Series: Breaking the Declan Brothers, Book 2
Author: Kelly Gendron
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
ARC Received From: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Reviewed For: Book Enthusiast Promotions
"Some boys will keep it, some will break it, and some boys, they just won't want it. You gotta be careful who you give your heart to..." Slate Declan
First loves, we all got them. Mine is Slate Declan. He was kind, gentle, and caring. Still, he managed to break my heart. So I put miles between us, and eventually, my heart healed.
I haven’t seen Slate in years, but a couple friends and I are going back to the Bayou for the summer. While I’m visiting my hometown, I’m going to look up Slate Declan. And I plan to break his heart, just as he did mine. I'll remind him of what he has lost, and then I'll prove to him that I’ve moved on.
It should be real easy, right?
Well, let me tell you, Slate Declan is not the same guy that I left behind. And there’s another problem. How do you break someone’s heart when they no longer have one?
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(Please note: This story deals with drug addiction and the toll it takes on the user. Please take this into consideration before reading further and/or purchasing this book.)
Rayna was determined not to give into those feelings again. Been there, done that, wasn't going to take that bus again. Coming home to the Bayou was supposed to be her way of getting him out of her system for good. Look him up, hook up while she was there, break up with him before she left. The plan was easy. The plan was simple. The plan was perfect. And then it wasn't.
Because this Slate isn't like the Slate she once knew. Aside from the scars he sustained from a fire, he's seemingly angry all the time and strung out on whatever drugs he can get his hands on. The man who'd been her savior since childhood was all but gone. The man he'd become was all that remained.
Slate's addiction was powerful. It consumed every part of him yet gave him a reason to live another day. But it was also a catalyst for their relationship to begin again. What woman would want an addict for a life mate? What man would want to purposefully put a woman he loves through the constant ups and downs of his drug-induced highs and lows?
While the time spent breaking Slate's addiction was a tad unrealistic, the after was glorious. Because when he came to his senses and saw clearly for the first time in a long time, he saw Rayna. He saw a future with her again. He saw the love he had for her was not only still there but stronger than before.
I haven't read the first book of this series but I felt I didn't need to. This story moves fast. The dialogue is colorful. The characters are well-rounded, their issues deep and real. It offers a look into the lives of two people meant to be together yet driven apart by circumstance. It also highlights what it means to find a reason to battle back against the demons in one's life when happiness is now within reach. For both Slate and Rayna, that meant learning to trust each other and unconditionally love one another again.
I'm not going to say this is the perfect story for readers who love contemporary romances with a little bit of a dark edge to them because it might not be. Drug addiction in a story is like rape in a story. It's a hard issue, one you may or may not want to encounter when you read for pleasure. But should you take a chance on this story, I hope you're not disappointed. I hope you see it's meant to be about more than recovery and vengeance. I hope you see it's about a second chance at living a full life with one person you've loved all your life.
Kelly’s motto ~ "Bad boys, give 'em a little time and experience, and they will evolve into misbehaving men!" And what hot-blooded woman doesn’t want a naughty, all grown up bad boy?
Kelly Gendron is the author of the TroubleMaker series, Breaking the Declan Brothers series, and a few other romantic suspense novels.