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Without You Here by Carter Ashby Release Day Event with Review

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Without You Here by Carter Ashby Release Day Event with Review





Book Title: Without You Here
Author: Carter Ashby
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions



Review by Aarati Satheesh

Note: Aarati is a guest reviewer for Coffee Talk Writers.


Without You Here was a bit different kind of book for me. I’ve never read a book where the hero was almost twice the age of the heroine. And that in itself was not a problem for me. I’ve been tiptoeing out of my comfort zone for a while now. But finding out that the hero was the father of the heroine’s on again off again boyfriend was a kicker.

After fighting with her boyfriend and breaking up with him. Again. All Ettie wants to do is drown her sorrows in alcohol. She loves her boyfriend. She really does. She is just not IN love with him. They are great friends. Amazing in fact and fun too. But every time they try to date her boyfriend turns into old aunt Martha. So here she is in an old world tavern ready to drown her sorrows in a bottle of Jack Daniels. She never expects to walk into a lonely, sexy as sin and hot as hell older man. Now all she wants is to drown in his yumminess rather alcohol.

Wyatt, as per his usual routine, is mourning the loss of his wife with the help of alcohol, even though she’s been dead for two years. And their marriage was probably dead long before that. But the stand-up guy that he is, Wyatt refuses to walk away from the past. He is still holding on to the list his dead wife wrote him about the daily chores he should be doing and the changes he should not be doing and talking to her as if she is alive. Ettie walks into his life like a force of nature. Her vibrancy and liveliness soothe his soul and for the first time in two years or probably more, Wyatt is happy. He finds out what it is like to live again. They spend a weekend filled with fun and some hot and heavy under the sheet action.

A lot of drama ensues when Blake asks Ettie to accompany him to his home during spring break. Ettie and Wyatt realize that Ettie’s boyfriend Blake is Wyatt’s son. Despite Blake’s insistence, Ettie refuses to date him again. And I honestly agreed with her. Blake was not good boyfriend material, at least not for Ettie. He always tried to change her, finding fault with everything she did, the way she talked, the clothes she wore. Everything. I really wanted to strangle him. While Wyatt found Ettie’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge endearing, Blake found her questions stupid. Wyatt appreciated Ettie’s liveliness and effervescence. He enjoyed her vivacity and spirited nature, whereas Blake wanted to throttle it.

Wyatt had a long way to go before he was ready for a stable relationship. He was dealing with depression and it took a lot of effort from his family for him to even accept it. A lot more pushing and pulling had to be done before he decided to finally get treatment for his depression and start letting go of the past. Even though it was a lot of work, he finally got there. His journey was inspiring in ways. With Ettie’s help, he found a reason to get better. Not just for his son and family but for himself.

I loved Ettie’s optimism and her persistence that Wyatt deserved better. That he deserved happiness. Ettie strives more for his happiness than Wyatt himself.

The chemistry between Wyatt and Ettie was scorching hot. While their chemistry was obvious from the very beginning, her chemistry with Blake was non-existent. Ettie herself knows that Blake is not in love with her. In fact, she says it out loud that she is nothing but a rebound for Blake. While Blake’s chemistry with Ettie was tenuous at best, his chemistry with Lauren was off the charts. And they were actually good together. Blake sees the good Ettie does for his dad and even helps them get back together.

Overall I really enjoyed this book though the whole father-son angle creeped me out a little bit.

A hearty 3 Coffee Mugs.



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After fighting with her boyfriend, Ettie’s only goal is to drown her sorrows in some Jack Daniels. But when she walks into a country tavern, her attention is immediately redirected to the sexy, older man at the bar. He looks lonely, and sad, and absolutely mouth-watering. Ettie can’t wait to put a smile on his face.

For the first time in two years, Wyatt finds himself jolted out of his grief by a spunky, vivacious young woman who somehow sees right into his soul. What follows is a passionate weekend full of more life, laughter, and pure joy than he experienced in twenty years of marriage.

Wyatt thought one weekend was all he had to give, yet in the days that follow, he can’t help dreaming up a future with Ettie. And then a chance meeting shatters his hopes, leaving him more lost than ever. Now Ettie must decide whether to walk away, or to fight for the love she knows they both deserve.
Without You Here is the sexy, heartwarming story of overcoming grief, embracing love, and learning to live in the moment.





Carter Ashby was born and raised in Missouri. She is wife to a supportive, hard-working geek; homeschooling mother to three, future social miscreants; and caregiver to a high-strung, epileptic chihuahua and a severely accident-prone hound dog. Carter writes country romances and reads anything that sounds interesting.




He didn’t look up at me when he spoke. He was sopping up hollandaise sauce with a biscuit. “We should do this again, Ettie. Next weekend. How about it?”

My heart was suddenly thundering in my ears. I watched him as he pointedly focused on cleaning his plate. “Are you asking me to be your girlfriend?” I asked.

He finally looked up. Those blue eyes were hypnotic. And heartbreaking. “I’m asking you to have another fun weekend with me. That’s what I’m asking.”

My eyes fluttered as they started to sting. “Do you need to get to know me better before asking me to be your girlfriend?”

His jaw muscles tensed. “Ettie, I…”

“Look, Wyatt. I have had just the absolute best time of my life with you this weekend. I have all the information I need to know I want to be in a relationship with you.”

He snorted and leaned back in his chair. “You don’t know shit about me, Ettie. This was fun. But it was superficial and you know it.”

My chest constricted. I had to take a moment to swallow back the pain. “It wasn’t superficial. I’m sorry it didn’t mean as much to you as it did to me…”

“It meant plenty and that’s why I want to see you again. So let’s do it, Ettie. Next weekend. We’ll meet at the bar Friday and maybe we could road trip down to Gulf Shores or something. Or we could go zip-lining up at Cave City. All kinds of fun shit we could do together. That’s what I want.”

“I want to go home with you.”

He looked away and shook his head in frustration.




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  1. Michaela Miles

    Great review, Aarati! 🙂

    Reply Michaela Miles 09 October 2014, 14:43

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