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Baby Stetson Tour - Character Profile,Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hey everyone! Today I have a stop on the Baby Stetson Tour. There is info on the book, Character profile for Lucas, my review, an excerpt and a giveaway for you all!

Baby Stetson
Love and Music in Texas, Book One
By: Nikki Lynn Barrett 

Blurb
In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town. 

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know. Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie. But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

My Review
Avery was adopted by two wonderful parents after she was left on a door step in a Stetson Hat. She has never lacked in love as her adopted parents love her as if she was their own. She helps them run their inn during the day and does what she loves best at night. Singing in a band is one of her biggest joys in life. She has always wanted to know more about her real parents and wonders why they left her. Some questions she has always wondered may just be answer when her families inn has two new guest. Lucas is the sexy stranger she is so attracted to. He has a job to do even if he is finding it hard to resist wanting Avery. He has always had to do jobs he really doesn't want. The only good thing to come from his job is meeting Avery. Now he wants to be free to love her, that is if he can reveal all the secrets he has hid from her. He must also try and keep her safe as someone seems to be after her. 

Avery is so amazing. She has a dream but would doesn't want to leave the parents who have always loved her. She is very talented and passionate about her singing. She seems very loyal and does her best not to hurt anyone. You can also see she still needs deep down to know her past and where she came from. Lucas is so hot and you can see he has a bad past. He feels a need to be loved for who he is no matter what his past may be. When he loves something he goes after it all the way. I love the chemistry between these two. Even when they don't want to be together you can tell it is killing them. Lucas does some stupid things but he also does some sweet things that will melt your heart.

I started this book with the intent to just read a few chapters before I went to sleep. That didn't happen. I stayed up till I finished the whole thing. I loved all the characters and the plot of the story. I kept hoping all through the book things would turn out ok for Avery. You definitely get invested in the characters I will warn you. It's a good thing so no worries. A few things in the book I could see coming like with Lucas. What I wasn't ready for was the ending. I didn't see that coming and the scene with the bad guy was amazing. This book will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. Will Avery and Lucas get together, will she find out who her birth parents are, who is after her and why? These and many more questions kept me enthralled will the book. I eagerly look forward to more in this series and would recommend this to anyone who loves romance, danger and really just a fantastic book!
5 out of 5 Stars

Excerpt
Cool, crisp air greeted them as Avery and Lucas exited the inn.  Not too bad of a night weather wise.  Nearby, a twig snapped.  Avery jumped.  “What was that?”

“Probably an animal,” Lucas guessed.  “A little jumpy tonight?”

Avery’s mind went back to that text from earlier.  “Maybe a little bit.”  She wasn’t fully sure why.  A combination of stress and lack of sleep, maybe.

“I’ll protect you from the big bad wolf,” Lucas teased.

“Oh?  So what if you’re the big bad wolf?  Who’ll protect me from you?”

Lucas halted.  “You think I’m the wolf, eh?”

“Well, you haven’t proved that you aren’t yet,” Avery shot back.  God how he riled her.  She hated how much she enjoyed it sometimes.

“I’m guessing you like the wolves then, because you liked this before.”  Lucas reached for her, and his lips met hers.  Avery’s heart melted.  She wrapped herself into Lucas, leaning into his kisses.  He tasted sensational.  Each kiss drove her further over the edge.

“Lucas.”  Avery groaned.  She went in for another kiss, but a strange sound startled her, and she pulled away from him.  “Do you hear that?  If it’s an animal, it’s nearby.”

Lucas whipped his head to stare in the direction.  “I don’t know.  Maybe we’d better go, get away from whatever it is.”  Lucas put his arm around Avery and pulled her close.  They strolled to the house, his arm around her the entire time.

Once they got in front of the house, Avery wasn’t ready to let him go.  “Do you want to come in for awhile?”  It wasn’t just that she longed for Lucas.  The strange sensation that someone was near, watching, the fact that her parents weren’t home ... she just didn’t want to be alone.

