Sunday, August 21, 2016


Series:  Dirt Roads #2
Author:  M.L. Stephens
Publish Date:   06.01.14
Publisher:  M.L. Stephens
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  M.L. Stephens (in exchange for an honest review)
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Tour by:  This Redhead Loves Books
Goodreads link: Bare Essentials
Date completed: 08.28.14

Description from the publisher:
Trouble never looked so good. 

He's a cowboy with a guitar and an attitude. She's Nashville's toughest, most sought after music agent. They have one thing in common: country music. 

Cutter Harrison relies on two things: beer and music—his music. At twenty-six, he's happily divorced and plans to keep it that way. 

Holly Avery is on the hunt. She's determined to discover the next country music superstar and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. 

When two paths collide, Cutter and Holly are suddenly forced to question their pasts, their futures, and the bare essentials of love. Country music brought them together, but will their dirty little secrets keep them apart? 


This is the second book in the Dirt Roads series.  Each will stand-alone with some characters in common, but it is best to read them in order.

Holly Avery is a Nashville agent looking for the next star in the rough.  When she is invited to a field party to hear the local talent, she is instantly mesmerized and has found her star. 

Cutter Harrison, divorced, womanizing, drinking cowboy, finds his solace in his music.  He’s willing to take a chance on the stage in order to help the farm back home, but can he take a chance on love again?

I love country music, so reading about the making of this star was a lot of fun.

Holly is determined and capable.  Her divorce has caused her to shore up the walls around herself and work only for her career.  I loved that Cutter always had his head firmly attached to his shoulders.  He saw that this path would allow his parents to relax more.  He knew that he didn’t want to become anything more than he was.  He wanted to sing and share his music.  He didn’t care about becoming a “star.”  He knows that he was lucky to be found and in being found for his music, he and Holly find their futures.  Some of the supporting character names were cheesy.  When speaking of established country artists, the names Carly Overwood (Carrie Underwood), Tabbi Swift (Taylor Swift), and Tim McNall (Tim McGraw) had me giggling.

I loved this story. 

Please bring me more tractor-riding cowboys and love at the end of the dirt road.

The Dirt Road series:
1.     Bare Assets
2.     Bare Essentials
3.     Bare Necessities (coming Fall 2014)
Also from M.L. Stephens
Texas Swinger Series:
  • Houston Nights
  • Austin Nights
Broken Series:
          1.     Love You More
     2.     Innocence Lost
          3.     Sacred Heart
          4.     Eternally Bound
          5.     A Witch’s Curse
The Perfect Clone Series:
          1.     The Perfect Clone
          2.     The Perfect Clone 2
          3.     The Perfect Clone 3


About the Author
I write the characters and stories that scream the loudest.

I have an unshakable fetish for a good mystery and anything paranormal, along with an insatiable appetite for coffee and travel. When I'm not reading the novels of so many great authors, I'm creating stories of my own. My family keeps me grounded, my pets keep me jumping, my friends keep me focused, and it all happens in Texas!


Originally posted 08.29.2014 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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