Monday, 3 February 2014

**Blog Tour** Beholden to You by Carlie Sexton

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?

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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Nicola's Review

5 Bare Naked Stars *****

I honestly couldn't put this book down. As soon as I started reading it, I was a goner from RL.  My husband got ignored a lot and so did the housework. Carlie pulls you in from the first page and takes you on a captivating journey of love, trust, loss and suspense.
Natalie has experienced so much loss and pain in her life. At 19 she loses both her parents and is left to raise her younger sister.  A few years later, she has to go through that pain and grief yet again when her sister Jessica is tragically killed in a car accident.

"I had finally felt ok with it being just Jessica and me. We had made it through the darkest part and were moving on. Now that she's gone, I feel like I have fallen down a deep well and there is no way out."

And on top of that, her ex-boyfriend left and completely broke her heart. Feeling absolutely alone, Natalie builds some tight walls around her heart to protect her from getting hurt again, refusing to let anyone in close enough or trust.
Enter Mac. . He is one of the most heart-warming, caring, honest guys ever, who really does have a heart of gold.  Losing his own parents at such a young age, he can relate to what Natalie is going through and tries to comfort her when they first meet at thanksgiving.
A few weeks later they find themselves in Vegas with their friends for a pre-wedding weekend away.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas right?...Wrong. Waking up the next day after a few too many drinks will prove that Mac and Nat's lives are about to change. Natalie completely freaks out, while Mac stays strangely calm.  He feels the strong connection he has with Natalie and will do anything to convince her that they belong together.

"Nat, we both know life doesn't come with any guarantees. I'm not perfect and the chances are I could hurt your feelings at some point, but I'm crazy about you, and I want to be with you."

So Natalie decides to throw caution to wind, and give Mac a chance. And he really does prove to be a gentleman. He has a presence about him that automatically relaxes Natalie and puts her at ease. She finds comfort in him and finds that she can be herself around him without putting on a front. He shows Natalie that she is worthy of love and can find happiness.

"Natalie, I want you, I need you, and most importantly, I love you. Never doubt that. Nothing can change how I feel about you."

But just when they're trying to move forward together, someone comes along and throws a spanner in the works.  That someone is Cassie, Mac's ex.  She thinks Mac belongs to her and refuses to let things get in her way. Including Natalie.

"Mac, I don't want to argue about an inconsequential girl. I want to discuss us getting back together".

She really is an evil bitch and stops at nothing to get what she wants. But she's not the only one who tries to tear them apart. At the trial of her sister’s death Natalie comes face to face with her ex. Completely caught unawares by his presence Natalie is a bit unnerved but tries to act unaffected by him. Until he tells her he wants her back.
Will Mac and Nat's relationship survive what they are both facing?
This really was a beautiful, heart-felt story. I felt connected to the characters and felt every emotion they were going through. it just poured out of the pages. You can't help but pray, that after everything they've been through, they get to have the happy ending they deserve.

 Being the first book I have read by Carlie Sexton I was absolutely blown away by it but it definitely won't be the last book I read by this author. I have already bought The Killer Next Door Series and can't wait to see what other books she has in store for us in the future.

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