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Beauty from Pain: Beauty Series - Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Georgia Cates
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,261 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller....


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 makes 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 like 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 must change because this player is 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.



Beauty From Pain is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.


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About the Author

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Despite the struggle, she has no regrets in her decision to try this crazy life. It's been an absolute blast.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 148234873X
  • Publisher: Georgia Cates Books, LLC; 1st edition (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8A9I90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review Of Beauty From Pain February 28, 2013
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Georgia Cates has an easy to read style that made this a quick and fun read. I prefer this to the long-winded run-on sentences used by many authors in this genre. She does a nice job of setting the scene and slowly fills in each character's traits as the story unfolds.

When Jack McLachlan first watched Laurelyn Prescott get out of the car and described her as "wearing a satiny floral one-shouldered dress belted at the waist and mile-high heels" I had to wonder if she was going to be able to pull off the Male Point Of View. She recovered nicely however from that "unmanly quote" and did a great job writing both points of view. In fact, it was right up there with my new dual POV sex-filled favorite My Nights With Kate, which also features a rich, out of this world lover named Jack.

I loved the sex scenes as they progressed. Jack had his little quirks and things that he liked a certain way but nothing too over-the-top strange. He seemed to prefer it hard and fast, but as long as that's what she was into it's all good. The best part of the whole book though, is how Laurelyn beat him at his own game. Right from the start, she knew how to handle and control him. It was awesome! Both characters were pretty advanced for their ages considering Jack was only 28 and Laurelyn seemed more like someone in her late 20's who had been around the block and heard it all before. But I guess some 22 yr old's have the love games all figured out by that age. (I sure didn't!)

I'm glad to see these multiple POV books doing well, I love the format. Excellent work Georgia and I look forward to the next installment!
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80 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A love-hate relationship with this book February 16, 2013
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Really 3.9 STARS....There is no other book that I've read this year that has frustrated me so much as this one. I really wanted to love it based on the reviews (amazon reviewers usually never get it wrong)but mostly based on the story line! How can you go wrong with an American girl going to Australia of all places and falling for an Aussie! I mean WOW! And further the premise of a love affair taking place for three months and not knowing who the guy really is! I mean could a girl hold her heart back and walk away from that! Wow Wow! But this book had me so frustrated from the beginning. I liked the middle to end better but here's my problems with it:

1. I wanted more detail. The scenes were just getting juicy and then bam! what! change to something else. With more details they could have been so much better. More details in the next book please.
2. Though I did love how the male lead was developed, as I was reading I imagined an older 30's - early 40's male - not the 28 year old he was suppose to be. I think it was the way he talked, not like a 28 year old would... just couldn't wrap my head around that.
3. Lastly, Ms. Cate's needs an editor!!! It's very frustrating reading and running into grammatical errors, etc. Also, I agree with another reviewer (Adelin from Australia) that said ..."I truly believe together with the story fleshed out, and a good editor, your next book CAN be a best seller worldwide." I totally agree with Adelin. I absolutely love the idea around the story of Jack and Laurelyn. There were good moments in the book, some even great but I just hope it's told better in the next book.

Would I recommend: yes with reservations. If you can overlook the grammatical errors you might enjoy this unique love story.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I don't usually write reviews for books, but this book was so exceptionally, unexpectedly bad, that I felt compelled to let others know about my take.

I got the book when looking for an erotic romance novel. With such high ratings, I expected a catchy plot and a good romance. Instead, I was delivered neither. The writing is very simple. Short sentences and no big words. That is fine with me. But I do have a problem with the following aspects of the book:

1. The characters are completely unrealistic, as is the entire story. If you enjoy reading about a guy that is young, handsome, super rich, super romantic, super famous AND super nice, then this may be the book for you. I can't stand reading about characters like that - just perfect individuals with no faults. At least Christian Grey has some weird kinks in bed.

2. The whole book is extremely predictable, and a similar plot must have been written hundreds, if not thousands of times. It's the typical SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS "I'm not going to fall in love with you. But ah you are different from the others and now I'm in love with you."

3. The plot is full of holes. He's trying to protect his identity, yet he gives her a fake name that's strikingly similar to his real name. He has no problems with her taking pictures of him, or appearing in public with her, despite the fact he's hounded by paparazzis. What?

4. The book doesn't even end. I knew there's a sequel, but I still expected some kind of closure. Instead, it kind of just abruptly tells you to read the next book.

I really wish I could get my time back.
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77 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This story needs more real heart than the Tin Man does. February 9, 2013
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*Might contain spoilers, please beware!*

I started this story with high hopes due to the fabulous reviews, but the more I read, the more puzzled I became.

This is yet another 50 Shades knockoff, and though I love the possessive billionaire trope, this just didn't hit the spot, mainly because even though the words are down on the page, the story simply feels empty. I couldn't get involved in any situation. Not excited when Jack propositioned her. Not sad. We can never really see some great chemistry between them to begin with, and there were simply no high stakes for anyone. Things passed so quickly and almost uneventfully, with very few descriptive tags that really told me how our heroine felt about all this. This is the beauty of 50 Shades and Bared to You. We get excited along with that "inner diva"! We quiver with the reference to "Angel" because of the emotional connection formed with the characters.

There was nothing in there to connect to, unfortunately. The hero isn't remotely sexy or truly mysterious (even when he refuses to disclose his identity (the fact that he OPENLY refuses to disclose his identity just takes all the mystery away. Hey, call me Lachlan, but I'm not really Lachlan, it's just so you can call me something. I want to keep my name secret. Duh?), and aside from the name issue, I was quite confused at the anticlimatic way that the heroine learns his true name, and he then realizes that she doesn't care about it. So why had he worried about it so much? Wow, because it was stupid since the beginning? Again. Completely anticlimatic. All the other events that happen in the story have been so done previously, that they don't hook you to the point where you have to keep reading and find out the rest.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 2 days ago by O
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome read, part one of a series. beware of cliffy
This is book one of the beauty series. READ THEM IN ORDER!! Otherwise, you will have spoilers and will be very upset! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ❤️❤️❤️
I truly could not put this book down!!! Mr Henry & Miss Beckett are quite the pair. This sometimes rock but passion filled relationship is one for the records . Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book was a Fast easy enjoyable read. Absolutely love both characters. Excited to start the second book. & &
Published 18 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars It was easy to get lost in this book
It was easy to get lost in this book! As soon as I finished reading I had to go but the next book! I suggest buying the series as a whole and read all 3!
Published 23 days ago by workingmom3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Published 27 days ago by nicholas leach
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
Okay book that ends with a cliffhanger. I really wish authors would would write a complete book and not three individual ones.
Published 1 month ago by Sheila-Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good series
I really enjoyed this series. There was enough twists to keep it interesting. I definitely wanted to read the other other two books to find out how it ended.
Published 1 month ago by Jo Ann Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream romance with some twist
I really like all the twist and turns in this book, the main character seemed to be living out her dream romance.
Published 1 month ago by pamela stanfield
1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and Impossible to Wade Through
Couldn't make it all the way through this book - the characters and shallow and absurd, and this book plays as if drawn from the author's own personal fantasy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim
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Georgia Cates is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author of The Beauty Series. She resides in Mississippi with her husband and two daughters. Please visit georgiacates.com for additional information.

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What you'd like to see in the next book.
Natalie, my thoughts exactly!
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Beauty From Pain part 2
No pre order
out tomorrow :)
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