Hendrix

Hendrix

by MJ Fields, Chelsea Camaron

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ISBN-13: 9781508788805
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2015
Series: Caldwell Brothers , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 33,064
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream. She realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspire her 'Love and Repair' and 'The Hellions Ride' series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a multiple projects in the works.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband's Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book, or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

USA Today Best Selling Author MJ Fields

MJ Field's love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and sold it to family members. She self-published her first New Adult romance in January 2013. Today she has completed four self-published series, The Love series, The Wrapped series, The Burning Souls series, and The Men of Steel series. The Norfolk series has two titles self-published so far and Ties of Steel, Abe and Dominic are available. MJ is a USA Today Best Selling author and former small business owner, who recently closed the business so she could write full time.
MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

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Chapter 1

Hendrix

When you think of Motor City, you think of poverty, but what Detroit lacks in class and elegance, we make up for in dive bars. You got the 2-Way Inn on Mt. Elliott, Nancy Whiskey on Harrison, Old Miami on Cass, Greenwich Time in Cadillac Square, Kwicky on 8 Mile, Marshall’s on Jefferson, Jumbo’s on 3rd, the Painted Lady up in Hamtramck, My Dad’s Place on Kercheval, and Caldwell’s on Atwater.

You know the kind of places I’m talking about—windowless joints on the corner with the High Life sign blinking because you know the sign is as old as the paint-chipped building it hangs off. The blinking sign beckons you. You have to go inside to see what the hell is going on ’cause you can’t see in the windows, and it sounds like you may be missing something if you don’t.

They are boarded up tight, because they got busted out two nights ago when the place got robbed by damn thugs who walk up and down the streets, selling candy one minute and panhandling two hours later. The pieces of shit are inventive—I’ll give them that—but my suggestion is get a damn job, slob.

Back in the day, when the auto factories dominated the area, things didn’t look so broken down. It was alive and kicking. The area was still peppered with bars. Bar owners were making mad cash, too.

At the end of every street, there was a joint that served ice-cold High Life on tap and two-dollar shots. There was entertainment and fun to be had everywhere. You could always get a decent, quick meal on your lunch break, a live show at night; and the bartenders made you feel like you belonged, like you were family.

My pops won the title to Hooligans at a dogfight. With it being a great location in the Rivertown district near Chene Park, he truly got a prize that time. He was instantly banking money and banging women. That’s when he met Mom.

She sang, played guitar, and had a decent following as a one-woman show. He was thirty, and she was twenty-two. She sang at his bar every Wednesday night and eventually tended bar three nights a week. Like many of his barmaids, she fell for his bullshit, and that ended up with her pregnant with me in less than two months from the time they met.

He moved her into his apartment above the bar and embraced becoming a father. He wanted to do it better than his old man had. Isn’t that the truth in life, just do it better? Don’t we all strive for that?

Eventually, the novelty wore off. He started f***ing around on her. When she confronted him, he beat her down emotionally. She busted her ass keeping the bar clean, and he busted his ass drinking the profit. Two more boys later, and she was busting her ass to raise their three kids on top of keeping his business afloat.

When the economy in Detroit deteriorated, he lost what was left of his mind. He started coming after us for stupid shit like spilled milk, a LEGO on the floor, you name it. Hell, the wind blowing in the wrong direction had him on us.

Mom started stepping in with, “Boys, go to your room.”

Sure, we did as we were told, but we heard the shit. We heard him hitting her. It was no better than seeing it, either. We were helpless as the sounds of each blow became increasingly deafening to our tiny ears. Funny how, in the moment, adrenaline kicks in and instincts go into overdrive. Every noise becomes louder, clearer, and sticks with you longer. I can still hear that shit in my sleep.

As I grew older and stood taller than him, I began to step in. He and I would go at it, fist to fist, until one of us wasn’t moving. At first, it was me. Then, when I was seventeen, it was finally him. F***er knew it, too.

I begged Mom to move out, but she refused to leave her home and family. She made excuses for him, said that was how he was raised.

He stopped coming at us when I busted his nose. I hated the bastard, and when Morrison was big enough, I moved the heck out. Still saw Mom every day, though. I couldn’t go a day without seeing her or my brothers. I needed to make sure they were okay, but I also knew, if I stayed, I would kill him and be in the state pen within a year.

He lost Hooligans because the asshole bet against the wrong underground fighter. Who was the fighter he bet against? My brother, his own son. Who did he lose it to? Me. F***er didn’t even know it was me until a week later, either.

I let him stay in the apartment above the bar, not for him, but for Mom.

I had been working for a contractor, fixing up old warehouses and making them into apartments for years. Even made enough to buy my own place.

