Friday, April 4, 2014

Review for Spurs & Stilettos by Ashley Johnson!!

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?

 I felt many emotions while reading this book... sadness, anger, frustration.

When Hope Trahan catches her fiancee Brad in a rather compromising position, she thinks her life is over.  That all changes when she meets Wesley Tyler at a rodeo she attends with her best friend Amber.  She's unsure of what to go; being gunshy after Brad's betrayal.  It doesn't help that he constantly is texting and phoning trying to get her back.  She doesn't want him back, and wants nothing to do with him.  Their relationship had been going sour for a long time, and he only ever thought about himself.  

Wesley is different, and she knows it.  He's not anything like Brad, but she's still scared about what will happen.  Taking a chance, she goes on a date with him, believing that she will never see him again.  What are the chances?

Little does she know that he's got plans of his own, and he doesn't want to let Hope out of his sight.  He's been smitten from first laying eyes on her, and he wants nothing more then to spend every waking moment with her.  Unfortunately, his job as a rodeo star makes things hard for both of them.  He doesn't expect her ex to be just as determined to get her back, and almost loses her because of him.  

Hope, I found to be her own worst enemy at times.  She's still trying to adjust from the loss of her sister, and her feelings for Wesley are so strong they scare her.  She knows that she loves him, and wants to be with him, but they haven't known each other long.  When she's faced with almost losing Wesley, they make her feelings clearer, but she's still afraid of spending her life with him.  Brad's betrayal and his actions after are still fresh in her mind, and she's anxious about Wesley's intentions.

I loved this book... I fell in love with Wesley, and Hope, despite her insecurities, was a great person.  I would love to have a best friend like Amber though... someone who is beside you every step of the way to hold your hand when you need them to be.  She had Hope's back through every thing, and I loved that about her!

I loved Wesley completely! He was perfect for Hope, despite what she her feelings.  She's not used to having a man think of her wants and needs before his own.  It's hard for her to handle at first, but she learns to love it!!
“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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