Thursday, June 25, 2015

BLOG TOUR #giveaway: Let It Be Me by Barbara Speak

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"I love a book that can keep me guessing! With twists and turns you won't see coming this is a must read for 2015!"
#1 NYT Best Selling Author Rachel Van Dyken

Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.

Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he's forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.

The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.

The truck was just as ugly the second time I had seen it as it was the first. Nothing was endearing or cute about it. He must have bought it off an elderly farmer who couldn't drive anymore because no one would be selling this beast in a car lot that's for sure. Opening the door, the same wave of stale cigarette smoke hit me. This time I slid myself over to the passenger side and rolled down the window doing the same on my side after I was done. The cracking noise could still be heard when I pulled the door closed too.

"I can't say I expected you to change while I was in class but it sure would have been nice."

I put the key in the ignition and turned it over only to hear a click and then nothing.

"NO, NO, NO! Please don't do this to me!"

Four more attempts with the same result. Nothing.


I pulled out my phone to call for someone to get me but that someone didn't exist. He would rather me never come back. My mother wouldn't dare go against his wishes and Shelby obviously can't drive.

Grabbing my purse and backpack I started doing the only thing I could, I walked. I tried to find positive in a negative situation but there really wasn't one. My feet hurt, I was thirsty and if one more person drove by staring at me without even offering me a ride I was going to flip out. I thought country people were supposed to be nice. Isn't that what everyone says? Well, they're wrong or there aren't any in Highgrove, Montana.

My cell phone died sometime around four-thirty. Well, that was the last time I checked it and around ten minutes later it was dead. I had been walking for over an hour and a half and saw a total of two cars.

"WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?" I screamed it at the top of my lungs hoping God would just finish the job and take me out of my misery.

All of a sudden, I heard the engine of a car coming from behind me. This was it. My final hope for humanity to restore itself. It got closer. I could feel the wind change and the vibration within it.

"Please, please be someone nice enough to give me a ride or someone crazy enough to off me ‘cause I can't take this anymore."

I turned around just as the truck approached me praying for a miracle but sure enough the prick kept his foot on the pedal.

"That's fucking it!"

I grabbed a handful of rocks from the side of the road and threw them right at that pretty truck he was driving.

"Have that, asshole!"

The brake lights came on just as the clang from the rocks started hitting the tailgate. The tires screamed against the blacktop while the back end kicked to the side from stopping so fast. My eyes practically bulged out of my head when the driver side door flew open.


And oh shit was mild compared to what I would have said if I had known who the fury coming at me was before I decided to throw rocks at his truck. How could I not have thought it was him? I had seen that truck before.





I can't believe I did it. Never in a million years would I have ever even thought to do something like this but I reached down in my rage, grabbed a handful of rocks again and threw them right at his chest. Wall of muscle or not he could take that and suck on it.

Ari Dubray is a 17 year old girl who is forced by the circumstances surrounding her to move to the middle of nowhere, Montana, and start a new life. She has a less than desirable family life with an abusive stepfather and a mother who is completely checked out of her daughters' lives. The saving grace in Ari's life is her sweet and precocious sister, Shelby.
Canyon Michaels is trying to get his life and the business part of his ranch back in order after a terrible tragedy changed his family forever. He's handsome, he's sweet, and has a heart of gold.
Ari and Canyon became each other's salvation through friendship and later on love.
There is an aura of mystery throughout the whole story about Ari's past and the reason why her family ended up moving from a very posh environment to a country one. The author did a fantastic job keeping the mystery going without giving any clues as to what exactly was that Ari was hiding.
I had two concerns with this book, in my opinion it needs some editing to eliminate the parts that makes it drag at times, and some of the stuff at the end, when the story unraveled and the authorities came into play, were not too believable. These things might not bother most readers but I'm a picky one and took notice of them.
I loved the characters and the sweetness of their love story. I absolutely without a doubt LOVED Shelby, what a phenomenal character she was.
This is a very emotional story and I really felt for Ari and the way she was treated by her family, to me it's heartbreaking that any child is treated in such a way.
Lost of twist and turns and plenty of angst. A good summer read with a sexy cowboy.
P.S. Barb, can we have an epilogue? ;-)

Author Barbara Speak loves nothing more than being allowed to share her ideas and thoughts through books that so many enjoy. When she's not writing she's caring for her son and daughter along side her amazing husband in rural Missouri. She has 5 more babies but these are covered in fur. Bode the boxer, Tucker the beagle and Lily, Callie and Connor her kitties.

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