Beauty From Pain (Beauty, #1) 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.
Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language
Kelly- 4 Crowns
I wasn't sure what I expected from this story but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised!
Number 13 is certainly lucky for some!
A heartfelt love story with no pretences. A delightful read!
The synopsis covers everything you need to know about this book, so I won’t go into a full overview. What I will say however is that I admit, and quite ardently, that I am a total fool!
For some reason I had it in my head that this book was going to be another formulaic re-hash of Fifty Shades, that subsequently, set a time delay in me reading this series. So, you can imagine my surprise when I started this book and realised, quite quickly, that it was anything but.
If I had to compare it to something, I would say it seemed more in-line with a modern day retell of pretty woman, but without the prostitute, obviously. However, there was lots of sex – the good kind too! It wasn't as alpha or angsty as I expected but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In-fact, this story was a very pleasant surprise and I revelled gleefully in the escapism it provided me.
Let me will tell you why:
There were no pretences.
This was a voluntary spoken contractual affair between two consenting adults. Both Jack (Lachlan) and Laurelyn (Paige) were both fully aware of the outcome of their union right from the start. There was no silliness with early twenty-something virgins looking for hearts and roses - this was three months of wining, dining, and sex for dessert that, quite honestly, was a little on the vanilla side.
Hell… I’m not complaining because Jack McLauchlan is HOT, ladies. He is the perfect Gentleman, who just so happens to be the most eligible multi-millionaire winemaking business magnate in all of Australia. Because of this, he likes to keep his life, and his bedroom activities private.
I loved the idea of remaining anonymous; I thought it was a great addition to this story and highlighted the complexity of this man and the lengths he is willing to go to, to protect himself and his family from any back-lash that derives from complicated relationships. I also connected with Laurelyn who took the idea to his level, when she decided two could play the same game. I wanted to give her a sisterly high-five for being so clued up without coming across as a conceited bitch. She may still be young, but she was a strong, likable character who took the bull by the horns and embraced this life-experience for what it was worth - knowing that when she headed back home to the States, their time together would be nothing but warm memories.
Alas, three months with a tentative lover and a gentleman who lavishes attention and gifts on you can turn warm memories into devastating heartache when the heart dictates. So yes… this is a love story that starts out as an agreement, which sounds slightly familiar, but this is where all familiarities end.
Jack and Laurelyn’s story concludes where it should have and I was thankful for that. It gave the plotline full plausibility even though those pesky ‘forbidden’ feelings for one another started to blur the lines of the original agreement. I’m a sucker for a good love story, and this one delivered!
Looking forward to seeing where the next book takes them both. The upside of starting late, is I have the sequel locked and loaded, ready to go…