Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hanging by a Thread by Jenna Sutton Blog Tour

Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancé and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that guarantees another man will get her momentous firsts. But she never imagined that man would be Cal O’Brien, the gorgeous heir to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire…

Although Cal has always been fascinated by Bebe’s brilliant mind and beautiful eyes, he’s never pursued her. She can’t stand the sight of him, and every time they’re in the same room, they end up trading insults. Yet when he finds out about Bebe’s bold plan, he makes his move, unaware of her upcoming nuptials. He promises to make her firsts unforgettable, but he doesn’t know how hard it will be to forget her when their arrangement ends.

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Chaste. Untouched. Maiden. Pure. Innocent. The words that described a virgin might sound pretty, but the truth was downright ugly, at least in Bebe Banerjee’s opinion. She was convinced her virginity was the reason her heart raced, her breath seized, and her palms sweated whenever she was near Cal O’Brien.

Bebe surreptitiously studied Cal, trying to ignore the wave of lust that surged over her. If she’d had some experience between the sheets, she was sure she’d be able to handle the way he made her feel.

If she had gotten naked with a few guys, maybe she wouldn’t obsess about his glacier-blue eyes and his thick, dark hair. Maybe she wouldn’t notice the way his jeans clung to his tight behind and long legs. Maybe she wouldn’t fantasize about his lips, his smile, his big hands...

Bebe desperately wished she could just avoid him, but his little sister, Teagan, was her best friend. If she wanted to spend time with Teagan, she had to put up with Cal. She said no to a lot of Teagan’s invitations to hang out because of him, and she had to be very careful not to offend her best friend.

That was why the object of her X-rated fantasies stood next to her in a club-level suite at PacBell Park. The San Francisco Giants were in the playoffs, battling against the Atlanta Braves to win the National League pennant, and Teagan had invited her to attend the game in the Riley O’Brien & Co. suite.

Founded by Teagan’s great-great-grandfather, Riley O’Brien & Co. was the nation’s oldest designer and manufacturer of blue jeans. Americans had worn Rileys for nearly two centuries. In fact, Bebe was wearing a pair right now.

Teagan and her brothers were involved in the day-to-day operations of Riley O’Brien & Co. She managed the company’s law department, while her oldest brother, Quinn, served as president and CEO, and Cal handled global marketing and communications. Even Quinn’s wife, Amelia, was involved in the company, heading up the women’s division.

Beside her, Cal shifted slightly and took a pull on his Shiner Bock. He was close enough to touch, and she clenched her hands into fists just in case her fingers suddenly decided to act out her secret fantasies. He didn’t even look her way, and he probably wouldn’t unless he felt the need to toss an insult at her.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I really love the O'Brien family! This story involves Cal, one of the O'Brien kids, and Bebe, his sister’s BFF. Sparks are evident between the two, even though they each pretend not to stand the other one. For Bebe, it’s hands off because a) he's her bestie's brother, 2) he makes her feel things no other man ever has, and 3) she's engaged, albeit a fake engagement, but still.

For Cal, he's been interested in Bebe from the first time he met her, but it’s clear that she wants nothing to do with him. He doesn't understand what made her so antagonistic towards him, but can't keep himself from sparring with her at any function they are at.

Things change when Cal overhears, ahem – eavesdrops – on a conversation between Bebe and Teagan where Bebe is lamenting her "V" status. When Cal offers to help her with her dilemma, Bebe says yes, and thus begins the romance of Bebe's dreams. Cal knows that Bebe thinks this is just pretend on his part and he's not sure what he'll do when she discovers he's in this for the long haul.

The author did a wonderful job of creating characters that were easy to love and root for. She also gave us a worthy and realistic villain (the fiancé), which made the reader root for Cal and Bebe all the more.

This series just keeps getting better and better with each installment, and Hanging by a Thread is now my favorite book in the Riley O’Brien & Co. series…so far. Although we’ve met Cal and Bebe in the previous books, we didn’t learn enough about either of them to keep someone new to the series from enjoying this book as a standalone. That said, if you’ve read and enjoyed the previous books, then you’ll be happy for the chance to spend more time with the O’Brien family and the company their family has built and grown over several generations.

Cal is the middle O’Brien child and, like his siblings, takes pride in the job he performs for the family company. He works hard and enjoys his life, but wants what his brother and sister have found – that special person to love. He actually knows who he wants, but Bebe is his sister’s best friend and she made it clear from their first meeting that she disliked him. Yet no one knows that Bebe’s dislike is merely a smokescreen for her feelings – Cal was the first and only man who she’s ever been attracted to and, as a 30-year-old virgin, she still has no idea how to handle those feelings. Bebe’s inability to deal with Cal soon takes backseat to a bigger problem – her fiancé has reneged on their engagement of convenience and is now blackmailing her to marry him so that he can take his place in his family’s business. What makes the situation worse is that Bebe has no one to talk to about it because none of her friends know about the engagement, not even her best friend, Teagan. Even though Bebe can see no way out of the arranged marriage, she refuses to let Akash be her first, and getting rid of her virginity is something she can talk to Teagan about. Fortunately, Cal overhears that conversation and sees this as the perfect opportunity to work the woman out of his system…and if more comes of it, he wouldn’t be opposed to that one bit. What starts out as an arrangement, quickly becomes more as both Bebe and Cal are far more invested in the other than they’re willing to reveal. Just as they can envision a future together, Bebe’s life implodes and explodes, leaving Bebe to wonder if Cal will come to her rescue or be a casualty of the fallout.

I absolutely loved getting to know Bebe better. Sutton has crafted a character whose past is simultaneously impressive and heartbreaking, and I had no problem believing that she had reached the age of thirty with her virginity intact. Being one of the O’Brien siblings, fans of the series have spent some time with him in the past books, but it only scratched the surface of who Cal was and I really liked getting to know him better as well. I really liked how Cal took his time with Bebe, trying to guard his heart even as he tried to win hers, and I especially liked how he handled her with care once he realized exactly how inexperienced Bebe actually was. As for the chemistry between them, it was scorchingly hot. I was jealous of Bebe, and not just because of Cal’s sexual prowess. The man was a sweetheart when it came to wooing her. I have to say that I was surprised that he was willing to hear her out after her fiancé shows up, spewing his half-truths. As for Akash, Bebe sure showed him! I loved watching Bebe and Cal fall in love, as well as catching up with Quinn & Amelia and Teagan & Nick. Hanging by a Thread was an excellent addition to the Riley O'Brien & Co. series and even though Cal is the last of the O’Brien siblings, I hope that Sutton has plans for more books in the series, or at least a spin-off – after all, Ava Grace deserves her happily ever after.

Also Available in the Riley O'Brien & Co. Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the All the Right Places Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Coming Apart at the Seams Blog Tour.

Book 2.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on The Perfect Fit Blog Tour.

Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books.

Jenna is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances including All the Right Places and Coming Apart at the Seams. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas affectionately known as “The Money Pit”. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting her website.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for participating and the lovely reviews!


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