Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Gage (The Barringer Brothers) by Tess Oliver


The Barringer Brothers Series
by Tess Oliver


Gage is part of the Barringer Brothers series but can be read as a standalone.
After nearly losing his friend in a logging accident, Gage Barringer is convinced now more than ever that he needs to find a different job. But his side business of breaking colts at the small Montana ranch he inherited from his grandfather doesn't earn him enough money. He has his mind set on running The Raven's Nest, a popular bar and restaurant near his ranch. The original owner has died and Gage is waiting for it to be put up for sale. But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way, an obstacle with lips made for sin and a voice made for breaking hearts. And Summer Donovan is one road block Gage Barringer won't be able to find a way around.

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 He looked at me a long moment. "I want you so fucking bad, Summer, it hurts." He combed his long hair back with his fingers and chuckled at some inside joke. "You have no idea how bad."
"Then what's holding you back? It seems to me--"
He shook his head. "Can't explain it to myself." His dark lashes dropped as he stared down at the floor, and when he lifted his face to me, I realized that I was falling hard for him.
"I guess I don't want to scare you off." He shook his head. "Not that I'm scary in bed," he quickly amended. "I don't want to come on too strong. Hell, I guess I'm just trying to make a good impression."
"Stop with the good impression shit. I want a lasting impression, Gage."
His pale blue eyes flickered in the light as he looked at me. "I can do lasting." He crossed the room in two steps. His arms curled around my back, and he pulled me against him. His mouth covered mine. The kiss was long and hard and driven by that intense longing that had been building up between us. He took hold of my good hand and walked me down the short hall to my bedroom. He pushed open the door with his boot and led me inside.

5- Smokin' Hott Mountain Man -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I'm going to move to Montana. I want to run the restaurant myself. Grandpa would have wanted it to stay in the family, and I have nothing to keep me here in California.”
He was silent for a few seconds.
Mr. Turner, are you still there?”
“Yes, yes I am. Ms. Donovan, it's none of my business, of course, but have you ever run a restaurant before?”
“Nope, but I'm a very fast learner.”
“Well then, if you're certain.”
“I couldn't be more certain.”

Gage Barringer would love nothing more than to leave logging behind him for safer pastures, and after yet another accident on the job nearly takes a man's life, he is more convinced than ever; but working on the ranch he inherited from his grandfather doesn't pay the bills. What he would like to do is buy the local bar/restaurant ~The Raven's Nest~ and run it, the man who owned it passed away and he is just waiting for it to go on the market; there is just one glitch in his plan, one slip of a woman standing in his way, the previous owners granddaughter and the woman who is about to flip his world upside down with lips made for sin and the voice of an angel. His only wish is it doesn't take her too long to realize that she is not cut out for their bitter cold winters and flees back to California... or does he?

Summer Donovan left everyone and everything she knew behind in California to start over in Montana and run her grandfather's restaurant. She has no idea what shes doing but desperately wants to keep the business in the family as her grandfather would have wanted. What she wasn't planning on was the sexy mountain man who lives next door barreling into her life. After being dealt a devastating betrayal by her ex-boyfriend, Summer has no faith in the male species and no desire to get mixed up with one anytime soon; but there is a wicked chemistry between her and Gage that is hard to ignore. And even though she knows nothing but heartbreak will come from the town player, she is drawn to him like no other and that scares the daylights out of her. With so many changes in her life, does Summer have what it takes to make it through a harsh Montana winter in one piece with her heart in tact?

Summer wasn't the type of girl you just took to bed and then waved goodbye to in the morning. She was the type that once you let down your guard, you were done for. I was better off with girls who just liked to share a good fuck and then part ways without looking back.

I had not read the previous Barringer Brothers books before I went into this and now I desperately wish I had. Not because I was lost, this truly can be read as a stand-alone, but it was clear that I had missed out on one fuckin' interesting story and after spending some time with these amazing men I want more. Tess Oliver gives us a story loaded with intense sexual chemistry, lots of fantastic characters, a little bit of angst with a whole lotta alpha, some danger, laughs, and minor drama ~ it was a perfect combination. She doesn't jump right into bed, but makes us sweat it out just a bit and it made that first passionate explosion so totally worth the wait. Gage was the perfect kind of alpha; possessive, dominate, sexy, and dirty, and he doesn't run for the hills or pull stupid asshat moves when emotion gets involved. Summer was just as amazing; smart, funny, strong and tattooed, she isn't loaded down with insecurities or prone to useless drama and there is no trace of any annoying pigheadedness. The group of secondary characters that surrounds them were just as fab and truly made me sad to come to the end of the book. I kinda wished there was an epilogue of some sort and the ending seemed almost abrupt, but still kinda perfect if that makes sense. One thing is for sure, Tess slammed head first onto my One-Click Addiction List with this one and I cannot wait for more. I fully intend on spending some time with Luke & Angel in the future and am dying to see where these brothers takes us next.

I guess I'll think twice before wearing this dress again.”
“Did it come with a warning label? It should've.
You should have come with a damn warning label.”
“What are you trying to say, Mr. Barringer?”
“Wasn't ready for this. Wasn't ready for you.”
“That makes two of us.”  

"I write romance for young adult, new adult and those of us past the ‘new’ stage. My stories take place anywhere from 19th century England to 21st century California. And you can count on a super alpha in each book."
Tess Oliver is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Custom Culture Series. She lives in sunny California with her husband, kids and a herd of spoiled pets.

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