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One Last Shot by Gillian Jones Review

blurbonelastshotMy name is Claire Knox.
People say I’m the female version of a player: a boyslayer, if you’re fluent in urban dictionary speak.
I hate long term relationships. I’ll never commit to sticking around long enough to get attached to the notion of love, marriage, or the proverbial two point five kids.
No sirree Not this girl.
There’s no way I’ll let myself get hurt by losing someone I love ever again.
Been there, felt that.
Consider me damaged goods if you will, but I’m happy.
Or so I thought, until my path crossed his again…

 

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Wife, mother, proud Canadian. Shoe addict, red wine connoisseur, lover of laughter and the friendships that cause it. I’m a sucker for those epic romances that steal my breath and leave me always wanting more.

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I think I’ve stated before that Gillian Jones is the queen of slow burn, and she is! The tension she creates makes you want to scream and fan yourself at the same time. And when her characters finally get together you want to jump around yelling “YES!” She manages to give you a book that makes you anticipate the hero and heroine getting together more than the characters are ready for, and also want to cry because her characters have gone through some serious pain and you just want to hug them so bad.

Do you know what I was not expecting when reading One Last Shot? I wasn’t expecting Matty and Claire to burn up the pages in CHAPTER. TWO. Yes, you read that right. I mean yeah, this is a second chance romance. Claire and Matty were together in college (around the time Kat and Ryker got together). But some stuff went down in My Mind’s Eye (trying not to give spoilers!) she runs away from Matty and all the possibilities of what they could be if she wasn’t so freaking stubborn… and scared.

And Matty, GOD I love Matty! He knows exactly what’s going on in Claire’s head, and is determined to make her see that they belong together. And I thought funny Matty was hot, but pissed off Matty is even hotter! The push and pull between Claire and Matty made me alternately want to pull my hair out of my head, then shake Claire, but then hug both of them. You want to talk about a perfect Book Boyfriend? Matty is it. Hands down.

Now back to the fact that this wasn’t a slow burn. In fact, these two fall into bed, sorta, with each other faster than you can blink. Now, after I read My Mind’s Eye and On the Rocks, I was convinced Gillian Jones needs Jesus. I mean, Ryker and Levi are like the king of dirty talk. BUT HOLY HELL, One Last Shot made me want to go to church. And drag her with me. Claire may be able to lie to herself about her feelings for most of this book, but she can’t deny the chemistry. Or the fact that Matty is the SWEETEST PERSON EVER. 

In case you missed it- I love Matty. Like, a lot. I’d love to have Ryker, Levi and Matty all to myself. Yup, that sounds nice. (Gillian is corrupting my sweet, innocent brain!)

One of my favorite things about this whole series, besides the hot guys, is that there’s a lesson to be learned in all three books. Each couple goes through their own self discovery, they learn about themselves as individuals, and they end up wanting to be better people. Not just for the loved ones they have surrounding them, but also for themselves. Basically, this whole series was awesome and amazing and you should totally go read it now. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited, but totally one-click worthy!

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On the Rocks by Gillian Jones Review

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*** SPECIAL NOTE ***
Dear Reader,
Mental Illness is a growing concern in our world today. On the Rocks is about surviving the aftermath of suicide, and believing in love again. Levi and Braunwyn’s love story is inspired by events that impacted the lives of people I care about deeply. With all of the research and ongoing concerns with mental health, I’ve decided to try and do something to bring awareness and light to this growing concern. I will be donating 10% of all pre-order and release week profits to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Thank you in advance for your support with this endeavour.
Gillian xx

Braunwyn
Four years ago losing the love of my life almost destroyed me.
Years of being labeled and looked upon with disdain by everyone in my hometown almost wrecked me.
Four years ago I became a mother and together we were enough…Until I met him.
He wanted to rebuild my broken–I just didn’t know how to let him.
This is my story of how one man’s love changed everything I thought I knew about life, love and myself.
But in the end, can Levi Eddison prove to be my restoration?

Levi
Everything in my world changed the day Braunwyn Daniels walked into my pub.
She was a woman of many contradictions. I recognized the happiness and sorrow each fighting its way to the surface from deep within.
I was drawn to her immediately.
Behind her long legs, chestnut brown hair and beautiful eyes laid a damaged soul.
I needed to change that–I just didn’t know how.
This is my story of how I met a broken girl and vowed to make her whole.
And in the end, it turns out I knew nothing about true happiness until Braunwyn Daniels let me love her.

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Wife, mother, proud Canadian. Shoe addict, red wine connoisseur, lover of laughter and the friendships that cause it. I’m a sucker for those epic romances that steal my breath and leave me always wanting more.

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“Welcome to Club Goner.” Wait, me or Levi? First of all, super trigger warning. This book deals with a really difficult topic, in detail, which may be hard for readers to deal with. It is serious, and Gillian doesn’t make light of anything that happened, but details the life of someone trying to come to terms with after an event. I don’t want to spoil it, (it’s right in the prologue so it hits hard and fast, THANKS) but I promise you, it is worth it.

There’s something special about single parent romances that make them my go to romance. Something about someone actively choosing to be in a child’s life, showering love onto a child that isn’t theirs by blood but theirs in their heart, is something that warms me to the core every time. I put off reading this book because I have so much to do, (and Jane the Virgin on Netflix got me hooked) but someone *cough Gillian Jones cough* told me Levi was so swoonworthy, I had to. So I did. And OH. MY. GOD. he is. He really is.

Braunwyn is surviving after losing her first love, and the father of her daughter. She is going to school, therapy, living with her grandmother, trying to be a good mom, but she’s not really living. She applies to a job at Pub Fiction, and when Levi walks in to interview he is gone. He is hooked on Braunwyn, and she’s hooked on him. Because of her past, and her daughter, Levi recognizes she’s not ready to move on from the friend zone, so he puts ever effort into making Braunwyn his.

AND LORD HAVE MERCY, when they call “Trump” it is on like Donkey Kong. I thought Ryker was dirty? He didn’t own his own pub. Levi and Braunwyn started as co-workers, moved to friendship, and eventually become a couple. Even while they’re “friends” these two share some really steamy scenes. Like, sit in front of the fan with a glass of cold wine, steamy. (#GillianJonesNeedsJesus)

One of my favorite things about Gillian Jones is the way her characters recognize they need to heal and share certain things about their past before they can fully give their hearts to another person. The two characters truly become friends before they get involved romantically. Of course there is attraction there, and their are feelings that definitely go past friendship, but the two respect each other as people before becoming an item.

Plus her men are all alpha-growly-“do this or I will put you over my shoulder”-do anything-to-protect-what’s-mine kinda guys.

Her heroines are strong in their own right, living and breathing without the help of a man(imagine that!), but with help and support from those they love, they move from surviving to living. Her men don’t sleep around on their girls, and they show their emotions. And her books make me want to talk about them ALL NIGHT.

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