Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn t part of the plan When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor and that he could really use a friend Keeping Max in the frJacob Kendricks is three months out of prison, estranged from his daughter, and ready to get his life on track Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn t part of the plan When he realizes the man has been assaulted, Jake takes him to the hospital, where he learns that Max is his downstairs neighbor and that he could really use a friend Keeping Max in the friend zone would be easier if he wasn t so damned cute.Maxwell Wilson has been bullied for years, and the only person who ever cared lives too far away to come to his rescue Now his upstairs neighbor is offering support Max remains cautious, suspecting he is little than a project for the handsome Jake When he learns Jake has had boyfriends as well as girlfriends, Max has to reevaluate his priorities and muster the courage to take a chance at love.Just when a happy future is within their grasp, life knocks them back down A devastating blow leaves Max lower than ever and Jake wrestling with regret They both have to find the strength to stand on their own before they can stand together.
Block and Strike Jacob Kendricks is three months out of prison estranged from his daughter and ready to get his life on track Taking care of the bum curled up on his doorstep isn t part of the plan When he realizes
Mhmm Lovely.This book was so adorably delicious Jake s prickly exterior hiding his soft, sweet interior was like the idea of a perfect boyfriend for me His strong core yet cuddly nature was just wonderful to read about It was such delight to experience His concern and caring for Max totally made me swoon The portrayal of Jake s off key singing, his loud, teasing family and patient handling of beaten down Max by taking him to his self defense classes were such a juxtaposition The former made him [...]
A punching bag doesn t fight back Long ago, Max decided that it s easier to just take it His father thought the school bullies had a right to teach him a lesson with their fists Max is a runner, not a fighter He hates depending on anyone else and works two jobs to afford his flat, which is really a small, dark cellar Max s upstairs neighbor has never noticed him, not until he finds Max bruised and bloody on his doorstep Jake has problems of his own and does not want to get mixed up in anything, [...]
2.5 starsThis book made me angry Why on earth would the abuser be forgiven and the person coming to the rescue be punished, and considered a person with anger management issues Jake arrives at his apartment when he sees a young man lying bleeding on his doorstep It turn out to be his downstairs neighbor, Max He takes Max to the hospital, even though Max doesn t want to go.After Max is released the two strike up a friendship and Jake takes Max to his self defense class to help him.Jake knows he w [...]
Block and Strike is a story about new beginnings and second chances And family.Jake Kendricks knows what it s like to make mistakes He s made than his share the most recent one landing him in prison for a year And he is remorseful and he is trying to do everything he can to get his life back And some days, it really is a struggle Being on parole, he especially has to stay out of trouble and under the radar So when he comes home and finds a man passed out on his door step, his first thought isn [...]
4.25 stars Block and Strike isn t a light and fluffy story, but it s real and insightful I think it s my favorite Kelly Jensen to date.Above all else, I feel that this story is about self acceptance, and the long and painful journey to get there To fight that demon that keeps messing things up for you.For Jake, that demon is his anger It gets the best of him whenever he is wronged, and he paid for it the hard way For Max, it s his inability to defend and stand up for himself He is resigned to th [...]
I m a big fan of Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke s sci fi Chaos Station series, so I was excited to read a contemporary MM book from Jensen Block and Strike delivers a solid slow burn hurt comfort contemporary gay romance.Jake s story is revealed slowly The circumstances of his imprisonment and family life aren t very clear at first, so I just had to trust that he didn t do something that I would find completely unforgivable Jake was in no way the stereotypical angry at the world character that I of [...]
When I read a blurb where both men in a potential relationship have baggage, hang ups, and issues they face with other people, as Jacob and Max do in Block and Strike , I know I m in for a bumpy ride With Jacob Jake it s about trying to get back his life after spending a year in prison and visitation rights with his daughter are at the top of his list For Max it s about standing up for himself, dealing with the lack of self esteem his father drilled into him, and deciding whether he has the cour [...]
Talk about a slow burner Goodness, my add wasn t going to allow me to participate any longer if things didn t happen at the correct time It s my third book by Kelly Jensen, and I really love how relatable and realistic her stories make me feel This book was no different Jake Max are two individuals who needed a Win in life They both have struggled with various issues that has happened to them.I really adored Jake s character I loved how he wanted to protective Max, teach Max, and love Max in a w [...]
Review by The Blogger Girls.Jacob is trying to put his life back together after doing time in prison for injuring his ex wife s loser boyfriend in a fight thanks, in part, to the ex not standing up for him Unfortunately, this has also caused a forced separation from his young daughter He has been working very hard to stay under the radar and not do anything to get into any trouble But, when he finds max broken on his stoop, he takes a chance and does the right thing in trying to help the man, o [...]
4.5 Stars This is the second Kelly Jensen book I ve read Here s the interesting thing the two were polar opposites One was light, funny, magical Block and Strike was emotional, raw, a bit gritty, and a lot amazing I love the fact that the author is so versatile in her writing.Block and Strike deals with something so many people are familiar with bullying Sometimes bullying is words and sometimes it s physical In Max s case it s both Max s journey in life has been nothing but push down, drag out [...]
Enjoyed this story however it was different to what I expected This was a journey back from trauma that never seemed to end for Max, beaten, humiliated and stripped back to a shell this poor young man tried to move like a shadow through his world Jacob finds Max on his doorstep and makes a decision that would change the direction of his life Jacob was angry at the world and struggling to rebalance This was the journey of Jacob Max forming a friendship and then slowly into a relationship This was [...]
