Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tour-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton

Coming Apart at the SeamsRiley O'Brien & Co. #2
By: Jenna Sutton
Releasing December 1, 2015 


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...

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“What are you talking about?” she asked, staring into the face she dreamed about almost every night.
He was gorgeous—beyond gorgeous.
He knew it, of course he did. But unlike a lot of extraordinarily handsome men, he didn’t seem to care much about his looks.
“I’ve decided to . . . umm . . . retire,” he said.
She gasped. “Why?”
“It’s time.”
 “What are you going to do?” Quinn asked.
“Not sure,” Nick replied, running a hand through his short hair.
Her hands itched to touch the silky strands. He’d cut his hair since she had seen him a few weeks ago, and the color seemed to change depending on the length. Right now, his hair was a mix of honey and caramel, and as it grew out, it would turn lighter, almost the shade of morning sunshine.
Quinn cocked his head, staring at Nick with a calculating look. He turned toward Amelia.
“Juice,” he said, using his nickname for his bride-to-be, “did you know Priest has a degree in American history from USC?”
Amelia smiled, showing the sizable gap between her front teeth. “No, I didn’t know that.”
“Priest, you didn’t know my Grandma Violet, but she was an interesting woman. Kind of eccentric. She was ten times richer than my Grandpa Patrick, maybe even a hundred times richer. The O’Briens made their money by clothing prospectors, but her family actually found gold.”
Teagan stared at Quinn. Why was he talking about Grandma Vi? Was he drunk?
Nick narrowed his eyes. “And?”
“Well, you see, Grandma Violet set up an endowment to create a museum that celebrates the history of Riley O’Brien & Co. and the role it played during the California Gold Rush. And that endowment money has to be used by 2017.”
Teagan sucked in an appalled breath. He wouldn’t! Would he?
“What would you think about heading up that project? Laying the groundwork for the museum?” Quinn asked Nick. “It would be part of the company’s charitable foundation, which falls under Teagan’s purview. She’d be your boss.”
Nick slanted a cunning look toward Teagan, his light green eyes glowing like peridots. He smiled slowly.
“I’m in.”

After reading the first book in this series, the author had definitely piqued my interest in Teagan and Nick.  I can honestly say that she did a fantastic job at telling their story here in Coming Apart at the Seams.

Nick...oh, wow.  I absolutely adored him.  The way he is written, it's almost impossible not to--he's the kind of guy that you're sympathetic toward due to his impediment, but still lust after thanks to him being exceedingly hot and sexy--and a football player to boot.  He's also incredibly sweet...with one small interaction with Teagan though he blows everything to hell.  

Teagan is pretty sweet herself, and it's easy to commiserate with her in her unrequited love (or so she thinks).  She's smart and determined, and I love that she's also a curvy female since it makes it so much easier to identify with her character for me.  Put Teagan and Nick together and what you get is simply explosive.

The way Teagan and Nick delicately dance around each other as we learn about the first half of their story makes for some pretty heavy sexual tension, along with some interesting interactions between them...and it definitely keeps you glued to the pages.  I really liked getting to hear their background story in complete detail-when the story returns to present day, it makes it so much easier to understand why they react to each other the way they do.  There was some frustration on my part when I just wanted to yell at them to TALK to each other.

The present day scenes did feel a little drawn out to me, which is the only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars (my final rating is 4.5).  It's a definite must read in the series, and I can easily see myself re-reading this multiple times in the future, if only to get more of Nick--I just didn't get enough of him the first time around.  I'm really glad the author gave us both his and Teagan's points of view, it really gave the story so much depth!

Recommended for 18+ only for adult language and several deliciously explicit sexual content that will require you to have fans and ice-cold drinks on hand while you read.  I'm excited to hear Cal's story next!

Author Info
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.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours