Thursday, December 3, 2015

review || COMING APART AT THE SEAMS { blog tour } by Jenna Sutton

Berkley | December 1, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Riley O'Brien & Co., book 2


Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans...

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets...

{ about jenna sutton } .

Jenna Sutton spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.

Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.

{ excerpt } .

San Francisco—Present Day
Blunder. Gaffe. Misstep. Error. Snafu. Although plenty of words described the huge, life-altering mistake Nick Priest had made, none of them quite conveyed his stupidity. He’d had a chance with Teagan O’Brien, but he’d blown it. That was his biggest regret, and he had a lot of them.

As he stared at her across the ballroom, he had to remind himself to breathe. Her long, red dress clung to her curvy body, just tight enough to make every man in the room wish his pants were a little looser behind the zipper.

She reminded him of a starlet from the 1950s with her abundant breasts, narrow waist, and round hips. He’d had the pleasure of shaping those hips with his hands, tonguing her rosy nipples, and sinking into her luscious body, although pleasure didn’t really describe what he’d felt when he had been with her.

She laughed, her deep blue eyes glinting in the light from the chandeliers, and her date leaned closer, licking his lips as he got an eyeful of her tits. Nick clenched his hands into fists, barely controlling the urge to ram the fucker’s head into the wall.

For more than a year and a half, he had been trying to persuade Teagan to give him another chance. But she hated him with all the passion she’d given him during their one and only night together.

He thought about approaching her but discarded the idea. She had become a master at avoiding him, and she would find a reason to excuse herself immediately.

Forcing himself to relax, he settled more comfortably against the wood-paneled wall. He wasn’t trying to blend in. He knew that was impossible.

His face and form were highly recognizable from years of playing pro football, and most recently, appearing in commercials for Riley O’Brien & Co., the nation’s oldest designer and manufacturer of blue jeans. Since he’d thrown his lot in with the company, he had figured he ought to attend the annual holiday party. Plus, he had known Teagan would be here.

This wasn’t the first O’Brien celebration he had attended. He’d known the family for about fifteen years. He had played football with Quinn O’Brien at the University of Southern California, and he had formed friendships with both Quinn and his younger brother, Cal.

The O’Brien brothers were Nick’s best friends, two of his favorite people. But his absolute favorite person was their little sister, Teagan. He’d known her almost as long as he had known Quinn and Cal, and before he’d messed things up, they had been friends. Best friends, in fact.

{ review } .

When this series first crossed my radar, I passed it up.

I thought about it a few times, but I passed it up again. Nothing truly grabbed me with the synopsis of book one and my TBR list was simply too long. But one day I was grocery shopping and ALL THE RIGHT PLACES was sitting on the shelves. Epilogue reader that I am read the end and just. Like. That...

I knew that this was a series I dumbly put to the side.

I absolutely loved this newest O'Brien to hit the scene -- Teagan is a lovely heroine who has been in love with her brothers' best friend for as long as she can remember. Nick has had a thing for Teagan, too, since she's grown up especially. But he has something he's been hiding, and he's always been terrified that he wasn't good enough, not man enough, would never simply be enough, so he let that opportunity pass.

As much as I liked Teagan and the O'Brien's who filter through the pages, it was Nick and his vulnerabilities that had me begging for more. I loved that when he and Teagan first started truly talking, she was ok with his short answers because she was able to finish his sentences. They simply jived well together. The more he opened up to her, the more his fears came to surface for him, but I absolutely loved watching him open up, call her 'T', and let her in.

Like (what I read) in the first book, this epilogue takes us a few years in the future and I. LOVED. It. Just loved it. Regardless, though, Teagan and Nick have some hurdles to get through, and watching them conquer them made this an endearing read.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours