21 April 2014

Love Unclaimed Tour Stop!

 Audree Edwards has loved Gavin Montgomery since she was a little girl, but her older brother Clint made it clear that Audree was off limits. Audree however, wasn’t taking no for an answer and made it clear to Gavin she wanted him. 
Gavin, not having the best family life, bolted as soon as he could after high school. Audree knew she couldn’t have all of Gavin and settled for the bit of him she could hold on to. When they are both finally ready to admit they want more, Audree thinks Gavin has done the unthinkable.

Will Gavin be able to tell Audree he's ready to pursue a future?

Will Audree see the truth about Gavin before it is too late?

Will Audree and Gavin finally give in tell each other how they feel and what they want?

Audree has been in love with Gavin since she was a little girl. But her BIG brother made it very clear to his friend that his little sister was OFF limits. Touch her and you die. But how can you fight an attraction that has grown over the years and it is waiting to be explored??? She has loved Gavin forever, and wants nothing more than to have that with him. A forever kind of deal.

This book is one that you can’t put down until you are done reading it. The characters are described extremely well. I felt as if I could see them on the street and recognize them. Not only were they described so well but the fact that the author switched POVs made it even better. I love that because sometimes I wonder what the other character is thinking. It was love at first sight. Full of that sweet-butterflies-in-my-tummy kind of love. With a twist of steamy, definitely a one night read and a 5 star in my book.

Unrequited love sucks and no one knows that better than Audree. She has been in love with Gavin since she was a child, but he only saw her as his best friend’s little sister and that made her off-limits. In the beginning of the book, Ms. Benson provides us with snapshots of their interactions over the years and lays a nice foundation for the story without bogging us down in an unnecessary retelling of their lives. The scene in which Audree gives Gavin her virginity on her eighteenth birthday was an emotionally intense scene that was quite moving.

As the trip down memory lane progresses, we learn much about Audree and Gavin’s lives up to the present and I must admit that I found their “friends with benefit” situation oddly disconcerting. Audree is such a strong and independent character that it seems contradictory for her to allow herself to be used by Gavin over and over … and let’s face it, that’s what he was doing. She agreed to the arrangement in hopes that he would change his mind and begin to see her in a romantic light. While I might understand letting the situation continue for a while, my take from the book was that it occurred for almost a decade and that’s practically masochistic.

Just as odd, for me, was Gavin’s belief that he wasn’t good enough for Audree. That’s the kind of attitude you expect from a character who grows up on the “wrong side of the tracks,” not a character whose family was one of the more affluent in the area and someone who ends up building an extremely successful company on his own. But my biggest sticking point with the book was that I never understood why Gavin’s father hated Audree so much. I kept waiting for an explanation and I never read it – I suppose I could have missed it but I don’t think I did.

While I enjoyed Gavin and Audree’s interactions as the nature of their relationship changed and underwent some serious growing pains, my favorite part of the book was Travis, Gavin’s younger brother. Travis’s antics were quick to make me laugh; he loved his brother and Audree and did what he could to help them both out; and his loyalty is astounding considering the compromising position he found his fiancé in with Gavin. I really hope that the next book in the series is about Travis because that boy deserves a shot at love after what his father’s machinations subjected him to. Love Unclaimed is a good read. It’s a little sappy in parts, but that’s what makes it a fun and light read when you just want to be entertained.
 “So are we going to talk about what happened or are we going to go on pretending we didn’t have sex, again?” Audree asked, walking up behind Gavin who was brushing down his horse. It looked like he had been out riding already this morning.
“Audree, you climbed into my bed,” he huffed. “I was sleeping.”

“You were dreaming about me. You were touching yourself while you were dreaming about me.” She blocked his path to move around the horse.

“So that gives you the right to come into my room and fuck me? What if I did that to you?”

“I’ll leave my door open,” she snapped.

“Ugh, Audree. I told you that night that we couldn’t happen, that it would only be that night.”

“Then why didn’t you stop me from fucking you! You are a big strong man. You could have picked me up and moved me. You’ve done it before. You could have pushed me away. You could have told me to stop,” she stomped. “But you didn’t, because you wanted it as much as I did. You want me, Gavin, but you won’t take me. I have made a complete ass out of myself for years. I have thrown myself at you because I feel what is between us. I want to be with you. I want to be in your arms, in your bed, in your fucking heart.” She refused to let the tears banging against her lids fall in front of him.

“I know you have been with other women, but I want to be yours. I want you to be mine. I am standing here before you making the biggest fool of myself; telling you that all you have to do is say the word. Tell me I’m yours and you have me.”

“Audree, I can’t! I won’t…,” he barked harshly.

“You can’t. You won’t. Well, fuck you, Gavin Montgomery. Next time you see me I might not be available and I sure as hell won’t be climbing into your bed again. So you enjoy those dreams about me and you remember the feel of my body on top of you, underneath you and in front of you. Remember how you feel being inside of me, because it can’t and won’t happen again!” She stormed out of the barn and heard the clanging of metal hitting the barn wall, but refused to turn back to him. This time it wasn’t him leaving without a word; she was the one leaving. She called Ruby to tell her she was heading back to school, and if she wanted a ride, she needed to be ready in twenty minutes.
 Jennifer is a devoted wife and mother to two rambunctious children that love keeping her on her toes. Her "real" job as a paralegal occupies the time she would rather be using to write, read, chat with her many author and blogger friends, or hang out with her family watching movies. Any free moment she has is devoted to helping spread the word for her indie author friends who lovingly call her 'the ninja' or writing her newest story. Jennifer has been writing since she was young. She has always been an avid reader. She always has her nose in a book and carries her Kindle everywhere. Now she plans to follow her dream and be on the other side of the pages and share her passion for writing with readers.


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