Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Tour - SPURS & STILETTOS by Ashley Johnson

by Ashley Johnson
Released: December 8, 2013  Amazon.UK  Amazon.AUS


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?

by Ashley Johnson
Released: December 8, 2013

I give Spurs & Stilettos: 3.5 of 5 ⭐️

Spurs & Stilettos is a contemporary romance.  Hope was in a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of her sister and 2 years later; she is still trying to move on.  She is afraid of losing anyone else in her life and moving forward that she stays in a relationship longer than she should have. She catches her fiancĂ© in a betraying act and heads out to the rodeo with her best friend Amber. At the rodeo she meets Wesley, who is a 2 time champion and he is smitten with her immediately. Wesley begins to court Hope, but she has some demons to slay before she can truly move on and be the person she feels Wesley deserves, and the person she wants to be again before the accident.

Overall I enjoyed Spurs & Stilettos; I thought the characters were warm, likeable, and realistic for the most part.  I think there was potential for it to have been two stories or condensed a little, and I was a little disappointed in the epilogue; I felt cheated out of Amber’s story. I think there were predictable parts, but Johnson managed to surprise me a few times. I felt like there were questions asked multiple times, but never really answered such as how did Wesley know where Hope worked? I thought Johnson did a great job of showing how much best friends really do watch out for each and help each other out no questions asked. Sometimes the chemistry between Wesley and Hope was smoking HOT and sometimes it felt a little forced.  I did feel vested in the characters and wanted them to get their HEA.
Ashley Johnson is a new to me author and a fairly new author, and I think she has a style that will only get better with each book. 
If you like a story that will tug at your heart, make you cry, laugh, cheer, and fan yourself, you will enjoy Spurs & Stilettos!

**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**


“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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