Taming Johnny Blog Tour - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today I have a stop on the Taming Johnny blog tour. I have an excerpt, review and giveaway for you all.

Taming Johnny
By: Kaylie Newell

He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him.

Police records clerk Emma Beaumont has always played it safe, never taking many risks. Quiet, shy, and a little overweight, she's convinced herself that she's comfortable with the way her life is. That is until she lays eyes on incredibly sexy Lieutenant Johnny Street. But she's never met anyone with such a terrible attitude. He's a jerk. Everyone thinks so.

Little by little, Emma is forced to uncover a stronger, spunkier part of herself, one that isn't afraid to stand up to him. As she gets to know him, she starts seeing glimpses of a very different man. A man who has known great heartache, and as it turns out, has good reason for embracing such bitterness. Behind his sharp tongue and harsh demeanor, lies a young man who's desperately afraid of losing what's left of himself.

As Emma's intense desire for Johnny turns to love, she will have to ask herself how far she'll go to chip away at his frosty heart. And at what cost.

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and strong language

My Review
Johnny is the police departments jerk. He doesn't allow anyone to get close to him. He is excellent at his job but his job is a little harder because he knows Emma likes him. He wants nothing to do with her. Emma is shy, has self doubts about her body and really likes Johnny even if she doesn't know why.She finally has enough of his attitude and begins to dish it back to him. She thinks she will finally get over her crush. However the more she banters with Johnny the more she gets to see a different side of him. One that even he may not know exist. Now she has to see if her growing love will be enough to get him to open or if she should give up and leave.

I adore Emma!! She is the girl you think is all sweet and shy and has real curves. She shows a different side when she gets around Johnny. She opens up more and begins to comeback at everything he throws at her. She doesn't like to give up till she knows it is over. Johnny is the sexy broken man you want to take into your arms and console among other things. He can be a real jerk but you can tell he is hiding behind a wall. He may piss Emma off but anyone else better treat her good.

This is a quick wonderful book. I loved it and wish it was longer. I wasn't ready to see the last of these characters. This is really a book about a woman opening up and letting the real her shine through and about a man learning he needs to let the past go if he is ever going to heal and have a chance at love. Even when said man doesn't think he wants it. There is also the love scenes and in them you get to see that they may just be perfect for each other. You get both Emma and Johnny's POV and it is a great touch as you can see what they both are going through and feeling. You have the element of danger as everything from a tornado to everyday life of a cop. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a great love story about great characters.

5 out of 5 Stars

"So this is it, huh?"

Johnny could tell she was on the verge of tears.

"You're going to completely shut down, or whatever you do, and not acknowledge what happened between us."

"What's to acknowledge? I was drunk. End of story." Opening the door, he turned. "I don't know what you're hoping for, Beaumont, but I'm not it. Go find a nice accountant or something."

She pursed her lips until they practically disappeared. Her cheeks were on fire. "How dare you? How dare you treat me like that? We're not at work. I didn't have to come here, and you know it. I came here to do you a favor."

"You came here because you wanted to get laid."

She threw her hands in the air. "No wonder no one can stand you! You're unbelievable."

Maybe. But it was working. She'd leave him alone after this.

"They may not like me, but I've never pretended to be something I'm not. Unlike you."

"What's that supposed to mean?" She was breathing heavily, her breasts straining underneath the sheer pink blouse that was just a little too tight for business attire. His throat was bone dry, and all of a sudden he wanted another beer. Anything to make whatever this was go away.

"It means that innocent act you put on is a load of crap." That was a lie. He knew damned well she didn't sleep around.

Her mouth hung open. "Excuse me?"

Time to move in for the kill. He leaned closer, ignoring how she smelled, ignoring how her pulse drummed at the hollow of her throat. Ignoring everything but the overwhelming instinct to push her away. "Let's just say I know I wouldn't be the first, Beaumont, or the last."

With cat-like quickness, she slapped him across the face. Hard. "Go to hell."

Before she could turn away, he clamped onto her wrist and yanked her back around.

"You're hurting me."

"Don't ever do that again." He pulled her close. She was rigid, furious. She tried pulling free, but he just tightened his grip.Let her go, Street. Now.

A long, honey colored strand of hair had fallen over one of her eyes, which were settled on him with such hostility that he almost did let her go. Almost. The skin on the inside of her wrist slid against the pad of his fingers like silk. He yanked her even closer, hating himself for being so rough, but not knowing how to be anything else. Her chest brushed up against his, her face only inches away.

"You know what I think?" he said.

Refusing to answer, she continued looking at him like she wanted to stick a knife between his ribs.

"I don't think you want me to let you go." He looked from her eyes, to her lips, to her chest, barely able to stand still next to her. "I think you like this."

She yanked her wrist free with surprising strength, but made no move to back away. "You make me sick."

"You wish I made you sick." As fast as she'd slapped him, he cupped the back of her head and crushed his lips to hers.

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Author Info
For Kaylie Newell, storytelling is in the blood. Growing up the daughter of two gifted writers, she knew eventually she’d want to follow in their footsteps. While she’s written short stories her whole life, it wasn’t until after her kids were born that she decided to shoot for the moon and write her first romance novel. She hasn’t looked back since!

Kaylie lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, two little girls, two indifferent cats and a Chihuahua named Pedro. 

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