Blog Tour * Gage * Author Tess Oliver

Gage is part of the Barringer Brothers series but can be
read as a standalone.
After nearly losing his friend in a logging accident, Gage
Barringer is convinced now more than ever that he needs to find a different
job. But his side business of breaking colts at the small Montana ranch he
inherited from his grandfather doesn’t earn him enough money. He has his mind
set on running The Raven’s Nest, a popular bar and restaurant near his ranch.
The original owner has died and Gage is waiting for it to be put up for sale.
But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way, an obstacle
with lips made for sin and a voice made for breaking hearts. And Summer Donovan
is one road block Gage Barringer won’t be able to find a way around.
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    He looked at me a long moment.
“I want you so fucking bad, Summer, it hurts.” He combed his long
hair back with his fingers and chuckled at some inside joke. “You have no
idea how bad.”
            “Then what’s holding you back?
It seems to me–“
            He shook his head. “Can’t
explain it to myself.” His dark lashes dropped as he stared down at the
floor, and when he lifted his face to me, I realized that I was falling hard
for him.
            “I guess I don’t want to scare
you off.” He shook his head. “Not that I’m scary in bed,” he
quickly amended. “I don’t want to come on too strong. Hell, I guess I’m
just trying to make a good impression.”
            “Stop with the good impression
shit. I want a lasting impression, Gage.”
            His pale blue eyes flickered in the
light as he looked at me. “I can do lasting.” He crossed the room in
two steps. His arms curled around my back, and he pulled me against him. His
mouth covered mine. The kiss was long and hard and driven by that intense
longing that had been building up between us. He took hold of my good hand and
walked me down the short hall to my bedroom. He pushed open the door with his
boot and led me inside.


“I write romance for young adult, new adult
and those of us past the ‘new’ stage. My stories take place anywhere from 19th
century England to 21st century California. And you can count on a super alpha
in each book.”

Tess Oliver is the USA Today and New
York Times
bestselling author of the Custom Culture Series. She lives
in sunny California with her husband, kids and a herd of spoiled pets.
Twitter: @Tess_Oliver




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When Cassie, the woman he loves, leaves him for a job in New York, Dray Warner finds his life falling apart. With nothing else to lose he takes up his friend, Barrett Mason’s, offer to head down to South America for some surfing and good times. But Dray’s conscience, hot temper and extreme fighting skills hurl him into a world of danger . . . a danger that could cost him his life.

Cassie Carlton was sure she was making the right decision accepting her dream job in New York. She and Dray had parted ways and while she remains heartbroken by the break up, she needs to move on with her life. But when Cassie learns that Dray is in trouble, she realizes she will sacrifice anything to save him.

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Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction

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Private North by Tess Oliver

Private North

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Publication Date: December 10, 2013
New Adult Contemporary Romance
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When August “Auggie” Stonefield accepts an unpaid internship working for her favorite professor, she figures it will make for a quiet, uneventful winter break. But when the professor’s son, Dalton North, returns home broken and weary from the war, things are anything but quiet. And in the icy cold midst of winter, August Stonefield loses her heart and finds a burning passion she never knew she had.
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An internship cataloguing ancient pottery.  A war-hardened soldier who’s impossible to resist. A priceless Egyptian artifact. And a devious scheme that is fraught with danger. Antiquities major, Auggie Stonefield, is about to experience a winter break                                                          she will never forget.

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I pulled the cover up to my chin like I’d done as a young girl when I was certain the closet monsters were coming out to get me, but I couldn’t relax enough to sleep. The house was quiet and dark again. I climbed back into my slippers. I peeked out into the hallway and everything was still. I tiptoed to the kitchen hoping a glass of milk would make me sleepy.

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I scuttled around the corner, and a gasp stuck in my throat. The refrigerator door was open, and the light pouring out illuminated his broad bare back, showing every line of hard muscle . . . and every small scar. There were many. His pajama pants hung low on his narrow hips, and I stood as quiet as a mouse for a guilty second and stared at his incredible physique.

He still had not heard me, and I wondered if he was still lost in the agony of his bad dream. I tiptoed without a sound, but as I neared he seemed to sense me. He continued to stare into the refrigerator as if he expected something to jump out into his hands.

“I’m sorry if I woke you.”

“Please don’t apologize.” His shoulders tensed as I moved closer to him. Even in front of an open refrigerator, heat rolled off of him in searing waves.

