Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blog Tour + Expert: Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

 Title: Under the Mayhaw Tree
Author: Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense 
Publish Date: April 21, 2015
Review Source: eARC

Small-town football star Drew Dunne sacrificed everything for friendship and guilt. He’s spent most of his life unloved and unwanted. A kind touch, a gentle smile, an encouraging word are all wisps of memory from before the accident. For him there is only family, duty, loyalty. And longing. Until he meets Allison. 

When Allison Bennett looks in the mirror, she sees a woman whose life has gone from bad to worse. At the mercy of an abusive husband, sweet tenderness is something she can only dream about…until she finds it in the arms of Drew Dunne.

Not every sacrifice is worthwhile, not every promise is worth keeping, and events in a small Georgia town will test this pair to the very depths of their souls, but at the end of the journey is the truth that—if you’re willing to pay the price—true love can conquer all. Drew Dunne will finally be with the woman he loves. Or die trying.
Under the Mayhaw Tree was hard to read but it turned out pretty amazing. Fair warning, if abuse is a touchy subject for you then I would proceed with caution. I found myself mad throughout the book, even irate at times. I am still in awe how a community could act so asinine. How they turn a blind eye like abuse is a normal thing. 

Drew Duune has been through hell and back it seems. He was a bigtime college football star that was injured in the game. Never being able to play again he quit school and went back home. Home is a sad place for Drew. His father is aggressively abusive. His bad luck keeps running with another tragedy that makes him relive the past repeatedly. Just when things didn’t seem as if they could get worse Drew is forced to marry a woman that despises him. 

Allison Bennett was also forced to marry someone that didn’t truly love her. Her husband is quite the jerk, and I found I despised him. I felt so sorry for Allison. How anybody can treat his or her spouse with such hatred and the abuse really makes my heart hurt. 

At first I thought this story may be from an earlier time instead of present day. I know back in history men treated their kids and wives like some of the instances in the story. You weren’t a man unless you wore the pants in the family but I thought that era was over. I’m realizing now that people are really that way still to this day. I’m still in awe that the community around these two judged people the way they did. I can say that I sure hope I never have to be a part of a community like this one in the story. With that being said, I did enjoy the book but like I said earlier it was hard to read at times.


As she took off her clothes he put his hands behind his head and watched her every movement. Each one was poetry in motion to his way of thinking. To him, she was the most beautiful woman in the world. He loved her so deeply he felt it in his soul. She was everything to him and he wanted to be everything to her. His heart was filled with such peace, his body with such longing, he could barely contain the feelings.

The last piece of clothing she removed was her panties and when she turned to the bed, he whistled in appreciation. As he had at the two motels they’d stayed at on the way to the cabin, he pretended not to notice the healing bruises covering her sweet body.

“Will you get under the covers?” she asked. She sat on the mattress, then stuck her legs under the sheet.

“Hey. You can leave your socks on but you took mine off?” he challenged. “You think that’s fair?”

“I have poor circulation in my feet,” she said. “Believe me. You don’t want my cold toesies rubbing along your calf in the middle of the night.”

“I believe you should pay a toll for being allowed to wear socks to bed when I can’t,” he told her as he joined her under the covers.

“What kind of toll?” she asked.

“The kind that is exacting,” he said. He slid down in the bed—disappearing beneath the covers—and slid on top of her.
Charlotte Boyett-Compo (her friends call her Charlee) is a multi-published author of all sub-genres of Romance fiction. Under the Mayhaw Tree is her 100th book. Over the years, her novels have won many awards. When asked why she writes, she's said, "I write because the urge is there and it's like an itch you can not ignore. Sometimes, I think if I don't get my thoughts down on paper, I'll go insane. It is a craving, an addiction, that unless you experience it, you can't quite explain to 'normal' people."


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