Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Tour: You and Tequila by Crystal Donahue Release Day Blast: The Visitor's Series- Crimson Key by Christy Sloat

  • Blog Tour: You and Tequila by Crystal Donahue
  • Release Day Blast: The Visitor's Series- Crimson Key by Christy Sloat

Today we are welcoming Crystal Donahue and her book You and Tequila to our blog!!

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… Score!

Cassel Bailey's life hasn't exactly turned out how she planned. Between the tragic death of her parents, a brother that practically despises her, and working her way through nursing school alone, she's learned to stay guarded, relying only on herself and her friends for love and support. Over time they’ve become her surrogate family. So when one drunken night at the bar lands her in bed with her close friend, Will Tanner, it threatens to change their otherwise platonic relationship forever. Life as she knows it suddenly begins spinning out of control as she struggles to understand her conflicted emotions.

Guided by her authoritative best friend, Tina, and her quirky next-door neighbor, Rita, Cassel must decide between fighting to keep her friendship with Will alive, or going with Plan B and risking it all for something more.

Just when she thinks she knows what she wants, Cassel is bullied into caring for a patient that, unbeknownst to her, played an important role in her sad past. The stunning secret this person reveals about her former lover, Dane, threatens to open up previously healed wounds and leads Cassel to question not only the career she loves, but where her heart truly lies. Everything she thought she knew about life, love, and promises is shattered like an empty bottle hitting the floor.

One thing is for certain, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade... when life gives you limes, you grab some salt and a bottle of tequila and learn to take it one shot at a time.

“So tell me everything, Cass. What exactly happened, from start to finish?”

“Well,” I start with a hesitant sigh, “a bunch of us met at The Broken Tap last night to celebrate Will passing the bar exam and being offered a position at the County Attorney’s Office. At some point Kelsey suggested we all do a round of shots in honor of the occasion.” “Kelsey’s always looking for an excuse to do shots,” interrupts Tina. There’s no love lost between those two and I often have to play referee when they’re in the same vicinity.

Shooting her a dirty look for interjecting, I continue, “Anyway, a few rounds later and everyone’s feeling good, a little too good perhaps. I started teasing Will about having to wear a suit every day, knowing how much he hates them. And he started teasing me about having to give enemas and wipe people’s butts for a living. We were just joking around like usual, but the next thing I know we’re making out in one of the booths in the back.” I stop there, not wanting to admit what comes next.

“So that’s it? You guys just had a drunken make out session at the bar? That isn’t so bad, you can bounce back from that.” Tina shrugs, unimpressed with my sex life yet again.

“Not exactly,” I take another deep breath and continue on, “I suggested we take the show on the road. His place was closer so we ended up there.” “You suggested it? I see,” Tina smirks. We stare at each other for a few seconds before she finally asks the one thing she’s dying to know, “So, how was it?”

Crossing my arms on the table in front of me, I drop my head and let out a muffled groan. Without looking up, I admit,“Honestly, it was the best sex I’ve ever had.”

My Review:

You and Tequila is a charming, sexy story that I thoroughly enjoyed!! I read this book in one sitting because the characters were so endearing I felt like I was in their circle of friends and I had to know how things ended up for them!

Cassel is an ambitious nurse going to grad school with an amazing group of friends. She lost both of her parents when she was younger and she and her brother do not have a close relationship. This makes her grasp onto her friends even more so. She is recovering from an U-G-L-Y breakup from The Asshole himself, as her friend Tina refers to him. Cassel has had to lean on her friends on more than one occasion for love, support, and the necessities that usually come from family. Which explains why when she and the HAWT Will Tanner share a night of passion after one too many tequila shots, she freaks out a little.

When I say Will is a HOTTIE, that is understatement... he is sensitive,  great friend, awesome listener, humorous, just passed his Bar exam and is on his way to becoming a successful lawyer, and is yummyliscious!! Bring on the tequila if that is what it takes to get him naked! LOL! Will has been friends with Cassel since college and they know everything about each other... that is until the tequila showdown! Cassel has to decide does she want Will the friend or Will the sex god that made her scream and squeal like no man ever! Easy choice if you ask me, but considering the amount of pressure Cassel feels to keep her group of friends together, I can see where her doubt stems from.

