Feb 09

Review: Beholden to You by Carlie Sexton

love at first sight

Author Bio:

I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I have several that I want to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that I dearly love.

I live with my handsome husband in Southern California. We enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. We have two beautiful dogs, but on children.

20 Fun Facts About Carlie Sexton:

  1. I was born in Louisiana. Still consider myself a Southern Belle, even though I have lived in California longer.
  2. I never eat lima beans because they remind me of stink bugs.
  3. In high school, my favorite sport in P.E. was archery.
  4. My toes are always painted.
  5. I lived in Hawaii from 5-9 years old. Learned to hula then.
  6. I’m technically challenged and didn’t send my first text until August~2013.
  7. I met my hubby at a church singles group.
  8. When writing the Killer Next Door series, I watched all of the Dexter episodes in about a month!
  9. My favorite color is purple, but I only have 2 purple items in my closet.
  10. I have 2 dogs. One whines and one groans to get my attention.
  11. My hubby is complicated and I modeled Neil after his assertive side and Mac after his perceptive, nurturing side.
  12. My favorite super hero is Wonder Woman.
  13. I’m addicted to mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  14. I became a teacher at 35.
  15. My hair is naturally curly, but I straighten it.
  16. My favorite wine is Moscato.
  17. I never played Scrabble until I was in my 30’s.
  18. In college I drove a Camaro.
  19. I love decorating and my home has an Italian flare to it.
  20. I eat an apple and a pear every day.

mac love natalie

Meet the Characters:


Excerpt 1:

Closing the door behind me, I was grateful to be back in my own room. Peeling out of my clothes, I quickly got into the shower. It felt like an oasis, the water caressing my body. Thoughts of Mac and I in bed were coming back to me like rapid fire from a machine gun. These thoughts startled me as my body began to respond to the pictures in my mind. Mac knew his way around a female’s body and it certainly felt as though he had pulled out all the stops with me. When I closed my eyes I could visualize his head between my legs. The memory of it made my insides clench down deep. Then I remembered the culmination of his efforts and my body’s response in a tantalizing orgasm. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.

I had to push those thoughts out of my head because the whole situation was crazy. We got married, and he didn’t seem to be taken aback by it. In fact, he was calm about the whole thing. Strange reaction for a guy. I felt kind of bad for running out of there like I did, but when I fell on him, things became real—too real. I began remembering in that moment our intimate interaction, and for a split second, I thought about surrendering to my desire for him. Again. Willingly. While sober. If I had, we’d be in bed together, and he’d be doing…

Mac proclaims love

Excerpt 2:

 She looked so open and carefree, that all I wanted to do was scoop her into my arms and kiss her. “I’m going to lay my cards on the table, no pun intended. I like you. I have from the moment you walked into the Statton’s kitchen. I’d like for us to get to know each other better and I want to start dating you when we return to San Diego. How do you feel about that?”

Natalie looked down at her hands for a moment. When she looked up at me she had a coy smile on her face. “I’d like that.”

I was so happy I acted on impulse. I leaned in and kissed her, gently at first, but then I couldn’t hold back and I invaded her mouth with my tongue, stroking hers in an erotic dance. My hands found her waist and I pulled her toward me, positioning her on top of me, her legs straddling my hips. She kissed me back with a passion I hadn’t experienced before, like she had been dying to be kissed and I was the cure. I untied her robe and slid my hands around her ribs. She was wearing a tank top and boxers. I debated running my hands over her breasts, but in light of her inexperience, I didn’t want to move too fast. So I just continued kissing her, pulling her body close to mine as she moaned in my mouth, causing my blood to overheat. I wanted her and I wanted her bad.

Penetrated heart

Excerpt 3:

Natalie went to shower, and after getting dressed, I went to place our order with Trina. When breakfast was ready and Natalie had still not come up, I decided to check on her. As I approached the bathroom, I heard sobs coming from within.

“Baby, are you okay?”

She just cried more.

“Can I come in?”

“Okay,” her trembling voice answered.

I could see her gorgeous body shaking through the clear shower door. I grabbed the towel off the rack, opened the door, and took her by the hand. Stepping out of the shower, I wrapped both the towel and my arms around her. Continuing to cry, she choked out, “I’m sorry.”

“Shh. There’s nothing to be sorry about. It’s only natural for you to be sad.”

“I just miss her, Mac. So much.”

“I know, baby, I know.”

Social Media Links:

Website: www.carliesextonromance.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonromance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarlieSexton4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6901016.Carlie_Sexton

Book Trailer Links:


Trailer FFY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IhEU9YBk2Y&feature=youtu.be

Neil's plea to Kate

Trailer TBY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P05VA9_Zrk

1 Neil watching K while sleeping

Trailer GTY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7g2zvHp3cA

Buy Links:

BTY Amazon Global Link: http://myBook.to/btyamazon

BTY Barnes & Nobel Global Link: http://bit.ly/1dDoVyo

Books for sale-2

The Killer Next Door Series

FFY Amazon Global Link: ‪http://myBook.to/ffyamazon

TBY Amazon Global Link: ‪http://myBook.to/tbyamazon

GTY Amazon Global Link: ‪http://myBook.to/gtyamazon

Mac waiting for Nat


My Review:

I loved this book. It reads like a modern day fairy tale romance novel. Most women wish we had a night and shining armor come rescue us on a white horse!

Natalie has dealt with a lot of heartbreak in her lifetime. She meets the man of her dreams Mac. Is Mac really what he seems to be? Is he a player?

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. I wanted, no I needed to find out what happens with Natalie and Mac. The book starts out very different than any other romance novel I’ve read so far.

It was perfect though and really set the tone for the book. This is the type of book that you find yourself thinking about when you are not reading it. You can’t wait to get back to it.

I highly recommend this book to any romance novel fan.  

About the author


Hi, I’m Gina and owner of this blog. I'm married with numerous nieces and a nephews. I live in the Pittsburgh PA area. To work with me for a review for you, contact me at: libraryofreviews@gmail.com

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