Monday, January 19, 2015

Series Book Review, Giveaway: Falling for Bentley by Shawnte Borris

The Falling for Bentley Series Collection
Shawnte Borris

*Just when Bentley Knight thought life was only about football and women, a Hail Mary pass comes at him, changing everything.

Forced to grow up faster than he wants, Bentley struggles with the responsibility of being a good example to his younger brother, on and off the football field, and pleasing his frustrated, demanding father. Just when he reaches his limit of complications, in walks a beautiful blond angel, endangering the delicate balance he’s finally found in his new life. 

When mistakes of his past threaten to derail his future, will Bentley be man enough to win the heart of the girl he once ridiculed in high school, who just happens to be the woman of his dreams?

Heartbroken and betrayed by Bentley’s abandonment, Haley has made a new life for herself in the one place she’s felt grounded and at peace. When Bentley returns to town and discovers the secret she’s kept from him, she vows to keep him at arms length to protect herself – and her future.

*Bentley has returned home to the farm and town that have owned his heart forever, and he’s determined to win the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved – once and for all. After he learns the secret she has kept from him, Haley’s cold shoulder threatens to sideline his plans.
When Bentley begins to tear down her walls, will Haley find the strength to forgive the past and trust him again?

As Bentley fights for the life he really wants, will he be able to convince Haley to give him a second chance?

When life throws one final pass, will Bentley fumble, or make the most important catch of his life?

*As I fell for him, I caught her…

Haley Anne Wells and Bentley Gavin Knight invite you to celebrate their marriage
Saturday May 15, 2015 at 2:00 in the afternoon on the Wells Ranch. Cocktails, Dancing and Laughs to follow.




My Rating:

 Favorite Quotes:

 “One night when my dad came home, my mom decided she was going to have a girl’s night out.  But my mom’s night out was a little different than most mom’s – it’s been twenty-four years and she still hasn’t come back.”

“I curse this pregnancy for taking so long.  The last month has been nothing but an emotional train wreck.  If she’s not crying over running out of milk, then she’s mad I bought the wrong kind of toilet paper.”

“Oh Haley, I’ve completely fallen for you.  Everything you do and say, and everything you are.”

“Haley, I have never in my life felt this close to anyone.  I love you will never be enough.  I want to hear your dreams, see your dreams, and touch your dreams.”


My Review:

The first book was the best of the bunch in my opinion, but will readily admit that pregnancy stories are among my least favorite trope.  So understandably, I struggled a bit with the remaining volumes, but was glad I stuck it out to know the ending – which finally resolved into a sweet love story.  I enjoyed the humor and the story generally held my interest, and was easy to follow and quick to read.  I was most surprised that Haley would consider being friends with her former high school bully, much less even dating him.  I certainly would not do the same for my former tormentor.  Despite the fact that he had been a major jackass and she had essentially given up and had become closed off and unforgiving, the couple had good chemistry and thankfully, the story showed just a touch of steam to prove that point.

  Empress DJ


Message from Shawnte:

I’m so excited to have chosen this charity, to work with. $1 from every book sold in 2015 will go towards Be Brave Ranch by Ray Labonte and family. On the behalf of Be Brave Ranch and myself, thank you. The donation that you made today will make a difference in these children’s lives. (As of to date, this is the only place of its kind.)

Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch

Little Warriors is a national, charitable organization in Canada that is committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch by Ray LaBonte and Family is a treatment centre focused solely to help children who have been sexually abused, as well as their families. The Be Brave Ranch program offers these children a place to heal and increase their chances of growing into healthy adults, and supports both the child and their families in their own environment for a full year.

The Be Brave Ranch offers an evidence-based treatment program that combines multiple proven therapies for children ages 8-12. It starts with an initial 20-day period at the Be Brave Ranch, during which they form close relationships with the 7 other members of their peer-group (“cohort”). This is followed by long-term therapy and support for the child and their family lasting a full year. During this extended period, children come back to the Be Brave Ranch for 3 other 7-day periods for further therapy and to reconnect in person with their cohort.

During the one-year program there is more than 200 hours of diverse therapy for children and their families run by clinical professionals, and offering a unique program including:

•       Intensive trauma focused-cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT)
•       Art therapy
•       Play therapy
•       Music therapy
•       Recreational activities
•       Peer group (cohort) support

Therapy is provided in an enriched “camp-like” environment in which children also have lots of fun! Being in cohorts helps each child recognize they are not alone, and gives them peers who have experienced similar traumas. The children form long-term relationships with deep bonds, and these also help the children heal.

Child abuse affects the whole family; thus, our program also incorporates family-centered therapy. Children come to the Be Brave Ranch with a parent or caregiver whenever possible. The Be Brave Ranch provides a safe environment for the child and their family to heal. 

For more information visit

Author Bio:

Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it. 

When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.

When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new. 

Shawnté is technology challenged so with the help of Lacy you can find her anywhere. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.

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