29 May 2013

Review: Beauty From Pain

Author:Georgia Cates 
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 366
Rating: 4.5 Stars 

Synopsis: They agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries. Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia's most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that's why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. 
He arranges relationships likes business deals and they're always the same. No long term relationships. No real names. It's his game and his rules. He's content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy mush change because this play in like none he's ever encountered.  His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she's exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer. 


Review:  I want to start off this review by saying, how gorgeous is that cover?! Its part of the reason why I wanted to read this book! 
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to end up liking it as much as I did and I was pleasantly surprised! In some of ways, it kind of had a Fifty Shades kind of feel to it, but on a much lighter, and quite a bit different side. 

This story follows the growing relationship between Laurelyn Prescott who finds herself on a 3 month trip to Australia with her best friend. A relationship is the farthest thing from her mind. Jack , on the other hand, is looking for one, but he has really specific rules about what he wants.Laurelyn, is the perfect girl for his no-strings-attached plans. 

The characters were great! I really enjoyed Laurelyn. She wasn't a typical heroine. She was strong, and was able to stand up to Jack, she wasn't just falling all over him. As for Jack, I was a bit hesitant about him in the beginning, and I wasn't sure that I was going to end up liking him as much as I did. He really put up with no nonsense. As soon as he figured something out, he dealt with it. 

When I first began to read, I wasn't too sure if I was going to like the writing style as wit switches POVs between Laurelyn and Jack, but it was definitely needed and it was so great to know what was going on in each of the characters minds, and what they were feeling. It was necessary to have the alternating viewpoints because it helped with all of the secrecy. I have to admit that it was something to do with the secrecy that kept me hooked. This book was pure escapism for me, and it lived up to it! It was unlike anything I have read, I was completely thrown into Jack and Laurelyn's world, and I was quite happy to be there. 

While the book did take some time to build,it managed to hold my attention. There were some places where I felt the book was rushed, but I'm hoping these loose ends will be tied up in the second book. This was the first book that I have read from Georgia Cates, and I'm very happy to say that it won't be my last.I would highly recommend this book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one! 



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