SLATE ~ Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2

Kelly Gendron
SLATE ~ Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2
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Kelly Gendron
Release Date
July 2015
Book 2 of Breaking the Declan Brothers
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

"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?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
Warning: this book will definitely make you run the gamut of emotions, from bone deep empathy to panty-melting arousal and everything in between.

Slate Declan was Rayna Keeney's first love, first lay and first heartbreak. But they're called firsts for a reason, since it implies a relationship that no longer exists. Rayna's ex no longer exists either, not if the man she sees before her is who Slate is now. The man with the cold, dead eyes. With the scars covering his body. With the addiction. However, Rayna's not one to give up on her once best friend and love of her life, so she convinces his brothers to lock and barricade her and the unconscious Slate in the basement together. Alone. For 3 days.

When Slate comes to, he is PISSED. It's bad enough that Rayna has seen his scars, but she's going to see him go through withdrawals too? Fuck that! But Rayna's nothing if not persistent, and if she has to use sex to keep his mind off of the drugs and the demons in his hearts? Well then, she'll just have to take one for the team.

So, SLATE. Damn, but Ms. Gendron took an entirely different direction with this book after the sinfully sexy but sweet first book in the Breaking the Declan Brothers trilogy, Jax. Powerful and sad yet erotic as hell, SLATE touches on the mindset of an addict and the struggles they deal with just to get through the day. Rayna has never stopped loving Slate, even after he cheated on her and crushed her heart. Seeing him at his absolute worst six years later, scarred and bruised, drugged up and inked up and buff as hell has so many effects on her body: sadness, sympathy, devastation, heartbreak and lust all battle it out while Slate is battling his withdrawal and control. He's terrified he's going to hurt her and vacillates between cruelly driving her away and using her attraction to him to keep his mind occupied.

My heart just broke for Slate, as it does for many real-life addicts who fall into a pattern of addiction because of seemingly innocent pain medication after an accident. The connection the two of them had, despite the heaviness of the storyline, was still intense, and I applaud Ms. Gendron for her ability to write this couple like they legit knew each other since they were in single digits. Their connection was stretched thin, but unbreakable, and the sex? HELLO! Wickedly erotic, I panted a little bit over the the bad girl spanning he unleashed on Rayna's ass…delicious! Fans of erotic romance will absolutely DEVOUR this series!

Bottom Line: Excellent and poignant read that will have you believing in the power of love.
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