Meet Jax and Ellie in this instalove, alpha romance!
Until Jax is LIVE! #Boom
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Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him. Now she just hopes she doesn’t get hurt when she falls hard for a guy who’s known for breaking hearts.
Jax Mayson knows that Ellie is his BOOM the moment he sees her. When he finds out she has a daughter, he realizes he wants a family, and he will do whatever is necessary to keep both of his girls safe, even if that means facing the demons from his past.
Excerpt: Until Jax
“Thank you again for taking me.” Pulling my eyes from the road for a brief moment, I look at Ellie. Her head is resting against the window, her legs pulled up onto the seat, tucked near her ass, and her arms are wrapped tight around them. One thing I’ve noticed about her over the last few hours is she’s always wrapping her arms around herself or tucking her body into a tight ball. It’s like she’s forcing herself to stay together.
“I told you I got you, baby,” I say gently, wanting more than anything to take her hand in mine, but every time I touch her, she freezes up like she’s waiting for me to strike out at her, and I would be lying if I said that didn’t piss me the fuck off. It does; it feels like a slap in the face every time it happens.
“I know,” she whispers, and the tears I hear in her voice cause a sharp pain in my chest.
“This is the turnoff.” Her feet go to the floorboard and her hands to the dash as she sits up taller, moving her face closer to the windshield. We drive up a long dirt driveway with forest and the occasional broken down car on each side. When we make it to the top of the hill, a singlewide trailer comes into view, with junk cars and garbage piled up out front.
As soon as I come to a stop, she opens her door and hops out before I can tell her to keep her little ass in the cab. I don’t even know how I’m going to deal with the range of emotions that have settled over me since seeing her for the first time.
“Fucking Boom,” I mutter, getting out behind her and doubling my steps until I’m able to reach her side, where I wrap my hand around her waist and pull her closer to me. She’s so fucking tiny that the top of her dark head sits right at my chest. So fragile, from her too soft skin to her petite size. And she’s mine.
In Until Jax we get the story of Jax Mayson and Ellie Anthony. Jax is a Mayson man so when he meets his BOOM he knows it the minute he lays eyes on her. Ellie has just gone through a horrific experience where she was sold, by her drug addict mother no less, to a sex trafficing organization. Luckily Ellie and July were being held together and together they escaped. When they escaped Wes and Jax and their crews found them.
Jax comes from a tightnit family who would do anything for you. Ellie comes from a family that would sell you. Jax comes from a family well off, Ellie grew up being called trailer trash. Jax is confident and sure of himself and his feelings, Ellie is insecure and feels unlovable because that is how her mother made her feel. They are polar opposites but made for each other, that is if Ellie will give him the chance he is seeking.
From the moment he saw Ellie his protective instincts go into high gear. He enlists his mother in helping him keep Ellie with him, in his home. Luckily for Jax it is not a hard sell as Ellie realizes this is her chance to provide a better life for Hope. Lilly has already set up a job at the local salon for her and tells her she can stay at Jax's house as he works away from home a lot and there is plenty of room for her and Hope to live until she is on her own two feet and settled in the area. While Ellie is nervous to live with Jax because of the way he makes her feel and everything she has just been through she knows she needs to do this for her and Hope. They need this new start and if this is how it is going to happen she is not going to let her pride get in the way.
Everything she sees in the Mayson family is what she missed out and dreamed of as a child. Her father loved her and her brother, he was a great man and he kept their family together. While he may not have been rich they never needed for anything and they knew they were loved. Unfortunately when Ellie was 7 her father was killed in a coal mining accident at work, her mother was already addicted to pain medicine so after her father died things got a lot worse. Her and her brother grew up super close and made the best of what they had but at 19 Ellie got a call that her brother and his fiance were killed in a car accident leaving Ellie alone in the world, except she had baby Hope.
Ellie lives for her littler girl, she means everything to her. When we first meet Ellie in the beginning of the book all she wants to do is get back to her baby and get her away from her dysfunctional family. Jax promises her he will make that happen, once she is no longer in danger of dehydration he takes her right to get her daughter. He sees how she has had to live and meets her Aunt. He vows right away she will never be back, he will takes care of the two of them, forever.
Hope is smart, cute and funny, she loves Jax and his family right off of the bat and she warms her way into their hearts the minute she looks at them. Jax never realized he may want to be a father but when he meets Hope he knows they were meant to be brought to him so he could protect and love them. He sets out on proving to Ellie how good they would be. He gives her space and time to warm up to the thought of them together. In the end he is a Mayson man and his dad tells him the Mayson Man Motto, back them into a corner and force them to face your relationship, go at her full force and it will work out because if she is your boom you will always be with her. Jax has had enough and he puts his plans into place to win her over.
In true form to the swoonworth Mayson's we have some real life bitchy ex's and Melissa was no different. I crack up reading these characters because you know that there are some chicks who really act this way. They are so full of themselves that they think they have a man, the same man that tells them in 20 different ways they don't have them and there is nothing between them. I loved Ellie and how she handled herself, even when she was insecure and unsure of her relationship with Jax she always defended herself. She was never a doormat. I loved the mother she was, Hope always came first. Every decision she made was about her and Hope.
Jax is everything you would want in a man. He loves with his whole heart, he protects with everything he has, he is loyal to all he loves, he is a wonderful daddy Ax, he is a good son, brother and cousin, he is hard working and he will stop at nothing to get the woman who holds his heart.
I have been WAITING for this book, we were teased with Jax meeting Ellie in Until July and there was a ton of promise with these two as with all of the Until Series in my humble opinion. While I believe my expectations are high in a book, especially and author I have grown to love in Aurora. I did feel there was a lull in the book, we can't have action all of the time but there was a section where you were I was just waiting for something to happen. However, 100% MUST read and a solid 4.5 stars. I will one click anything Aurora writes, she is extremely talented with the alpha male, strong heroine storybook romance.
This review was prepared by Heather McLaughlin. An ARC was received in exchange for an HONEST review.
Aurora Rose Reynolds has done it again. I was pulled into the book within the first page and did not want to put it down. I absolutely love this family and was so happy that Aurora decided to continue with the children. Jax is this big strong man with the biggest heart ever who found his “BOOM”. After rescuing Ellie he knew he needed to keep her around and enlisted his mom to help with that. I love that once this family finds their “BOOM” they will do anything and everything not to lose it. Ellie has been through a lot in her life and has come out stronger than most would. She was determined to make a better life for her and her little girl Hope. I love how they became a family almost immediately and that Hope had Jax wrapped around her fingers.
This has definitely become one of my favorite books. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is some kind of closure with Ellie and her Mom. I feel like that was the only thing missing from the book. Regardless of that I would still recommend this book to everyone.
This review was prepared by Michele Flaville. An ARC was received in exchange for an HONEST review.
Meet Wes & July in Until July!
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About the Author:
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.