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- Publisher: Georgia Cates Books, LLC (January 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 4, 2014
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- Language: English
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I actually began to care about the characters and while there were a few of the usual "anyone can write a novel" spelling and grammatical errors, I enjoyed the story enough to overlook them. By the end I was emotionally invested in the outcome of the relationship. And then the author delivered a big F you to her readers. The book ended in a cliffhanger of epic proportions. Maybe there will be a happily ever after, but not until readers shell out for two more books. This one ended with the couple separating. Spoiler? Yeah, that's the point. I wish I'd been warned that this book was not a stand alone novel. I refuse to be manipulated into buying a second book.
Laurelyn was by far one of the most genuine, sophisticated female heroine's I've ever encountered. She was truly beautiful. Her personality was perfect. Never needy or unrealistic with her expectations from Jack. It was very pleasing and relieving. And Jack. Oh goodness, this man would make any woman weak in the knees. The perfect gentleman, but still totally alpha male.
The author did an amazing job with the flow of the story. It was so smooth and all consuming. I could not put this book down. And not to be a spoiler, but damn this book pulled at my emotions, in all the right ways. I laughed, I cried, and I totally swooned. Georgia Cates is unbelievably talented. I promise you, you will not regret this read. By far, above and beyond my expectations. The only regret I have is not reading it sooner.
Well played Mrs. Georgia Cates!! Well played!!
It made no sense. He meets the h in the story and explains to her all about his arrangement but this time he wants it to last 3 months. His business will keep him in the country for 3 months. Of course at first she's against it. Feels too much like prostitution, (cough. it is sans getting paid for it) but he convinces her it's nothing like prostitution because they will get to know each other and be comfortable with each other. Have a 'real' relationship. *scratching my head* Have a real relationship where neither knows the others name or true professions?
How the h fell for this is beyond me. How can you get to know someone when he lies about everything about himself to protect his identity! She doesn't know his name, or anything about him, but goes away with him??? How stupid is she? Hey, I love my dark romances where women are taken against their will, or coerced into relationships, but this isn't that. This is a pretty supposedly smart girl going along with this guys selfish arrangement knowing she's putting herself in danger and pretty much, prostituting herself, only not getting paid. Wow. Again, stupid, stupid girl.
He's not paying her so she can't be a whore, right? That's his justification. Wow this guy has balls. He's getting it for free! Oh he tells her he's going to spoiler her, etc. But you can't know my name, and you won't fall for me, because there's an end date. But I promise you we will be just like boyfriend and girlfriend!
How can he promise a girl she'll feel very comfortable with him in a relationship, and promises it will be real, when it's based on nothing but lies, but it's ok because she knows he's lying to her. It's selfish and insane
The author tries to portray the H's motives as honest because he's honest about his lies. Nothing wrong going on here. Yet, he won't tell his parents about his despicable little arrangements. He's too ashamed to let them know.
She's ashamed too. She hides the details of this strange relationship from her friends. Mind you she's in a foreign country, with only one friend, and she hides the arrangement she has with the H from the only friend she has. If she disappeared no one would be able to find her. I mean this guy went through great lengths to hide his identity. Oh, did I mention what an ego he has? He thinks if the girls knew, they'd want him only for his money. If that was the case, have them sign a contract! The lies where the worse for me. Made no sense for him to lie and hide his identity like he did. Ended up the h, when she found out, didn't know who he was anyway. Never heard of him. Ugh.
Like I said, unbelievable circumstances, and unlikable characters. However, it was well written, but that alone won't have me buying the next installment. Oh yeah, ends on a cliffhanger. They could both jump off the cliff for all I care.
