Tuesday, March 17, 2015

✰ Book Review ✰ KEEPING KING by Anne Jolin

Author: Anne Jolin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Rock Falls #4 

***Can be read as a standalone or as part of the Rock Falls series.***

Peyton Callaghan is a fighter, a survivor, a warrior. When it was kill or be killed, she didn’t hesitate. Now, she’s the only one left standing, haunted by the ghost of a dead man and plagued with the guilt of having taken another person’s life. The upheaval of her life to start over in Rock Falls has been rocky at best, her worst nightmares and wildest desires colliding with each other. Terror tortures her nightly, breeding fear inside her dreams, and in every waking moment, she fights against the lust that threatens to drown her. 

Jayden King harbors secrets beneath his outward playboy demeanor. The women who warm his bed lay claim to nothing—you can’t lay claim to someone who doesn’t have a heart. His wit and charm are exquisite means of deflection and distraction from the turmoil roaring inside him. He’s hidden in plain sight, a mask of humor keeping the sadness at bay. The only real reflections of his soul are in the artwork he creates, pieces of him muraled on the skin of others. If tattoo artists could have a calling card, the etch of pain and suffering in each design would be his. Because when the lights go out and the women he’s satisfied have gone home, he’s alone with every fear he refuses to face.

After suffering from a brutal attack at the hands of her roommate’s stalker, Peyton is forced to live with the object of her affection. Without intention, she breathes love into his starved heart, and although the mere thought of that terrifies him, Jayden would burn the city down to keep her safe, causalities be damned. 

Some people you have. Some people you hold. 

She can have him. She can hold him. But can she keep King? Or is it impossible for Callaghan to keep something that was never really hers to begin with?
Anne Jolin is one of those very few authors whose books I will one-click without any kind of hesitation. The Rock Falls series keeps getting better and BETTER and I absolutely adore the group of characters that bring these books to life. The girls are witty, smartass-y, strong, and ladies I would totally be friends with. As for the guys? OH MAN - THE GUYS. Total hotties and yummy alpha males! I’m telling you, this series is a MUST READ.

Now, while all the books in this series can be read as standalone novels, I highly recommend you read them in order. You will have a better understanding of everything that’s happened up until this 4th installment and, quite frankly, why the heck not? They are truly great books and ones I easily recommend to anyone that loves great romantic suspense novels!

“…you’ve breathed love back into my soul.”

Jayden. Oh, Jayden. What a HUNK of a man!!! He was loving, caring, sexy, alpha…aaand had tattoos! He could not get any better. Really.

Jayden was hurting inside and kept everyone at arm’s length – especially women. His guilt prevented him from opening his heart. He had fought long and hard his attraction to Peyton but now, there was nothing he could do. He was losing that battle hard and fast.

Peyton had lived a life in which she kept pretty much to herself because of what she’d already been through. Suffice it to say, she was one strong chick! I really did like her character a lot.

Well anyway, little did she ever imagine, the guy she secretly had a massive crush on, felt the same way about her. Certain circumstances brought Jayden and Peyton under the same roof. - cue swooning - The way Jayden protected Peyton, how he took care of her, had me completely enamored. It wasn’t easy for either of them living together, but boy oh boy, things surely got interesting…and steamy.

Once Jayden and Peyton opened up to each other, once they accepted what they meant to each other, their love – their connection – was unbreakable. They were passionate and pure and OMG – I was in love with how much they were in love.

There are a lot of events that occur during this book that kept me highly intrigued and fully entertained. I wanted nothing more than to read Jayde and Peyton’s story and find out what would happen next. I wanted them to get their HEA so badly – they both deserved it. They really, truly did. They both are the type of characters you really can’t help but root for since the very first page.

Keeping King was a fantastic addition to an already phenomenal series! I cannot wait to read the next book! I mean….THAT ENDING! OMG! I need Jackson’s story! Really. I do. FIVE STARS! Yet again, Anne Jolin did an amazing job!

“I’m keeping you, Jayden King.”

~ The Rock Falls Series ~

Check out my reviews of books 1 & 2 → here
Check out my review of book 3 → here

Chasing Rhodes, Book 1: http://bit.ly/ChasingRhodes
Choosing Henley, Book 2: http://bit.ly/ChoosingHenley
Breaking Bennett, Book 3: http://bit.ly/BreakingBennett
Keeping King, Book #4: http://bit.ly/KeepingKing 

Meet the author: Anne Jolin

Hey y’all,

I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 

Mad love,
Anne Jolin

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