Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Beneath Your Beautiful by Tamsyn Bester + Giveaway

Title: Beneath Your Beautiful
Author: Tamsyn Bester
Publish Date: July 22, 2013
Review Source: ARC eBook provided by the Author

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SYNOPSIS:

On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her.
Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama.
When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all.
Will they learn to trust each other and build a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself?


REVIEW:

I don't cry very easily when I read but it does happen occasionally.  Needless to say I was in tears reading Beneath Your Beautiful.  I love Huntley and Grayson's story. Though I felt at times that I had a pretty good handle on what was going to happen next, I often was surprised that the story would go in the direction that it did. This is a good thing though, I assure you! 

Their story has a dark element to it in the sense that both Huntley and Grayson are very broken individuals on the inside. Neither of them of course is forthcoming with this information from the get go but how many of us just blurt out all of our demons to the boy/girl we fall head over heels for?  We don't, plain and simple, you bottle that stuff up until it feels like it's going to kill you from the inside out.  You don't want to ruin the seemingly perfect relationship you have built with this perfectly beautiful person.  But it's not just Huntley and Grayson that get themselves into trouble in BYB, Huntley's best friend Demi finds herself as the victim of jealousy and severe rage at one point as well.

My heart hurt watching our characters succumb to being victims of domestic violence. There are quite a few scenes that revolve around this violence and Tamsyn does a very nice job of tugging on your heart strings and making you feel for her characters.  

When you set the dark element of the story aside and the cards are all out there on the table you find a wonderfully beautiful love story about two soul mates who from the moment they laid eyes on one another, both knew that their worlds would never be the same.  It's a feeling that was wholly foreign to them since both have these demons that have forced them to put up walls so high nobody would get close to hurting them again. 

Grayson and Huntley's internal monologue was just hilarious. It made me giddy.  I love getting in the character's head when they show their shock at how they are acting. 

Some favorites:

Grayson - "Bats? In my stomach? Really? God, Grayson, pull your head out of your ass.  It's just a girl for shits sake..."

Huntley - "I wonder what it would be like if we had babies? Whoa, where the fuck did that come from?"

Then there is this quote which has so much emotion packed into two lines and when you put it in context of what is happening at the time, I still get tears in my eyes. 

"Talk to me, please." I plead, "Trust me with your heart, the way I trust you with mine.  Let me help you carry the hurt and pain that makes your heart so broken." ~Huntley to Grayson

In short, this story was incredible!  It's a definite must read and a well deserved FIVE in my book! 

Tamsyn has also sent over some additional scenes to share with you guys and I have opted to show you a taste of the passion that Huntley has toward Grayson later in the story!  Enjoy!

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Bonus Scene #3

~ Huntley ~

I walk into the bathroom, wearing nothing but my pink lace underwear. Grayson steps out of the shower and I take the chance to openly stare at his wet, naked form. I lick my lips, watching how his muscles flex and stretch under his skin. When he grabs a towel, wrapping it around his waist, I hold back a groan in protest, not ready for the show to end. He looks up and grins wickedly when he catches me staring. 

“You need something baby?” he asks innocently. He closes the gap between us until we’re standing chest-to-chest and I have to look up to meet his heated gaze. 

“Yes,” I breathe. “You.”

His left eyebrow arches. “You had me this morning,” he chuckles. 

“I know.” I pout. “But that was hours ago and you just look so good when you’re naked and wet.” I rest my hands on his chest and start teasing his nipples until they harden under my fingertips. 

“Pregnancy has made you greedy,” he chuckles again. I slide my hands over his pecs, down his stomach and stop when I feel the towel, all the while staring into his eyes. I pull his towel off and slowly wrap my hand around his solid length. He sucks in a breath and I grin in satisfaction. I slide my hand up and down, starting at the base of his cock and ending at the tip. I do it again but only make it half way when Grayson wraps his hand around mine. his penetrating gaze intensifies and I shiver. We spent the entire afternoon with our families, after finding out the sex of our baby, and I need him to understand that I need him. Right. Now. 

“Grayson,” I whisper, my voice husky. “Take me.”

His lips crash onto mine, his arms lifting me as I wrap my legs around his waist. He lays me on the bed gently and I almost roll my eyes. He’s been too gentle, afraid we’ll somehow hurt the baby. I, on the other hand, have other plans for tonight. And slow and gentle is not part of the plan. 

Grayson’s hands slide behind my back and he unclips my bra, sliding it down my arms. His mouth wraps around my nipple and I arch my back, the sensitivity heightened. While his mouth moves across to my other breast, his hands make quick work of my panties. Instead of sliding them down, like he normally does, he rips them and throws them haphazardly to the floor. His fingers slip between my legs, finding the place they’re looking for. Wet, and so fucking ready. I moan into his mouth. One finger slips in and then another. Grayson’s fingers move quickly and when I’m sure I’m about fall over the edge, his fingers are withdrawn. “What”- my words get caught in my throat when Grayson slides into me. I moan deeply, rocking my hips and meeting his eager thrusts. I reach behind Grayson’s back and pull him to me, digging my nails into his shoulder blades. His hot ragged breathes flow over my shoulders and I’m turned on even more by the sounds he makes. My hands slide down his back, tracing every plane and every crevice, and I grab hold of his butt. The way it tightens and releases with every movement is enough to make me delirious. “So good,” he says, breathlessly. “So fucking good.”

“Oh God, Grayson, please,” I beg between pants. He increases momentum and the familiar waves crash over us, one after the other in perfect harmony. He swallows my scream, rocking into me, and then grunts his own release. Our bodies still. Our chests heave as we come back down from the most intense high imaginable. Grayson lifts his head, his forehead damp, and his eyes connect with mine. “I can’t wait for the next 7 and a half months,” he says. “If it’s going to be like that every time, we may never leave this bed.” 

“Good,” I laugh, rolling over until I’m straddling him. “Because I’m ready…again.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.

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