Grace and Bronn try to move on from ghosts in their past in ‘The Bars Between Us’ by AS Teague

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Title: The Bars Between Us

Author: A.S. Teague

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Bars Between Us:

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.

I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.

I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved.

After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.

We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.

Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?

 

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Review

One of the hardest things that a child has to do is to grow up without parents. And that is what we have here. Both Bronn and Grace know what it’s like not to have parents and that bonds them because those scars run deep and changed the adults that they are. Bronn comes from the rough side of the tracks and Grace with a silver spoon in her mouth. On the surface they don’t have anything in common. What you get is an epic love story of how love can conquer all if you only have the courage to go after it.

There are times that you are going to be annoyed by Bronn. I know I was at times, but it was in a good way. Hear me out. I was annoyed because he kept saying to himself that he didn’t deserve Grace, that he wasn’t good enough for her, etc. He would fall victim to his own thoughts that it caused friction with his relationship with Grace. This is the part that annoyed me because I’m like ‘dude she loves you just let it go’. But coming from low self-esteem that is easier said then done.

Grace is not the typical person that comes from money. In fact, she comes from a pretty broken home, which goes to show you that the grass isn’t always greener. She comes from a place that tried to break her down and destroy the person that she is. So when she meets Bronn, she finally found someone that understands her. And really, that is all that we are looking for in life.

And the TWIST! Holy guacamole I didn’t see that one coming. I knew that there was more to the story then we knew, but I didn’t see that coming whatsoever. I love the fact that I wasn’t able to predict the twist of the story because for me it brought the book from ‘ok’ to ‘great’. Going through the story, I was enjoying the story but it was lacking something else. Well the twist was definitely that something else.

The story was great and addicting. When the story unfolds and the worlds between Grace and Bronn collide, you become enraptured by the characters and want to see how it all turns out.

 

Rating: A


About the Author:

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

 

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The cover for ‘The Bars Between Us’ by AS Teague is absolutely breathtaking

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Title: The Bars Between Us

Author: A.S. Teague

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 20th

About The Bars Between Us:

I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.
I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.
I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved.
After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.
We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.
Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Parked beside my car is a truck that’s got to be twice as old as I am and looks like it should have been buried long ago.
Bronn hooks a thumb in the rust bucket’s direction and tells me, “Bessie’s seen better days, but I just can’t bring myself to put her out to pasture.”
I pull my door open and toss my purse inside, before turning to face him. “Bessie, huh?”
He props a hip on her front fender. “Belonged to my dad. When he died, Dani’s mom kept her. Gave her to me.”
His face is relaxed, but the pain of his loss is still in his eyes, and I’ve come to notice that it’s a look that’s always there.  Even when he’s laughing, it doesn’t erase the perpetual sadness that he carries with him.  It’s a sadness that I carry with me as well.
“When I was a kid, my dad took me to the beach once.”
Bronn’s brows knit and I hurry to continue my story. “It was cold that morning, early spring, the breeze causing goosebumps to take up permanent residence on my arms. I remember Daddy taking his sweat shirt off and putting it on me. The thing swamped me.” I pause and laugh, remembering how the arms of the hoodie had drug the ground and how daddy had belly laughed at the sight before rolling them up. “Anyway, we searched for shark’s teeth that morning.  It was too cold to swim, too cold to play in the sand. But I’d had a fascination with the predators of the sea, a newfound one, and Daddy had been determined that we were going to find a great white’s full jaw, I think.” I’d been staring up at the sky, but I glanced at Bronn to see his face rapt with attention, his expression intense. “We looked and looked until my eyes went cross. But, we didn’t have any luck.”
I can’t tear my gaze away from Bronn’s, even though the way he’s studying me is a little unnerving.
“We found all kinds of amazing shells, rocks that were smooth from being tumbled by the waves, crab shells that must have been eaten by gulls. But nothing that came from Jaw’s mouth.” I shrug, and smile. Bronn smiles back. His face finally relaxes, but his eyes are still full of emotion.
“I remember Daddy was so disappointed. But I wasn’t. I’d spent the morning with my favorite person in the world. I may have been freezing the whole time, my face chapped from with wind and sand whipping in it, my hair a tangled mess that took mama an hour to brush, but it was the best day.”
The half-smile that I’d been sporting while lost in the memory fades. “That was my last happy memory with him. He died not long after that.” I swallow hard, determined not to cry.
The memory is bittersweet, but it’s still sweet. That’s the thing about memories. The same exact memory can be happy or sad, depending on how you choose to remember it. And I choose to remember the sheer joy I’d felt that day, not the crushing sadness that it was the last time I’d felt that way.
I clear the emotion from my throat. “Anyway, I don’t know why I shared that. Just, maybe, to tell you, that I understand holding on to something because it has sentimental value.” I nod at his truck, “Bessie may not be worth any money, but she’s worth her weight in gold if she makes you happy.”
My lips quiver as I offer a smile. Bronn may think that we come from different worlds, and maybe we do.  Nana would have killed me dead if I had ever come home from a date in a truck like his.  But there’s sadness and loss everywhere, no matter how much money you have. And that common thread binds us together, whether Bronn realizes it or not.
 

