Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
*Book 6 in The Beautiful Series or Standalone*
All Blake Johnson knows is the life of a Marine. After serving his country for eight years, he returns to his family for some rest and rehabilitation. Fighting an internal war, he battles sleepless nights as images of his former military days haunt him.
From the moment Audrey Hampton walks into his life, he is drawn to her. Her beauty leaves him breathless and weak in the knees. She kindles a spark of hope deep within his soul, igniting a part of himself he feared was missing. Her never-ending compassion for others opens his heart in a way he never dreamed.
But Audrey is hiding wounds of her own. Returning to Lake Tahoe to care for her ill mother triggers painful childhood memories of her parents’ loveless marriage, reminding her there is no such thing as true love.
Will Blake’s resolve be powerful enough to open Audrey’s sealed heart? Or will Audrey fear the past and risk losing the man who could give her life a new found purpose?
Can two wounded souls become one?
We hopped out of my Ford and began to walk up to Skydive Tahoe. As we neared, Audrey caught sight of the sign that finally came into view, realizing where I had taken her. Her feet came to a dead stop, and her head whipped up to stare at me. A combination of excitement and fear flashed in her eyes.
“Are you one of those secret adrenaline junkies?”
A chuckle escaped from deep in my chest as I realized this could go one way or another. “Hmm…I might have been called something along the lines of that a time or two before.” I gave her a lopsided grin and reached for her hand. “Don’t worry. This place has excellent credentials. In the Marines, most missions required airdrop. I have done this so many times that I can do this in my sleep. I can personally say it’s one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.” I hesitated, reading her expression. The interest was definitely winning, so I challenged her. “You with me?”
She bit her lip and glanced between the building and me. Just when I thought fear might take over, she shocked the hell out of me by grinning. “You only live once, right?”
“Hell yes,” I reflected her enthusiasm. “So, every day counts.”
Audrey squeezed my hand while snuggling into me. “Then, let’s do it.” She teasingly pinned me with her eyes. “But if my parachute fails, I’m going to come back as a ghost and haunt you.”
I set my hand on her cheek and tenderly caressed her soft skin. “I would never let anything happen to you, Audrey.” My voice was confident and reassuring as I said, “I have my military A license in parachuting, so you and I will be jumping together. I’ll be strapped to your back with our parachute and an emergency one, not that we’ll need it.” I knew there was no way in hell I would have brought her here and put her fate in someone else’s hands.
“So, if I go into shock and possibly faint, you can pull the cord?” she asked with humor.
“Yep, I got your back.” I leaned forward and kissed her. “Always.”
I was so excited when I saw that this book was going to be coming out soon and that I might get the chance to review it! I read A Beautiful Thought and I loved that one, so I just knew that I HAD to read this one, too! I remember when I got to the end of the other one that Audrey and Blake needed to have their own book.
When I started this book, I felt so, so sad for Audrey. No one should have parents that treat them the way her mother treated her. I wanted to reach into the book, grab her mother, and shake her and be like, “Dude! You chose to have a baby! YOU ‘ruined’ your own life!” I was really proud of Audrey that she could let herself be treated like that and still be kind and carry herself with dignity. I don’t know if I could do it; I would end up crying or grouching back. I felt so sad that Audrey’s awful upbringing had soured her on love. When she noticed, and then met Blake, I just wanted her to end up with a happy ending.
From the very first, I loved Blake. I loved how blunt and straightforward he was. I wanted to know what happened to him that his higher up thought that he shouldn’t return to the service. I felt like Audrey would be able to get him to open up about what happened and that they could help each other heal.
I loved the ending of the book! I didn’t see that coming at all and was so delighted with it! I especially loved how the epilogue was written!
~ 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.
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