Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the AToMR Tours-sponsored tour for Marquita Valentines’ book Live for You (Book#1: Boys of the South Sereis). There are all kinds of awesome blogs participating in this tour and if you would like to check out what they have, just click here for the master tour schedule. Happy Thursday to you and enjoy the review 🙂
On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents: He’s charming, intensely handsome and goal-oriented…Only he has some secrets of his own, which include provoking bar fights and a former drug-addict of a mother slowly wasting away in a medical facility.
At barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music’s hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. Suddenly, she’s the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Sick of the drama and keeping secrets, she runs away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi to her grandmother’s home in Forrestville, North Carolina.
A chance meeting knocks Cole off his feet, but he doesn’t recognize Violet for who she is. In fact no one does and Violet plans to keep it that way.
Circumstances, however annoying,keep throwing Violet and Cole together. Unable to stop themselves they give into the inevitable.
But when Nashville is ready to forgive and forget, Violet is forced to choose between Cole and claiming her spot as the new and improved Princess of Country Music.
Will Violet and Cole have the courage to live for their dreams…Or their hearts?
Bloody hell this book was hot and rather than taking this read apart bit by bit I am going to approach it in the same way the author did, character by character. Here we go boys and girls . . . .
Cole: Bloody hell is there a sexier man alive in books right now? Cole is hotness personified with his hard body, multiple tattoos (yummy!), ready to rumble (yes, I said rumble) at the drop of a hat attitude, his determination to make something more of himself and, his complete and utter devotion to his tiny little sister, Kelly. Cole has a shit-tastic life and he is trying like hell to hold on to what he has. His father is gone, his mother is a pathetic excuse for a human being drug addict, he runs/owns a bar alongside his brother Parker, and he is trying to get through college all while raising his little sister. Cole is a bad bet for any woman right now and he knows it; too bad his heart isn’t listening to his head, huh?
Violet: Violet has run for life straight back to her Nana’s house in North Carolina and as far away from the press as she can get. Violet wass America’s country music sweetheart right up until the moment she was involved in a horrific car accident that she caused as a result of driving while drunk. The press knows the basics but Violet knows the details. The press can never and will never know the details because some things are just too painful to share with anyone else let alone the whole damn world. For Violet, the only way she can process and deal with everything is to disappear to a place she knows she is safe and she is loved no matter what she has done. Violet needs to heal and she certainly doesn’t need a man complicating matters; too bad her heart isn’t listening to her head, huh?
Cole and Violet: Together these two are molten hot and from the very beginning their attraction to one another is undeniable. Logically they both know they have no business whatsoever indulging in the attraction but their hearts have totally different plans. Cole sees Violet for who she is at her core, not the celebrity, press-enhanced version. Violet sees Cole as the strong, dependable and caring man that he really is rather than the super-tough guy façade he presents to the world. If the two of them can deal with all their collective baggage and some of the baggage that belongs to others in their respective lives, they just might have a shot at real and lasting happiness.
The Bottom Line: My only reservation about this book is the fact that I felt like I had missed something in a couple of spots. I even flipped back a few pages to be sure and didn’t find anything I had missed so my single reservation comes in the form of a few weird/awkward transitions. Beyond that, I am hooked on this book!
Marquita Valentine has made it abundantly clear to me that I like broken characters. Not the whiny, I won’t ever get over myself and move on kind of broken but the Cole and Violet kind of broken. Cole and Violet are survivors and even in their darkest moments – both independently and together – they know they will be able to pick up the pieces of their respective lives and move forward. There is no looking back for these two and I respect their determination and will to achieve happiness. These are strong characters that have been dealt a heaping pile of crap by life and are trying to get through it as best they can. The sex scenes are straight up hot, the other characters are sufficiently interesting and, the dialogue is both appropriate and smooth. Overall, I am a bit smitten with Cole and am certain I am going to be continuing my love affair with the Boys of the South series. 🙂
Nationally Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man — and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
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