Friday, May 1, 2015


Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense


Living under a cloud of tragedy for which he’s
assumed blame, Drew Dunne has known hell for the past sixteen years. Then he
meets Allison Bennett. But in the small town of Colquitt, Georgia, evil lurks
around every corner and capturing happiness has an incredibly high price.


Small-town football star Drew Dunne sacrificed
everything for friendship and guilt. He’s spent most of his life unloved and
unwanted. A kind touch, a gentle smile, an encouraging word are all wisps of
memory from before the accident. For him there is only family, duty, loyalty.
And longing. Until he meets Allison.

When Allison Bennett looks in the mirror, she sees a woman whose life has gone
from bad to worse. At the mercy of an abusive husband, sweet tenderness is
something she can only dream about…until she finds it in the arms of Drew

Not every sacrifice is worthwhile, not every promise is worth keeping, and
events in a small Georgia town will test this pair to the very depths of their
souls, but at the end of the journey is the truth that—if you’re willing to pay
the price—true love can conquer all. Drew Dunne will finally be with the woman
he loves. Or die trying.

Jessica’s 4 Star Review:

4 Heartbreakingly wonderful stars!!!!!

I want to be with you, more than anything in the world I need to be with you.

Let me first say that if anyone has problems with any type of abuse this book could be a trigger for you. I was so angry through almost the entire book but at the same time my heart broke over and over for Drew. He has been through so much in his life but yet he finds the willpower to keep going and given his circumstances that is no easy feat. 

This story takes place in some backwoods good ‘ol boy town in Georgia, only the good are few and far between. It seems this town if full of mean spiteful people and they have no one else to bully other than Drew Dunne , and for years he’s taken their abuse and thought he deserved it and just accepted it as part of his life. That is until he meets Allison Bennett and his life is irrevocably changed and he decides to start living for him instead of being the town punching bag.

“When her gaze swung to him, he felt the breath catch in his throat. Then fell in love for the first time in his life.

Of course for Drew nothing is ever easy and he must suffer greatly and go through many trials and tribulations in his quest for happiness. You wonder how much can one man take before he breaks, before he just decides it is not worth it anymore, then you wonder when he will grow the backbone he needs to fight back! At times it may seem hopeless because the number of despicable people out to torture Drew keeps growing and his enemies seem to have every advantage, but Drew has perseverance and he never gives up hope .As well as Drew you have Allison who must also pay a heavy price for love but she does so without question because she would give her life for Drew and do anything to end his misery even if at times she has to sacrifice herself.

“There is not a part of you I don’t love, there is nothing I see that I don’t like and nothing I would not do to have it.”

It’s amazing that for all the evil in this book there was also genuine love and concern that was so real you could feel it, and at times you felt as if you the reader needed to feel that love just as much as Drew and Allison. There was a hint of suspense that kept you on the edge of your seat just waiting to find the answers to the list of questions your mind has compiled. Lastly at the end of it all there was relief that justice did come and I loved the unconventional twist in which it came and I was proud of Drew for fighting back and taking control of his life and his destiny.
I loved this book if you aren’t careful you will lose yourself in the pages and devour it in one sitting much like myself. It is told in single point of view but you do have some input from Allison from time to time so you can instantly connect with her. There is a HEA and no cliffhanger or to be continued so that’s a plus but unfortunately it is one that leaves you longing for more. I would highly recommend but would advise you to have tissues and a punching bag handy because you are going to need them!

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As she took off her clothes he put his hands
behind his head and watched her every movement. Each one was poetry in motion
to his way of thinking. To him, she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
He loved her so deeply he felt it in his soul. She was everything to him and he
wanted to be everything to her. His heart was filled with such peace, his body
with such longing, he could barely contain the feelings.

The last piece of clothing she removed was her
panties and when she turned to the bed, he whistled in appreciation. As he had
at the two motels they’d stayed at on the way to the cabin, he pretended not to
notice the healing bruises covering her sweet body.

“Will you get under the covers?” she asked. She
sat on the mattress, then stuck her legs under the sheet.

“Hey. You can leave your socks on but you took
mine off?” he challenged. “You think that’s fair?”

“I have poor circulation in my feet,” she said.
“Believe me. You don’t want my cold toesies rubbing along your calf in the middle
of the night.”

“I believe you should pay a toll for being
allowed to wear socks to bed when I can’t,” he told her as he joined her under
the covers.

“What kind of toll?” she asked.

“The kind that is exacting,” he said. He slid
down in the bed—disappearing beneath the covers—and slid on top of her. 

Author Bio:

Charlotte Boyett-Compo (her friends call her
Charlee) is a multi-published author of all sub-genres of Romance
fiction. Under the Mayhaw Tree is her 100th book. Over
the years, her novels have won many awards. When asked why she writes, she's
said, "
I write because the urge is there and it's like an itch you can
not ignore. Sometimes, I think if I don't get my thoughts down on paper, I'll go
insane. It is a craving, an addiction, that unless you experience it, you can't
quite explain to 'normal' people."

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  1. Thank so much for this wonderful review. I am humbled by your words. Under the Mayhaw Tree was a labor of love since I grew up in that very real southern town. Any time you would like to review one of my books, please just ask. I would be honored to send any of them to you.

    1. Thank you so much but it was absolutely my pleasure to review this book, I loved every word. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant imagination with your readers. I would be more than happy to review anything for you at any time I think your writing style was a perfect fit for me. Keep up the amazing work I will definitely be on the look out for your work.

  2. Jessica, please send me your email addy. I had two books come out about the same time as this one and I am in need of reviews for them. They are Ellora's Cave novels and not many reviewers are happy with that publisher right now.