They 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.
Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.
So, I finished this book when I was working away and therefore, went straight onto book two. So I’m writing this review whilst I am halfway through the second book, which is something I try to avoid doing.
Firstly, I’m really really loving this series. When I first started Beauty from Pain I wasn’t sure it was going to be for me. But then, I’ve been through a real run of books that haven’t floated my boat, so I was beginning to wonder if I was needing some time away from my beloved Kindle.
However, Beauty from Pain pulled me out of my slump!
The pain is conceived out of beauty – my love for Jack Henry McLachlan. I embrace it. I clutch it as tightly as I can with both fists because I never want to forget the love I have for him. Loving him will forever be my Beauty from Pain.
Knowing I had to get up for work at 4am, I couldn’t force myself to put Jack Henry and Laurelyn down until I’d finished the book at 2am! Cue a very sleepy, very clumsy, very grouchy Smitten. Oops!
I loved the will they/won’t they throughout this book… will they reveal their real identity, will they admit to falling in love, will he ask her to stay… Aaargh! Scrummy!
“You don’t always know the true worth of a woman’s love until it becomes a memory.”
Jack Henry, and the sex scenes, are haaawt! We all love a sexy multi-millionaire… and now we have a sexy secret multi-millionaire, with a filthy mouth and an Australian accent!
“Right now, all I’m thinking about is how I’m going to get you in my bed so I can show you all the ways I can make you come.”
Laurelyn takes a trip to Australia, with best friend Addison, for the Christmas holidays, to escape a previous relationship-gone-bad. Despite wanting nothing less than to meet a man, she can’t help the lure she feels when she bumps into charming, handsome, Aussie ‘suit’, Jack Henry McLachlan.
But Jack needs a certain type of relationship. One where identity is kept secret, real names are withheld and contact is forbidden once their three months is up. Of course, Laurelyn agrees and their strange affair begins.
“Listen to me, Laurelyn. The best way to get over somebody is to get under someone else.”
Laurelyn is a great female lead. She has a playful, real character and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I can’t stand miscommunications in books, and I was pleased that these characters seemed able to talk things through, despite the need for secrecy in their relationship.
“How can you think it’s possible to have something this hot without one of us getting burned?”
This book does end in a cliffhanger. I’m really glad that I waited until Beauty from Surrender was released, to read these books as I know this cliffhanger would have irritated me if I hadn’t. But now that both books are available, I’d definitely recommend this series, so far!
Beauty from Pain Statistics
Steam Rating (out of 5): ♥♥♥♥♥
Book #1 – Beauty from Pain
Book #2 – Beauty from Surrender
Can this be read as a standalone? No
Warning. This book includes…
Graphic sexual content
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