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I loved this book, and it left me wanting more. What happens when Laurelin leaves, will she and Jack ever see each other again? Is it HEA? I felt pulled in many directions with this novel, jack came across like a a$$hole sometimes, arrogant and just an idiot but then there were times where he was written as a genuine man wanting emotional connection with a woman. There wasn't a consistency with his personality. I thought the characters could have been developed more and the relationship they had developed more. I didnt really fall deeply into their relationship it was written, which was a shame. Authors, don't believe that the same plot structures as FSOG work, its a bit tired now. This has great bones, and if the next two novels are offered for free I will definately read. but it hasn't captured me enough to save on my Kindle and buy the next. It was a good read while it lasted.
Laurelyn has moved to Australia with her friend and the last thing she was looking for was a relationship. On her first night there she visits a bar, not know what or who lurks round the corner... Jack is at a bar looking for a woman who will share his bed for 3 months. He certainly doesn't want a relationship and when he sees Laurelyn, he knows who he wants. No names, no attachments and they would walk away at the end of it. Seems simple right?
She does agree and then comes the case of not getting to attached to him. During this time Jack notices things about Laurelyn. Shes not like other girls wanting his money and instead wants to know about him, asks him questions and doesn't hesitate to give her opinion. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to be around her and hes more interested than he wants to be. During this time together, they have great sex, travel and Jack finds himself smitten. After the trip, everything changes and they spend more time together and fall into the routine of a couple. Then comes the realisation, shes fallen for Jack. Does he feel the same?
There is a shock ending (not really) and I did find myself wanting to throw my iPad mini through the window. Why cant they admit it?! HUGE cliffhanger alert and all the questions we wanted answering will be (hopefully) revealed in the second book which I cannot wait to read. Loved every minute of this book and cant wait to see what the second has to hold!
Addison cops off with her brother's best friend leaving Laurelyn to pair off with Ben - as if! Tall, sexy & buff Jack Maclachlan wants a companion with no strings for 3 months. He doesn't do proper names because once he's done with his companion he wants no contact.
Queue Jack seeing Laurelyn singing in a bar. She has the decision to make, become his beck and call girl or move on.
Jack is so caveman! And he knows about fine wine - he got it all going on.
I got this book when it was free and it did make me want to buy 2 & 3 in the series. Ends on a cliffhanger!
"Our precious time together feels like a candle with wicks burning at both ends. Once the flame meets in the middle, we're over. I'll never see him again, or hear his laugh or touch his skin. I'll never share a bed with him again. Am I prepared for it when that time comes?"
"You don't always know the true worth of a woman's love until it becomes a memory."
Read all 3 books over 5 days. Loved the story.
Firstly, I'm really really loving this series. When I first started 'Beauty from Pain' I wasn't sure it was going to be for me. But then, I've been through a real run of books that haven't floated my boat, so I was beginning to wonder if I was needing some time away from my beloved Kindle.
However, 'Beauty from Pain' pulled me out of my slump!
'The pain is conceived out of beauty - my love for Jack Henry McLachlan. I embrace it. I clutch it as tightly as I can with both fists because I never want to forget the love I have for him. Loving him will forever be my Beauty from Pain.'
Knowing I had to get up for work at 4am, I couldn't force myself to put Jack Henry and Laurelyn down until I'd finished the book at 2am! Cue a very sleepy, very clumsy, very grouchy Smitten. Oops!
I loved the will they/won't they throughout this book... will they reveal their real identity, will they admit to falling in love, will he ask her to stay... Aaargh! Scrummy!
"You don't always know the true worth of a woman's love until it becomes a memory."
Jack Henry, and the sex scenes, are haaawt! We all love a sexy multi-millionaire... and now we have a sexy secret multi-millionaire, with a filthy mouth and an Australian accent!
"Right now, all I'm thinking about is how I'm going to get you in my bed so I can show you all the ways I can make you come."
Laurelyn takes a trip to Australia, with best friend Addison, for the Christmas holidays, to escape a previous relationship-gone-bad. Despite wanting nothing less than to meet a man, she can't help the lure she feels when she bumps into charming, handsome, Aussie `suit', Jack Henry McLachlan.
