Thursday, June 15, 2017

[Book Blast + Giveaway] Somebody Like You & Nearest Thing to Heaven by Lynnette Austin

The question begs to be asked.
Is there anything sexier than a cowboy?

Maverick Junction #1
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can't help wondering if she's the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?


Maverick Junction #2
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn’t miss her cousin’s wedding for the world—even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins. 

A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it—and Sophie’s got it written all over her. Yet he’s never been able to stop thinking about her, after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they’ll each have to face the past—together.

Excerpt From Somebody Like You: Maverick Junction #1 by Lynette Austin

“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Annelise Montjoy motored her Harley along what appeared to be the town’s main street. This was Maverick Junction?
A blue Cadillac, surely old enough to be in a museum, was parked nose-in to the curb. An incredibly ugly dog sat in the front seat.
Thank God, this, the final destination of her cross-country trip from Boston, was temporary. It looked like the kind of place you ran away from, not toward. If luck was on her side, she’d be out of here in a couple weeks at the most.
And then a store door opened and her breath caught. Go, Texas! Look at that cowboy. So different from any of the men in her life. So…intriguing. She slowed to nearly a standstill and watched as he swiped an arm across his forehead, then dumped a grocery bag in the backseat of the old Caddy.
Cracking open a bottle of water, he turned his head in her direction. Her breath hitched as his gaze ran lazily over her, her bike. Then he snagged a Styrofoam cup from inside his car and filled it before setting it on the blistering pavement for the dog waiting patiently beside him.
Leaning against the faded fender, he thumbed back his battered Stetson and chugged the rest of the water. Twisting the cap back on, he tossed the bottle into the recycling bin beside the grocer’s door.
Annelise pulled her bike into a parking space across the street, deliberately turning her back on the stranger. While his clothes might have been stereotypical cowboy—worn jeans, a faded T-shirt, cowboy boots, and hat—he took everything from simmer to boiling point. The jeans hugged long legs, while the shirt stretched taut across his muscled chest. There was something very alluring about him and that surprised her. He wasn’t the kind of man she was usually drawn to.
He shouldn’t appeal to her.
He did.
Not so much as a breeze stirred. The flag on the post office hung limp, and the cheerful red, white, and blue balloons someone had hung outside a beauty salon drooped listlessly.
Unable to stop herself, she peeked in the bike’s rearview mirror. Cowboy was bent over, talking to the dog. Quite a view, but she wasn’t here to admire a fine jean-clad butt. She needed something cold to drink and something light to eat. Then she’d go in search of Dottie Willis and the apartment she’d rented over the Internet. Maverick Junction, Texas. Annelise wished she was driving through, wished she could view it as simply a spot on the map where she’d stopped for lunch one summer day.
Well, she’d just have to work fast.

3.5 Stars from Tiffany!
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3.5 Stars-Didn't Connect

Lynnette Austin gives her readers a cute opposite attracts romance with Somebody Like You. I'm not a big fan of insta-love, however these guys were more insta-lust than love really.

Cash and Annie are from different worlds, she's the city girl to his country boy. Needing a break from her world, Annie finds herself smack dab in his and feels like it's a perfect fit for the moment. She isn't only in the small town to get away, she's on a mission as well.

Knowing she's going to be staying a while, Annie takes a job on Cash's farm as a ranch hand. The princess is going to get dirty and can't wait. She loves the fact that she isn't attracting any paparazzi in Texas, the only eyes on her are Cash's.

While the farm was his grandfather's, to become fully his, Cash has to be married by the time he turns thirty. Of course, this hangs over his head and effects every move he makes with women now. Trying his best not to form relationships, even when the perfect woman is right in front of him.

Cash and Annie felt forced and at times immature for thier ages. By early thirties, you would figure all the he said, she said stuff would be gone, as well as the threats of not seeing each other anymore when the slightest thing goes wrong. Which is what these two constantly did. While I'm all for angst, this came across as trite to me. 

The book is well written, however didn't keep my interest. It was slow and for some reason that I can't pin point, I wasn't a fan of either character. It's a sweet, almost innocent romance, not quite up my alley, but I'm sure is a great fit for others. 


4 Stars from Tiffany!
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Better Than the First!

Sorry Cash, but I liked Ty way more than you. ;) Once again Lynnette Austin takes us to Maverick Junction to see what's new in town. While Nearest Thing to Heaven can be read as a standalone, it's more fun to meet the whole gang in Somebody Like You. This review may contain mild spoilers for the first book.

We met Sophie in the first book when she came to "talk some sense" into her cousin Annalise. Needing a break from her family, Annalise found herself in Maverick Junction and also ended up finding a cowboy as well. While Sophie didn't understand the attraction Annie had for the dusty little Texas town, she did appreciate the man candy that lived there. That includes one handsome single dad named Ty.

The father to four year old triplets, saying Ty has his hands full is the understatement of the year. Like his buddy Cash, Ty runs his own ranch right along side of being a dad. There isn't much time for a love life at the moment. He met Sophie quickly months before at the annual BBQ and hasn't forgotten her one bit. Now that Sophie is back for the big wedding, Ty is contemplating a making a move on her. Trouble is, he hasn't made those kind of moves in over four years.

Unlike Cash (sorry to keep putting him down) I liked Ty instantly. He didn't have the same cheesy lines as Cash and came off a lot more genuine and humble. Excellent qualities in a man. The down side, the guy has a TON of baggage. Emotional and otherwise. 

That said, Sophie isn't coming to town with clean hands, although I felt her issue wasn't as significant as his. It was something she could have taken care of right away, while his was totally out of his control. Even still, Sophie remembered the handsome cowboy from the BBQ and though she wasn't staying (although they always seem to) she didn't mind getting to know him better.

Lynnette Austin has a writing style that I'm not use to. With my reading, it's usually dark and angsty, while these books are sweet and romantic. I was ready for it this time around and really liked how Ty and Sophie took the chance to get to know each other, especially with kids involved. 

We go round and round with Ty and Sophie, her trying to decide if she's going to stay and him trying to let down the walls he's got built around his heart. Along with these two, we also keep tabs on Maggie, Brawley and Dottie and pretty much everybody else. I like how the characters stories continue through out the books.

Nearest Thing to Heaven is well written and like I said, very sweet. My one complaint would be tiptoeing around the word Daddy in an adult situation. I really, really don't like that and was so glad Lynnette Austin didn't go all the way with it. Maggie and Brawley's book is set up nicely and I wouldn't mind another visit to Maverick Junction. 

Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.

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