“Is that such a good idea?” Lucas asked.

“I don’t want to be alone, Lucas,” Avery pleaded.

“Okay then.”  He squeezed her hand.  That must have been all the convincing he needed.

Avery fumbled with the keys and got the door unlocked.  Once inside, she felt a little safer.  She closed the door behind Lucas and flicked on the light.

“You’re so jumpy.  What’s going on, Avery?” Lucas asked gently, brushing back loose stands of her hair that had fallen over her left eye.

She swallowed.  “I just- I got a strange text earlier.  I keep feeling like I’m being watched.  Mom and Dad aren’t here.  I may be overreacting, but I’m afraid.”

Lucas frowned.  “A text?”

Avery pulled her phone from her purse, searched for the text and handed it to Lucas.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” he scowled, handing her the phone back.

“I wish I knew.  It came out of nowhere.  It may even be a wrong number, but for some reason, it’s got me a bit freaked out.”

“I can understand that.  You’ve got a few new people in your life lately.”

“That includes you.”

“Do you trust me, Avery?” Lucas challenged.

“I think I do.  Sure, you have your secrets, but something about you makes me feel safer than I have in a long time.  I don’t know how to explain it.  Maybe the question I should be asking you is can I trust you, Lucas?”

He hesitated.  “You can trust me.”



Character Profile
Name: Lucas Bennett

Age: 32

Physical Description: Dark brown hair, hazel eyes, tan skin. Muscular. Height: 6'4. 

Relationship Status: Single, until falling in love with Avery Callimer 

Three Likes: music, running, swimming 

Three Dislikes: being used, the sound of sandpaper rubbing on something, public speeches

Fave Vacation Spot: Anywhere calm and relaxing, but a beach house is the best. 

Typical Friday Night: Before meeting Avery, there was nothing typical. Now, spending it with Avery alone, or with the band Baby stetson

Favorite Meal: Steak and baked potato. 

Favorite childhood memory: Learning to read with a neighbor that watched over him when his parents paid little attention.

Favorite Music: all types, but lately, more prone to country.

Favorite snack: Sunflower seeds

Worst habit: shutting off his emotions

Best trait: willingness to help


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AUTHOR BIO:
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com 

Author Links: 
@Stormgoddess925 on Twitter 

Other books by Nikki Lynn Barrett 
The Secret Santa Wishing Well 

Giveaway
Nikki will be offering a $20.00 AMAZON Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter throughout the tour. Be sure to follow the tour for more great post.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting today! Great post!

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  2. Oh my gosh....wow! I'm...I'm speechless, really! What a review! Thank you! I know those nights so well, when you have the idea of just reading a little bit and then get completely sucked in, so to read these words about my own book just makes my day!

    Okay, so I'm not as speechless as I thought, lol. Thank you for hosting me today and taking the time to review baby Stetson. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Thank you so much for the chance to read it! I loved it!

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  3. Wonderful review. Sounds like a perfect read!

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    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for coming by! :)

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    1. It was fun to write, that's for sure. Thank you for stopping by, Margaret!

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  5. Great review and such a compliment that the reviewer couldn't put the book down.

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    1. Thanks, Daryl! I KNOW right? That's a kick butt compliment! Thanks for stopping by, it's so appreciated :)

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  6. Fab review. I love the excerpt. Finally I know why you titled it baby stetson. Makes me what to read it even more. I need a clone that does all my work so I can just read all day...and another one so I can write all day...and another to write my blogs.

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    1. LOL!! Liza, I totally know what you mean. I've been dreaming of having a few clones to do other things so I can write more...hehe.

      Yes, the name Baby Stetson had a huge role, it wasn't just a pretty title. lol. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. i like Good Ole' Boy Country Superstar...i am fantasized about blake shelton ;)
    thx...

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    1. Oooh, I love me some Blake Shelton! Sassy, sarcastic, funny, and hot! :) Thanks for coming by!

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