- File Size: 6578 KB
- Print Length: 1265 pages
- Publisher: Georgia Cates Books, LLC; First edition (October 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NXXB4RO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Beauty Series Bundle: Beauty from Pain, Beauty from Surrender, Beauty from Love Kindle Edition
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I absolutely LOVED this series, and could not put it down! It had me hooked from the first couple chapters. I liked everything about this series, from the writing style to the characters and the plot, and everything in between. It had just the right amount of humor, angst, love and romance, and sex. At times, it reminded me a little of some of my absolute favorite reads (I don't want to say which ones and mislead you at all). I will tell you, THIS IS NOT A BDSM BOOK! I assumed it was, from the title of the first book one. It's not that kind of pain (winky face). There was a point in the second book where I felt the story was dragging a little, and I really wanted some resolution, but that's pretty common in the second book of a trilogy. The series did have ALL the elements I LOVE (lots of feels, hot sex, a sassy heroine, a sexy alpha with a soft spot for his family, short chapters, HEA, and a fantastic epilogue). You can't go wrong with this series! I just wonder how I never found it sooner???
From the moment we met Laurelyn, I fell in love with her. At times, she was so unsure of things, but then in other instances, she was so strong-willed and confident. She seemed to always hold her head high and it was incredibly commendable. I also felt like I could relate to her family situation, particularly with her mother. The inability to give up on her despite all her mistakes just endeared me to Laurelyn further. She was just one of those characters that drew you in like a moth to a flame. She did what she had to in order to survive and keep her strength and it just really resonated with me.
As for Jack Henry - oh hot mama! I don't know that I will ever get my fill of this man. He was stubborn and mysterious, but not without his reasons. Jack was persistent and attentive, and just made you swoon. I also loved seeing this whole other side of him when he was with his family. He became this kind, gentle person who would drop everything for those he loved. Cates writes him in such a way that you see these two drastically different sides of his personality so you really get who he is as a whole while still maintaining this intriguing quality. He provides for quite the interesting male lead.
I have to say that the chemistry between these two was probably my absolute favorite thing about them! The sex between them was so seductive and thrilling, but still pretty classy. There was no BDSM component, but it really reminded me as a reader that sometimes you don't need all of that extra stuff to get the steamy factor. It comes with how well a scene is written and Georgia Cates sure knows how to accomplish that!
Overall, I was very impressed with Beauty From Pain. I truly felt like I was on a journey of discovery with these two. They had to gain strength and come to understand themselves in order to find a way to each other. I laughed at times, and I even had tears falling at others. The book is exquisitely written and will leave you feeling like you've been spun into a spider's web with no hopes (or desire) of escaping. If Georgia Cates is on your TBR, bump her up - and if she isn't there, definitely do yourself a favor and add her!
Beauty From Surrender picks up immediately where the first book leaves off. We're thrown into an anxiety-ridden situation where Laurelyn has left Jack and she's on an airplane back to the States. She has left no way for him to find her or any lines of communication. He's stuck in Australia and hit with the realization that he has fallen in love for the first time. What ensues is a journey of finding their way back to each other, while still navigating through the obstacles that surface.
If I'm being honest, I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the first one. Once the two were reunited, there was almost too much sex with not enough of a plot line. I love the steamy factor as much as the next girl, but I actually found myself rolling my eyes on numerous occasions. When they did end up getting together, the two characters seemed to either be arguing or having sex. Also, there was such a large time span covered in this single book that by the time you reach the end, you sometimes feel like you've read two books.
The best part of Beauty From Surrender for me was Jack. He showed a tremendous amount of character growth between these two books and did a complete one-eighty. His dedication to Laurelyn never truly wavered and it was an admirable characteristic, especially for a man who previously went from companion to companion. Furthermore, I love that as much as it hurt, he encouraged her to pursue her dreams. He knew that he had to let her come to her decision by herself, and respected that, and it showed a level of maturity that he had lacked before.
I was really confused by Laurelyn in this book. She seemed to go back and forth so many times that it started to make me dizzy. It started to feel like she was being a petulant child with making Jack sweat things out instead of just communicating with him. It seemed kind of ridiculous to me that she couldn't even tell him she would be joining him in Australia at the end of the tour. Given her maturity and level of sophistication in the first book, I suppose that I just expected more from her, but it seemed like she went through a bit of a regression instead.
One of the most amazing messages that I took away from this was that family isn't always blood; they're the people who love you and support you through all your choices. I really do enjoy Cates' writing style throughout the book (and the first as well). With all the miscommunications, it helps to receive points of view from both of the main characters. I also think it is really great how Georgia Cates incorporates the title into the book. It helps bring the whole story together and really leave a mark on the reader. There was less of a cliffhanger in Beauty From Surrender, but it definitely left me anxious to see what else of the story is left to tell.
Beauty From Love is the final installment in the Beauty trilogy and I really loved the roller coaster ride I was on. Georgia Cates has a wonderful writing ability, is able to pull you into her world, and really force you to experience a myriad of emotions through her characters. This book will definitely leave you with some incredible highs, and some really tough lows, but the ride and the experience is worth every last bit of exhilaration.
Jack Henry is no less committed to his relationship with Laurelyn, and we even get to see him open up more bits by bits. The transformation that we have seen throughout the series is absolutely stunning. He went from this man who didn't even want to know a girl's name, to a man who would move heaven and earth for the woman that dug under his skin. No matter what happened, or what miscommunications arose, he held steady to every single one of his feelings and beliefs. He never wavered and it's such an attractive quality in a book boyfriend!
Oh, Laurelyn. I really had the same problem with her in this book that I did in the previous one. Her mood swings were so immature and drove me crazy. She had the mentality of running away instead of confronting an issue, and I didn't quite understand why. Although I could never empathize what she was feeling when faced with another of his companions, it just seemed odd to me that she loved this man, yet would continue to listen to others' opinions and not stick around to fight it out with him. Her continued defense mechanism of kicking him out just started to grate on me, especially because she was so strong and held it together in other instances, like with her parents.
Beauty From Love had a very genuine feel to it. The happenings didn't feel made up or exaggerated for a story's benefit. I absolutely adored seeing the progression of the relationship from the first book to this final one. The timeline felt quick, as they only knew each other a relatively short time, but I still felt myself falling in love with these characters. The Beauty series was, without a doubt, an emotional roller coaster ride. Laurelyn and Jack had some wonderful moments, some sad ones, and some extremely sensual, sexy times. Cates is a remarkable writer who will force you to feel each and every one of these emotions. I felt like they really came full circle both as individuals, as well as a couple. Beauty From Love was the absolute perfect ending to the trilogy - and now I can't wait to venture into Cates' other projects!
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