He shut the door but didn’t turn around. He leaned his forehead against the freezer door. I stepped closer. My hand trembled slightly as I reached up and touched him. The muscles of his back tightened and then relaxed. I trailed my fingers over the tiny scars that were splattered across his shoulders. The tiny ridges were hard, and I could feel the pain of each one in my fingertips. I stood on my toes and lowered my mouth to his skin. He sucked in a sharp breath as I pressed my lips to the scars. I kissed him over and over again wanting to absorb the pain that still clung to him physically and mentally. And he let me kiss him. His broad shoulders lifted and fell with each shallow breath as I ran my lips across his marred skin.

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“Tell me what to do.” I kissed his neck. “I want you to forget the pain, all of it,” I whispered. I pushed his long hair behind his ear. “I want you to feel only me, touching you, kissing you.” I took his bottom lip between my two lips and tugged on it. “I’ll do anything . . . just ask.” 

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The throbbing in my head took my mind off the relentless pain in my leg. It had become my sort of twisted way of dealing with the constant agony. Get drunk enough for a skull-pounding hangover and it dulled everything else.

I made a stupid-ass attempt to mask the uneven sounds of my footsteps, but the wooden hallway floor made it pretty damn laughable. I wasn’t even completely sure why it mattered, except that I knew the girl was standing just around the corner in the kitchen. I’d heard her silky laugh twice before I’d even left my bedroom.

She stood in the kitchen helping with breakfast. Long auburn hair cascaded down the back of her sweater and I could see only the side of her face as she smiled sweetly at my dad. I’d been in a desert that was so hot just taking a breath hurt, a place where you learned not to trust even your own shadow, a place that could only be described as hell, and the only way to survive the nightmare of it all was to believe that somewhere else in another place, another time, another dimension angels existed. And now I’d come home and found one standing over the waffle iron in the kitchen.

She looked up as I entered the room and that was all it took. I could not look away. Her thin fingers trembled almost imperceptibly as she tucked her hair behind her ear. I dragged a chair out from the table and sat down hard and watched her. She grew more and more flustered by my scrutiny but I couldn’t stop myself. She was a piece of heaven that had floated in through the darkness and I wanted to watch her. And, even though she nearly bit through her plump, highly kissable bottom lip with agitation . . . it seemed . . . that deep down she wanted me to watch her.



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Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

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The novel begins right as the college Auggie is attending is finishing up exams and beginning winter break. The holidays are coming. Auggie’s best friend Rylie is heading home to have a REAL family Christmas. Which is something that Auggie has always wanted, though her parents are always making the holidays a traveling affair. Auggie has talked to her mother this year, and is excited about their stay at home this year plans. She and her mom are going to make cookies, Christmas dinner (no staff help or fancy dinnerware), and maybe even a gingerbread house.


  Instead she gets a call from her mother on the opposite coast (California) and the family is now heading to France for the holidays. Auggie puts her foot down and says–NO! She refuses to go, her mother promised her. Yet, another let down from her family. Auggie comes from a wealthy family. One of the servants even helped her learn how to ride a bike. So why should plans for REAL family Christmas be a surprise let down. Yet, it is for Auggie.

So what is she going to do over break…

It just so happens she gets a request from one of her favorite teachers to help catalog ancient Egypt pottery relics. He provides directions and tells her that his son Ethan (school hottie) is going to be there. Making the requests seem twice as enjoyable for Auggie.

The drive up to the professors house is filled with snow covered roads. At one point while glancing away for only a moment to check the directions she nearly runs over someone.

She is shaken after finding out the person is not hurt and manages to make it to the professors home.

(Would a student actually go to/be asked to  a professors home in real life for a project?)

Auggie enjoys the project and works quite competently and briskly is typing in the details needed in order to catalog the artifacts. She works long hours and enjoys the sight of the snow outside the office window.

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The next thing she knows is that the person from her incident on the road is actually one of Professor North’s sons. And he comes with some serious emotional and physical baggage.

During her stay at the North’s Auggie hears mention of a ‘Gold Band’ after an outing with the guys on snowmobiles. . The family seems very tense, but she tries to stay out of their way as much as possible.  Later Professor North shows her the object that his sons had mentioned in her presence. She is amazed at the wonder of the item.

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Auggie and Dalton (Professor North’s oldest son) find that they are attracted to one another. She shares how she ended up there, about how her plans for making cookies, gingerbread houses, and even decorating own Christmas tree got turned into a trip to France instead. Thus, she accepted the invitation to catalog the Egyptian Antiquities (which is her major).

