Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Dax - Shannyn Leah

Dax (Bad Boys of Willow Valley)
Shannyn Leah
Published: November 21, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romance

Dax is the first book in Willow Valley’s Bad Boy stand-alone series. These hot contemporary romance books feature alpha males heroes and strong, independent women.

Fall in love with Dax Coyln, a volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic for his restoration business. He’s strong, solid, independent, until tragedy strikes that could tear him to the ground.

It’s hard to resist a Good Man who’s a Bad Boy

Dax Colyn is one of the bad boys of Willow Valley. A fearless volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic, he makes all the woman swoon and he likes it that way. He keeps people at a distance since his mother died. He doesn’t want to let anyone in, much less a woman he knows he could fall in love with

Ava Anderson keeps people away, too. Haunted by her tortured past and constantly fearful of the future, it’s only her daughter Olivia and Dax’s dad Rowdy that she’s let in.

But when tragedy strikes, it pushes Dax and Ava together, forcing them both to let go of their fears. They soon learn how hard it is to keep pretending and how easy it is to let others in. Especially when those people are family.

“Dax?” She’d moved directly beside him and he felt her warmth radiate near his arm. “Rowdy says you haven’t gone back to the hospital for a follow up on your shoulder.”
She set the princess-patterned bag on his desk before he could reply, not that he needed to answer her. They both knew he hadn’t gone back to see the doctor. He hated hospitals.
A couple weeks back on their way back to the station after dousing a farm fire, the new guy had driven off the road and flipped the fire truck on its side, sending all five of the men to the hospital. Had the ambulance driver not given him a choice, he wouldn’t have gone in the first place.
Big deal. Firefighters got muscle sprains all the time. Although his shoulder was being a pain and not healing. He should have gone for the follow up, but he could scrounge up a thousand excuses to hold it off, too.
Ava unzipped Olivia’s knapsack and pulled out a container of gel. “Let me see your shoulder.” Her teacher’s tone again. Damn woman.
“I didn’t ask. Take off your shirt, Dax.”
He leaned back in his chair to get a better look at her. He put on his famously seductive grin and tapered his eyes. “I’ve been trying to get you out of your shirt for years and you think you can come into my office and, after one demand, think I’m going to just strip for you? Do you think I’m that easy?”
Her lips curved upwards. “You are that easy.”
“Take yours off,” he retorted.
Her jaw tightened, as did the grip on the jar in her hands. Humor swept away, her eyes didn’t waver from his, and he watched desire heat up in them. The attraction between them resonated around the four walls of his office and he knew sex with her would be mind-blowing. Except, he’d never sleep with her. He couldn’t. As much as he teased and flirted, at the end of the day, they didn’t mix. Hot and cold. Water and fire. Besides, his dad would whoop him good and serve him up for dinner if it ever went that far.
Ava’s fingers grasped the edge of her blue and white plaid blouse and hiked the material high enough to see her naval.
Goddamit. They were in his office and the wall overlooking the shop was encased with windows.
He caught her wrist, conflicted with wanting more, all of her and not wanting any of her at all.
“Alright,” he growled, pulling her shirt back down over her denim shorts.
He stood up, ignoring what looked a hell of a lot like hurt in her eyes and yanked his own black T-shirt over his head. He balled it up, frustration invading his hands and tossed it onto his desk.
“If I’d known it was that easy to get your shirt off, I would have flashed my sprained shoulder a helluva long time ago.”
One thing was for certain, the teasing had to end. She’d never given an inch and today she’d have given a whole damn foot.

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4 Stars
Dax is the town bachelor, a single mechanic and volunteer firefighter who spends his evening drinking and enjoying the various women who visit Willow Valley as tourists. He's got no desire to settle down, but when the loss of his father hurts the only girl he ever had some sort of feelings for he finds himself a changed man. Ava and Olivia were the apples of his father's eyes and Dax feels like he finally understands why his dad was pushing him to let Ava in. Together they stumble through the loss of Rowdy and the uncertainty that comes with trying something new. When Ava must rely on Dax to protect her and Olivia from the past she discovers he is a changed man and might be the right one to give her heart, and trust, to.

"Hot and cold. Water and fire."

Dax, book one in the Bad Boys of Willow Valley series by Shannyn Leah, was a great bad guy turns good read. From the very first page Leah thrusts us into the small town of Willow Valley, allowing us to see the beach, the fire station, the mechanic's shop, and the quaint streets that us city people dream about. It's a classic small town romance, everyone knows everyone's business, but there's a twist that makes Dax a bit more exciting. Dax is your classic handsome alpha with a distaste for real romance. Ava is the sweet teacher, the goody-two shoes, and the mother of little princess Olivia. She has a past, a background that we only get a glimpse at, but it's enough to tell us things with her aren't as they seem. She and Dax share chemistry, a blazing inferno that everyone can see, but them. Their romance really is the entire story, but Olivia and Rowdy, Dax's father, really make it that much better. They're the best kind of secondary characters, especially for a story like this one.

"It was crazy. He was crazy. Heck, she felt a little crazy lately..."

Dax is a story about love, loss, grief, forgiveness, and strength. Dax and Ava must face the terrible loss of Dax's father and together they work through the mess that they made when they failed to acknowledge how much they care for one another. They work trough the grief, they work through caring for Olivia, they deal with Dax's history as a playboy, and they face Ava's ugly past when it catches up to her. The story is similar to many others, but I enjoyed the characters and I really enjoyed how Shannyn Leah worked through their differences. The moments with Olivia were so perfect, I just wish that the past Ava kept from Dax, and Olivia, wasn't such a surprise. I knew there would be twists, but I wish some of it had been teased in the beginning on the novel. In this case, we get over 50% through before it is brought up and it felt like an addition to the story rather than something that was a part of it from the start.

"There is an us. There's always been an us."

I love bad boys, I love single mom stories, and I really love a book that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Ava and Dax are the kind of couple that makes you say awe, especially as Dax embraces the changes he has to make in order to win over a woman like Ava. Olivia is the comedic relief and really makes the story the right level of complex. Dax is definitely a great new release from Shannyn Leah and I look forward to the rest of the men known as the Bad Boys of Willow Valley.

About Shannyn Leah

Contemporary romance author Shannyn Leah loves olives, lip gloss and reading (and writing) romance novels. Her love of words started at an early age and soon grew until, during her teenage years, she’d started writing her own novels. When her mom pushed to finally publish some of the stories, she quickly amassed two complete romance series (By The Lake and Caliendo Resort series) and, in 2016, released her first Fantasy Romance entitled The Gatekeepers (Part One of the Winters Rising series).
When she's not writing contemporary romance books into the early hours of the morning, Shannyn can be found antiquing with her two favorite people, her momma and sister, in their picturesque London, Ontario hometown.

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