COVER REVEAL: Beauty From Love by Georgia Cates

The epic romance between an all-American beauty and her Aussie continues in this final instalment of The Beauty Series. I am beyond excited to give you the title, blurb and stunning cover of Beauty from Love

Expected release date: 28 January 2014

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Jack McLachlan is fulfilled by more than he dared to dream possible. He finds everything he never knew he wanted—or needed—in Laurelyn Prescott, his last and final companion. Life is beautiful with his beloved by his side but their post-wedded bliss is cut short when his dark past springs into their present happiness. He wants to shelter Laurelyn but keeping her untainted by his previous life proves impossible when  yesterday’s sins insist on returning to haunt him.

Will it be possible for them to find happiness in their forever with a past like his?

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Beauty – Reading Order and Purchase Links
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Beauty from Pain: My reviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Beauty from Surrender: My ReviewAmazon US | Amazon UK
Beauty from Love: Coming 28 Jan 2014…
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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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Beauty From Surrender by Georgia Cates

BeautyFromSurrender_322x500How do you move on when he’s every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career – until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott – but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

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“Why am I still seeing her? Missing her? Loving her?”

After being left with a nail-biting cliff-hanger for months, the continuation of the beautiful tale of Laurelyn and her Jack Henry couldn’t come soon enough. We watched them fall in love with each other, reluctantly but completely, and their separation at the end of Beauty from Pain left us heart-broken, distraught, but hopeful. We knew their reunion was inevitable but it was anyone’s guess how the story would unfold. This is very much a different book from its prequel, both in intensity as well as in angst, but it is the natural conclusion to a timeless love affair between a man who never expected to fall in love and his beautiful American girl who made him want to be worthy of her love.

“You’re everything I never knew I wanted. Every time I picture my future, it’s always your face I see… with some little people who look like us.”

The story resumes shortly after Laurelyn’s sudden departure from Australia. We find Jack Henry inconsolable and overwhelmed by heartache – his inability to stop Laurelyn from leaving has plunged him into a pit of depression and self-destructiveness, desperate to go after her and bring her back, but helpless to do so as he never learned her full name. We watch him drown his sorrow in alcohol and attempting to forget her, but there is no way of forgetting a love that jump-started your heart.

“I’ve lost the only thing that ever made me feel alive.”

Laurelyn is back home, nursing her own broken heart and feeling unloved and rejected by a man who she hoped would become her future. However, instead of wallowing in self-pity, she turns her pain into music, writing songs about Jack Henry, their story, her love for him, and her resignation that that love would never be.

“He will always be every song I sing.”

But this is not a story about these lovers living apart – this is the story of them finding their way to each other again and allowing their hearts to lead the way, regardless of what the future may bring. Once they are back in each other’s arms, Laurelyn and Jack Henry are quite a sight. Their physical connection is stronger than ever as, this time around, their hearts are fully exposed to one another. Jack Henry is working hard to win her trust back as Laurelyn no longer trusts him not to break her heart again. She has finally regained her strength back after leaving Jack Henry and she is reluctant to make herself vulnerable to him again. Having had to always look after herself before Jack Henry came into her life and having learned to be the only person to have her back, Laurelyn is terrified to let go and embrace the promises that he is making her.

“When I fell before, you didn’t catch me.”

With a physical separation looming over them unless they find a way to forge a future together, their desperation to get under each other’s skin and show the other that living apart is not an option is utterly moving. They are not always able or brave enough to express what they feel in words but their bodies communicate it quite effectively. Ms Cates is extremely skilful at making the reader feel the chemistry, the need, the desire between the characters, and this physical side of their relationship overtakes all others in this book. There is so much personal turmoil they both need to overcome at this point, fears of rejection, of being hurt again, of allowing themselves to love freely, but finding a common direction for the future is their biggest hurdle.

I can’t say I did not truly enjoy every single moment of this book – I was starving to see how this beautiful love story would unfold and I was not disappointed. I would have loved a tad more personal growth shown through deeper dialogues, a few pivotal moments in the story given a bit more importance and not being skimmed over too easily, and I felt that too much weight was put on time between the sheets, on playfulness, and not enough on ‘important talks’. It made it a very sexy read in that regard but my personal preference would have been to see even more emotions shown from these characters. I would have liked to see more attention paid to the relationships with some of the secondary characters whose roles were crucial to the type of people Laurelyn and Jack Henry had become. All this, however, did not spoil my reading experience, not one tiny bit.

If you loved Beauty from Pain, one of My Favourite Books ever, this book will leave you ecstatic. It’s romantic, it is beautifully written and it is does our Laurelyn and Jack Henry justice. A must read.

“Everything I’ve been, I am, or will ever be, I surrender it all to you.”

4stars

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COVER REVEAL: Beauty From Surrender by Georgia Cates

The story of Jack Henry and Laurelyn continues… After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left – her music. Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn – but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but the woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye.

