Welcome to my stop for Hendrix by Chelsea Camaron and M.J. FIelds, the first book in their contemporary romance Caldwell Brothers series. Please read on for my review, an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Select eBook Bundle from Loveswept.
I was intrigued by the premise, and interested in seeing where two strong-minded characters could go. The combination of authors to pen this story promised an intriguing read, and something that just takes a rather mundane set of tropes and makes it work with a unique twist.
I like my heroes to have some depth: tattooed and sexist, with a vocabulary limited to profanity doesn’t lend to the depth I wanted. Yeah – bad boys can be hot, but puddles are boring after you’ve spent the energy finding all the reflections. Hendrix had far more to overcome for me to believe or be intrigued in him than he presented at first, and even further on in the story, I didn’t necessarily buy into his character.
Matching out this bad boy with a character who comes with her own issues, Olivia is in need of some serious grow up time. She’s a bit of a pushover, with a determination to stand on her own, even if that is unrealistic in the extreme. See, Olivia, to me, was a follower – needing someone to tell her what her next move should be, how to fully grasp onto female empowerment (hint – it’s not a random sexual encounter in a closet with a nameless man) and how to listen to her own inner voices.
These two damaged people are meant to come together, against all odds, and find solace, companionship and love in one another. Never have I felt the “you complete me” line was more relevant here, as both characters, to me, were half-formed, using clichés and atmospheric posturing and language to build a person, and one that wasn’t that intriguing. Dropping the F bomb, clueless sexual encounters, misogynistic speech and a history of childhood abuse that is really never dealt with beyond sharing stories just doesn’t build a foundation for me, leaving me unconnected and uncaring about the characters, bored by the feelings of forced connection and emotion, and uncomfortable with the sex as it never felt more connected than the first random encounter. I’d be interested in seeing the authors work independent of this collaboration to see if their styles and ideas bear fruit more tasty in solo work.
Author: Chelsea Camaron, M.J. Fields
Series: Caldwell Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 6 March, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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“One bourbon, one shot, one night—that’s my world. Life is finally getting on track for me and my brothers. Things are far from perfect, but after removing the thorn from our sides, they damn sure are looking up.” –Hendrix Caldwell.
Hendrix Caldwell, the oldest of the Caldwell brothers, is the ever steady voice of reason out of the three Detroit—Rock City’s—wild boys. Focused, determined, and living with a chip on his shoulder, Hendrix is married to his bar, allowing no time for anything more than a casual hook up. Work hard, play harder—that is the Caldwell brothers’ way.
For Olivia Hemmingway, life is nothing except the school of hard knocks. Born as the consequence of a one night stand, Olivia didn’t have the childhood found in movies and books. However, she’s all grown up now and completely on her own. Drowning in debt, she is looking for a small break in life, but the hits just keep on coming.
One night, one charity event, two masks hiding them from the world and each other… Two people let go and share the best of each other in a luxury hotel’s storage closet for one night they both can’t forget. One night they both revisit in their dreams.
What happens when two worlds collide not once, but twice? When they find out who was behind the mask, will sparks fly, or will their past demons keep them apart?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.