Monday, February 3, 2014

Beholden To You by Carlie Sexton Spotlight with Giveaway, Excerpt, 20 Fun Facts & Review

Beholden To You By: Carlie Sexton
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Hosted by: Fi’s Fiery Reads
February 3rd  – February 9th

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Beholden To You Synopsis:
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?

Author's Dream Cast

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.”

20 fun facts
1.      I was born in Louisiana. Still consider myself a Southern Belle, even though I have lived in California longer.
2.      I never eat lima beans because they remind me of stink bugs.
3.      In high school, my favorite sport in P.E. was archery.
4.      My toes are always painted.
5.      I lived in Hawaii from 5-9 years old. Learned to hula then.
6.      I’m technically challenged and didn’t send my first text until August~2013.
7.      I met my hubby at a church singles group.
8.      When writing the Killer Next Door series, I watched all of the Dexter episodes in about a month!
9.      My favorite color is purple, but I only have 2 purple items in my closet.
10. I have 2 dogs. One whines and one groans to get my attention.
11. My hubby is complicated and I modeled Neil after his assertive side and Mac after his perceptive, nurturing side.
12. My favorite super hero is Wonder Woman.
13. I’m addicted to mint chocolate chip ice cream.
14. I became a teacher at 35.
15. My hair is naturally curly, but I straighten it.
16. My favorite wine is Moscato.
17. I never played Scrabble until I was in my 30’s.
18. In college I drove a Camaro.
19. I love decorating and my home has an Italian flare to it.
20. I eat an apple and a pear every day.

My Review: 4 1/2 stars
I loved the way this book started! The more I got to know Natalie, the more I felt for her. She got lucky with Mac, that's for sure. Mac was amazing, the way he just knew the right thing to say to Natalie at just the right time. They both took a chance and it brought them something amazing. Now they just had to figure out how to keep it, without letting themselves get in the way. Not to mention the crazy exes who just popped out of nowhere, wanting to forget that things were over between them and start up like nothing had happened. Those people were nuts. I was glad that Natalie gave Mac a chance to really be in her life. I didn't like that they kept their secret for so long, but it did give Mac the chance to wine and dine his girl. I loved the way that Kate subtly had Natalie choose by suggesting flipping a coin (I know you don't get it, but you will). Totally loved the ending, it was awesome. Carlie did a fantastic job with this book. I liked the characters, and the way that she brought back characters from her previous books into this one. The storyline was quick, always something happening and just kept things moving right along. 

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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