I fixed up the second and third floors, making them livable. Wide-open space, two bedrooms, two baths on the second floor, the third is my loft. The first floor is a badass garage. It is where I spend the rest of my money—on my tools, my toys, and my rides.

I roll over to find my pit bull, Floyd, is hogging the bed as usual. She—yes, Floyd is a she—is an obvious bed hog.

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Hendrix 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$3.99 for 194 pages. Would've given more stars had it been longer. It was a good story but just not enough. You could put all three stories in the series in one book and make a really good novel. Its like buying chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, loved the panty tgeme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book based upon reviewers saying this was the best one of the series. If this was the best, I'd hate to read the worst! The characters were one dimensional and I think an essay I wrote in college had more depth than this book- and mine was free! This author might think about taking some composition courses or reading some good authors? I suppose that rubbing her butt activity was intended to be cute - it wasn't. All in all a real waste of money.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Hendrix and Olivia meet at a masquerade ball, have an interlude in a closet and don't know who each other is at the end of the night. Fate steps in because Olivia finds herself in need of a second job and Hendrix finds himself in need of a new waitress. It takes a bit for them to realize who the other one is and when they do realize, things don't go smoothly. Olivia and Hendrix both had a not so great childhood and Olivia still fears her past coming back to bite her. Hendrix fights his new feelings for Olivia and, though she is odd, he does find himself wanting to be around her. Olivia is forced to confront her past and Hendrix really steps up to support her. Both of them struggle to learn how to be in a relationship since both of their pasts weren't really conducive to knowing what a healthy relationship between lovers is like. I did like how Hendrix manned up every step of the way and, even when he would screw up, he would own it and move on. I liked how he went for what he wanted and didn't really give Olivia much of a chance to balk at it. It ended very nicely. Good start to this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read...loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyable! Loved the characters! This story was funny, very entertaining, a small little bit of sadness, but very good. I had to read it in one sitting....just could not put it away to go to bed....so just stayed up until I finished the book, and boy, I sure want to get the next book in this series,.... Oh good I see book 2 is out now...Great my next is ready to read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story-Hendrix was hot,hot,hot & Olivia was so funny-emotional story.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HENDRIX is the first installment in the contemporary, adult CALDWELL BROTHERS erotic, romance series co-authored by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields. This is bar owner and eldest brother Hendrix Caldwell, and social worker Olivia Hemmingway’s story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Olivia and Hendrix) HENDRIX focuses on the building relationship between Hendrix and Olivia. Olivia is a social worker in need of some extra cash so she ventures into a local Detroit bar where she will soon discover that her new boss and bar owner Hendrix Caldwell is the same man with whom she recently found herself having a one-night stand in a darkened closet at a charity event. What ensues are Hendrix attempts to keep Olivia at a distance, and Olivia’s attempts to go it alone. From their first introductions Olivia’s life has fallen on hard times, and Hendrix is the man who is constantly picking up the pieces of her shattered life. The relationship between Olivia and Hendrix is quick to develop; the attraction is immediate but Hendrix believes Olivia’s craziness leaves something to be desired, and he isn’t the man to settle down or look forward to the future. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. We are introduced to Hendrix’s brothers Jagger and Morrison who both work at Caldwell’s bar alongside their brother. The world building looks at the brother’s dark and damaged past wherein they buried their mother following a short battle with cancer; and sent their father packing for the very last time. Olivia’s past is mired in betrayal and sexual abuse; it is Hendrix who will stand by her side when she faces down her heartbreaking past. HENDRIX is a quick read; a fast paced story about two people who met under ‘closeted’ circumstances and found one another along the way. The premise is entertaining and fun; the characters are animated and real; the romance is a quick build to a happily ever after. I am looking forward to Morrison and Jagger’s stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really cannot say enough about this book! It had me from page one emotionally and it did not let go. You may cry but oh you will laugh and you will feel while reading this book. It was a perfect combination that in the end will warm your heart and remind you to be something good in a world full of bad...and there is sunshine after the rain and sometimes we find it in the most unlikely places.
CarasBookBoudoir More than 1 year ago
