Saturday, June 21, 2014

Baggage & Buttons: The Austin Series Book 2

From the Publisher: Their scorching sexual chemistry brought them together, but will their combined emotional baggage tear them apart?

The charismatic and gorgeous Gabe Austin had finally broken down some of Mia Page’s walls. His charms and sexual prowess coaxed her from sex no strings to a committed relationship, but a misunderstanding threatened everything he had worked for.

Gabe’s determined to make Mia forgive him, his ultimate goal, to possess not just her body, but her heart.

Despite their incredible sex life, Gabe’s domineering and controlling personality really pushes Mia’s buttons, while she infuriates him with her stubborn and defensive nature. Their two personalities combined create fireworks.

To complicate matters further, Mia has to face up to her deteriorating health, while best friend Lexi also has a tough choice to make. Their decisions will not only affect their lives, but could affect those of the people who care about them.

My Review: If you have not read book one, New Leaves, No Strings, stop now and do so! Otherwise, you'll be totally lost and that's not, I go into some details and you don't want to ruin it for yourself, do you?? ;)

This is the second book in the series, not counting the prequel Destined, and it just gets better! It picks up on the same night Mia and Gabe have their big jog your memory, he thought she was pregnant with her ex-boyfriends baby and Mia says she needs a break and slams the door in his face. Drama, drama. Mia spills it all to Lexi and they talk about it. Mia finally comes to the realization of why Gabe acted the way he did and her heart breaks as she remembers his expression when she slammed the door in his face. She knew what that look meant and she needed to fix things. So she does.

Gabe is head over heels in love with Mia. He has loved her from the beginning, but getting her to realize that is hard at times. She thinks he's blinded by lust and is mistaking that feeling for love. Gabe makes it a point to let her know she's wrong and that he truly loves her. But will she come around and will she ever reciprocate those feelings? With all of her baggage from her past, guys who have broken her heart and her very own dad not really wanting a relationship, how can she give her heart over?

To add to this is Mia's best friend Lexi. In New Leaves, No Strings she learns she is pregnant and has no idea who the father is. She has to decide what she is going to do. Will she end up keeping the baby, putting it up for adoption or aborting it? Plus, she is really starting to fancy Doug, Gabe's best friend. They get closer and seem to really get along. But Lexi is at a point in her life where she doesn't want to deal with a guy...she has a life changing decision to make. But will she give in?

Follow Mia, Gabe, Lexi and Doug as their relationships deepen and grow, and see how they handle what life throws their way. The dialogue is real and the situations are real. As a reader, I felt that I could relate to one or more of these characters, which for me, is always a plus. Also, the sex scenes are super steamy and are very frequent. You even wonder if they could do it that much in real life! Ha! You get hooked even more and it will make you want to pick up the next book to find out what happens next! Fallowfield has done a wonderful job! Click here to purchase Baggage & Buttons.

                                                                    *****5 Stars

Read my reviews for C.J. Fallowfields other books:  Destined (the prequel to The Austin Series) and New Leaves, No Strings (Book 1 in The Austin Series). 

**Please note, this book contains explicit sexual content and is not intended for readers younger than 18 years of age.

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