Sunday, 9 August 2015

Review ~ SLATE (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2) by Kelly Gendron

SLATE (Breaking the Declan Brothers, #2)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 21st 2015

Publisher: Self-published

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?

My Opinion

After I'd finished Jax upon its release I wanted to read Slate's story instantly. For that reason when I saw it up on NetGalley I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

For the most part it did deliver. I liked reading about Slate and Rayna's past and how their relationship had come into existence and been broken. I especially liked that some of the chapter were written when the characters were between the ages of nine and their late teens. They showed Slate's sweet side and created a nice contrast between that guy and the one he is in the present day.

Similarly, just like in Jax, Slate has a dirty mouth that makes the intimate scenes even hotter. When he dropped his guard or got lost in the moment he was a character you liked. For the other times he was someone you rooted for to beat his addiction.

As well as this, I admired Rayna's loyalty. I believed in her emotions and I'm glad Slate had her.

Saying all of that though, I don't think it Slate was as good as Jax. Everything in the book seemed too easy. I never really experienced the withdrawals Slate supposedly went through and it all happened too quickly. Personally, I felt his recovery was a bit too miraculous. I wanted to see more darkness and struggles. He didn't lose it half as much as I thought he would.

Moreover, it ended too quickly. I get the ending about Zeke to make you want to read his book, that wasn't an issue. My problem was I didn't feel Slate and Rayna had a proper ending that felt final and satisfying. It was a bit rushed.

Overall, it was a good read. I did prefer book one, but it's a good continuation and I'll more than likely read Zeke's book in the future.


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