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In a way this short novel is like a thriller and a romance in one. The professor gets a lot of phone calls that fluster him, and his mood changes for the worst from the beginning to the end of the novel. Dalton knows something is up, but he is just not sure what. He is a pretty smart guy. Very aware of his environment. I like this novel for several reasons. One being that it is not your average millionaire, biker, corporate man hero read. Dalton is a fictional character, but there are real persons with issues and military experiences similar to his. A second reason is that Auggie, even though she does see Dalton as attractive, she also sees him as a person. A person in more pain than just physical. It is almost like his pain is her pain. And third, because Auggie sees Dalton as an individual. Someone who is talented, strong, and caring.

Auggie and Dalton’s relationship does not begin until halfway through the novel. But when it starts it is pretty seductive. My favorite was the fireplace scene. I guess because I have often wondered what it would be like surrounded by snow, and having a warm and cozy fire in the fireplace; a perfect place for romance and memories to be made.

Towards the end the action and thrills come faster and faster. I could see the pages decreasing and I am going, OK, how is this going to end, what is the story behind it all going to be?

Which I will leave you guessing, I do not want to spoil if for you…

When the end came, I wanted more. More I tell you, more… How did Auggie spend the rest of her school break? What did the future hold for Dalton and for Auggie? Did her parents ever find out about the happenings and danger she was faced with over the break? Did Dalton ever teach Auggie how to use his pottery wheel?

I am hoping that since Rylie was introduced in the beginning of the novel that a second book will come out about her, and have information about Auggie and Dalton.


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4.0 Rosebuds- Writing provided interest in the characters, their was mystery, that at least caused me to want to know more. Grammatical errors were far and few. There was a lot of detail in the novel, you could almost feel the cold frosty weather outside. Left me craving more of this story.


4.0 Romance Rave

The romance was limited to only a handful of scenes. Yet, though they were few, they were spicy!!!

This is  a perfect and quick read for a rainy afternoon, snow filled holiday, or just any day and time, you want to read a romance that is short and sweet, but with a little mystery and thrills too!

Happy Reading, Anna

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Clutch by Tess Oliver is on Tour


by Tess Oliver

Contemporary Romance/New Age Genre

Published November 5, 2013

Book 2 

 Custom Culture Series



When Taylor Flinn’s parents shipped her off to an aunt for her last year of high school, James “Clutch” Mason had convinced himself it was for the best. Taylor, the wild, impulsive and far-too-appealing seventeen-year-old had been driving him nuts. Her school girl crush on him had been the last thing he needed. Now he had time to concentrate on his booming classic car part business, his new found love– drag racing, and keeping his twenty-year-old brother Barrett out of trouble.

But when Taylor returns from her aunt’s more grown up, utterly seductive, and attached to another guy, Clutch realizes that the only thing he ever needed or wanted was Taylor Flinn.

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She came around the corner, unexpectedly and like a hurricane of stars. My mind went completely blank. I hung up and stuck the phone in my pocket.

Taylor’s long lashes curtained her smooth cheeks as she dropped her gaze.

 The adrenaline rush left behind from getting my hands on a sixty-five Shelby morphed into an explosion of every emotion I’d ever felt. I lunged forward and grabbed her hand. She gasped as I dragged her around the back of the building.

I pressed her up against the bricks and stared down at her.

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Hello Readers, I am currently reading this book. I am about half way through so far. So more details will come later. But, for now let me tell you that Tess Oliver is a new author (at least to me). Clutch is the first book by this author that I have read. So far I generally like the book.  I am glad to know that this is a series. Series are my preference when reading. I enjoy connecting with the same characters. Seeing familiar names, backgrounds and new adventures arise with said characters. To me a series brings a reader closer to the characters in the novel. The novel seems more real. Like you might actually know the hero and heroine, and their friends in REAL life. It leads to new developments in a novel that you really hated to see end. Know it continues with new plots and twists.

Clutch is actually Book 2 in Tess Oliver’s Custom Culture Series. However, Clutch can be read as a Stand-Alone novel.  During the read, the reader comes to learn a little about the tight group of friends that help in developing the story, as well as leading to side stories that (at least I hope) will develop into future books in this series.

Chapter 1 start out with the main character (hero) Jimmy aka Clutch in an auto race. It isn’t until later in the chapter that the reader hears this characters name mentioned. While at the track readers are introduced to some of the other characters in the novel. There is Dray, who through his description must be a fighter of some sort.  His girlfriend is Cassie, who has taken up photography and works in FreeFall, Nix’s Tattoo shop. Nix is a good friend and school mate of Jimmy’s (Clutch). Nix is who the first book is about and where the reader first meets this group of characters. Scotlyn is Nix’s girlfriend. In Clutch , the reader gathers that she has had a very hard and difficult life, and that she does not talk very much. Also that Nix loves her very, very much!

