Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Book Tour for Slow Grind by Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Readers looking to be charmed will fall in love with a group of young men willing to strut across the stage in support of a friend in this friends to lovers romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Slow Grind by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  Learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in The Men of Mornington series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

I’m the kind of guy who will do anything for a friend, so when my best mate, Max, gets sick I naturally want to help. He needs money for experimental treatment overseas and he needs it fast. So I round up the guys with an idea to raise the cash for him.
Stripping. Chicks love that shit, right?
At first, the guys are skeptical, but we’re a good looking group of men who who’ve been known to bust out a dance move or two, so we decide to go for it.
When Max offers his kid sister up for choreography, I think, great. We can use all the help we can get. The last time I saw Aubrey she was a loudmouthed twelve-year-old who wouldn’t leave me alone. Now, she’s twenty and possibly the sexiest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Max has made it clear that his sister is off limits to me, because apparently, I have a reputation. He says he has enough to worry about without me chasing his sister.
Fine, I can respect that.
But I’m not sure she can.




A schoolgirl's crush becomes a young woman's lifeline in this tale depicting the tight bonds of friendship and how far you'll go to save the life of a friend.  It's a charming story dealing with mortality that doesn't shy away from the ravages of cancer while looking death in the eye.  Despite the vivid depictions of illness it still puts a smile on your face through witty banter and heartwarming interactions amongst friends.  It's a story that takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride right alongside its immensely appealing characters in a romance that had me turning the pages furiously to see what would happen next.

Aubrey and her brother Max have always been close with each of them very protective of the other.  His youthful fight against cancer made her even more protective and united their group of friends as part of his army in his fight against the disease.  Their tight bond soon became the only thing they could count on as their mother's numerous affairs ended in divorce and the two of them separated on opposite sides of the world.  She made a new life for herself in the US, trying to put her youthful attraction to Max's best friend Drew behind her, but he was never far from her thoughts as a painful relationship left her scarred and doubtful of true love.  With Max's cancer returned she finds herself back home coping with the hurtful feelings her mother engenders in her while warring with her traitorous heart over seeing Drew once again.  Knowing she'll do anything to make Max healthy means getting close to Drew in a sexy plan to get money for an experimental treatment.  Close quarters has him seeing her as the woman she's become while she sees a softer more honorable side to the man who's always been a player.  Aubrey's immensely likable and easy to relate to.  She's caring and loyal to her brother but never smothering.  Her two girlfriends, Emma and Jacey, couldn't be more different but her interactions with them are fun loving and playful in their talks of men.  Their scenes bring a bit of levity when things get a bit dark for Max which is greatly appreciated.  She's always been enamored of Drew but knew he saw her only as a child, knew too that Max would never let them get together.  These facts still play a role in their uncertain romance but luckily aren't dwelled on for long as they have a crackling connection teeming with sexual tension that was a reprieve from the darkness of Max's health.

Drew was just one member of a close-knit group of young men growing up.  The five boys all had unique personalities but had a connection that nothing could break...not even cancer.  Aubrey was always a part of their group and therefore he saw her as nothing more than Max's dorky little sister.  The passage of time has changed how he sees her though and it throws him for a loop.  He's always been a player, flitting from one meaningless encounter to the next as he too doesn't believe in relationships after his own parent's divorce.  Seeing the grown-up Aubrey though inspires lots of naughty thoughts, thoughts that he knows Max wouldn't approve of.  With her teaching him and his friends how to strip to earn money to help Max, their burgeoning feelings ultimately combust in scorching encounters that leave them uncertain of the future.  He and Aubrey are delightful to see together as their banter is witty and flirty.  He's thrown into a tail spin upon seeing her grown-up body and I enjoyed seeing the normally in control player so flustered.  Overall Drew's a carefree charmer, funny and snarky, who's unabashed when it comes to his intimate encounters.  He's a bit of a braggart when it comes to sex but has one encounter that shames him and that could cause a riff if it ever comes to light.  When Max's cancer returns though he shows a deeply caring and serious side that brought a tear to my eye.  He took charge in rallying the boys to carry out their sexy and unconventional plan which endeared him to me even more.

Along with this immensely likable main couple comes a large cast of equally appealing secondary characters who laid the groundwork for many more enticing tales to come.  The Men of Mornington are a sexy bunch of Aussies whose interactions are playful yet brotherly with a bond that has them willing to do anything for each other.  Cam and Sam are twins who couldn't be more opposite in looks and temperament, while Nash is quiet and thoughtful, with the final member being Max whose life has been full of battles over his health as well as issues with his mother over her alcoholism and numerous affairs with younger men.  Max is the heart of this story, binding his friends together and sending Aubrey into Drew's arms, which is why readers will become so invested in his outcome.  He's very likable and charming and no matter how sick he is he never lets it show.  He's brave in the face of his mortality and I'm left counting down the days until the next installment as his health is left hanging in the balance.  That's not the only thread left hanging as Drew and Aubrey have distance weighing on their burgeoning relationship which gives promise for the future but no guarantee which might anger some readers.  I for one don't mind their HFN as it adds to the story's overall realism and leaves me clamoring for more, as does seeing the other Men of Mornington on the cusp of finding their own HEAs!

My rating for this is a B+/A-

*I got this book from the authors for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Missy lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia with her husband and her confused pets (a dog who thinks that she is a cat, a cat who thinks he is a dog…you get the picture).
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

Ashley Suzanne has been writing as long as she can remember. As a youngster, she was always creating stories and talking to her imaginary friends. Thankfully, her parents also carried this love of fiction, and helped her grow into the writer she is today.
Ashley is a bestselling author and spends equal amounts of time writing and reading. Being the true book whore she is, Ashley would rather dive into a good book before going out of her house. Giving up her career in Real Estate, Ashley has officially moved to hermit status.
When Ashley isn't coming up with her next story, you'll most likely find her on the couch with a kindle in her hand (probably watching some crappy reality show while, annoying her husband by telling him all about her new book boyfriend or spending quality time with her two gremlins ... Sorry, I mean adorable children.


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