{Review & Giveaway} Hendrix by Chelsea Camaron & M.J. Fields

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{Review & Giveaway} Hendrix by Chelsea Camaron & M.J. FieldsHendrix by Chelsea Camaron, M.J. Fields
Series: Caldwell Brothers #1
Publisher: Loveswept on March 6, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 264

Our Rating

4.5 Stars

Hendrix Caldwell wants nothing more than to revitalize the family bar—and tear down every last reminder of his no-good father. But business isn’t the only thing on his mind. An explosive encounter with a stranger at a charity masquerade is just the distraction he craves, with no names and no strings attached. For Hendrix, sex is casual, and love is a four-letter word. His commitment is to his brothers, his bar, and his bike. So why can’t he stop thinking about the naughty Cinderella who rocked his world, then left him—and her panties—behind?

Olivia Hemmingway knows fairytales are for little girls. Drowning in debt and hiding a shameful secret, she won’t be saved by a knight in tattooed armor, no matter how mind-blowing their one-night stand may have been. Olivia never expects to meet her masked lover again. But when she takes a job at Hendrix Caldwell’s bar, her sexy new boss seems all too familiar. And once the lights go out and the music is turned up, the sparks between them burn hotter than ever.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadWith the encouragement of a friend and a few too many drinks at a masquerade party, Livi finds herself grabbing a quickie with a stranger in a closet.  Running off without his name — or her underwear — she assumes she’ll never see him again.  But strapped for cash under crushing student loan payments, she hits up a bar for a part-time job, only to discover that the owner is no stranger.

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TheVerdictLivi’s life hasn’t been easy since graduating college.  Finding a steady job in her area of expertise isn’t an issue; it’s the student loan payments that are killing her.  Add in a car that needs repair, overdue bills, and no other options, she makes the rounds at local bars, looking for a job that will help her catch up financially while working around her day job.  When a local dive bar gives her a shot, she’s determined to prove herself.  She just never expected the man behind the bar to be the very same man she shared a few hot minutes with in a closet.

Hendrix and his brothers are still grieving the loss of their mother and dealing with the father who never really gave a damn.  But they’re doing okay for themselves, and Hendrix is fixing up the they own and beginning to show a decent profit.  Uninterested in a serious relationship, he has one hot tryst in a closet at a party with a girl he never expects to see again, but he soon learns that the very same woman he hired to help out on busy nights is the one he hasn’t been able to get off his mind.

To be honest, when I got to this book in my TBR list, I was having second thoughts.  It looked like it might be a bit dark for my taste, and I expected it to be rather formulaic.  To my surprise, it wasn’t long before Hendrix turned all the usual tropes upside down and delivered something refreshingly different.  Aside from the hot and heavy one-night-stand, there was so much to the story and the way the characters behaved that I rarely get enough of in this genre.

Hendrix is definitely a rough around the edges kind of guy.  He’s all alpha male, heavily tattooed, not above throwing a few punches, and certainly not inclined to engage in any committed relationships.  But he’s an all-around decent guy, up front with women about his intention to stay unattached, and immediately willing to step up when someone needs help.  He’s also enamored with Livi, the funny, sexy, hilarously awkward girl who comes into his bar looking for a job.

Livi surprised me.  There were so many things about her character that could have turned her into a cookie-cutter romance novel heroine.  Yes, she was down on her luck financially, a hard worker, and opposed to taking handouts.  But she laughed when least expected, had faith that she could take care of herself, and didn’t let her rather traumatic past get in the way of living her life.  She wasn’t looking for a relationship and didn’t exactly trust men, but she was surprisingly open to the new feelings developing the more she got to know Hendrix.

Their relationship was just as unpredictable as Hendrix and Livi were.  When I expected her to overreact to a conveniently misleading scene, she did just the opposite.  When I expected Hendrix to deny his feelings for Livi and push her away, he did the opposite.  When I just knew that everything was going to blow up in their faces, the way it always does in romance novels before the happily ever after is served up, Livi and Hendrix were generally open and honest with each other, and they didn’t fall into the same cliched trap.  Even the cause of Livi’s adolescent trauma surprised me, and while it would have been easy to label all the characters with the same stereotypical pen, nothing about them fit the tired old standard.

Their romance, of course, was crazy hot.  But instead of heading into gratuitously obscene territory, Livi and Hendrix’s sexier moments were punctuated by laughter and a great deal of consideration for each other.  Now that I think about it, it’s kind of sad that I now expect every romance novel I read to follow the same boring plot, but Hendrix proves that there are still authors out there willing to give us readers stories that are both classic and unconventional.  Hendrix is everything I didn’t know I was looking for in a romance, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in the series!

 
The Breakdown
Cover Design
4 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
 

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About Chelsea Camaron

Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

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  1. Great review!

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