Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

Title: Beauty From Pain
Author: Georgia Cates
Release date: January 31, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Age Group: Adult

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:  Let me begin by saying this is one of the best books that I have read this year and will definitely be in my top 10 of 2013.  I absolutely loved it.  In fact, I love all of Georgia Cate's books, but Beauty From Pain was a unique experience, one I won't soon forget.  Laurelyn Prescott finds herself in Australia with her friend Addison for 3 months, after experiencing a really difficulty breakup from a relationship, one in which she was completely and totally deceived and hurt.  She's a musician, but has walked away from it all, at least temporarily, to get away from the guy and the situation that has caused this.  She and Addison are staying with Addison's brother Ben, who has an apartment there.  When she meets Ben, he's obviously attracted to her, but that is the last thing Laurelyn wants, especially since it is her best friend's brother.  

Jack Henry McLachlan is a multimillionaire, works in the wine business, and is one of Australia's most eligible bachelors.  He likes women, but he likes them with no strings attached, having found things just work better all the way around that way.  He "arranges" relationships with women, laying out the rules up front, rules which include fake names and a set time limit for the affair, but also promising them the time of their lives.  He has been as successful in doing this as has he has been in business, and he likes it that way.  It just so happens that his business has landed him in the same city that Laurelyn is in, and as fate would have it, they wind up in the same club one night in the town of Wagga Wagga, Laurelyn catches his eye, and Jack decides he must have her.    

Laurelyn isn't like the other women that Jack has met and had arrangements with.  In fact, she isn't like any other woman he has ever known.  First of all she's younger, she has quite a sense of humor, and she has no intention of being coerced into anything, making it clear to him that she is not some sort of escort or whore.  Jack McLachlan is handsome, hot, charming, oozing sex appeal, and very, very convincing.  Laurelyn soon finds herself giving into his request, despite her reservations, because there is just something about this man she can't resist.  

What begins as an "arrangement" begins to grow into so much more.  Jack AKA Lachlan Henry, soon finds himself breaking many of his own rules with Laurelyn AKA Paige Beckett.  He has feelings for her he hasn't had for anyone before, feelings he doesn't understand and tries to ignore.  It becomes clear that she cares about him for him, and not what he can do for her.  He treats her like a princess, and they grow to become really good friends, and the sex, well let's just say it is off the charts amazing.....more amazing than either of them has ever experienced before.  Despite Laurelyn's deepening feelings for Jack, she realizes that their relationship is nothing more than an "agreement", a verbal contract, and even though it many times seems like more, this truth is always foremost in her mind.  During their 3 months together they incur many different situations that completely change their original "arrangement," but when push comes to shove and it comes time to leave, will Jack decide to confess his true feelings, or will he be too late and lose Laurelyn forever?   

I loved Laurelyn's character.  She had been through hell, but still managed to have a sense of humor, despite all the heartache she had been through.  She has never had much, and doesn't expect much, which soon becomes obvious to Jack.  She's been dealt an unfair hand in life, one which has has caused her to have many issues, but she is real, and I found myself very connected to her, experiencing her joy and heartache right along with her.  
Jack Henry McLachlan is sex on a stick and I could just devour him.  I mean the man is the epitome of hotness.  I loved him, then got aggravated with him, swooned after him, then wanted to shake him into realizing what was in front of him.  He is mysterious, sometimes hot tempered, and can be kind, loving, and charming.  He is very dominant and used to getting what he wants, while giving just as much.  I mean the man is irresistible   

I loved Jack and Laurelyn's relationship and watching what it developed into, experiencing every emotion from one end of the scale to the other right along with them.  The chemistry between these two is so hot you can almost feel the flames as you read.  I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning because I could not put this book down, and the ending, well the ending killed me, and I mean that in a good way.  Rest assured that Georgia Cates gives you a little insight into what is coming next so you aren't crushed.  Beauty From Surrender is just going to be epic and I can't wait.  If you love hot, steamy, contemporary romance, then Beauty From Pain is a must read.  

Favorite Quotes:

"So you've never danced on stage in f**k-me pumps for a bunch of horny bastards?"  

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.  "You say that like your're pretty familiar with the scene."
..."Yes and no."
"Yes to what and no too what?"
"No, I've never danced on stage for horny bastards, but yes, I wear f**k-me pumps when I dance on the pole."

I'm naked with this man.  The thought makes me want to do my happy dance, but I decide to save it for later when I'm alone. 

I'm afraid I've screwed up big time.  I feel the pooling in my eyes and I look toward the ceiling, pleading with my sockets to drink the tears.  I hold my breath and cup my hands over my mouth to hold back the sob in my chest.  In my confusion over what has just happened, I go for the wrong door in an attempt to get away from him.  "That's the closet."  Shit if I care.  I walk into the small pitch-black room.......Several minutes pass and I hear a few light taps on the door, but I don't say anything......I'm hurt and belittled because he yelled at me, and maybe even a little frightened by the fury in his voice.  "I sort of know you're in there unless there's a hidden dungeon I don't know about."  He opens the door and comes inside to stand with me........"Can we agree this was a misunderstanding and talk about something else?"  I ask.  He hugs me in the darkness and kisses my head.  "I think that's a great idea, but can we leave the closet?"

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 she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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  1. Yay! I am so glad to see this review because honestly I haven't seen any yet on it, at least not in the blogsphere.

    And, I trust your judgement on books since they are so similar to mine (LOL!) so I am super excited that you loved this and it makes me excited to read it.

    Great review!

    1. I think you will like it. I just loved it. If you loved M. Leightons Up to Me and Down to You, and I know you did, then I think this is something you will enjoy.

  2. I hadn't read any of reviews of this one yet. It sounds good though!

  3. I think this is the first review I've read. I really like Georgia's books and this one seems so good. Great review, Ellen!

    1. It is really good. I hope you get a chance to read it soon. I think it is something you will really like.

  4. Wow, one the best books of the year? I had forgotten all about this one but now I’m gonna have to go get it. I haven’t read any of her books yet but they look really good. Awesome review!

    1. OMG - I can't wait for you to read this one. I think you'll love it.


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