Friday, May 1, 2015

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

Title: Under the Mayhaw Tree
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Author: Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Living under a cloud of tragedy for which he’s assumed blame, Drew Dunne has known hell for the past sixteen years. Then he meets Allison Bennett. But in the small town of Colquitt, Georgia, evil lurks around every corner and capturing happiness has an incredibly high price. 

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.

Wow -- definitely ... DEFINITELY do not judge a book by it's cover. The tale that the cover told me was of a sweet, romantic love story. Girl loves boy; boy loves girl. Not so! There is so much more to this story.
The story starts off with what you feel is set back in the early 1940's, possibly. Some of the main characters are absolutely a few of the worst, despicable, low down, dirty people that I have ever heard of. After reading a few chapters, I could not believe that it is actually set in modern day. The way that these men treat their wives is horrific. Just horrific. I found myself yelling at my kindle and just about threw it across the room a few times. At one point, I found myself covering my eyes (seriously though -- covering my eyes? It's not as if I were watching a movie)! 
Why then, did I give it 5 bars? Because Charlotte knows what she is doing. She knows how to evoke such emotion and feelings from you, the reader. Charlotte drew me in and I even told a fellow blogger "It makes me so mad, but it's just like watching a train wreck -- I can't look away -- I can't stop reading"! 
Drew has been beaten and shoved around his whole life. He lost his best friend in High School and that is when his life changed forever. Drew made a mistake, and the night he lost his best friend, is the night that the secret came to a head. Due to this mistake, he was forced to marry a woman he despised, and who equally despised him. Drew was miserable. He hated his life, until one day in church. Drew crossed paths with a Allison, the new high school coach's wife, and he instantly fell in love, as did Allison. She was married to one of those dirt bags aforementioned. Clay Bennett (coach) was one mean, male chauvinistic piece of trash. He had the town fooled. Clay always came across as a loving husband, but those close to him knew better. Many a night, Allison went to bed black and blue and oh so depressed. She and Drew started envisioning what it would be like to be with one another.
When he could no longer take the abuse and the absence from Allison, Drew decided to do something about it. He decided that he was going to sweep Allison off of her feet and live happily ever after. What he didn't know is that Clay, his father Wade and the town Sheriff had other plans. They would be sure to teach him a lesson he would not soon forget. 
Recovering from almost the dead, Drew had a plan to defend himself. He would bulk up, arm himself and take the woman he loves. Love conquers all, he thought. Will his plan work? Will Drew and Allison have their happily ever after, or does Clay get in the way? 
This story kept me on my toes. As said before, Charlotte evokes so much emotion. Some you didn't realize you had! I will say that this is a very long story, so make sure that you have enough time to sit down, relax and focus. It is worth the length, as it draws you in. I had to get passed the feeling that it was set way back, instead of modern day. However, once I did, the story flowed. Get your tissues ready .. you are in for one wild ride!

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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. 
Author Bio:

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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO much for the wonderful review. I am sitting here grinning from ear to ear. I can't wait to put it up on the book's reviews page and share it on Facebook. ANYTIME you'd like to review any of my books, please just ask. I would be honored to send them over to you. Again, thank you!