It's here!!!! It's here!!!
Jay McCallan has arrived!
(The McCallans, Book Two)
by: Hadley Quinn
KISS THIS continues with Jay’s story, a rebel of his own sort with the need for freedom and unfiltered opinions. His days of unruly behavior and risky decisions have dealt him a hand that he’s still trying to overcome as he seeks to accomplish his business dreams.
But the hits keep adding up. His best friend is knocked up by an ex that won’t back off, a family member drops in unexpectedly and questions need answered, and the easier aspects in life are suddenly being tested beyond his control.
When ultimate tragedy wreaks havoc on his life, it sends Jay over the edge. He can’t seem to manage the simple things anymore and he reverts back to his old ways of shutting people out and living carelessly. He loses everything he’s gained so far—everything that he didn’t know he wanted—all in one ugly weekend.
There is only one thing that can really save him from complete ruins, and this time it might not be so easily at his disposal. And then there is that damn McCallan pride that automatically resists help at every turn. It just may be the very thing that causes him to lose everything for good…
I find it funny to look back….on May 20, 2013 I posted my Amazon review for Kiss This. I wasn’t a reviewer with HEA and I had only been reading for a few months, so I wasn’t really writing reviews that were really ‘seen’ by anyone. This was my review:
I *LOVED* this book!! So very well written and the story just flowed effortlessly. I could follow it and get immersed in the feelings and the emotions being poured out on the pages. This was a beautiful love story that showed ups and downs, fear and love, compassion and determination. I just loved it!!! I can't wait for Jay's story!! Thanks Hadley!!!
See that? I knew I wanted Jay’s story….and bad. I knew I would love it. So, let me just say this: Hadley did NOT let me down.
I am a huge fan of Hadley’s….this is not in question. I have been a fan since I read The Fighters Block and Kiss This. The banter and wittiness that she infuses into her stories is not like any other authors that I have seen….and I love it! So, knowing this book was the next one that I got the pleasure of reading….I knew I was in for a treat.
Jay is a smart ass. He’s funny as hell and is very charismatic. Jay sure can make the girlies swoon, but he’s a lover and a leaver. He doesn’t need a woman….he has too much going on. Too much on his plate and his dreams are what he is working towards. He is young after all, and so he knows he has time.
Jay lives by a motto…..one that ‘protects’ him:
Women were his hand of cards; he had to play the game just right so he didn’t lose.
And so he didn’t get made the fool.
Relationships with chicks were just too fucking complicated to deal with. ~Jay
That’s all fine and dandy….until you run into the ONE girl that can take your smart mouth, cocky attitude and big ego and match it. And “she” did it….oh boy, did she ever. If you read Kiss This, you will probably be able to guess “who” I am talking about, but if you haven’t, you may be lost!! Go back and read that book before trying to read this one! These are all standalone books in a series, but you get so much from each book moving forward.
She was like the gorgeous best friend in high school that you were too afraid to date because just being friends with her was already too good to be true. It’s not that you never thought about what it’d be like to have her in your bed…..
You just didn’t fucking go there.
We got to see a very protective alpha side to Jay….and one that we saw before, but it came out rather hard core in this book. By the time the book was over, I saw a whole different side to Jay and he was just a super funny, egotistical smart ass. Yep….but you will fall more in love with him….HARD. We got to see some super sweet sides of him too….ones that I didn’t think he was capable of!!!
What’s going on, baby doll?” he asked quietly.
Oh holy hell, he smelled so amazing. And his voice, asking her something so simple, just melted her from the inside out. She could cuddle up against him any damn second of the day and feel like she was in heaven.
He didn’t always make the right decisions and he certainly learned a few hard lessons….ones that no one should have to learn in such a hard way. Jay has to learn to work through his pain and isn’t too sure how to do it….and why “she” keeps hanging on. Jay feels he doesn’t deserve her love and affection and pushes her away…..until he realizes he may have made a mistake.
“I can’t tell you, Jay. You know why?” Her green eyes were full of tears and they bore right through him. It did a fucking number on his chest but paralyzed him at the same time. “Because if I have to tell you, then this,” she motioned between the two of them, “isn’t meant to be.”
My heart went through the wringer a few times with this book….I laughed, I got emotional (remember, I don’t cry) and I got upset with Jay. The dialogue kept you laughing, the storyline kept you intrigued and the characters made it all worthwhile. This was an amazing story and I rank it right up there as one of my favorites, YET AGAIN, from Hadley Quinn.
I rate this book 6 epically fantastically humorous loving stars. Amazing.
***ARC was provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a snippet of a conversation between Jay and his cousin, Teague.
(Teague is the main character in book ONE - Kiss This.)
“You should just be more careful about who you hook up with,” Teague said.
“You’re one to talk,” Jay retorted. “Hello Kate?”
Teague looked at him hard. “Exactly, asshole. I’m speaking from experience. I met a lying bitch of a schemer and was totally fucked over by her. I don’t want that shit to happen to you, Jay. Just take the damn advice and think about it, okay? You have these pissed off exes and wannabe stalkers that—”
“Hey, I don’t have ‘exes’,” Jay corrected him.
“Fine, women that you’ve pissed off with your charming personality.”
“Why is it that they get pissed off in the first place? How more honest can I get than ‘this is only a one-night thing, sweetheart’. They willingly agree, so why does there have to be fucking hurt feelings over it?”
“You ever think that women may not ‘really’ fully agree with you?”
Jay laughed sarcastically. “How is it my fault if they say one thing but mean another?”
Book ONE: Kiss This
Camryn and Teague's story! Available NOW!
We meet Jay in book ONE as Teague's cousin!!!
Book TWO is HIS Story!
Meet the Author:
My main interests include music, surfing, and dance. I also love to travel and I'm obsessed with baseball as well as several other sports. But there are DOZENS of other things that I'm into because I enjoy learning and trying new things. I love meeting new people and the experiences I gain from it. I'm feisty. I love to joke around. My sense of humor is generously proportioned, but I can trim it down when needed. Usually.
Life is about balance. I believe that with every unfortunate moment, there is always something better to counter it. We may not always see it right away, but I have faith that a pure heart will always come out on top. With this understanding, I feel it is an essential part of our lives to give more than to receive. I don't even mean monetarily. Your time and concern has more value than any nickel or dollar. Even the smallest lovingact can go a long ways and you will be blessed with many opportunities to do your part. The most important concept I like to follow is just the age-old Golden Rule: Treat others how you'd want to be treated. It is so simple.
I love to tell stories, and it wasn't until recently that I started to share them. I care about every reader as a person. Thank you for the encouraging messages, the kind suggestions, and your friendship.
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(The McCallans, Book 1)
(This book includes mature content, including sex and language)
22-year-old Camryn Jacobs lost the love of her life once and vows to never kiss another guy unless she's in love with him. When she meets Teague, their attraction to one another is off the charts, and for the first time in two years, she wants to disregard her rule.
But Camryn makes a bet that he can't go just one week without kissing her. She's protecting her own fragile heart, but her wit and smart mouth end up driving Teague crazy.
When Teague is equally skilled at her challenge, their friendship turns complicated. He's not at all what she assumed, and he makes her feel things she never expected to feel. But sharing her true reasons for the no-kiss bet hurts too much and she keeps him in the dark.
Teague has his own secrets to hide, starting with his last name. It's the reason he left town--to lick his wounds until he can piece his life back together. His time with Camryn proves that it might actually be possible, but with the threat of his family and his past ruining all that he's finally gained, can he really take that risk again?
Loving might be easy; learning to trust again could be too difficult to achieve..