31 March 2014

Spurs & Stilettos by Ashley Johnson (4 Stars!)


Hope Trahan has everything
she wants and everyone she needs…except her sister and someone who really is
deserving of her. Who knew two separate events would turn everything completely
upside down? When her best friend drags her down to the rodeo to help clear her
head the last thing she expects is to meet a sexy, sweet talking cowboy. That's
not what she came for but fate had other things in mind.

Wesley Tyler owns two national titles and is riding his way to the next. The
day he meets Hope, he knows there's no going back. He soon learns Hope carries
ghosts with her she can't quite shake. She holds things she wishes she could
let go of. Wesley just may hold the key to helping her overcome it all. Can he
win her over and help mend her broken walls or will her past hold her down?

I think I am in love with Wesley! A man that can stay on a bronco for a full 8 seconds is so freaking hot! And for him to be so willing to break through Hope's walls after first officially meeting her just shows that some people are drawn to other people for a reason. And while their relationship seems to move a little fast paced for me, the fact that the guy she had been with for years broke her heart, and Wesley was the one to heal it makes me smile. I love a good HEA and while there are parts of the book that made me want to strangle both Hope and Wes, that just makes the story more realistic. I do love the part where Hope finds out that Wes is the one that saved her on the worst night of her life, even if he didn't realize that it was her that he had saved. I just hope that people love this book as much as I do.

“Excuse me ladies.” The voice comes from nowhere and I look around spotting Amber first with her jaw on the ground. She’s speechless, this never happens with her. My eyes roam to find what’s got her in a comatose state and standing right in front of us is a guy in Wranglers so tight it should be a crime and a baby blue dress shirt with those snap buttons. This guy is playing this cowboy part a little too seriously. His boots are even worn like they are the only pair of shoes he owns. Oh brother, is he kidding me? I roll my eyes while Ambers jaw is still on the floor.

She slowly closes her mouth and manages a weak smile. “Hi.”

My eyes feel like they are constantly rolling, this is a damn joke. We’re next at the concession stand and I lean forward asking for a Bud Light. The girl hands me a big plastic cup filled to the brim. Thank you God. I take a big sip letting the cool liquid slide down my throat. I look back to see he’s still standing there and he’s looking at me. Practically staring. His green eyes are sparkling like emeralds and it takes a second before I’m able to tear mine away.

“I’m Wesley.” That drawl in his voice is almost making me swoon but I stop it. He extends his hand out to me. I can practically hear Amber scoff and I’m agreeing with her. Why isn’t this guy talking to her? I am nowhere near ready to speak to another guy.

Baffled, I just stand there trying to decipher what’s going on. “I’m Amber, this is Hope.” Amber interjects and I shoot daggers at her begging her to shut up. She’s smiling, and I know exactly what she’s doing.

“Nice to meet you Hope. I won’t bite, I swear. I may nibble and that’s it.” Oh man Wesley sure has some nerve! I’m rolling my eyes again and I’m really praying he doesn’t notice because I’m not trying to be rude.

“Nice to meet you too,” I mumble.

“I hope you like the rodeo tonight.” He says never taking his emerald green eyes away from mine. The intensity of his stare takes my breath away.

My name is Ashley Johnson and I live in Lake Charles, La with my fiancé and our daughter. I graduated high school in 2003 and graduated college in 2008 with an associate's degree in Criminal Justice. I've always loved to read and write and that's what I do :)



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