05 February 2014

Beholden To You by Carlie Sexton - Book Tour, Book Review

On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.

But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.

Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.

Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?

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What happens in Vegas – can be really crazy!

Natalie Mason can’t believe when she woke up without her virginity, with a ring on her finger and MARRIED to a man she just met. Granting that Mac Carter is uber hot, rich, oozing with sex appeal, not to mention a gentleman, she was still shocked when she learned she was no longer single.

Natalie had so much baggage from her past. She lost her parents in an accident, and her sister as well. Her boyfriend had left her when he was needed the most. She is just trying to pick up the pieces of her life when she met him. But meeting him was fate – more like magic, because they instantly hit it off. The chemistry was undeniable, so was the intense attraction.

They have both experience loss in their lives, and Nat was not sure if she was ready to risk her heart. But with wooing, grand gestures and several HOT kisses, she was in trouble. She decided to give Mac a chance.

But there’s this psycho ex who wanted Mac for herself and would have him no matter what the cost.  She didn’t get the memo that they have already broken up. Nat, on the other hand, has to face the man responsible for her sister’s death. She didn’t expect to come across an old flame along the way who wanted her back.

They were sure they were meant to be together, but with both their past looming above their heads – would their newfound love make it?

Beholden To You is a short, sweet read. I like the two characters, their instant connection, and their willingness to give each other a chance to explore whatever their feeling. Nat might have some doubts at first, but in the end, she took the plunge. I was hanging on their, watching how their love blossomed, and waiting for the night in Vegas to have a repeat performance. I so admire Mac’s patience and self-control to wait for Nat to be ready, and to respect her wishes. He’s one heck of a guy. But what I like most about this story is how their maneuvered through their complicated past, and still be together after all that has happened, despite knowing each other for such a short while.

Beholden To You tells us a story about how a newly blossoming love can equal the strength and steadfastness of a long-time relationship. It doesn’t matter if you just met – but when you feel that this person is meant for you, and you fully give your trust and that person returns the favor, the relationship will have the chance to prosper.   


★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

She looked so open and carefree, that all I wanted to do was scoop her into my arms and kiss her. “I’m going to lay my cards on the table, no pun intended. I like you. I have from the moment you walked into the Statton’s kitchen. I’d like for us to get to know each other better and I want to start dating you when we return to San Diego. How do you feel about that?”

Natalie looked down at her hands for a moment. When she looked up at me she had a coy smile on her face. “I’d like that.”

I was so happy I acted on impulse. I leaned in and kissed her, gently at first, but then I couldn’t hold back and I invaded her mouth with my tongue, stroking hers in an erotic dance. My hands found her waist and I pulled her toward me, positioning her on top of me, her legs straddling my hips. She kissed me back with a passion I hadn’t experienced before, like she had been dying to be kissed and I was the cure. I untied her robe and slid my hands around her ribs. She was wearing a tank top and boxers. I debated running my hands over her breasts, but in light of her inexperience, I didn’t want to move too fast. So I just continued kissing her, pulling her body close to mine as she moaned in my mouth, causing my blood to overheat. I wanted her and I wanted her bad.

Natalie pulled away and said, “We should slow down. I’m not ready to go this fast.” Her face was flushed, and her breathing, ragged.

I looked into her beautiful blue eyes and moved her hair off her face. “All I want to do is kiss you. Hold you. I don’t want to do anything you are going to feel uncomfortable with. I’m not in any hurry.”

Author Bio-
I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I have several that I want to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that I dearly love. 

I live with my handsome husband in Southern California. We enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. We have two beautiful dogs, but no children.

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