Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beneath Your Beautiful by Tamsyn Bester - Blog Tour & Giveaway



Title: Beneath Your Beautiful 
Author: Tamsyn Bester 
Release Date: July 22, 2013 

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On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her.

Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama. 

When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all. 

Will they learn to trust each other and build 
a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself? 











Excerpt

Moments later, Mrs. Coach calls me inside to help carry out the remainder of the food when there’s a knock at the door. It’s so soft I’m almost sure I imagined it. “Grayson honey, please grab the door,” Mrs. Coach calls from the kitchen. I walk to the door but when I open it, I’m completely unprepared for what’s in front of me. Or rather who is in front of me.

Huntley is wearing a coral sundress with matching pumps. The color accentuates her sun-kissed skin, making it look like she’s glowing.

Her hair is curled and left loose, hanging down past her shoulders. My eyes stop at her lips, pink and glossy. I stand there like an idiot and shamelessly drink her curves in.

She clears her throat and for a brief second I’m lost in the depth of those sapphire-colored irises. I have never seen stormy blue eyes until now. They tell a story, about what I’m not sure, but it’s there, in those stormy depths and I want to find out what it is.

“Hi,” she whispers. Her musical voice moves through my body and jolts me from my daze.

“What are you doing here?” The words are out of my mouth before I realize what I’m saying. Hurt flashes across her face at the sound of my accusatory tone and I want to kick myself in the nuts for being such an ass. It just goes to show what being around this gorgeous girl does to me.

“This is my family,” she states matter-of-factly, “I was invited.”

Of course she was invited. Coach Morgan is her uncle after all.

Thank you Captain Obvious…

Dumbass…

“Sorry, of course, come in,” I barely choke the words out and gesture for her to come in. I catch a trace of her perfume and almost lose my mind. God, I love strawberries and vanilla. She giggles and I realize I said that out loud.

Are you fucking kidding me? Could this get any worse?

Huntley pauses in front of me and smiles. It’s enough to steal the air right out of my lungs.

“Strawberries and vanilla are my favorite too,” she whispers. She stretches onto the balls of her feet to place a feather-light peck on my cheek. I can feel the heat surface in my cheeks and it’s the first time ever that a girl makes me blush.





Playlist 

The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert 
Love Story – Taylor Swift 
Holding Out For A Hero – Ella Mae Bowen 
Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen 
I knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift 
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrynth ft Emile Sande 
Red – Taylor Swift 
Hard To Love –Lee Brice 
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line ft Nelly 
If I Die Young – The Band Perry 
I Should’ve Kissed You (Goodnight) – Gloriana 
Crazier – Taylor Swift 
Between The Raindrops – Lifehouse ft Natasha Beddingfield 
Before The Storm – Miley Cyrus ft Nick Jonas 
Because You Live – Jesse McCartney 
Why Ya Wanna – Jana Kramer 
Whiskey – Jana Kramer 
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton 
We Are Broken – Paramore 
Gone – Phillip Phillips 
Life Aint Always Beautiful – Gary Allen 
God Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Wanted – Hunter Hayes 






My Review:
★★★★★

Beneath Your Beautiful is an impressive debut novel! It's a beautifully told story with so many twists & turns, and drama that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. The characters are deep and very well developed. You'll feel for them as if they're your own friends or family, and find yourself completely drawn into this story. Everything about them is just so real, from the way they talk and act to the real life situations they find themselves in. It's hard not to get emotional while reading.

Both Huntley and Grayson (love their names!) have heart breaking pasts, and the fact that they've come as far as they have is admirable. Their love is passionate & intense and about so much more than just sex. They connect on a completely different level. Witnessing their journey together is absolutely inspiring and so very heart warming. They're surrounded by amazingly supportive family & friends who add so much to the story as they each deal with their own personal struggles.

It's so rare to come across a debut novel that literally knocks your socks off, but lately I've been surprised. These new authors mean business! And I have to admit that sometimes I don't feel like a book's title fits, but in this case its absolutely perfect! I would highly recommend BYB and I seriously can't wait to read more books by Ms. Bester!




Author Bio: 





Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.


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Cover Models:

Lexie Lynn Cain & Carson Fields








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