But Jack needs a certain type of relationship. One where identity is kept secret, real names are withheld and contact is forbidden once their three months is up. Of course, Laurelyn agrees and their strange affair begins.
"Listen to me, Laurelyn. The best way to get over somebody is to get under someone else."
Laurelyn is a great female lead. She has a playful, real character and isn't afraid to speak her mind. I can't stand miscommunications in books, and I was pleased that these characters seemed able to talk things through, despite the need for secrecy in their relationship.
"How can you think it's possible to have something this hot without one of us getting burned?"
This book does end in a cliffhanger. I'm really glad that I waited until Beauty from Surrender' was released, to read these books as I know this cliffhanger would have irritated me if I hadn't. But now that both books are available, I'd definitely recommend this series, so far!
Beauty from Pain Statistics
Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥♥
Book #1 - Beauty from Pain
Book #2 - Beauty from Surrender
Can this be read as a standalone? No
Warning. This book includes...
Graphic sexual content
Review by Smitten's Book Blog
Beauty from Pain is so unlike anything else I have ever read. Yes we may have the broken heroine who is struggling to deal with a painful break up, and we may have the sexy billionaire, but apart from that everything else is so new.
Laurelyn Prescott is embarking on a three month trip around the world to Australia with her best friend, Addison. They will be staying with Addison's brother and forgetting about life back home. Just what Laurelyn needs - a break, the sun, a bit of fun with her best friend and NO men. With some wise words from Addison, their journey begins.
"Listen to me, Laurelyn. The best way to get over somebody is to get under someone else."
Jack McLachlan. Jack freaking McLahlan. I absolutely loved him. He was the rich and sexy billionaire owner of many wineries across Australia and New Zealand but he doesn't like the world, or his 'companions' to know this. He is a mystery to woman and that is exactly the way he intends to keep it when he meets Laurelyn one night in a bar.
They agree on 3 months together. Nothing more, nothing less. This is perfect for both Jack and Laurelyn, Jack because he doesn't have time in his life for more and Laurelyn because she will be returning home to the US after this 3 months and will never have to see him again. It's all very simple, 3 months, no sharing personal details of each others lives - including names, and by the end of it they will both walk away never seeing each other again. Easy, right? I'll let you find out..
"Baby, you've screwed my mind without touching my body."
This was one of the sexiest books I have ever read, but there was so much more to it than just the hot and steamy scenes. I felt real, heavy emotions whilst reading this. All the way through I was almost pleading and begging Jack to just give in and say to hell with his three months and I was never sure whether I was going to get my way or not. It does leave off in a cliffhanger but thankfully we are given the first chapter of the next book, due out May 20th, so you can definitely see the direction the book will be taking. I can not wait to get back to some more of Laurelyn and Jack.
"Loving him will forever be my Beauty from Pain.
I was drawn into the book from the first page, you are absorb into the story straight away. The book is full of emotion and every page consumed me. It's also not as predictable as first thought.
Jack and Laurelyn's relationship is truly beautiful, an unconventional start with 'no strings' mentioned in the book's description. They both go into the relationship with their eyes wide open, and you see their feelings for each other grow throughout the book. They also have some seriously steamy scenes, Jack is hot and will get your heart racing.
Georgia Cates has done an amazing job with their story, the book is fast paced and their isn't any unnecessary description to draw out the book. The story is told from both points of view and I love the balance from each perspective. There were some points whee I felt like I wanted to know what the other person is thinking, but you get to know the characters well enough to know what's in their head.
Book two definitely needs to hurry up, but I'm quite content with how the story has been left. I'm not a massive fan of cliffhangers (I hate them), but I feel that Georgina has given me 'happy ever after for now'......
Highly recommended.........enjoy the a bottle of wine.
