Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review + Video Trailer: Pretty Instinct by S.E. Hall

Title: Pretty Instinct
Author: S.E. Hall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: May 15, 2014
Review Source: eARC


“If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.”
There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel….                                          
But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.

I check my phone for the tenth time. It’s almost 2 am, surely they’re asleep and I can sneak to my own bed. Sleeping with Conner isn’t as fun as you might think, unless you think being caged with a wild animal sounds like a party.

As quietly as possible, I slink out of the bed and through his door, pulling it closed; halfway there. Sending up a silent prayer I don’t meet any open, awake eyes, I turn, relieved at the lack of spectators, and scurry to my bed. After sharing my song tonight, I need some time to pass before I look them in the eyes—those lyrics, the tremor in my voice as I sang—I’m not ready for questions or commentary.

“Pssst.”Of course I didn’t pull off the covert bed switch undetected. This bus—40 x 8 feet—might as well be a shoebox. I draw back the curtain, squinting my eyes against the dimness.

“Hey,” Cannon greets me with a whisper and grin from his bed, curtain also pulled open.

Giving him back the smile I can’t contain, I finger wave. Has he been waiting up for me? Was I secretly hoping he’d still be awake? Do I want to know either answer or what it says about me? What planet am I living on that this is now an issue?

“Here.” He scoots to the edge of his bunk and hands across…an earbud? Eyeing him curiously, I turn on my side, facing his way, and put it in my ear. “Shhh.” He puts a finger over his lips then winks and slips the other bud in his own ear, only breaking eye contact for a split second to tap the phone screen, then reconnecting in the muted light.

“Hello, Lizzie,” his voice sounds in my ear and as my eyes pop in surprise. He once again does the “shhh” thing, nodding to me to just listen. “I thought about playing you ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ but surely you already know that. This, you may not.”

There’s a brief pause, then music starts… It’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.”

I know I whimper aloud, but I force my eyes to stay on his no matter how badly I want to hide them and the building tears. Through the entire song, I stare and he stares back, mouthing the words every once in a while. With the closing notes, his voice returns.

“Not too corny, I hope. Just…think about it. Sweet dreams, Lizzie.”

Apparently picking up on the fact I’ve been rendered incapable of functioning, he reaches over and gently removes the earbud, taps the end of my nose with his fingertip, then closes my curtain for me.

I’ll have the corny with a side of corny please.

"I need a nibble.... In for me, ok... out for you.. can you breath now?"  These are two of my favorite quotes that go through out the book...

We meet Elizabeth Carmicheal who is a twenty three year old who has the weight of the world basically on her shoulders.  Her mother committed suicide, she doesn't get along with her father for the main reason that she believes he is the reason for her brother Connor's accident leaving him with a severe brain injury.  Liz as her best friends Jarrett and Rhett call her is the primary supporter of them and her Uncle Bruce who drives the tour bus that she owns and they all live on.

When Liz aka Bethy basically fires their bass player for making rude, nasty, and uncalled for comments about Conner she basically kicks her off the tour bus.  When they stop at a rest stop to drop her off, she just so happens to spot what she assumes to be a hitch hiker with a guitar case.  Knowing that they are a band member short, Jarrett talks her into approaching the guy and seeing if he is interested in joining them.  After a brief, but very interesting conversation, she learns that the guy is not a hitch hiker, but was left by is fiancee' and basically has no car, no phone,and no job....so she offers him a spot with the band.  There is only on exception before she allows Cannon Blackwell on her bus.. he must pass her background and drug test first... which he does with flying colors.

As the story evolves Cannon finds ways to slowly break down the barriers that Lizzie has built up around her allowing him to slowly gain entry into her heart.  He is wonderful with Conner, Jarrett and Rhett like him as well as Uncle Bruce.  Not only does everyone seem to trust and accept Cannon, but she slowly finds herself becoming more and more dependent on him for her emotional support as well.  When he says he will be her everything he truly means he will be her everything.  

This is one of those books that I could talk on and on about, but I don't want to get to much more into what happens because it would spoil it for you.  What I will say is that this book was not only beautifully written, but the quotes in it are absolutely hilarious.  S.E. Hall seemed to know when we were at a very emotional point and would through in a quirky statement and you would immediately start laughing.  She used lines from one of my favorite movies Pretty Woman and I can't say enough about how well written they were.  I loved how this story transformed and the way that she wrote it towards the end was beyond anything you will expect.  Not only does she have the humor and suspense, as well as the evil ex fiancee', but she also keeps us all worked up with the great sex scenes throughout the book as well.  This book is definitely work every bit of the five bars if not a few more.  When I say the cover to Pretty Instinct I was quickly intrigued and said it looked really good. Well the cover did not lie this book really is just that good.  And Conner, you will love him from the first moment he speaks...

S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 4 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing. She's also being clutch at Baggo, when it's warm outside!


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