Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: The Second Jam by Lila Felix

*This is Book One of the Love and Skate spin-off series.* 

For months, Cyrus Black has been in hiding. After ruining his cousin’s chances of college, he goes from job to job, from place to place, making sure he doesn’t have to face them—or himself. 
Beatriz Morales is set. She has a plan, a schedule, and a dream. Life has thrown her a few curve balls, but nothing keeps a derby woman down. 
She’d never admit it, but she’s stretched too thin. Something has to give. 
Love doesn’t just choose a person to see our strengths—sometimes love chooses the person we trust with our weaknesses. 
The choice is hers. 

4.5 Stars by Jen Skewes

Lila Felix has done it again.  A Second Jam is a spin off of her amazing Love and Skate Series.  In that series we met the Black family who I just felt in love with.  Each male member of the family is sweet, caring, sexy and all around just amazing men.  They treat their woman with respect and love.  We watched all of them fall in love and have families of their own.  And now it is time for their children to get their own story. 

Cyrus Black (Owen and Nellie’s son) has not spoken to his family for months now.  He screwed up big time and just cannot bear to face them. He is trying to make ends meet and trying to do it all on his own but he is having some difficulty.  One night he meets Beatriz and everything changes. 

Bea is a feisty no nonsense girl.  She in my opinion is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders.  She has an ex boyfriend who unfortunately is still around even if she doesn’t want him to be, a father who she needs to take care of as well as his business.  And on top of all that she is working on opening a hope center.   With all that she never asks for help or admits that she even needs it.  She is one of those heroines that you just adore.  She may be feisty  but she has a huge heart and she kicks ass at roller derby. 

Cyrus has such an amazing heart but that is no surprise considering who raised him.  He had some issues that he has had to face in life and when you find out what it is your heart will hurt for him.    But meeting Bea has helped him to make strides in life.  And as much as she is there for him and helps him, he is there for her as well.  He cares about her and wants to see her succeed.  He is there to help with her father and he cares for the man just as much as he does his daughter.  Bea knows his issues and loves him in spite of it all.  She also knows how close he was with his family and knows that he needs them.   Cyrus treats her with love and respect which is something she is not used to because let’s be honest her ex boyfriend was a complete ass.

Cyrus and Bea were so adorably cute together.  Cyrus is this totally swoon worthy man with a full beard and a man bun, something I never thought I would see as sexy until he came along.  The Second Jam had everything that I love in Lila's books.  The wit and sarcasm that I love and the swoon worthy hero who you find to be sexy and adorable all in one.   Cyrus’ love and devotion to Bea as well as the way he cares for his family is what will make your heart melt and make you swoon.  The Second Jam is the beginning of the next generation of Blacks and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Felix has up her sleeve.  I love this family.  When you read each story you feel more and more like a part of their family.  They aren’t perfect but no matter what they are ALWAYS there for each other. Cyrus is no different.  And Bea is the perfect addition to this family.   I am really looking forward to Scout’s story!!

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