About the Author:

A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.
 

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‘Unraveled’ by AS Teague is out now

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I had it all––until I didn’t.

 When my job, my livelihood, and my passion are suddenly snatched away from me, I’m left scrambling to keep my head above water. Desperate, I’m forced to walk into the last place I ever thought I’d go. Little did I know that I’d come face-to-face with the woman who would help me pick up the pieces of my unraveled life.

 

Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.

Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.

 It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.


But, as I’ve learned over the years, sometimes the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.

  *Each book in the Undisputed series can be read as a complete standalone novel

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Review

There are many books out there that involve a fighter falling in love and trying to separate the two worlds. This one is no different. Ryker is trying to come back after being screwed over and does that with the help of Rebecca Toler.

Rebecca Toler is a ‘doesn’t take crap from no one’ kind of girl and its hard not to like her, even though she does things that may make you mad (much like Ryker). But through it all, you like her because she is stubborn and sticks up for herself, something that we would all like to be. She is the perfect complement for Ryker and I loved watching them together.

The only thing that I didn’t like about them was the fact that Ryker was a MAJOR push over when it came to Rebeca and the decisions that she made. I would have thought that as a fighter, he would be stubborn, full of pride and ego, and not be willing to just bend over backwards to give her what she wants.

My favorite part is some part of a spoiler so if you don’t want to know, skip over this paragraph….so anyways he is down on his luck through most of the book and doesn’t have much money. He tries to woo Rebecca with what little that he has but it makes Rebecca come off as a major b-word. I love that awkward feeling that she gets when she realizes what’s going on and I just love how romantic he is on the little money that he has. It’s a very ‘Notebook-esque’ kind of love story.

There isn’t much of the fighting aspect in this story and I wish that there was more. Of course, I am comparing this book to the other fighter novels that I love where they have more battles and references, but the book has enough of it in the story to at least keep you interested in the story.

I like this story but I don’t know if it’s got that re-readable quality.

Rating: C+

Excerpt

For the next three hours I’m swamped answering calls—thankfully no more real estate agents—and helping anyone that comes in while trying to finalize the boys’ events for the next month.  When that damn bell chimes for the hundredth time today, I plaster a forced smile on my face and glance up.  When my eyes finally focus on the man walking through the door, the smile vanishes and my jaw falls open.

 

What the actual fuck?

 

His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him. 

 

With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”

 

He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.

 

My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me.  Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.

 

Fuck, he’s sexy.

 

He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt. 

 

“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.

 

His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”

 

He grins, but doesn’t reply.

 

Fuck, that grin is hot.

 

 “What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.

 

He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention.  His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.

 

He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.

 

“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.

 

His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.

 

For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl. 

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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

 

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