Beauty from Pain was one of the most emotionally-charged books I have read this year and it left me desperately needing the sequel. There are scenes that I have re-read more times than I wish to admit as they somehow manage to evoke me in the same intense feelings as the first time I read those words. A beautiful love story with a timeless feel to it, a sensual journey of two people finding each other when the last thing either of them are looking for is love. Even when love is not what they agreed on. Today, I have the pleasure of presenting to you the stunning cover of Beauty from Surrender

Expected release date: 30 May 2013

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It’s pouring rain – coming down so hard it almost stings hitting my face. I reach up to push my hair from my eyes and that’s when I see him. He’s getting into a cab up the street. “Jack Henry!” I shout at the top of my lungs but he doesn’t hear me. “Jack Henry!”

I run toward the car continuing to scream his name. I reach the cab as it is leaving. I slam my hand across the top of the trunk as hard as I can before watching it pull away from the curb – taking him out of my life forever.

“Nooo!” I scream so loudly that my vocal cords spasm. I drop to my knees there on the cold, wet concrete. I try to scream, and again, nothing comes out because my breath has been taken from me.

Please, don’t leave. Please, don’t be gone forever. Again.

The cab moves for a moment but then I see the blurry, glowing red lights through the rain pouring against my face and heavy lens of tears covering my eyes. I don’t have to guess at what it is; it’s the brake lights of the cab. It’s unmoving –and so am I– and then I see the backdoor open.

It’s my Jack Henry.

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Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

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 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.

“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.”

If you asked me what it was about this story that earned its spot among my all-time-favourite books even before I had finished it, I could give you a dozen reasons, but I cannot tell you why this book moved me so much and reduced me to such a sobbing mess in the end. Love stories always get to me, one way or another, but rarely does one evoke such intense reactions in me. This book had my full attention from the first few pages, kept it page after page, making me forfeit reality for just one more scene, one more chapter, one more emotion, and it crushed me in the end in the best possible way.

Laurelyn is a young American girl who comes to Australia on a three-month visit with her best friend. She comes with no plans or expectations, hoping that this new distance from the pressures of home would help her put her own life into perspective and allow her to make some difficult life-changing decisions. She is a girl whose childhood has left numerous emotional scars on her fragile heart, and whose only serious past relationship with a man only added further reasons in her mind for believing that she is unworthy of ever being loved, cherished, desired, or wanted forever. When Laurelyn reaches the Australian shores, she is not looking for love. She escaped her real life desperately hoping to find some tranquillity to heal her broken heart.

“There’s so much that’s happened in my life to make me feel unworthy of ever being beautiful, incredible, funny, or irresistible.”

Enter Jack McLachlan, billionaire winemaker and one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Jack does not do conventional relationships nor does he want one – he selects a companion for a short and set amount of time to pursue a physical relationship with them under strict conditions and rules. It allows him to keep his personal life separate from his public persona, eliminating needless complications and messy breakups. When he first lays eyes on Laurelyn, his body’s instant reaction to her lets him know that he has found his next companion. He propositions her with his unorthodox offer – three months strings-free, no real names or any identifying personal information to be shared between them. He offers her a relationship void of complications, pretences, feelings or long-term expectations from one another, and after some deliberation and inner struggle with the idea of a romance-free fling, she finally accepts Jack’s offer.

“When the three months is over, so are we. I’ll move on and you will too. Because you won’t know my name or any identifying information about me, you’ll have no way to contact me. Ever.”

But when two people are literally made for each other, setting such arbitrary boundaries in a relationship that is destined to naturally evolve becomes impossible. The connection and attraction between Laurelyn and Jack is unquestionable, palpable, deliciously irresistible. Through a tastefully erotic and yet genuinely romantic progression of the physical aspect of their relationship, we see them fall in love with one another, oblivious to it happening but unable to stop it. They bare their souls to each other, telling their most fiercely-protected secrets, never afraid of being judged or criticised. The very nature of the unusual relationship they entered into gives them the freedom of being themselves at all times, never having to guard their hearts, this only amplifying the escalating intimacy between them.

“… we climb into bed and he pulls me close. He doesn’t ask me to tell him about the pain I’m hiding. He simply holds me until we fall asleep. It’s something I’ve never done. And it’s beautiful.”

As the end of their agreement slowly approaches, their reluctance to let go of each other only grows. They don’t address it but it is constantly on their minds. As they come to the same conclusion but at different paces, we are taken through one of the most exquisitely painful scenes of heart-break and emotional resignation that I have ever come across. It is soul-shattering and it won’t leave you indifferent even hours after you finish reading it. You can sense where the story will eventually go, you can almost taste it in your mouth, but you keep hoping that true love would eventually conquer even the deepest inner struggles.

“I no longer hold out hope he will ask me to stay, and I feel the tears. Thank God I turned off the bathroom light when I came out so it’s dark and he can’t see me. And I won’t see the love he doesn’t feel when he’s holding me.”

This book pressed all the right buttons for me – it made me dream, squeal, obsess, squirm, sigh, and then sob uncontrollably. The writing style was very pleasant to read, albeit a bit simplistic at times but it did not avert my attention from the escapist nirvana that was possessing every part of me while reading it. The sequel is scheduled for release in early Summer 2013 and it cannot come soon enough.

 “We’re heart to heart and he fades into me until I don’t know where I end and he begins.”


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