Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour-Review and Giveaway: A Beautiful Purpose by Alicia Rae

A Beautiful Purpose 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 newfound purpose?
Can two wounded souls become one?

My Review:

This is one of those books where things are so sweet, but also a bit frustrating.  But you'll find that the sweet outweighs the rest, and the result is a wonderful contemporary romance with a male lead that will steal your heart.

Blake is pretty much the definition of perfect.  In addition to the hot and sexy factor, he's intelligent, loyal, knows exactly what to say-and not just to Audrey...and just everything about him will make you swoon.  Audrey is a sweet girl with plenty of love to give-if she wasn't so marked by her parents' relationship.  When the two of them start to interact, they fit together perfectly-so for me, Audrey's constant pushing back with her falling back on the "no such thing as true love" excuse was frustrating and did wear on me a bit.

But the story is so well told, flowing easily and keeping my interest the whole way through, that I can overlook Audrey's less than enthusiastic outlook on love.  And even though this book is part of the Beautiful series, it is able to be read as a standalone.  It is nice though, getting to see the characters from previous books as their stories continue.

The epilogue at the end was just a little too much "tie it up with a bow", but it still adds to the overall sweet romance theme going on through the story.  And while this is sweet, you also will get a nice bit of spice thrown in for good measure ;-)

An overall 4-star read for me, and a great conclusion to the Beautiful series.

Alicia Rae Bio:
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 in 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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