The night starts out pretty exciting for Jimmy (Clutch), that is until he comes home. You will have to read the book yourself to find out what happens at this point. As another character is introduced into the novel at this point.

Readers will pick up that Jimmy (or rather James, aka Clutch) is all about classic cars. He and his other good friend, Jason own a classic car repair shop. Now this part is interesting to me, because my brother does the exact same thing. So when the book mentions car shows, and how excited characters get over a certain car, I can actually imagine what that would be like.

Off and on in the beginning of the book the name, Taylor is brought up. What readers can gather  at this point is that she is an older high school student that has a huge crush to the very tall and well built Clutch. Apparently she likes to make herself a nuisance, and is always getting into trouble showing just how big a crush she  has on Clutch. This ultimately gets her sent to Florida to live with a dull aunt for a while during her senior year of high school, (which takes place all in FreeFall, Book 1).

In Clutch, Book 2 of the Custom Culture Series, Taylor has returned home for her eighteenth birthday. Readers now find that she has made a deal with her parents, that she will basically straighten up and fly right (as my own parents still tell me to do at over 40).  So she shuts down her spunky outgoing spirit and dates Adam who is the hottest guy in the senior class. But is Taylor really happy? Her brother sees her as a troublesome nuisance, her mother sees her as hyper and messy (compared to her own quiet temperament, love of all things spit-spot clean and tidy, and dull interests). Her dad…? Well so far the reader will only know how much he likes to yell.

Taylor’s family is constantly watching her, questioning her, and under the spell that Taylor has changed her life. Ah… but has she really?

Taylor has had serious feeling for Clutch since she was sixteen. Clutch has also had a secret crush on her, though he has never shown it. After all she is just a ‘kid’ compared to him, and his best friends sister.

In Clutch, readers  will discover two people that care about each other, but due to this, that, and the other, their feelings get miss understood and hurt feelings come into play. Thus creating the plot for this novel. Will they ever ‘make up’ and become a real couple? Well readers I have not read that far yet. And even if  I had I would not ‘spoil’ the novel for you.

Rating as of 11-30-2013

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As of right now my ranking of, Clutch is a 3.5

Earlier I mentioned that I am new to the author, so I am not sure about her style of writing yet. The more I read, the more I will understand in this regard. So far the book has been an easy read. Wording is simple, the chapters are not overly long. Both Clutch and Taylor take turns, giving the reader a POV perspective of said characters. It takes several chapters before Clutch and Taylor actually meet. When they do, sparks fly…but I am not telling you just HOW they spark!

Currently I am on chapter 13, so not quite halfway done with the novel yet. In all there are 29 chapters in this particular novel.

The dialogue has mostly been among the guys in the novel. Cassie, Scotlyn, and Taylor have had minor roles this far in.

The only romance so far has been one HOT kiss between two characters and some sweet kisses between others.

I plan to finish the book, I want to see how it ends. Then depending on my reading schedule, I already have Book 1, FreeFall  in my TBR (To Be Read) collection. Remember I said I liked reading books are a series. Even though Clutch can be read as a stand-alone, I am curious to read the first book and see how the series starts from the very beginning. Thus, probably filling in holes from Clutch, since I am new to all of these characters.

Readers, if you like big hunky guys with long blonde hair, classic cars, tattoos, and a little romance and mystery thrown in, then this book is for you.

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Published August 8, 2013


After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely
to break hearts, Alexander “Nix” Pierce has left his wild, out of control years
mostly behind him. A small inheritance from his grandfather has given him the
funds to open up his tattoo shop, Freefall, and he has started to pull his life
together. Aside from trying to keep his best friend, Dray, from killing himself
in the fight ring, and his slight obsession with a pin-up model he’s never met,
Nix’s life is going smoothly . . . until Scotlyn James, the object of his
obsession, walks into his shop.

Ever since a tragic accident
killed her family and left her alone in the world, Scotlyn James hasn’t spoken
one word. Up until now she didn’t care that she had no way of talking to people.
Her awful aunt would never have listened, and Lincoln Hammond the arrogant,
selfish man who pulled her from the streets of Los Angeles wouldn’t hear her
words if she could speak. But when Lincoln insists she get a tattoo to
cover up a scar on her side, Scotlyn meets the artist, Nix Pierce. And now she
longs for her voice. Now she has found someone who will hear

Caution: This title contains strong language, alcohol
use, violence, and sexual situations.

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Tess Oliver

Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Freefall (Custom Culture, #1). She is also a full time teacher and lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a pack of pampered pets. She loves horses, chocolate, and Jane Austen books. She has a BS in Nutrition Science and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction.

 She is also an author published by Barron’s Educational Publisher.

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