Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blog Tour of Bare Essentials by M.L. Stephens

Bare Essentials
by M.L. Stephens
Tour Organizer: N K Author Services

He's a cowboy with a guitarand an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common, country music.

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music- his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music star and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

An unexpected meeting in Arkansas makes them question their pasts, their futures and the bare essentials of Love. Music brought them together, but will dirty secrets keep them apart?

Review Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ 

A sweet read that, once started, I could not put down until the last word had been read.  This story will leave you with a smile and a happy heart.  It is a love story that captures the heart as you follow Cutter and Holly on their journey. 

Cutter is a cowboy with the sexiest voice and, damn, he can sing!  He is a love and leave them type of guy, not looking for any type of commitment.  Being burned twice has made him feel this way with his first love slipping away from him and his second turned into psycho wife (now ex-wife).  For Cutter, his music is his way of expressing himself, taking away the pain, his escape. 

Holly is a music agent looking for the next big country star, when she stumbles across Cutter and his sultry voice.  Instantly drawn to him, she sees the star quality in him and much more.  She finds herself drawn to him but won't allow herself to act on her feelings.  Her heart has been destroyed by her ex-husband and won't allow herself to get hurt like that again but Cutter starts to break down those walls.  
 Together they burn for each other and they slowly break down the other's walls around their hearts.  They bring out a degree of vulnerability in each other and the best in each other when they are together.  The sparks fly as they trade verbal spars and they try to get the better of each other.  Cutter finds himself wanting to break all his rules for Holly, while Holly's cool, professional demeanor she has worked so hard to build comes tumbling down. 

It is a gentle exploration of a developing love and the reader gets taken on the journey with them.  It is heartbreaking and it is heartwarming; it is frustrating and it is beautiful; it is about their strength and confidence and it is about their vulnerability and uncertainty.  It is a feel good story that gives you a pure love story without all the unnecessary drama.  It is stripped bare and genuine.   

Meet M.L.

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I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.
I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!

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