Jinxed by Sandrine Gasq-Dion ~ Book Review by Caroline

27392208Title: Jinxed

Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Publisher: Skull Blaster Publishing

Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/29/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

This book is the second in the series and is preceded by FRET. It can be read as a standalone. It contains homosexual relations and harsh language. A sneak peek to book 3 follows the ending.

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?

My View:

Jinx Jett is a character you will either love or hate. For the first part of the story he does not show us many redeeming features, instead he is crass, rude and a bit of a slut. In reality he really isn’t that one dimensional but he is trying desperately to keep his demons at bay. Whether meaning to or not his father’s dismissive behaviour has caused lasting problems for the young rock star.

Jayden dreams of reaching the dizzying heights of stardom that his idol Jinx has reached and it truly looks as those dreams are about to come true as a member of the London Boys. Jayden hasn’t had it easy, kicked out of his home when he came out he finally got a break in a talent contest and life has been on the up and up and ever since. He has always been open about his sexuality and the fans adore him. The only thing missing from his life is love and that’s a difficult thing to find and trust once you become famous.

Praise be for the ‘glory hole’ and the fact that this is what it takes to change both their lives.

Things don’t immediately change for the better. There might be hot sex and lots of passion but there are equal amounts of bitching, iciness and barbs about talent. Jinx doesn’t endear himself to Jayden, his friends or us readers. He has some pretty big hurdles to overcome and no amount of apologising before things can run smoothly!

There are some very soft moments too – who doesn’t love the rocks and penguins segue or the fact that when Jinx finally gets over himself he pulls off a pretty fantastic act of showing everyone exactly how he feels.

Finally….bring on Harley…I’m ready!

Links

Jinxed on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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