Block and Strike by Kelly Jensen ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Block and Strike

Author: Kelly Jensen

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/06/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track. Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn’t part of the plan. When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor… and that he could really use a friend. Keeping Max in the friend-zone would be easier if he wasn’t so damned cute.

Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years, and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue. Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support. Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little more than a project for the handsome Jake. When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities—and muster the courage to take a chance at love.

Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down. A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret. They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.

My View:

Kelly Jensen has a writing style that pulls me in right away. Add-in the hurt/comfort aspect of this story and it was a must read.

The beginning was gripping as Jake finds Max beaten up and takes him to the hospital. Jake’s character was obvious from the get-go. He’s a caring man and brought Max home even though he didn’t have to. Jake’s strong personality remained consistent throughout the story.

Max was also an interesting man. At times I found his somewhat whimpy attitude annoying but it fit his character and the reasons behind his attitude made sense as his back story was explained.

There was chemistry between the two men right away and I wanted them to get together. There was a little frustration when they had the stereotypical big misunderstanding which could’ve been fixed with a little communication. Thankfully, this didn’t last all that long.

I enjoyed the slow burn aspect of their relationship and how they were friends first. The romance aspect worked perfectly for the story.

What didn’t work so much was the subplots. I think Jake’s ex-wife was extremely unfair to him and he should’ve been fighting for custody of his daughter way sooner. I wasn’t thrilled about how things were dealt with regarding the ex’s new husband. I understand people do change but I don’t know that he should’ve gotten away with the things he did.

Overall strong writing and interesting characters.



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

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