Monday, April 29, 2019

Blog Tour~Review~Giveaway: The Slow Burn (Moonlight and Motor Oil #2) by Kristen Ashley @KristenAshley68

Tobias Gamble knew from a young age precisely the kind of woman he was going to make his. She was not going to be like his mother. She was going to be like the mother he claimed. In other words, she was going to be just right.

And when Toby returns to his hometown of Matlock, Kentucky and claps eyes on Adeline Forrester, he knows she’s the one. The problem is, his brother Johnny has a new girlfriend. And Addie is her sister. Last, Toby would do nothing to hurt Johnny’s chance at happiness.

Toby hangs around town to get to know the woman Johnny fell in love with. He also hangs around to get to know Addie. But he’s fallen hard, and he knows the best thing for him—and Addie—is for him to leave.

Addie Forrester is thrilled her sister Eliza found a good, solid man. Johnny Gamble is the salt of the earth. The best guy in the world.

The best except for his brother, Toby.

Toby doesn’t know it, but Addie’s fallen hard too. He’s perfect, except for the fact that he’s hands off and it’s torture, being friends with Toby when she wants so much more. Addie also has a lot on her mind. She’s got bills to pay, her young son needs food, Christmas is coming and her job at the grocery store just isn’t cutting it.

Toby is steering clear of Addie. Addie is steering clear of Toby. But everyone around them knows this is the slow burn. Because just like Eliza and Johnny, Addie and Toby were made for each other.

Since their dramatic introduction in The Hookup, Tobias Gamble and Adeline Forrester haunted me. I wanted more from these characters, and I just knew that as a couple, their chemistry would be explosive. It certainly was. Even though their sexual attraction was instantaneous, the journey from friends to lovers was not only complicated but a delicious slow burning inferno. So happy to revisit Matlock, Kentucky where this author once again overwhelmed me with another heartwarming emotional tale. If you're craving a contemporary romance with all "the feels" from the golden age of KA, look no further. With a sizzling hot story-line and a cast of endearing characters, Kristen Ashley delivered a fantastic read reminiscent of her earlier works with The Slow Burn.
Tenacious, sassy and loving, the wild-child Adeline became one of my favorite heroines. A single mom who struggled financially, she faced each obstacle with incredible strength and determination. Seeing her exhaustion from juggling a low paying job as a cashier and crafting homemade greeting cards for extra cash, to trying her best to provide for Brooks, tugged at my heartstrings. I adored and admired everything about Addie, especially her witty sense of humor despite her difficult circumstances. Proud to a fault, she stubbornly refused to burden others with her troubles, striving to be as strong as her late mother.
But it was an eye-opening confrontation with the equally obstinate Toby, the man she was secretly attracted to, that changed her life for the better. 

I fell hard for the rambling man and former womanizer known as "Take 'Em and Leave "Em" Toby." He was edgy, growly, controlling, excessively broody and protective ~ A bearded hottie with a huge heart who fiercely loved his family. He was unyielding at first, hiding his true feelings from Addie for the sake of their friendship and his brother Johnny's relationship with Izzy (Addie's older sister). But his heart eventually won that battle, and together this couple's passion was beyond scorching.

His intense love, dedication and the tender way he cared for his woman and her son melted me. The way they supported one another to resolve all issues, especially the baggage each carried from childhood, warmed my heart. Toby, in true KA Alpha style, had some asshole-ish moments that ticked me off, but I quickly forgave his transgressions seeing the sincere way he made amends. All-in-all, he was the perfect KA hero, with a gentler side, that I completely adored.

The Slow Burn was a seductive and sweet romance that had me laughing and swooning from beginning to end. Aside from savoring Toby and Addie’s passionate relationship, giggling over Brooks’ antics, and surviving the extremely emotional last few chapters, there were some notable secondary characters that I absolutely loved. The charming Dave, the larger than life Margot as well as beloved Daphne, Addie's deceased mother, left an incredible impression on me and made this read even more enjoyable. I will miss them all. As always, KA emphasizes the importance of family and bonds of friendship. The dynamics of these relationships were just as much a part of this story as this couple's journey.

In the end, another amazingly sexy novel from the one and only Kristen Ashley that I highly recommend. Also suggest if you haven't already, jump into Johnny and Izzy's love story featured in The Hookup, book one of the Moonlight and Motor Oil series.

The Hookup (Moonlight and Motor Oil #1)

I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this publication
On Saturday morning, Toby was standing beside his fridge downing a bottle of water when it happened.
He’d gotten his run in and sweated out the beer and whisky he’d consumed at the local bar, On the Way Home (known as Home to townies) the night before.
And he knew he should be happy he at least got to drink a little of the bitter of that fight with Addie out of his mouth and then sweat it out the next morning before it happened.
He was actually surprised he didn’t get a visit at his barstool at Home last night.
Seeing his screen on his phone, which was sitting on the island counter, light up and what it said when it did, he really didn’t want to take the call.
But his father (not to mention Margot) taught him to deal with problems when they happened so you could lose the weight of them before that weight got too heavy and dragged you down.
With that in mind, he put the water down, nabbed his phone and took the call.
“Yo, Johnny.”
“Are you fuckin’ kidding me with that shit?” his brother replied.
Toby let out a long breath.
“‘Yo, Johnny.’ That’s what you’ve got to say to me when the whole town’s talkin’ about you shouting in Addie’s face on the fuckin’ street yesterday?” his brother demanded.
“Johnny, listen—”
And just so you know the entire reason I’m pissed as fuck at you, I had to hear that shit from someone else, not my brother who had a fuckin’ fight with my woman’s sister on the goddamn street and then came back to the garage and worked right beside me for the next three hours and didn’t say dick.”
All right.
You know what?
He was done with this.
So he bit out, “Johnny, lay off.”
“Lay off?” That came low and even more ticked than his brother had already sounded.
“Yeah, lay the fuck off,” Toby returned.
“Have you lost your goddamned mind?”
“No, actually, I haven’t,” Toby gritted.
“What was it about?”
“That’s none of your business.”
“Wrong,” Johnny clipped. “When it comes to Eliza’s sister, it’s absolutely my business. When it comes to my kid brother, it’s my business. I cannot fuckin’ believe you got up in Addie’s shit and didn’t say dick to me. But I shouldn’t be surprised. That’s vintage Toby.”
Oh, hell no.
“Right, no,” Toby ground out. “We’re not doin’ this. You are not goin’ there. I’ve eaten that shit for as long as I’m willin’ to eat it. This ends here.”
“No,” he interrupted. “I’m not you. Get over it. I’ve never been you. But I’ve been around for nearly thirty-three years so it’s time you got your head around it. And speakin’ of that, I’m nearly thirty-three fuckin’ years old, Johnny. It’s also time you quit treating me like I’m thirteen.”
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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