Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Under the Surface by Jaye Cox

Publication Date: 10/11/2015
Series: Love Is Not Enough #2
Rating: 4 Stars


Official Blurb:

“I don’t trust men, they only ever take what they want and throw you away like yesterday’s trash. The day I met Dex was no different, until I started to let him in. He could see ME, not the person I have become to avoid being hurt. Then I had to question everything I thought I knew, because he was different.”

Traumatised and screwed up, hard ass Ruby Sinclair never stays too long in one place, never letting anyone get too close. Always running to the only protection she knows –her brother. But a chance meeting with Dex, changes everything.

“My life was perfect and then one day everything changed, my whole life was turned upside down, FOREVER. I became a shell of the man I use to be. Then Ruby happened, she was the breath of fresh air I didn’t know I needed, or wanted. How can letting her in feel so wrong, but so right at the same time?”

Dex has inner demons that torment him constantly. It’s meant to be just for the night; the last thing he expected is a tattooed beauty oozing sex appeal to leave him breathless. Once he’s had a taste of her, will he be able to stop?

With an undeniable sexual attraction that devours them, neither one wants more, but both don’t want anything less.
When push comes to shove, will either of them give an inch?

Can he teach me to trust again?
Could she teach me to love again?

They were destined to cross paths... Because sometimes when two broken people come together, they can once again become whole.

This was my first Jaye Cox novel and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Ruby’s rough start to life will make you cringe and your stomach roll.  The hand she was dealt was by far the shittiest.  Her only saving grace in life was Ty. He saved her in more ways than one.  While they are more brother and sister than anything, they constantly battle over her choices in life.  To say she’s been affected by the horrors of her past is saying it lightly. She’s resolved that she’ll never know what love feels like and that the only man warming her bed is a temporary one.   Hell, just being touched sets off her internal warning protocol. That is… until Dex.

Oh Dex… you broke my heart in so many ways.  You’re battered and broken soul called to mine as your story unraveled.  The twists and turns for this haunted mine as just as emotional at Ruby’s.  You can literally feel your heart writhing in pain as the origins of his misery are discovered.  I think one of the best things about this character is his sexy exterior that coats his inner turmoil.  There’s an old saying about a duck floating gracefully on the water. It looks calm on the surface, but underneath those feet are moving a mile a minute.  That perfectly describes Dex with how he hides his pain under the guise of being an asshole.

All in All, this book was a great read. I didn’t read the first in this series, but I felt like I didn’t miss all that much of the story.  Ruby and Dex are complicated characters that both rip your heart out and make it melt with their stories.  This one is definitely a tissues required read. Great job, Jaye!

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