Monday, May 4, 2015

Blog Tour Review ~ Under The Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Under the Mayhaw Tree
by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Living under a cloud of tragedy for which he’s assumed blame, Drew Dunne has known hell for the past sixteen years. Then he meets Allison Bennett. But in the small town of Colquitt, Georgia, evil lurks around every corner and capturing happiness has an incredibly high price.


Small-town football star Drew Dunne sacrificed everything for friendship and guilt. He’s spent most of his life unloved and unwanted. A kind touch, a gentle smile, an encouraging word are all wisps of memory from before the accident. For him there is only family, duty, loyalty. And longing. Until he meets Allison.

When Allison Bennett looks in the mirror, she sees a woman whose life has gone from bad to worse. At the mercy of an abusive husband, sweet tenderness is something she can only dream about…until she finds it in the arms of Drew Dunne.

Not every sacrifice is worthwhile, not every promise is worth keeping, and events in a small Georgia town will test this pair to the very depths of their souls, but at the end of the journey is the truth that—if you’re willing to pay the price—true love can conquer all. Drew Dunne will finally be with the woman he loves. Or die trying.

As she took off her clothes he put his hands behind his head and watched her every movement. Each one was poetry in motion to his way of thinking. To him, she was the most beautiful woman in the world. He loved her so deeply he felt it in his soul. She was everything to him and he wanted to be everything to her. His heart was filled with such peace, his body with such longing, he could barely contain the feelings.

The last piece of clothing she removed was her panties and when she turned to the bed, he whistled in appreciation. As he had at the two motels they’d stayed at on the way to the cabin, he pretended not to notice the healing bruises covering her sweet body.

Will you get under the covers?” she asked. She sat on the mattress, then stuck her legs under the sheet.

Hey. You can leave your socks on but you took mine off?” he challenged. “You think that’s fair?”

I have poor circulation in my feet,” she said. “Believe me. You don’t want my cold toesies rubbing along your calf in the middle of the night.”

I believe you should pay a toll for being allowed to wear socks to bed when I can’t,” he told her as he joined her under the covers.

What kind of toll?” she asked.

The kind that is exacting,” he said. He slid down in the bed—disappearing beneath the covers—and slid on top of her. 

3 1/5 -Dangerous, Intense & Scary -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

He hated his damned life, he thought. Hated it bad enough that he often daydreamed of killing himself. Not that he ever would-wasn't that committing a sin of the worst kind?-but he thought about it far more often then he knew he should.

~First things first, simply because it wasn't mentioned in the synopsis and it this case I feel you should be warned-this book is riddled with potential triggers. Lots of them, frequently, and not at all subtle. Luckily for me, I like my romances on the dark and twisted side more often than not, but if this is an issue for-proceed with caution.~

I was on the fence with this book.
~On the one hand, I liked it-quite a bit actually. What's not to love about two severely damaged and broken people finding and healing each other? I loved that as heavy as the book got, there was still that underlying hope that these two would find their way out of the dark, together, and get the happiness they both so desperately needed and deserved. There was enough angst and drama choke just about anyone which worked for me, there was some laughs and some sexy times and some pretty fantastic chemistry. There were a handful of characters that you couldn't help but love, however, for every one I liked there was a half dozen that made my skin crawl.
~That's where my half-empty comes in. There were sooo many manipulative, cruel, evil, and downright nasty people in here that it was almost too much to take. And it was everywhere. The amount of people that turned their heads to the bullshit going on, or worse-laughed at it, astounded me. I get small-town gossip mills, but this was sooo much worse than that. I have no shame in saying that if there were actually a town out there like the one in this book-it should be burned to the ground. I think it would have been easier for me to digest if the nastiness wasn't quite as wide spread. It was just a bit much for a supposed 'God-fearing' town, almost every single resident was twisted or corrupt to some degree. I spent so much time being pissed off at the townsfolk that it actually took away from the romance buried in the book.
When I was able to push my way past all that, I did enjoy the love story that was unwinding in the background. Surprisingly enough, the romance budding between Drew and Allison, while kinda quick, was actually pretty sweet. These two were so starved for love and affection, that when they finally found it, it was precious. And I did enjoy the last few chapters immensely. In the end, I would recommend this to anyone who likes some meat to their romances-just be prepared, it's not an easy read.

I've never known love, Allison. I've never been in love. I didn't know it could be like this. I love you more than life, itself. I would do anything for you.”
“Then show me. Show me how much you love me.”

Charlotte Boyett-Compo (her friends call her Charlee) is a multi-published author of all sub-genres of Romance fiction. Under the Mayhaw Tree is her 100th book. Over the years, her novels have won many awards. When asked why she writes, she's said, "I write because the urge is there and it's like an itch you can not ignore. Sometimes, I think if I don't get my thoughts down on paper, I'll go insane. It is a craving, an addiction, that unless you experience it, you can't quite explain to 'normal' people."

~ Stalk Her ~

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