Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blog Tour Stop!- Shifting Gears by Jenny A. Hayut

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Title:  Shifting Gears
Author:  Jenny A. Hayut
Publication Date:  May 14th 2014 by CreateSpace

Plot:  When safe, sensible, and ever-awkward veterinarian Nicolette (Niki) Stringer first lays eyes on bounty hunter Holt Maddox, all she can think is badass. He leaves her breathless from the start, and she soon becomes addicted to him and the bliss he gives her. Then, just like that, he leaves, taking Niki’s heart and confidence with him. When Holt returns to Coral Springs three years later, it seems he wants to pick up where he left off: with Niki in his bed. But there are unanswered questions, and soon she will discover shocking truths that leave her torn between her desires and protecting herself from heartbreak again.

 My Review 

☆I received an ARC via the Southern Belle PR for the upcoming blog tour. Thank you!!☆

-- Shifting Gears was an amazing read that left me hanging with that cliffy!! GAH!!--

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Book protagonist Nicolette “Niki” Stringer is someone anyone can relate to. She’s honest, genuine, and has all of the typical insecurities that come across all of us from time to time.

She falls for the badboy: the mysterious Holt Maddox (any relation to Travis Maddox by the way?) and then for three years he disappears with no trace, taking Niki’s fragile heart with him.

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What happened? Why did he leave? And over all, why is he back?

With her wondering questions filling at her subconscious, will she let him in again and continue on with their tumultuous love affair? Will he take off without word once again?

Well... one thing’s for sure: not everything is what they seem to be!

What secrets could he possibly be withholding from her for his return? Does he have exterior motives or a hidden agenda?

And most importantly, will Niki succumb to ultimate heartbreak once again? Read and you will find out!


#A lovely book that sparked a love-hate relationship with Holt for me!! I felt so bad for Niki since she was so innocent, naïve, and hopeful!! She basically embodied a lot of us women hung out on “that one” special person that we've been pinning for and then gets the ride of her life because of him!! I can’t wait for more from this series and am dying for book two!! I just am questioning though if it’s going to be a two part installment or trilogy like most? Hmmm… Great job, Ms. Hayut!!  I will definitely be vying for what happens next!!

My Rating:
-Overall : 8.75-9
-Plot : 8.75
-Writing : 8.75
-Characters : 8.75
-Cover : 8


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“Fuck,” he breaths out, tightening his hold on me. “Baby, I'm trying to wait. Give you the time you need. But the way you're looking at me right now...fuck. I know what you were feeling when I left, because I was feeling it too. You were pulling me, every fucking time I closed my eyes. I could smell you. I could feel the softness of your hair on my fingertips, the warmth of your body on mine. Every fucking night, baby. I couldn't escape it.” ­ Holt Maddox


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Lonely Is the Night ­ Billy Squier
Back In Black ­ AC/DC
Tangled Up in You ­ (Acoustic) Aaron Lewis
Everything Changes ­ (Acoustic) Staind
Secrets - One Republic
Black ­ Pearl Jam
Secret Garden ­ Bruce Springsteen
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall ­ ColdPlay
Landslide ­ Fleetwood Mac
Babe ­ Styx
And I'm Aching ­ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Broken ­ (Live Acoustic) Seether
Don't Go Away ­ Buckcherry
Waiting Here ­ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Hell and High Water (Holt's Song to Niki) - (Acoustic) Black Stone Cherry
Suddenly ­ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Still of the Night ­ Whitesnake
Radar Love ­ (Ode to Sex on Wheels) ­ Golden Earring
Simple Man ­ Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Only Time - Nine Inch Nails
That's What I Get ­ Nine Inch Nails
Something I Can Never Have ­ Nine Inch Nails

 About the Author 

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Well I knew I was on to something early on in those dreaded middle school years with those weekly spelling words we were tasked to use in one page stories. My English teacher became accustomed to getting what equaled nothing short of short stories from me weekly with those huh? words like chimera. I mean really? Of course I went the greek mythology route resulting in one of many imaginative mysteries.

As I hit high school I joined the school newspaper and wrote all kinds of crazy quirky articles. This is where my love of poetry came to life too as I joined the literary magazine and dived into all things Edgar Allan Poe. Dark right? I would have dated him. Heck yeah. That man had soul.

I began reading and reading and reading. I remember stealing my sister's Harlequin's. I'd pretend I hated them but secretly loved them. Somewhere around this time my dream to become a published author was born. I wrote my first what would be considered now a young adult romance. It's hidden somewhere in the attic. Maybe one day I'll dig it out.

So what can I say about my writing? I am influenced greatly by music. Just about every genre. I have a thing for cars too. My Dad loved cars and it seems it carried over to me in my writing. Tattooed men driving fast cars? Yeah that gets my attention. Add an alpha male to that mix and I'm swooning.

With the publication of my first novel Shifting Gears, my dream has been set to motion and I hope to continue bringing more stories to life. Like I have a choice really. All I need is a disco ball in my head. It's like a party in there.

Fun Facts:

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My “The Rox” was inspired by a local landmark and music venue The Norva. I spend a lot of time here as I love music and love hearing new sounds. It is very much as I describe The Rox and the “real” boys of Galaxy Dynamite have played there many times. You won't find a Gavin though nor will it be sounds of rock that come from their instruments. They along with my nephew (who I'm very proud of and who was equally stoked that I put his band in the book) who is the drummer play more psychadelic trance style music.
I wrote most of this book on my lunch hours at work.
I took a poll from my coworkers when deciding on names for my characters...Holt was not a favorite...
The inspiration for Holt came from a longtime friend who really was a bounty hunter, and really drove a 67 Buick Special (that car was sweeet and could fly) and every woman to him is “sweets.”

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