More than angsty, overtly emotional stories, I prefer healing comfort stories and this book delivered on that front perfectly Both the MCs were broken and suffering in their own way either physically or psychologically Their pairing helps them in fixing their lives for the better Both had demons which had ruled their lives in various degrees and their tentative friendship then romance helps them to overcome those and heal in the best possible way.Jake Kendricks biggest enemy is his anger It had [...]
Based on the blurb, I knew not to expect a fluffy romance, and this wasn t one for sure Jake is an ex con, living in a small apartment He s bi, though he doesn t advertise that, he has a daughter he doesn t get to see, for reasons you find out in the course of the book, and works hard to get his life back on track He s a member of a dojo, he goes to work, and he pretty much stays to himself One night, on his way home, Jake nearly stumbles over what seems to be a body on his doorstep Grumbling, h [...]
This is my first novel by Kelly Jensen I read few other stories by her but all of them were either shorts or novella length I haven t read her sci fi stories yet because sci fi will never be a favorite genre of mine Well, I was really pleased with this it was good I really liked both characters I appreciated the fact that while Jake did spend time in prison, but he wasn t the aloof loner full of baggage kind of guy Yeah, sure, Jake had anger issue, but it was mainly directed to his ex girlfriend [...]
This was a really well done, slow burn love story I enjoy slow burn stories but I feel like we rarely see them As a result I was really excited when I started reading this and realized that s where the story was going These two meet under very bad circumstances and the author takes the time for them to build a believable friendship and then a believable love story Both of these men have some issues that they need to work through and it s something that they do together I loved that there was no [...]
A lot of melodrama without a lot of payoff.
I think I have a bit of mixed feelings about this book It was a very smooth and enjoyable reading I got pulled into the story at once and it kept being engaging to the very end It didn t drag and no moment in it was boring Everything made sense the characters, their problems, their struggles I could see and believe in all of them.I really liked Jake Man, he was a dreambot I really, really think every one would benefit from having a Jake in their lives And him not being perfect somehow made him e [...]
I liked this story because this is a love story that the author took time to develop This story was well written and the main characters were constructed methodically Jacob Jake Kendricks was a man who let his temper get the best of him at times, which resulted in a stint in prison When he was released, Jake resolved to lay low and piece his life back together starting with rebuilding his relationship with his nine year old daughter Caroline Jake found his neighbor Maxwell Max Wilson on the step [...]
3.5 3.75 stars rounded up.I ve read a load of books recently but it s getting difficult to keep on top of reviewing them on GR, so just a quick note on my thoughts.This was good something a bit different Nice characters, really liked them together and wanted them to have their HEA A few niggly things and I did find that it was dragging a little in places, especially towards the end, but overall I enjoyed the read.I didn t realise until afterwards but Kelly Jensen is co author on the sci fi serie [...]
Jake Kendricks is not your typical hero He s made mistakes some of them devastating than others Recently, he s been released from prison, is back at his construction job and trying to get his life back on track When he finds a guy on his doorstep, he thinks it s some drunk bum sleeping it off until his hands come back covered in blood when he tries to move him He calls his sister, who is an ER nurse, and he takes the guy to the hospital where he discovers it s his neighbor who he s never really [...]
It was an engaging read, not so dark as I feared from the blurb Nevertheless, during the final third I lost some of my interest.
My Review Heartbroken sighh, talk about two guys who simply can t catch a break This is one of those stories that just makes your heart hurt to read itbut in the very best way because it s a romance so you know something has to work out eventually.The story begins when Jake finds an injured Max on his doorstep He honestly considers leaving him there Jake is on parole He doesn t need any complications in his life, but his conscience won t allow that especially when he discovers Max isn t just dru [...]
I m simultaneously anxious and excited about the release of Block and Strike which goes for any of my books, really This one, though My heart is in this book It s about knowing and accepting yourself which is something we all have to learn how to do.I wrote Block and Strike between Chaos Station and Lonely Shore, so about two and a half years ago The idea for it nibbled one day and I tossed it around for a bit until I figured out where to begin Then the book kinda wrote itself These guys came al [...]
Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement When Jake stumbles upon a passed out bum in front of his door he contemplates just leaving him there, but when he discovers he s covered in blood, Jake takes him to the hospital Turns out the bum is actually his downstairs neighbor, Max I m struggling with how to rate this book While I liked the premise, the execution, for me at least, fell short It was [...]
A Joyfully Jay review 4.5 starsI was eager to pick up this author s work, but hadn t yet had the opportunity When this book showed up, I knew it was the right time to take the chance And I wasn t disappointed Jensen has a real talent and ability, painting clear pictures with her words that allowed me to fall into and get absorbed by the story The characters were so well defined, flawed and imperfect, but oh so real All in all, I found this book to be a really enjoyable read.What I loved here the [...]
This is a complex book that fans of pure erotic romance may not love The characters developed beautifully and their romance, while not super erotic, had a believable intimacy that I adored I especially liked that the characters were so well written that I could see why they d fall for each other I tore through this romance and highly recommend it for MM readers looking for than insert tab.
This review and much can be found at The Novel ApproachJake Kendricks is not your typical hero He s made mistakes some of them devastating than others Recently, he s been released from prison, is back at his construction job and trying to get his life back on track When he finds a guy on his doorstep, he thinks it s some drunk bum sleeping it off until his hands come back covered in blood when he tries to move him He calls his sister, who is an ER nurse, and he takes the guy to the hospital wh [...]
3.5 stars rounded up because I did enjoy the book despite my misgivings in the spoilersKelly Jensen was able to write an ex con who has you convinced that even a prison sentence can t bring you down This story is, at its heart, about an optimistic and loyal man who wants to love someone and a shy and pessimistic guy who wants to find a comfortable place in the world.Jake doesn t take the good things in life for granted and he is a steadfast kind of guy Max is used to being beaten down both physi [...]