Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds
I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Until Him #1
Published by Self Published on September 29, 2015
Pages: 218 pages
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.
Time for some honesty…
Since I didn’t love Until July, I didn’t have high expectations for Until Jax.
For some reason I expected Ellie to be flaky, and so sucked up in the victim mentality that I would hate reading about her character. I also expected for Jax and Ellie to play the cat and mouse game until all avenues were exhausted so the last resort would be for them to finally get together.
What really happened…
I loved Until Jax from beginning to end! Ellie was perfect, Jax was alpha perfection, and little Hope was too precious for words. Despite my reservation (mentioned previously) I was curious as to how the story was going to progress after July and Ellie were rescued. I was curious as to how the villains were going to be unmasked and what extra dangers Ellie would face. Except for the ending (I’ll talk about that later), Until Jax did not disappoint.
I loved Ellie’s independent streak and her willingness to be open to changes. What endeared me even more to her character was that despite the past heartaches and disappointments, she wasn’t hard-hearted about the good that could come into her life. Just as Lilly would sometimes point out or hint at, Ellie really reminded me of Lilly when her and Cash were first starting out. If it wasn’t for the wisdom and example that Cash imparted to Jax and the little boss-like attitude and qualities he got from Nico, I don’t think that their love story would have been as successful and explosive as it was. What I meant by explosive was that their interactions did a dang good job of scorching the pages and my eyebrows! Jax and Ellie were so freaking steamy together.
The scenes that effortlessly touched my heart were the ones that were between Hope and Jax; Hop, Jax, and Ellie; Hope, Lilly, and Cash. They were all so freaking melt-your-heart precious. Even with Lilly and Cash being a dominating presence in this book, Hope really became the glue that held all the characters, new and old, together.
The only smear on this book’s perfect record was the ending.
After everything was resolved in Jax and Ellie’s, which happened fairly close to the end, I was left wondering how the other conflict was going to be resolved. With the amount of book left I knew two things might end up happening:
- There would be a cliffhanger, or
- The remaining conflict was going to be rushed, and not given the proper amount of page space to resolve it in a believable type of way.
Option 2 it was.
I really, really, did’t like the ending (which ended up costing this book a star in it’s rating). I hate rushed endings, I would rather have a cliffhanger.
Despite this major blemish, this book was amazing.