Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pretty Instinct by S.E. Hall with Book Trailer, Excerpt & Review


“If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.”

There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel…. 

But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.

Pretty Instincts Cover


S.E. Hall Author Pic

S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 4 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing. She's also being clutch at Baggo, when it's warm outside!

I check my phone for the tenth time. It’s almost 2 am, surely they’re asleep and I can sneak to my own bed. Sleeping with Conner isn’t as fun as you might think, unless you think being caged with a wild animal sounds like a party.

As quietly as possible, I slink out of the bed and through his door, pulling it closed; halfway there. Sending up a silent prayer I don’t meet any open, awake eyes, I turn, relieved at the lack of spectators, and scurry to my bed. After sharing my song tonight, I need some time to pass before I look them in the eyes—those lyrics, the tremor in my voice as I sang—I’m not ready for questions or commentary.


Of course I didn’t pull off the covert bed switch undetected. This bus—40 x 8 feet—might as well be a shoebox. I draw back the curtain, squinting my eyes against the dimness.

“Hey,” Cannon greets me with a whisper and grin from his bed, curtain also pulled open.

Giving him back the smile I can’t contain, I finger wave. Has he been waiting up for me? Was I secretly hoping he’d still be awake? Do I want to know either answer or what it says about me? What planet am I living on that this is now an issue?

“Here.” He scoots to the edge of his bunk and hands across…an earbud? Eyeing him curiously, I turn on my side, facing his way, and put it in my ear. “Shhh.” He puts a finger over his lips then winks and slips the other bud in his own ear, only breaking eye contact for a split second to tap the phone screen, then reconnecting in the muted light.

“Hello, Lizzie,” his voice sounds in my ear and as my eyes pop in surprise. He once again does the “shhh” thing, nodding to me to just listen. “I thought about playing you ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ but surely you already know that. This, you may not.”

There’s a brief pause, then music starts… It’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.”

I know I whimper aloud, but I force my eyes to stay on his no matter how badly I want to hide them and the building tears. Through the entire song, I stare and he stares back, mouthing the words every once in a while. With the closing notes, his voice returns.

“Not too corny, I hope. Just…think about it. Sweet dreams, Lizzie.”

Apparently picking up on the fact I’ve been rendered incapable of functioning, he reaches over and gently removes the earbud, taps the end of my nose with his fingertip, then closes my curtain for me.

I’ll have the corny with a side of corny please.

5 stars
What a fantastic beginning to a new series for Ms. Hall! I absolutely loved Cannon! He's an enigma when he enters the scene, and continues to surprise throughout the book. I loved the entire cast of characters; Lizzie, Rhett, Jarrett, Conner and Bruce. Lizzie is one scary person when she puts her mind to it, and she's fiercely protective of her brother. I loved that about her. I loved watching her and Cannon fall deeper and deeper in love. I loved her handinling problems when they arose with her spunky take no shit attitude. I loved just about everything about her. I loved that Cannon knew exactly how to take care of Lizzie and let her be herself. I loved that all Lizzie's boys were willing to step up for her and make sure that Cannon knew not to step in, unless he was willing to go really, really big. The whole thing with Lizzie's family was kind of crazy, but it only got crazier. Things worked out in the end, but until then it was quite a crazy, wild ride. I absolutely loved this book, as I have loved all of Ms. Hall's prvious work. 5 stars doesn't even come close to how many stars I want to give this book, but it's the highest I can give so it'll have to do.   

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