RELEASE REVIEW AND EXCERPT: MORE by J.D. Hawkins

MORE (RYDER BROTHERS #3) by J.D. Hawkins
Release Date: December 19th
Cover Design: Laurelin Paige
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography
Cover Model: Wayne S.

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Blurb

It starts with a bang.

As in me and Hadley, the maid of honor, during my brother’s wedding reception.
Sure, it was amazing, but I’m a one-and-done kind of guy.
After spending years of my life getting screwed over by managers and agents with the Ryder Brothers, I no longer like to commit.

I don’t even play music anymore.
The secret that I haven’t told anyone- is that I can’t.

A chance to raise money for my best friend’s nonprofit to help child stars means it’s time to deal with my block.
Hiring Hadley seems like the obvious solution.
She wants inside my head (not happening). I want to bang her again (she says she can’t sleep with clients).

Between my baggage and her professionalism, can my problem even be fixed?
Or will we both end up just wanting more?

My Review

To the public and to his fans, Jonas Ryder has the life most people dream of…so why has he lost his passion for music? Why has he become a recluse? And, more importantly, why does he run from anything that resembles a commitment?

Since meeting the Ryder brothers, Jonas has always been the one I could never figure out; he seemed so closed off and jaded, and I wanted to understand what made him that way, what made him leave music behind, what made him feel like more was not something he wanted in his life, whether it be more than one-night with a woman, more gigs with his brothers, or more notoriety. These aspects of ‘more’ were not something he would consider even if Jonas’ friend said it best, ‘There’s always more to it, Jonas. You’re just good at ignoring the rest.”

Hadley Stark thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she hooked up with Jonas ‘One-Time’ Ryder, but somewhere along the way, perhaps when she became more than a one night stand or when she began to help him work on his inability to play music, she found herself wanting more with Jonas and for Jonas, complicating an already complex personal and professional relationship and forcing them both to contemplate if they can give each other what they want and more importantly what they need.

While it took me a bit to warm up to Jonas, I love how J.D. Hawkins approached Jonas’ issues and the way he forced Jonas to reflect on the truths and insights that his friends and his brothers finally laid out for him. Jonas is not the typical rockstar and I loved that about him, and even though he seems like a superficial person based on how he has chosen to live his life, when Jonas finally looks inward and finally faces what he has refused to see, that awareness allows him to move forward and to finally hope for more.

I absolutely adored Hadley; she gives so much of herself to her clients and to her friends, helping them to become the best version of themselves. I enjoyed reading about her letting loose a bit while also taking a few steps back when it becomes clear that her version of ‘more’ doesn’t match up with the guy who owns her even more than she realizes.

The whole concept of the Ryder Brothers’ series intrigued me. I didn’t know how it would work with three different authors each writing a book about one of the brothers, but they did so seamlessly and the fact that all three brothers were in each book moving, the plot of the individual books as well as the storyline of the entire series forward intertwining Close, Want, and More in ways that I never would have imagined but that I  loved nonetheless.

4 Poison Apples

Excerpt

Hadley has something about her. Something beyond that daytime fantasy-inducing body and those cinematic eyes. So maybe it’s not just lust that’s made her dance around my thoughts for months now—it’s not like I’m short of women willing to fulfill those kinds of wants. Perhaps some part of me knows Hadley could be good for me, in more ways than one.

I watch her a while longer, feeling the calm energy that her presence seems to bring. Just looking at her is enough. Then, as she finishes her juice and moves away from the group to put the empty glass on a table, I turn to the bartender and instruct him on what to mix up for me.

A Pirate’s Booty. Once again.

The place is louder now, as people pass around the baby clothes and toys, conversation splitting off into a dozen smaller, more intense ones. I take the drink and move through the guests, smiling as a few of them call hellos, and eventually reach my target.

“Third time’s the charm?” I say, once I’m close.

She spins around and looks startled for a second. Her eyes going from mine, to the drink, and back to mine again before she tilts her head and casts that warm sunbeam of a smile at me.

“I appreciate it, but I’m not drinking tonight. Driving.”

I push the drink a little closer to her.

“I’m sure there’s a kind gentleman somewhere around here who’s willing to take you home.”

She laughs gently, then bites her lip in a gesture so sexy it could be its own porn category. A moment of hesitation, the indecision written all over her expressive face—but I know she’ll give in.

“You know what? I’ll take you up on that,” she says, side-eyeing me coquettishly as she takes the drink and sips. I savor it, the way she raises her chin, the slenderness of her neck. God, she’s incredible.

“Good?”

“Very good,” she says, her smile a little wider now, a little more subtextual.

About the Author

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Austin, TX. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including LA, New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

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