means facing the demons from his past.
Jax Mayson is the son of Cash and Lilly. If you remember their story, Lilly is not Jax's biological mother but she raised him as her own and loved him from the start. Jax's character is super intense but at the same time, patient and lovable. His careful way to getting Ellie to trust him was so sweet and I loved his interactions with Hope. What I loved most about this book is that ARR allows Jax's character to come full circle. There were things that happened in Until Lilly that leaves readers wondering just how Jax would feel as an adult towards his biological mother. I was happy to see that ARR closed the loop on that one and it was done in a way that was totally unexpected.
Ellie's character had gone through so much in her short lifetime. Born into a extremely poor family, she has lived in a trailer park home all her life. Her back story with Hope is so heartbreaking but inspiring all at the same time that I found myself tearing up several times throughout the story. Even more, Hope's innocent and happy demeanor just melted my heart and I felt she was the star of the overall story.
If you haven't read any of the Until Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds, you need to get on that ASAP, if you have, pick up Until Jax today! It's is sooo worth the investment. I'm loving the direction the story is going and that tease ARR throws out on Sage and Kim is just so wrong considering their book is not up next. That chick best be getting back to writing! I'm giving this one 5 Sweltering Keys!
Until Jax: Excerpt:
“Thank you again for taking me.” Pulling my eyes from the road for a brief moment, I look at Ellie. Her head is resting against the window, her legs pulled up onto the seat, tucked near her ass, and her arms are wrapped tight around them. One thing I’ve noticed about her over the last few hours is she’s always wrapping her arms around herself or tucking her body into a tight ball. It’s like she’s forcing herself to stay together.
“I told you I got you, baby,” I say gently, wanting more than anything to take her hand in mine, but every time I touch her, she freezes up like she’s waiting for me to strike out at her, and I would be lying if I said that didn’t piss me the fuck off. It does; it feels like a slap in the face every time it happens.
“I know,” she whispers, and the tears I hear in her voice cause a sharp pain in my chest.
“This is the turnoff.” Her feet go to the floorboard and her hands to the dash as she sits up taller, moving her face closer to the windshield. We drive up a long dirt driveway with forest and the occasional broken down car on each side. When we make it to the top of the hill, a singlewide trailer comes into view, with junk cars and garbage piled up out front.
“Fucking Boom,” I mutter, getting out behind her and doubling my steps until I’m able to reach her side, where I wrap my hand around her waist and pull her closer to me. She’s so fucking tiny that the top of her dark head sits right at my chest. So fragile, from her too soft skin to her petite size. And she’s mine.
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