Monday, March 31, 2014

Spurs & Stilettos by Ashley Johnson Blog Tour

Hope Trahan has everything she wants and everyone she needs…except her sister and someone who really is deserving of her. Who knew two separate events would turn everything completely upside down? When her best friend drags her down to the rodeo to help clear her head the last thing she expects is to meet a sexy, sweet talking cowboy. That's not what she came for but fate had other things in mind.

Wesley Tyler owns two national titles and is riding his way to the next. The day he meets Hope, he knows there's no going back. He soon learns Hope carries ghosts with her she can't quite shake. She holds things she wishes she could let go of. Wesley just may hold the key to helping her overcome it all. Can he win her over and help mend her broken walls or will her past hold her down?

When reading this story, it is full of love and laughs. It drew me in and kept hold of me through the entire story.
Hope hasn't had an easy life and has had to suffer a heartbreak that is devastating. Her fiance ends up breaking her further rather than helping her.
To try and move on with her life, she decides to go to the rodeo with her best friend. There, she meets a heartthrob, "a guy in Wranglers so tight it should be a crime and a baby blue dress shirt with those snap buttons." When Hope looks up at him all she sees are his eyes. "His green eyes are sparkling like emeralds and it takes a second before I'm able to tear mine away."

Wesley is a cowboy in the rodeo and rides the bucking broncos. He has been drawn to Hope from the very beginning. Wesley is a romantic cowboy who strives to make sure that Hope knows he cares about her, and proves that he is there for her always. "He continues to hold me like he didn't just witness me completely have a meltdown and just a few short minutes later I'm able to fall back asleep."

I was drawn into this story and couldn't put it down. Their story is full of love, heartbreak, miscommunications and pain. Wesley and Hope's story is a realistic story with what these two people have to go through.

“Excuse me ladies.” The voice comes from nowhere and I look around spotting Amber first with her jaw on the ground. She’s speechless, this never happens with her. My eyes roam to find what’s got her in a comatose state and standing right in front of us is a guy in Wranglers so tight it should be a crime and a baby blue dress shirt with those snap buttons. This guy is playing this cowboy part a little too seriously. His boots are even worn like they are the only pair of shoes he owns. Oh brother, is he kidding me? I roll my eyes while Ambers jaw is still on the floor.
She slowly closes her mouth and manages a weak smile. “Hi.”
My eyes feel like they are constantly rolling, this is a damn joke. We’re next at the concession stand and I lean forward asking for a Bud Light. The girl hands me a big plastic cup filled to the brim. Thank you God. I take a big sip letting the cool liquid slide down my throat. I look back to see he’s still standing there and he’s looking at me. Practically staring. His green eyes are sparkling like emeralds and it takes a second before I’m able to tear mine away.
“I’m Wesley.” That drawl in his voice is almost making me swoon but I stop it. He extends his hand out to me. I can practically hear Amber scoff and I’m agreeing with her. Why isn’t this guy talking to her? I am nowhere near ready to speak to another guy.
Baffled, I just stand there trying to decipher what’s going on. “I’m Amber, this is Hope.” Amber interjects and I shoot daggers at her begging her to shut up. She’s smiling, and I know exactly what she’s doing.
“Nice to meet you Hope. I won’t bite, I swear. I may nibble and that’s it.” Oh man Wesley sure has some nerve! I’m rolling my eyes again and I’m really praying he doesn’t notice because I’m not trying to be rude.
“Nice to meet you too,” I mumble.
“I hope you like the rodeo tonight.” He says never taking his emerald green eyes away from mine. The intensity of his stare takes my breath away.

My name is Ashley Johnson and I live in Lake Charles, La with my fiancé and our daughter. I graduated high school in 2003 and graduated college in 2008 with an associate's degree in Criminal Justice. I've always loved to read and write and that's what I do :)



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