My mind was blown after reading Hendrix! My one warning is keeping your Kleenex handy, you will need it. Hendrix Caldwell and brothers has had an awful childhood. His father was physically abusive to them all, but their mother protected them until they were old enough to fight back. Then after their mother dies from cancer, Hendrix and his brothers Morrison and Jagger kick their father from their lives and set about turning their family dive bar into a biker bar. Olivia (Livi) had a rough childhood, split up two parents. She spent school time with her mother and the summers with her dad. Until something horrific changes her for good, Livi changes into a different person, when vows to always be in control and to never allow anything to be taken from her without consent again. Now as she leaves college a fledgling social worker, not even able to keep the utilities of, in her slum apartment. So she was forced to get another job and that is when she spotted a job of a bar tender at the new bar Caldwell's Dive. But I honestly don't think either Livi or Hendrix expected to have the sparks fly between them. But it all comes to a head when someone from the past comes back to haunt Livi; Hendrix is there to protect Livi and helps her through the trauma of her past. When I say this book blew my mind! It truly did! I have honestly never read a book like this and now I need to read the rest of the Series…like right now! I love the Caldwell Brothers, their characters are simply divine! Honestly they are perfect! Even with Jagger and Morrison's womanizing, I honestly can't wait for their stories. The writing is amazing, I found no plot holes and the story is smooth and quite honestly it is so very moreish! With all that being said, I can only give Hendrix one score! 10 out of 10!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I have to say that at first I was a little turned off by Hendrix and his brothers. I have nothing against a bad boy but sometimes I feel like that can skirt a line with thug. Some of the things that he said and thought just wasn’t all that attractive to me (but I know that this … roughness (?) is a popular thing now, especially seen with the uptick in MC stories). Luckily these guys have so many more good qualities that anything else was quickly forgotten. And there was so much here that I liked – the way the leads got together and gave in to their feelings, how the brothers were there for each other and how Olivia became part of that once she got involved with Hendrix, the sweet but not too sweet ending, and there’s even more. Neither Hendrix nor Olivia had it easy and they were definitely letting those past incidents impact their present, keeping them out of relationships. I love that Olivia didn’t let her’s keep her sassy side down though. She’s a hoot, with a lot of sass. Hendrix could get a little too dour, internalizing his pain, but not when faced with her pluck. Once they gave up fighting their attraction they were a riot together. But they were also good about giving the support that each other needed. They managed to take their screwed up situations, and less than stellar first meeting, and turned it into something healthy that worked for them. There were some great hints at what’s to come with the other brothers’ stories and I’m hoping that we can explore their complex family dynamic more. These guys had a tough time of it, which manifested itself in some troubling ways, but I’m sure that they’ll get the kick in the pants they need to get everything straightened out. I’m really looking forward to Morrison’s book at the end of the year (although I think that Jagger’s might be the biggie of the batch). Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the premise, and interested in seeing where two strong-minded characters could go. The combination of authors to pen this story promised an intriguing read, and something that just takes a rather mundane set of tropes and makes it work with a unique twist. I like my heroes to have some depth: tattooed and sexist, with a vocabulary limited to profanity doesn’t lend to the depth I wanted. Yeah – bad boys can be hot, but puddles are boring after you’ve spent the energy finding all the reflections. Hendrix had far more to overcome for me to believe or be intrigued in him than he presented at first, and even further on in the story, I didn’t necessarily buy into his character. Matching out this bad boy with a character who comes with her own issues, Olivia is in need of some serious grow up time. She’s a bit of a pushover, with a determination to stand on her own, even if that is unrealistic in the extreme. See, Olivia, to me, was a follower – needing someone to tell her what her next move should be, how to fully grasp onto female empowerment (hint – it’s not a random sexual encounter in a closet with a nameless man) and how to listen to her own inner voices. These two damaged people are meant to come together, against all odds, and find solace, companionship and love in one another. Never have I felt the “you complete me” line was more relevant here, as both characters, to me, were half-formed, using clichés and atmospheric posturing and language to build a person, and one that wasn’t that intriguing. Dropping the F bomb, clueless sexual encounters, misogynistic speech and a history of childhood abuse that is really never dealt with beyond sharing stories just doesn’t build a foundation for me, leaving me unconnected and uncaring about the characters, bored by the feelings of forced connection and emotion, and uncomfortable with the sex as it never felt more connected than the first random encounter. I’d be interested in seeing the authors work independent of this collaboration to see if their styles and ideas bear fruit more tasty in solo work. I received an eArc copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovin' the Caldwell Bros - want a Hendrix of my own! Can't wait for Morroson's story.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story and why not, it has a sexy brooding man that thinks love is not for him. Hendrix Caldwell runs a bar and with the help of his brothers Morrison and Jagger, they keep the place going. Olivia Hemingway works at the hospital and has a past that will tear out your heart. When Livi and Caldwell meet at a masked party, the sparks fly. Neither one can stop thinking about the other. When Livi walks into Hendrix's bar, he feels as though he should protect her. What happens when they figure out who each other is? Will she be able to share her past with him? What will happen with the bar? Oh yeah, don't forget to have the tissues handy because I was crying at the prologue. I loved this one and can't wait to read the next one which is about Morrison. Great job Chelsea and MJ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, story line, and FUNNY! I real pleasure to read. I finished it in two days and still smiling from the ending.
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the Book,!
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Story does not make sense since it starts with both anti-HPV message and safe sex to having unprotected oral in one night stand. Author is stupid and also positions hot guy into liking chubby girls. Yeah right.