Dana reviews Jinxed (The Rock Book 2) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
SERIES: The Rock Series #2
AUTHOR: Sandrine Gasq Dion
PUBLISHER: Skull Blaster Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Kellie Dennis
LENGTH: 52,000 words
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2015
BLURB: 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?
“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 story in Jinxed is one of the main reasons I am such a book series addict. I had really enjoyed reading Fret and the introduction to the band members of the Skull Blasters. The first book was about Gareth the guitarist as he came out, was harassed, and then fell in love with his bodyguard. The interaction with the band members was good but they all seemed pretty straight so I wasn’t sure what they would do about other books in the series until the very end, where a teaser occurred and Jinx the drummer did a double take at the sight of a young man at the mall.
Jinxed takes place almost immediately after that run in. Signing an autograph for Jayden while shopping at the mall, sparks Jinx’s bi-curiosity. But it doesn’t change his womanizing, and promiscuous ways. One case of the crabs too many and a little more questioning leads him to a gay bar where he runs into Jayden who he hasn’t quite been able to forget. Even though they swap some bodily fluids, Jayden pulls a disappearing act knowing exactly what kind of reputation Jinx has. So when they both end up working on the same music reality competition, tensions arise. Especially when Jinx realized that Jayden was a famous (gasp!) boybander. The reason for Jinx’s animosity at this news isn’t understandable to the reader at this point but it creates this sort of lovers to enemies reversal. The flame of attraction just won’t die for either of them, though.
While I enjoyed Fret, I have to say that I loved Jinxed. This story didn’t hold the same mystery that Fret did, but the characters were stronger and their pasts a bit more complicated. For Jinx, we realize what makes him dislike boy bands so much, which is not just for the sake of the completely opposite type of music his band creates. But it goes deeper and we realize that Jinx might have been bi-curious a lot longer than his meeting with Jayden. And he has past self-image issues on top of all that. For Jayden, his past involves his coming out to his parents and their negative reaction. His main roadblocks to forming a relationship with Jinx, though, lie in Jinx’s man-whoring and the fact that it played out so publicly.
The rest of the secondary characters were also explored further. Suddenly the band that I thought was mostly straight in Fret seemed to be made up of characters that were more bisexual than heterosexual. Gareth plays a big part in moving along the romance for Jinx and Jayden, Ransom and Rebel both seem open to exploring sex and/or relationships with men. Harley seems to be a huge mess, that I didn’t notice before. He acts out, and tries to shake off his bodyguard. His past is explained and I’m very excited that the next book will be focused on him. Their current and former managers both seem to be telling me they need a story too, so I’m hoping that the author will be writing for them as well. I have now completely fallen for the band, the bodyguards, and almost every character that has been introduced because they were written so well in Jinxed. I definitely recommend it, and I know I will be reading more in this series and more from this 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.
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