Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog tour: My Beautiful (The Beautiful #2) by Alicia Rae with review and giveaway

My Beautiful (The Beautiful #2) by Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Cover Designed By: Okay Creations
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Still trying to recover from a tragic loss, Lily’s worst fear is falling in love. Distancing herself from everyone is the only way she can keep heartache away.

Deep down though, Lily realizes that living without Kyle is too painful. She finds strength in Kyle’s arms, and he gives her the courage to face her past. With every step forward, Lily continues to nurture and mend her damaged heart. 

Just when Lily feels closure within her grasp, secrets from the past finally catch up with her, and Lily will discover that more than her heart is on the line. 

Will love be enough to save Lily?

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About the Author
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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In Beautiful Chances, book one of The Beautiful Series by Alicia Rae, twenty-something Lily has to deal with tragedy. Her loss is so great, it changes her, impacting her life and her mental health. Instead of reaching out to her extended family, she keeps her distance by moving away to Florida. Living in a cottage by the ocean alone for three years helps her deal with her grief. Day after day she sits on the sand writing or photographing, her mind trying to help itself heal. She gets many of her meals at a nearby eatery and has found a close friend in food server Luke. He may be handsome, but Lily feels only friendship for him. This wounded, broken young woman isn't looking for love or a relationship. Until Kyle. When she meets her gorgeous neighbor and huge flirt, her body's reaction to him is instantaneous. Kyle pursues her immediately and she quickly gives in. No matter how much time she spends with Kyle, she still needs to see her family and her aunt has been pressing her case during her calls. 

Lily is a sympathetic character and I felt for her plight in the first chapter. She has a gentleness to her voice which was beguiling, a quiet melancholy with moments of poetry. I wondered about her not thinking about boys in high school (not a few times at least?). Kyle comes on strong, like a typical alpha male, letting her know his intentions. I found his dialogue at times to be too wordy. His strength is something Lily needs at this time to help her heal, but I did expect to see her schedule some form of therapy to help her cope. The chemistry between the couple sizzles and their coupling does fill many of this book's pages. I understood Lily's need to use sex as a coping mechanism, but I did tire of reading their trysts. The power of Beautiful Chances can be found when Lily finally does go home and reconnects with her aunt and uncle and cousins. 

In My Beautiful, Lily is asked by Kyle to move in with him. The couple takes the next step in their relationship. But secrets arise and a mystery from the first book is continued. I did find Lily and Kyle suffered from insta-love in book one and now we see the changes in their characters. Lily continues to grow, reaching out to her family, saying goodbye to those she lost and facing her feelings of shame and blame. Kyle really steps up and puts his alpha male ways to use by providing a strong rock for Lily to lean on. Again, I found beauty in the quiet moments of the story but had to scan the numerous love scenes after awhile. A second cliff hanger played on my patience as I wondered what will happen to Lily and Kyle now that his past is being questioned. A contemporary romance heavy on the sheets has moments of gentle beauty as one young woman grasps with healing and reconnecting with family while falling in love.

Rating (both books):3.5

Cover comment:
I love both covers.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review during a blog tour.

Tour schedule:

Tour-Wide Giveaway 
(US Residents Only) 
3 Winners ~ Kindle, 2 signed paperbacks of Beautiful Chances
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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