Where do I even begin? It is hard for me to remember the last time a book made me this giddy. Now don't get me wrong, I read a lot of books and I love a lot of books. But this is different. I sat at work and couldn't stop thinking about Jack and Laurelyn. My friend had already finished it the day before me so we eMailed, text, and chatted all day about it. I rushed to a quiet spot on my thirty minute lunch break so that I could read as much as possible. I rushed home immediately after work so that I could dive back into their story. Even now that I have finished, I can not get enough of Jack and Laurelyn. I have joined a Beauty From Pain support group on Facebook (no joke), and have found myself slightly obsessed with the teasers and fan art that the author has released. In short... Hello, my name is Christine and I am a Beauty From Pain addict.
"I didn't love you the day I met you, or even a month later. But somewhere between hello and the goodbye I'm unable to bear.
So the question to be asked is, why did I fall so hard in love with this book and it's characters? There is no one real answer to this but I will do my best to explain. Let us start with the location, Australia. This was a nice change of pace from having it set in America; I enjoyed reading about the new locations and places. Also, the pace of the story was perfectly set, and it never felt rushed or hurried. I didn't question the time frame given or the feelings that had developed in that time period. I loved almost all of the side characters, mostly Jack's family. They were warm, loving, and I just wanted to give his mother a big hug.
"We've shared countless kisses. They were almost always heated and demanding, but this one is entirely different. It tells me things he can't or won't say because it goes against everything he intends for our relationship."
However, above all of these reasons, it is Jack and Laurelyn that make Beauty From Pain such an amazing story. I simply fell in love with both of them. I will be completely honest and admit that it is rare for me not to find something annoying with the main female character. There is always some trait or action that causes me to find myself rolling my eyes. This never happened. There was not a single moment where I did not understand why the characters were acting, and or reacting in the way they were. Every situation was handled in an adult manner, and honestly it was the single most refreshing thing I have read in a very long time.
"She has bewitched me. And I want her. She's the one."
It is so easy for adult contemporary romance/erotic novels to fall into the 'same ole same ole', but this story is so beautifully told that even if you look at the synopsis and think you know exactly how it will all play out, trust me... you are wrong. This story has depth that will have you so wrapped up in it, that you will not be able to put it down. In fact, I challenge anybody that would say they even remotely enjoy this genre, to read Beauty From Pain and not love it wholeheartedly. I would have to think it an impossible task. I honestly do not have even one single negative thing I can say about this book.
"..you don't always know the true worth of a women's love until it becomes a memory."
And the ending? Would I classify it as a cliffhanger? Yes and no. Yes, it ends in a location that makes you want to rip your hair out and curl up into a fetal position until the next book is out. But no, because I went in pretty much knowing where the ending was going to have to be. I refuse to give anything away from the story but I think that there is no way that Laurelyn and Jack would ever have been able to have a happily ever after if this book would have ended any differently. This ending can only bring them closer together, and is exactly what they need to move forward.
It also helps that book two, Beauty From Surrender, is due to be released on May 30th 2013. So, we do not have very long at all until we get to meet back up with Laurelyn and Jack. I am a on major countdown to this book, and I am already wondering how I am going to concentrate at work knowing that it is sat on my Kindle all day waiting for me to start it...
"I've known pain my whole life, but this is a new kind for me. It isn't born of something wrong or ugly. This pain is conceived out of beauty - my love for Jack Henry McLachlan. I embrace it. I clutch it as tightly as I can with both fists because I never want to forget the love I have for him. Loving him will forever be my Beauty from Pain."
Rainy Day Reads
These books hooked, line and sunk me. An emotional roller coaster.
We start with Laurelyn and her best friend Addison heading towards Addie's brothers place in Australia for a 3 month trip.
Only this trip has another course in mind for the pair of best friends.
Addison meets the man of her dreams before they have even reached the apartment, while Laurelyn feels like she has been set up with her best-friends brother. But her true course has other plans.
Lo and behold Jack Henry. He offers L. 3 months of the best time of her life, no questions, no names. Just the best 3 months of her life. They go there separate ways at the end. Neither knowing the other persons name.
