“All my life I’d always known what the Gentry boys were. A set of fraternal triplets born to a depraved family, they were rough, sexy and wild as wolves.”
I don’t even know if love is real. After running from the bastard who brutalized me, I limped back to Arizona, choosing a vibrant college town in the hopes of starting over. I never expected to find him there.
He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money.
Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted.
And I want him so much I can’t think.
They called us ‘those white trash Gentry boys’ until we believed that’s what we were. Our people squatted at the edge of a hellhole prison town for generations. The childhood we endured was the stuff of nightmares. I’d learned early on that my brothers, Chase and Creed, were the only people on earth worth my time.
They all told us we were bad, that we’d always be bad.
The horrors of the past have scarred my soul.
But now I need to be better.
Warning: This book contains explicit language, sexual situations, and violence which may be upsetting to some. Draw is the first of the Gentry Boys series, however this New Adult Romance novel can be read as a stand alone.
Worldbuilding: This novel takes place in Tempe, Arizona! I loved that this story took place in a real college town and that it also talked about as well as visited their dusty old prison town, Emblem, Arizona.
Characters: The main characters in this story are Saylor McCann and Cordero Gentry. Saylor wanted nothing more than to leave her run down prison town and when she did, she never looked back. Until her happily ever after didn’t seem so happy anymore. She didn’t see the signs until it was too late and by that time she was being used like a punching bag. But she was able to wise up and get out but not before he brutalized her one last time. Limping her way back to Arizona was the last thing she wanted to do but she has no one to turn to except her amazing cousin. But she gets more than what she bargained for when she landed on his steps! Cord Gentry was the absolutely last person she wanted to see or spill her guts to. Having hated him since high school, there was no way Cord could convince her of his changed nature. Can Cord make up for his past mistakes? Or will his nature, upbringing, and background, stand in the way of the one who could truly make his life complete?
Plot: When I first got into the novel, I thought that this was going to be a love/hate story. But after reading passed the first couple of chapters it sort of seemed like second chance romance even though the main characters were never really together to begin with. Besides that, I really like the fact that the brothers owned up to their past actions and seemed grow into at least semi respectable men. I unfortunately felt like the climax wasn’t all that climatic and even though the story ended on a good note, it just felt a little plain.
Writing: This novel was told in first person points of view of Cord and Saylor. And seriously freaking aces on these boys’ names!!! Cordero, Chasyn, and Creedence are so unique and absolutely smokin’! Also this novel is the first in the Gentry Boys series but can be read as a standalone.
Curb Appeal: I really liked this cover! It’s so sweet and just screams Cord and Saylor! The blurb makes you think love/hate romance but it just ends up being a romance about two lost souls who finally take a chance on each other. The rest of the blurb does a good job of setting up the background on each character, so going in it feels like you know them a little bit better.
Ultimately: This was a great start to a new, new adult series! Even though this was a love story about Cord and Saylor, it also did a great job of fanning the flame of curiosity over the other Gentry boys! This novel gave out so many great tidbits about Chasyn and Creedence, that I cannot wait to find out which girls snare their hearts! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hot underground fighter who usually lets his fist do the talking and girl who may or may not be able to keep his demons at bay then come check out Draw!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.