30 September 2015

Title: Until Jax (Until Him #1)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publisher: (September 29th, 2015)
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Format: eARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 18+

Synopsis: 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. 

Review: 3.5 Stars - Until Jax is the first book in the spin off – Until Him Series from author Aurora Rose Reynolds. This series follows the male children from the siblings/couples that we met in the previous “Until” series. Another spin off series is Until Her, which follows the female children. (please note, this is my assumption because that’s how it appears to be, to me at this point to date.)

The first book is all about Jax Mayson and Ellie Anthony. Their story started out with a bang and Ellie had so much to overcome and she was forced to deal with more than just her present issues. She’s never really had much of a family and the one’s she had were taken from her, both times, too soon. With a young daughter to look after and secrets she needs to keep close she takes a chance on the out stretched hand that Jax and his family offers. Help, security, family, friends and new job are to name a few of the benefits.

One of the things I love about these books, in each of the series’ is the strong family bonds that run deep. From one book to another they have each other to lean on and the support and these relationships are one of the things I look forward to the most with these books. They take care of their own, they fight for who and what they love and they protect with a fierce heart. One is never left behind, they all rally around each other when they’re needed always willing to drop everything and be there in a second. No questions asked.

For this title, I did enjoy the story, I liked these two characters… yet I felt that Jax might have been just a touch lacking compared to the previous males within each of these series. He’s without a doubt an alpha male, such as each of the males within this family are… and he has to grow up and change his ways a bit due to having a little girl in his house. Yet there’s just something that was still off to me. I don’t think I got a chance to really know him and that might be the most off thing about this male character.

The other thing that made me rate this book a bit lower was the fact that even with reading Until July (Until Her, #1) the beginning of this book threw me into a bit of confusion. The first chapter feels unfinished and as if it’s starting in the middle. It had been awhile since I read Until July so it really was confusing. Thankfully it’s explained a bit into the book, but it explained things a bit too late to make up for it.

While this title might not have been the best, they are still characters that I can’t wait to read about and find out what happens next. Even with a touch lower star rating it’s not going to deter me from grabbing the next book and the one after.

In the end, I did like it. I liked Ellie and enjoyed her and her daughter Hope. I think Hope added a bunch of layers to both Ellie and Jax as characters. These books have become a guilty pleasure of mine and I know I can always count on them for some awesome Alpha males and the woman who complete them.

If you like contemporary titles with strong males and females then you’ve come to the right place. Start at the beginning with Until November and work your way through those books first, and then dive on into Until July to get a better understanding of the beginning of this book. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. Enjoy!

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