Series: The Beauty Series
Author: Georgia Cates
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 13, 2014
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The New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-selling Beauty Series is now available in a single volume.
BEAUTY FROM PAIN: Aussie winemaker Jack McLachlan and American musician Laurelyn Prescott agree to a three month relationship while keeping their true identities secret.
BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER: A heartbroken Laurelyn Prescott returns to Nashville to pursue her music career and finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Jack Henry McLachlan spends three months searching for his beloved but their reunion doesn’t come easy. Will she be able to see beyond the glitz glamour and visualize a life that includes him?
BEAUTY FROM LOVE: Life for Jack Henry and Laurelyn is beautiful until 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?
Yay! I had read the first two books in the series so long ago, before the third book came out. I just completely missed Beauty from Love coming out and then saw this bundle and was like “AH I NEED TO READ THE ENDING!” Then I got the ARC and was like “BAM!” So that’s my important story.
The bundle is perfect for others in my situation because it’s been so long since reading Beauty from Pain and Beauty from Surrender that I definitely would have had to reread them anyway.
But Jack. Henry. McLaughlin. Hot. Damn. My. Man. It just occurred to me that I really need these audiobooks because I love Aussies.
You my regular readers know that reviewing things like bundles and anthologies are awkward for me, so I’m going to do mini-reviews of each individual book:
Beauty from Pain – 5 stars
So we meet McLaughlin in a bar and he seems super hot, classy, and guarded. That’s always a good set up. Then you know that for what he’s been through, he’s not a complete douche…AND he works surrounded by wine. And Australia. And New Zealand. Excuse me while I go find a kangaroo pouch to live in until I find my own McLaughlin.
Like, sure, his whole proposition thing isn’t quite “dream boy” material, but it’s still better than the propositions that start out most romances in romance books. Like “one night, no strings,” or “just sex and I don’t have to treat you well.”
And Laurelyn is just so cute! I was charmed by her southern cuteness right away. She’s also not all, “Oh, I’m going to make him change his mind!” But she also doesn’t deny her feelings. She knows it will be hard to say goodbye, but that doesn’t make her try to stay or change the agreement. She’s strong and follows rules.
Most of the supporting characters are great too, particularly Addison and McLaughlin’s family. Addison was a pretty stereotypical best friend/supporting female character, but I still liked it.
Also, let’s talk about the pole dancing. Because I have ALWAYS wanted to learn. My favorite dance teacher as a teenager also taught pole dancing at a different studio, and she used to tell us all about it and we could see how freaking ripped it makes your muscles. But since we were underage, she wouldn’t teach us any moves. :’(
Beauty from Surrender – 3 stars
This one started to frustrate me. Not because it was bad, but just because it was very frustrating. It’s definitely the saddest of the three books. I hated them being apart, because neither of them was even trying very hard to deal.
It made me wish Laurelyn had been more open to discussing her feelings before she left Australia, or that she overslept that last day or something.
Even though they were apart a lot, it still felt like it had more sex scenes than the first. I both liked and disliked this. They were spending so little time together, that it kind of frustrated me that all it was all they did when they found each other. Like, catch up. Do things. But I really liked the actual scenes and loved that they could be serious and tender but playful and funny at the same time.
It also frustrated my how Laurelyn was so decisive, even though she frequently admitted that she was pretty sure what decision she would make, she just wasn’t ready to make it yet. And then when she did firmly decide in her head, she waited so long to tell Jack.
Beauty from Love – 4 stars
Gah! The bummer about how Jack and Laurelyn’s relationship started was that although she was aware of his past, she’s never really been faced with it. So then his past slaps them in the face, hard, and all at once.
And they were going through so many other things as well! Like I said, gah!
This one was also kind of frustrating just because there’s more personal conflict in the others, Beauty from Love was where Laurelyn and Jack had most of their arguments, which was sad.
And again with Laurelyn’s indecisiveness/unwillingness to talk about her feelings.
But overall, this is a great series I know I will reread again and again! I’d also love to read companion books about the other couples in the series, especially Addison and Zac, since they both seem so fun-loving.
About Georgia Cates:
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 deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Despite the struggle, she has no regrets in her decision to try this crazy life. It’s been an absolute blast.