Jinxed (The Rock #2)
by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Skull Blaster Publishing, LLC
Released October 29th 2015
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?
A fantastic addition to the series! I loved it!
Jinx Jett is enjoying his life as a rock star and all the benefits that come with the lifestyle. He makes no apologies for being a man-slut and has no plans to change his ways. However, he can’t deny to be curious about his bandmate’s relationship, so when he suddenly finds himself in a gay club he decides to explore and put to rest his curiosity. Was he was not counting on, however, was to run into the very man that ignited that spark of curiosity nor was he expecting to be disappointed when he woke up alone the next morning.
Jayden Dempsey dreams of following his hero’s footsteps. He has struggled to get to where he is and now finds himself as part of a boyband–selling out concerts and having a fan base. His one night with Jinx was more than he ever expected, but he doesn’t want to be another notch on the rockstar’s bed. In any case, his mind should be focused on his career and not on how hot Jinx made him. But having Jinx close–even when he’s being an ass–has Jayden’s will to stay away wavering.
What I enjoyed the most about this story was that I really got to see Jinx and Jayden’s connection on the page. I appreciated how the author went about bringing these two together in a way that fit their lifestyle and personalities without taking away from the issues that they faced as individuals. I especially enjoyed how Jinx struggled between the man he’d become and the man he was meant to be. He wasn’t an easy man to like, but once I read his story I understood how it shaped him into the man he was–promiscuous and emotionally detached. Watching him through his journey was both as frustrating as it was gratifying.
Jayden was also a great character to get to know. I liked his voice from the very beginning and it only seemed to increase as the story progressed. I felt for him because of what he went through, but admired the hell out of him because he didn’t let his past damage his future. Although younger that Jinx, Jayden showed he was mature beyond his years and the perfect man to draw out the real Jinx.
Needless to say that there was chemistry between these two. Actually, it was their chemistry that carried the story for the first half of the book alone. It was hot to see them together, but what made each of these encounters fantastic was what they revealed about the men. I loved that Sandrine Gasq-Dion gave me the opportunity to see different sides of Jayden and Jinx. I also appreciated how she went about growing and strengthening their initial connection. Their flirty banter, their heated arguments and their stolen moments were just a few of the ways the author convinced me that these two had something more than the attraction that sparked between them.
Although this is the second book in the series, I believe it can be read as a stand alone. The story centers around Jinx and Jayden’s relationship and the author gave enough backstory that the reader could follow along easily. Of course, I do recommend you pick up Fret, especially if you end up intrigued by the secondary characters and the relationship of the previous couple.
All in all, a fantastic sexy read and my favorite book in the series so far.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
“Can I get some clothes?”
“I like you in a robe.” Jinx waggled his brows.
I started for the door and Jinx jumped up and grabbed my hand. He pushed me into the wall and gently pinned my hands above my head.
I gasped as his thigh insinuated itself between my legs, rubbing my balls.
“Yeah?” his breath caressed my lips.
“I … fuck … stop doing that,” I panted.
“This?” Jinx raised his knee higher and rubbed my dick.
My God, my mouth actually started watering as Jinx leaned in closer to me, letting his tongue trail my bottom lip. I wanted to taste him so fucking bad my whole body hurt. I wanted him. I couldn’t deny it.
“Fuck, you are sexy as sin,” Jinx rumbled against my lips. “Love your lips, your eyes, even your fucking hair turns me on.”
I clenched my eyes shut and tried to stay in control.
“Yeah? Even if I’m a talentless pretty boy?”
Jinx stiffened. He pulled back slowly and searched my eyes.
“I’m sorry I said that.”
“Yeah? Why did you say it? What’s your problem with me being in a boy band?”
Jinx sighed and let my hands go. He rubbed his hands down his face and exhaled slowly. I continued to speak because by that time, my word vomit had begun.
“I don’t even like boy bands, but you know what? This is where I am and fuck it! I’m successful. Do you know I auditioned with one of your band’s songs?” Jinx’s gasp was very audible in the room. His eyes widened. “Yep, that’s right. I sang Manwhore; the song fits you.”
“I deserve that.”
“Are you going to tell me what your problem is?” I placed my hands on my hips, glaring at him.
The Rock Series
About the Author
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.