Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates

Synopsis:
17337340They 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.

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My Review:
3 stars — This one’s going to be hard to review.  I wasn’t particularly sucked into this one, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pinpoint why.  I guess I just wasn’t that enamoured with the characters to start.  Laurelyn had some funny moments, I enjoyed her playfulness.  But I just didn’t feel much depth to either her or Jack.  There was a backstory to Laurelyn, and I felt a bit for her past and the way she grew up, but I guess I wanted more…  And we didn’t really get to explore Jack’s past at all — I mean, mostly just why does he feel the way he does about relationships?  It just felt a little glossed over.

Didn’t care for the secondary characters at all.  Which is not a necessity, but it’s nice to have a supporting cast.  But this book was really the Jack and Laurelyn show.  Maybe it’s that I didn’t buy into the arrangement and why she would accept it in the first place.  Particularly b/c we’re told that she’s not sure she can do a casual affair, but it seems like she fell into this one pretty fast.

I wasn’t even all that engaged in the sex scenes.  Again, not sure why — they were just lacking that extra magic and chemistry for me.

I guess all in all I was a bit bored.  I had noticed this was a series, and so I can’t say I was too surprised with the cliffhanger…I practically saw it coming from the beginning of the story.  I’m mildly curious about how this romance will play out, b/c it was getting a bit better towards the end, but definitely not curious enough for the price of the next book.  (not that I’m saying it should be cheaper, just my own personal threshold of interest — if it had been cheaper, I might have said screw it and continued on, but now I don’t feel too bad about quitting after this one)

Basically there wasn’t a lot I could point out as bad about the book, but I just didn’t personally connect with it.

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