Unfortunately the path to true love never happens this way and they find out stuff about each other that they never expected. And true to form. They fall in love.
With his true love finally gone how will Jack Henry manage....
Laurelyn can tell instantly that Ben is attracted to her, but no way is she going there. Addison has paired up with Ben's friend Zac. Leaving Laurelyn trying to avoid Ben's obvious interest. The first night they are out in a club, where Laurelyn gets up to sing, as she is a musician by profession, and its an open mic. But someone else has become focused on her. Jack McLachlan a wine making millionaire. Jack has come to Wagga Wagga for the next three months, and has come to the club to look for a woman, who might be willing to spend that time with him.
Jack doesn't do relationships, he has short term partners, whom he has a special arrangement with. He doesn't ask for their real name nor does he give his. It's all about sex. He does like to spoil the lady of the moment. But when their time is up they go their separate ways. Usually these relationships last a matter of weeks. But this will be the longest time he has asked a woman to be with him for three months. Laurelyn has already garnered his interest, he is determined that for the next three months she will be his.
This is part one, of Jack and Laurelyn's story. The next is due this summer. A bit too long of a wait IMO. I liked this book it was well written. I thought the secret identities was a weak plot device, especially as Jack was a fairly famous personality, and darling of the newspapers. So trying to keep his real name and financial status a secret from the woman of the moment seemed a bit silly.
Having said that Jack was a dream character, he's hot and sexy, but really attentive. Laurelyn was a very likeable character as well, I could see how she was agreeable to Jack's proposition after her previous bad experience, a no strings attached affair sounded great to her. Plus Jack being totally gorgeous sweetened the deal. I liked the chemistry between them, and the sex was passionate. This does end on a sort of cliffhanger. But I will be reading part two.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were sweet and the relationship built was believable and involving. I cared about them by the end and went through the stupid grins and the frustration and the hope and all that happens when I feel properly engaged with a romance.
I'm not sure there was too much original about the plot, having read quite a few fake/no strings/temp relationship books where they end up falling in love but being insecure about the reciprocation. And the characters were not quite flawed enough for me to entirely relate to them. But fundamentally I loved it and will be reading book 2 without a doubt! I know when I've been hooked though because I have that nervous anticipation butterflies feeling because I know it's going to be all kinds of frustrating before a HEA. Maybe I'll wait until the series has been finished before I continue, this ending was kind of sad to be honest.
Jack tall dark and handsome Aussie with azure blue eyes... Ummm I think I just slipped off my seat thinking about him again (as inappropriate as that may be its the truth) and I just love how his aussieness occasionally bordered on an english gentleman type persona and what girl doesnt love that. Now onto Laurelyn, I think she may be my favourite female character in a book, she is just strong, funny, direct and there is none of this crap ditsy behaviour we see from so many female leads in books. Although she obviously has her vulnerabilities she was also capable of being the confident young woman she should be.
Another mega cliffhanger that left me sat there saying 'NO' but I cannot wait for the next book and will be on it as soon as it is released in May!!
I did enjoy the book and the characters were believable, I can easily see why Jack would want to form such relationships and as the book develops you can also appreciate why she has agreed to it. Perhaps it is a little unbelievable that she has travelled to Australia with a friend who she promptly sees very little of throughout the tale - but that aside it is an enjoyable book and I will download the 2nd one.
But it's not . . . It's a really good romance, no violence, just two people trying to get together.
Jack (aka Lachlan) likes un-complicated sex, he meets a girl, does the business, then moves on. He is rich and owns several vineyards, and for this reason, he gives a false name to hide his identity.
Laurelyn (aka Paige) goes to Austraila with a friend for three months to escape a failed relationship at home.
The two meet, and they agree on three month relationship, no strings attached, using false names.
Needless to say they fall in love, but what will happen at the end of three months (I'm not saying)
There are a couple of scenes which just made me laugh, and the mother, Margaret - I love her ! Great style of writing, will certainly consider more books by Georgia Cates.