Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Gunner (Stokes #1) by Stacy L. Mantlo & C. Shivers

Title: Gunner
Series: Stokes #1
Author: Stacy L. Mantlo & C. Shivers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2015

Anyone who gets betrayed on her wedding day by her dear friend and her fiancé deserves a fresh start, a cosmic do-over. Leaving the past behind her, Indie loads up her slowly mending heart and heads for a new life in Florida. Adamant about staying single and being on her own, she’s not interested in anything but friendship, a new home, and life with no complications. That is until she crashes into the hotter-than-hell Gunner Stokes. 

Busy with his brothers and their construction company, Gunner has no time for women. Plenty of heartbreak of his own has convinced Gunner to stay on track with business and his family. But when Indie literally crashes into him, she makes him second guess himself and everything he knows. Can Gunner save Indie from the trouble that she seems to find around every corner? Can Indie and Gunner heal each other from their pasts? Can Gunner convince Indie to take a chance on love?

This is a light and entertaining read about two people who weren't even looking for love but managed to find it anyway. Both Gunner and Indie have incidents from their pasts that have pretty much made them decide to swear off love. I liked that the story is told in alternating POVs, but I found it a bit harder to connect with the story because we got the story after events occurred, kind of like both characters were giving us the highlight reel from the events that happened to them that day. We do get a HEA, but not before the drama that occurs, which honestly? I liked that aspect of the story, unexpected and different, but it worked.

I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for something with some spice and a dash of drama.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

“I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion whilst reading, damn Stacy can keep you on edge with her writing.” ~ NiccisBookBlog
“Pulled me in from the start ... Will have you LoLing in places and then teary the next and whats better…” ~ Amazon Reviewer
“This one was a hit for me. I liked the story about Gunner and Indie.” ~ Cranky Author Book Blog

Stacy Mantlo is a full time wife and mother of two and now new author. She is addicted to coffee and chocolate and tries to get six hours of sleep at night. She has always loved reading and writing all kinds of different stories. She state's; life can sometimes be over whelming so writing and reading is a great way to escape, walk into a fantasy world if only for a while. Her favorite part is letting her fingers fly on the key board of her computer while the story unfolds in front of her.

C. Shivers is thirty eight year old mother of two wonderful young men. She is addicted to sweet tea and has a passion for reading and writing. Carla's way of unwinding from a hard day is getting lost in a book. She enjoys spending her time with her family and coming up with ideas of different stories for the next book.


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