Saturday, February 8, 2014

Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! "Beholden to You" by Carlie Sexton

Beholden To You


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?

4 Stars! 

This was my first book by Carlie Sexton and it certainly won’t be my last! 
Although Beholden to You can be read as a stand-alone novel -- which is what I did, it is really a spin-off from “The Killer Next Door” series. I wish I had known this because I would have read those books prior to this one. It really didn’t affect my overall enjoyment where this book is concerned, but it would have allowed me to connect even more with the characters and their background story.

“I was afraid to open my heart to anyone. But the moment you held me on Thanksgiving, I was beholden to you, my heart felt bound to yours.” – Natalie

The moment Mac found Natalie outside crying at a Thanksgiving dinner, an emotional connection was made. They both knew very well the pain and heartbreak of losing loved ones. Since then, they texted back and forth and basically developed an attraction to one another. One weekend, they drove together to Las Vegas to celebrate their friends’ upcoming wedding. That Friday, after one too many shots, they ‘blacked out’.

The next morning, they woke up to a shocking reality. Ha! I bet they didn’t see that coming! After both realizing their feelings ran deeper than they ever imagined, they decided to officially give their relationship a ‘go’. You would think the book would be pretty light from there on out, but no. There sure was a lot of drama in store for Mac and Natalie.

Enter, Cassie, Mac’s psycho ex-girlfriend.  

That. Woman. Ugh. She just would not let it go! After two very long years, Mac had realized just how evil and cold-hearted she really was, so he dumped her. You would think that after several times of him telling her they were no longer a couple, she would get the hint. Double Ha! She wanted her claws so deep in Mac that she knew no boundaries. She desperately wanted to be Mrs. Carter….one way or another.

“She was so much more to me, she was mine and I would do anything to protect her.”
- Mac

Mac to me was perfect. Good looking, kind-hearted, generous, protective, and very romantic. He did everything for Natalie. He made sure she was safe at all times and never needed anything. He was always there for her….in every sense of the word, and Natalie had A LOT going on. Like I said before, there was a lot of drama in this book!

“I can’t believe Natalie has come into my life and reshaped my world. My focus. My heart. She is my forever.” – Mac

Swoon! See? That guy was just so damn dreamy!!!! Natalie was a lucky girl. I must say, I also liked her character. Natalie was kind and thoughtful, always putting her friends’ needs and best interest before hers. That at times got on my nerves, but it really goes to show how strong she really was.

Overall, this was a truly enjoyable read. My only issue was that I felt like the ending was rushed, but other than that I really liked the story line. It was jam-packed with action and romance. I will definitely be reading the other books in Carlie Sexton’s previous series, since I want to know more about Kate and Neil’s story, which we got a glimpse of in this book. If you are a fan of suspenseful romance books, I highly recommend you pick this up.

“You have my heart, Natalie Carter.”

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Fallen For You (The Killer Next Door, #1)
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Taken By You (The Killer Next Door, #2)
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Given To You (The Killer Next Door, #3)
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About the author:
Carlie Sexton

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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