To make matters worse, just when Cassel thinks she has made her decision on which Will she chooses... Dane The Asshole comes back around. UGH!!! As hot as Dane is, I want Will and Cassel to stomp his butt into the ground and scare him out of town... which I am not disappointed in on one occasion. ;) However much I dislike Dane, Cassel once loved him and an interesting conversation with his mother sends her mind and heart into a spiral of emotions.

I give You and Tequila 4 stars on the knock my socks off scale! I loved this story and instantly fell for Cassel and Will both. I could not put this book down because I HAD to know which Will Cassel would choose. Would she fall for Dane's smooth words, would her sympathy over-rule her true feelings for what she really wanted, would Will wait for her to decide or make a decision himself???? You and Tequila is a MUST read... 1-Click STAT!

Author Info:
Crystal Donahue has been fortunate to live all over the US, including but not limited to Arizona, Hawaii, and Georgia but she currently resides near the Iowa/Illinois border with her tornado obsessed son and their mischievous cat, Brownie. She is a procrastinator of epic proportions, finds humor in almost everything, loves sarcasm and loathes washing dishes. A 2004 graduate of Western Illinois University, Crystal has held several unique jobs including driving a Zamboni and being a relay operator for the hearing and speech impaired. While working as a claims adjuster she realized life is too short not to do something that makes you happy, so she quit her job to go back to school and study nursing. Between work, school, and raising her son she somehow manages to find time to write too, usually to the detriment of her social life. Fortunately her friends and family rock so it isn’t much of an issue… yet.

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Tour Schedule:
May 21st- Deal Sharing Aunt
May 22nd- Storm Goddess Book Reviews
May 23rd- Queen of the Night Reviews
May 24th- Busy Moms Book Reviews
May 27th- Romance Bookworm
May 28th- Illustrious Illusions
May 30th- Reading is my Time Out
May 31st- Tiffany Talks Books

The Crimson Key BoOk BlAsT!!!!!!
The Brown House Series-The Visitor’s Series Book # 1 By-Christy Sloat

Some secrets should never be revealed… Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

The Crimson Key Series-The Visitor’s Series Book # 2 By-Christy Sloat
Expected Publication-May 2013
The truth can be deadly.

Brylee Branson’s best friend and boyfriend have fallen victim to a horrible curse that haunts her home. With the witches who cast it dead she has no choice but to rely on the ghosts inside the Brown house to help her find a cure. But time is not on her side, because Lynley's illness is spreading rapidly.

Confused and scared, seventeen-year-old Brylee must confront a new ghost in the house she has never spoken to before. This spirit is not a Brown relative and makes no promises to help them … unless she can re-unite her with a loved one.

The fate of those she loves now rests on her. Can Brylee put the pieces of this puzzle together in time to save them? Or will the Brown house claim another victim?

The Visitor’s Series continues to scare and entice its readers with this gripping second book.

About the Author:
Christy Sloat is a Southern California native who now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She believes that reading is a passion and it should be embraced. She is literally obsessed with reading and tries to fit as many books in as possible. She has a very active imagination and she encourages her daughters to find theirs. Christy hopes to inspire them and others to use their creativity for the use of good. When she is not writing, reading or being Mommy, you might be able to find her at a bookstore scouring the shelves. Look for her recent titles The Many Lives of Avery Snow, Ianni, The Unraveling of Avery Snow and The Brown House.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting and reviewing You and Tequila today! I'm glad you liked it! Happy Reading!

  2. What a GREAT Review! Thank you for hosting today!

  3. I'm looking forward to reading this book! I loved reading the excerpt & your review. Thank you for hosting today on the tour. My guilty poison is most definitely.......Tequila! I cannot tell you how many times it hasn't made my clothes fall off or just plain put me in a relaxed, good mood.

  4. My poison would be Chardonnay or, if it's just me & my husband, whiskey :-).

  5. sorry to say I do not have a poison. Loved the blurb!