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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt, Playlist, & Giveaway! Sweet Southern Sorrow by Tessa Teevan

Author: Tessa Teevan
Series: Sweet Southern, Book #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance


One summer forever changed the lives of Sawyer Callahan and Cheyenne Hamilton. Two very lonely people found solace in one another and in the end, fell in love. Unfortunately their plans for the fall took them in entirely different directions. Despite their best efforts, family issues and life’s circumstances got in the way, breaking both of their hearts in the process. 

Almost six years later they find themselves face-to-face, and old feelings resurface. When the past collides with the present, will they be able resist the temptation, or will they finally realize that they’re where they’re meant to be?

A 65k word novel of broken pasts, first loves, and ultimate sacrifice. Originally published in the Southern Seduction Anthology. The new edition includes 15k words in bonus scenes.

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 ~REVIEW~ 4.5 Stars

When I saw the title of this book I thought that this was going to be another sappy story about a Southern romance that ended on a bad note. I was so far from the facts on this book!! Never judge a book by the cover or title! You might just be surprised what is awaiting you on the inside!! It took me a little to get into this book, but after just a few chapters, I was hooked on Sawyer and Cheyenne. I love how both of these characters came into the story not wanting anything from each other and ended up finding true love! Sawyer is just a dreamy good mannered guy and treats Cheyenne with the utmost respect. I don't know too many men that would be able to restrain themselves the way that Sawyer did with Cheyenne to make sure that she was ready for him and was not making a rash decision. Cheyenne was a loner and spent most of her time before moving to college just waiting on the time to pass. Cheyenne and her mother had a horrible relationship and once you meet her, you will probably feel the same way that Cheyenne does towards her mom. No good feeling were felt for her after you found out how she treated her only daughter. I love how this book was written from both perspectives of the two main characters. You got both sides of the story as you were reading and not just one! Brilliant of Tessa Teevan at keeping you in touch with both Sawyer's and Cheyenne's feelings throughout the book.
This book has a HEA but I would love to know more about what comes of Sawyer and Cheyenne in their future together. I love that Cheyenne gave herself completely to Sawyer after fighting her feelings for so long. She knew in her heart all along that she belonged with Sawyer but tried to fight those feelings for as long as she could, not wanting to let him in. The way that Sawyer was so persistent proves his love for Cheyenne and what a great guy he really is. He never gives up on their love and does everything within his power to prove to Cheyenne that they were destined to be together. You get the feeling that once they find out they are step siblings that everything is going to be called off for good, but that is so not the way that Tessa lets it end and I am so glad that she didn't! This couple's love for each other is too good to let go of! Thanks Tessa for a great read!!

*Reviewed by Books Need TLC reviewer, Melanie Hutchinson


Thoughts of my dad, school, and my future start to roll through my head. He expects me to take over for him at his company one day, and I guess, until now, I took it for granted. I knew I had a job as soon as I graduated college, so I didn’t give a shit when it came to my courses. Dad, unfortunately, suddenly decided to find his father gene and told me he wasn’t giving me a job just because I was his son. Apparently I have to earn it now. I don’t know when he changed his mind, deciding to actually parent for once since my mom died, but apparently having a son with a 2.0 college average was enough to make him care. 

I try to push the thoughts from my mind and count the number of days I have left in this town. Too damn many, I tell myself. Drinking a little more of the lemonade, I realize I’m getting a little bit too warm. The water looks cool and inviting, and since no one’s here, I decide I might as well take a dip. Stripping down to my boxers, I look around and then laugh at myself. It’s at least ten p.m. and I’m alone. There’s no one here to see me naked, so instead of getting my boxers wet, I slide them off, putting my clothes in a pile by the tree. Entering the water, I’m instantly chilled, but it feels good on my skin. I’m not exactly used to lake water, and I’m a little freaked out about what’s lying beneath, but I man the fuck up and enjoy it. Lost in a back float, I stare up at the moon, wondering what the hell I’m doing here, feeling more alone than ever. Out of nowhere, I hear a small splash, causing me to jerk out of position. 
I look around and can’t see anything until my eyes adjust. Lowering myself into the water, I only allow the top of my head, from the nose up, to be visible. All of a sudden, I see her. I can barely make out her figure, but I know it’s Cheyenne. She’s standing on the edge of the lake throwing stones in, and at first I think she’s trying to skip them. After watching her, I realize she looks angry and she’s taking her anger out on the water. I’m trying my hardest not to move so she doesn’t see me, but then something slimy slithers across my foot, and I can’t help the pussy-like yelp that comes out of my mouth. I see her stiffen and then look out into the water, eyes scanning the lake, trying to figure out where the sound came from. 

I think I’m in the clear until I hear her. “I can see you out there, ya know. The moon is nature’s nightlight, city boy,” she says, a teasing tone in her voice. 

Moving closer to shore, I stop when water is at hip level. I study her, and she looks like she’s been crying. 

"What’s wrong?” I ask, unable to help myself. 

“What makes you think something’s wrong?” she retorts, crossing her arms. 

I instantly notice the way her breasts push up, and I can see the hard nipples through her tight t-shirt. My cock stirs to life, and it’s in that moment that I remember I’m completely naked in the water. Fuck. 

“Well, for the second time today, I caught you crying. Either you’re just really emotional or you’re having a pretty damn bad day.” 

“It’s my birthday,” she says, catching me off guard. 

“It’s your birthday and you’ve found yourself at an old man’s lake in the middle of nowhere twice?” I ask, wondering why in the hell she’s not with family, friends, or even a boyfriend. 

She shrugs and sits down in the sand. Dammit, she’s apparently not going anywhere soon. I might as well become a prune as I wait it out in the water, not wanting to freak her out by walking out naked. 
“No one to celebrate with,” she says simply, looking off in the distance, and if I weren’t naked right now, I’d be joining her on the shore, trying to salvage whatever’s left of her day. I’m not sure why I care, but I guess it’s probably because I understand loneliness more than most people. 

“Then you came to the right place. I’m no expert at backwoods birthdays, but I am pretty damn good company,” I tell her, and a light bulbs turns on in my brain. Gesturing towards the tree, I point at the thermos. “First things first. Go and get some of Wyatt’s lemonade. You’ve got to have whiskey on your birthday.” 

As she starts to move towards the tree, I quickly swim to the shore, hoping to get out when her back’s turned. All is clear, and I don’t hesitate to cup my dick as I get out of the water. Before I can get to the tree line, she turns around and stops when she spots me, her eyes wide. Holding up my hands, I back away slowly, not realizing I’ve just exposed myself. It isn’t until I see her looking down that I notice I’m on full display for her. 

“Umm, pretty girl, eyes up here. It’s not like you’ve never seen a dick before,” I joke, trying to keep it light. 

“I…well, I mean, I haven’t,” she says, her eyes not meeting mine. “At least not in person.”



Tessa Teevan

I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. 

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review and the books sounds good. Thanks so much for spotlighting it.