Thursday, September 25, 2014

REVIEW TOUR - The Austin Series (Books 1-6) by C.J. Fallowfield


The Austin Series
Books 1 – 6
By: C.J. Fallowfield

New Leaves, No Strings
The Austin Series # 1 
Released March 17th, 2014

Blurb
She had a heart of ice and he wanted to thaw it. His mission, to use his sexual prowess to make him impossible to resist, until she was his and his alone.
Best friends Mia and Lexi start University and make a pact. Tainted by their pasts, they’re going to try and get over their commitment phobias. Mia’s going to lose her virginity with hot, no strings attached sex. Rebellious Lexi’s going to try ditching her one night stands and attempt to have a relationship. What Mia didn’t count on however, was Gabe Austin, confident and irresistibly gorgeous, who quickly inserts himself into her life. Inextricably drawn to each other, their desire soon leads to a passionate encounter. Gabe’s fears of abandonment and domineering attitude, combined with Mia’s own fears of attachment, threaten to derail his attempts to thaw her frozen heart. Despite her reticence, Gabe Austin’s a guy who is used to getting what he wants and he’s determined to make her his and his alone. Just as he seems to have won Mia around, he goes and does something that could ruin everything.
 
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21541613-new-leaves-no-strings

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REVIEW:
It took me a few pages to get into this book, but after the first 5 or so pages, I was hooked! I loved the deal Mia and Lexi came up with once they got to university, and while Mia was a virgin, she definitely wasn't naive when it came to sex, she just hadn't gone all the way, so that part of the story was somewhat believable. I will say that Gabe is a pretty decent book boyfriend.
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Baggage & Buttons
The Austin Series # 2 
Released March 20th, 2014

Blurb
Their scorching sexual chemistry brought them together, but will their combined emotional baggage tear them apart?

The charismatic and gorgeous Gabe Austin had finally broken down some of Mia Page’s walls. His charms and sexual prowess coaxed her from sex no strings, to a committed relationship, but a misunderstanding threatened everything he had worked for. Gabe’s determined to make Mia forgive him, his ultimate goal, to possess not just her body, but her heart. Despite their incredible sex life, Gabe’s domineering and controlling personality really pushes Mia’s buttons, while she infuriates him with her stubborn and defensive nature. Their two personalities combined create fireworks.

To complicate matters further, Mia has to face up to her deteriorating health, while best friend Lexi also has a tough choice to make. Their decisions will not only affect their lives, but could affect those of the people who care about them.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21541801-baggage-buttons

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REVIEW:So this installment in the series finds both Mia and Lexi dealing with health issues; if you've read the first book then you know what Lexi is dealing with, but I kind of suspected what was going on with Mia. Because there's so much going on, it's hard to forget that with this book, Mia and Gabe have only known each 2 weeks. Still plenty of witty banter with the characters, and I was even impressed that Gabe extended his apology to Lexi after what transpired at the end of book 1.
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Forever & an Engine
The Austin Series # 3
Released April 16th, 2014

Blurb
Mia and Gabe’s ingrained personality traits continue to rub each other up the wrong way, while Mia’s formal diagnosis creates even more tension in their relationship.
It forces them to start facing up to whether their love and raw sexual chemistry is enough to overlook their fundamental differences. Meanwhile Lexi starts having doubts about her plans for her pregnancy and she has to give the ever persistent Doug an answer.
Just when it seems that Mia and Lexi have made their decisions, something happens that will turn one of their worlds upside down.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21980420-forever-an-engine

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REVIEW:
This series just keeps getting better! Mia and Gabe are still trying to figure out their relationship, only now it's more complicated due to Mia's health issue. I love how Gabe is there for Mia no matter what, but sometimes his controlling attitude is a bit much to handle. I will say that this book ends on a ginormous cliffhanger.
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The Honeymoon Period
The Austin Series # 4 
Released May 22nd, 2014

Blurb
While Mia took her operation and diagnosis in her stride, it has taken its toll on Gabe. He desperately wants to convince Mia to change her mind, to one day agree to marry him and start a family, but Mia is still weighted down by the baggage of her past.

Gabe also struggles with his slow recovery from the accident, while Mia finds his increasing mood swings and possessiveness more and more difficult to handle. The friction only adds to their scorching sexual compatibility.

Robert Austin, aware that Gabe wants more, presents Mia with a difficult choice. Deal with her commitment issues, or walk away from his son for good.

Lexi however seems to be making remarkable progress in her personal life, handling not only her miscarriage, but a new relationship with Doug. Is she strong enough to sustain it all?


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22038546-the-honeymoon-period

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REVIEW:
The angst and turmoil is still going strong in this installment; Gabe is having a rough time dealing with the aftermath of not only the accident, but Mia's diagnosis and surgery. It also doesn't help when Gabe's father basically gives Mia an ultimatum regarding their relationship. I'm so glad to see that Lexi is still a big part of this series, and her storyline is really well written, I love how well Ms. Fallowfield has done with the character development.
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Love & Loss
The Austin Series # 5 
Released June 25th, 2014

Blurb
Physically scarred and emotionally tormented, Gabe struggles to deal with the way his accident is affecting his future and relationship. Mia is resolved to stand by her man, no matter what, and she reaches out to her father to try and deal with some of her fears in order to move forwards with Gabe. The results of their meeting are both shocking and illuminating, helping her take a major step in her healing process. Lexi struggles with the pressures of her past affecting her relationship as well as her University workload, and is forced to re-evaluate what she actually wants from her life.

The Campus Killer continues to evade the authorities and strikes too close to home.


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22305890-love-loss

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REVIEW:
A big turning point in this series, it's awesome to see how Mia, Gabe and Lexi have all developed into maturing young people and figuring out the dynamics of relationships. There are still plenty of hot, steamy sex scenes, with Gabe still being one of the best book boyfriends.
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Infinite Love
The Austin Series # 6 
Released July 25th, 2014

Blurb
With the Campus Killer having been revealed and life changing decisions having been made, it should be smooth sailing. As ever, nothing goes to plan. Much personal progress is made, but massive backwards steps are also taken. Will they finally get their happy ever afters?

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22331380-infinite-love

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REVIEW:
And so we have the last book in this surprisingly outstanding series. And just as the previous books, you'll experience a wide range of emotions, from laughter to tears to happiness to frustration and back to happiness again with Mia and Gabe continuing to navigate the sometimes murky waters of their relationship. I'd like to give C.J. Fallowfield a huge round of applause for creating one of my most favorite series I've ever read!

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Author Info
I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee, wine or cider.

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Website: https://www.cjfallowfield.co.uk/
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7807992.C_J_Fallowfield


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for not only hosting, but reading and reviewing the entire series too. I'm so glad that you loved them so much!

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    1. It was my pleasure! I'm really looking forward to your new series "For the Night"

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    1. It was my pleasure, I truly enjoyed this whole series :)

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