Release Day Blitz: A Beautiful Thought by @AliciaRaeAuthor ~ Includes Derna’s Review & Kindle Giveaway!
We’re so excited at Biblio Belles to bring you the release day launch of Alicia Rae's
A Beautiful Thought!! Read below for info on the book,
Derna's review, and to enter Alicia's giveaway
***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
A Beautiful Thought is the fifth book in the ‘Beautiful’ series by Alicia Rae and is Gail Bennett best friend of Kyle’s sister Abby and Damon Johnson, Lily’s cousin.
Gail has always put others first and before her own, she is kindhearted, is fiercely independent, and it’s that independent side, that means she never ask for help even when she needs it. A string of a bad relationship means that her walls are up; she is now guarded with her heart and finds it hard to trust men, and let them get too close for fear of more heartache. Therefore, it’s going to be one special man who is going to be the one who can break down her walls, to get her to open up and trust again.
New roommate Damon Johnson could be that man. Loss of hours at work means that Gail has reluctantly agreed to get a one as a way to help her financially, so that has could still help her parents pay for her sister education. Damon likes Gail, there is something about her, he wants her, but most of all he just wants to help in any way he can, and showed her that she doesn’t need to be afraid to accept help.
I enjoyed the storyline; told from Gail and Damon’s pov. It was a sweet sexy, steamy romantic read, about trust, hope, and taking a chance. I really like Gail, and I could connect, and so I understood some of her insecurities. Whist she has that tough exterior, there vulnerability about her that I could relate to. I loved Damon, and the way he was with Gail, and the little things he did to show her that she deserves, and worth more, and not all men are assholes.
Gail and Damon are a hot sexy couple with great chemistry and love how Alicia Rea steams up the pages in this one. I like that it's not insta love, but it was a case of when you know you know. There is definitely a mutual attraction, and emotional bond between Gail and Damon and I like the way things developed.
Overall, I really enjoyed A Beautiful Thought and as expected it was a well-written and well-paced story. A perfect easy read for a Sunday afternoon, and one that when left me with a smile on my face. Love how the previous main charters are woven into the story, always nice to know what is happening in their lives.
If you’ re looking for a romance series that is sexy, steamy, low on the drama and angst with likable characters, about family, friendship, and when the men are always sexy then I recommended that you add the Beautiful’ series to your TRB list as that is what Alicia Rea know how to write about, and always delivers. I'm looking forward the next book “A Beautiful Purpose” which I have a feeling is going to be Blake and Audrey story.
In that moment, it was as though something unexplained had come alive inside me…and I wanted nothing more than to wrap my arms around her, and take care of her.
“My head might now want to let Damon in, but my heart already had. The two just need to find common ground”
“I don’t know how to handle the feeling you invoke within me. I’ve never felt this way about anyone before”
“You can’t hide the look in your eyes when you gaze into mine or the way I make you feel when we are standing close to each other”
“I don’t know what this is, but I want to find out”
“I never have that reaction to a woman before…. There was something about her, and I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was”
“Let me prove to you that I’m worth the chance”
“The way she looked at me at though she saw me, made me want to be a better man. It made me want to give her the world, to take care her, and see her smile every damn day”
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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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's UNTIL WE FLY!! UNTIL WE FLY is an amazing NA contemporary romance and the fourth novel in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken Series!!
“You don’t want me here?” she asks breathily, her fingers curled around the counter edge. Her knuckles are white.
“I didn’t say that,” I answer quietly, still not moving. Because right now, with her soft curves pressed into me, I do want her here.
And unfortunately, my dick chooses this moment to agree with me. It hardens against her and her eyes widen.
“I see,” she murmurs. I rotate away, straightening up and leaning on my crutches once again.
“Sorry about that,” I tell her. “I hope I didn’t crush you.”
With my hard-on.
Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:
"I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love." -Andrea, The Bookish Babe
"Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had." -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book
"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." --- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton
"Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller has to be the most thought provoking books I've EVER read. It is brilliant, captivating, and absolutely beautiful. The writing. The characters. Everything. This phenomenal read gave me the best heartache I've ever had.
"The simplicity of living astounds me. But it's the terror of death that devours me."
For Aubrey Miller, death is what she knows. It consumes her. She brings death to everyone she loves. Or so she believes. This beautiful blonde hair, blue eyed girl becomes engulfed into complete darkness. She completely alters her look. She becomes Raven. The girl who wants no personal connections. The girl who allows solitude to be her way of life. Until college. A friendship connection with Quinn Matthews, her roommate, and Kaeleb McFadden changes everything. Slowly Aubrey comes back. But, when tragedy strikes, her past comes back with a vengeance. Darkness threatens to consume her again. It is only friendship and love (the two things she's avoided all her life) that can save her. Is that enough?
"I know you're still in there, Bree. And I will find you."
THIS BOOK. It is like no other. It will consume you. It is utterly and completely heartbreakingly beautiful. Aubrey is completely broken. She is a shell of her former self. But Quinn and Kaeleb awaken the light within her. Kaeleb happens to be the best friend she left behind years ago, but she has never forgotten. While she recognizes him right away, she is not completely sure if he remembers her. But the soul does not forget it's first love. And despite how Aubrey has altered herself, Kalaeb still finds himself completely, irrevocably in love with her.
"A kiss that will forever alter my life and revive my soul."
Kaeleb McFadden is THE epitome of a soul mate. His love for Aubrey knows NO boundaries. His soul found hers, beneath the darkness. His love went beyond the darkness and found her light. His love never gave up. It never faltered. His love just is.
"...and even though you didn't know it at the time, I knew I had finally found you, My soul breathed for the first time in ten years."
This beautifully written book will shatter your heart and put it back together piece by piece. It is a heavy read, dark at times, but so worth it. There are books that you read. And there are books that you LIVE. The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is one of those books. You FEEL everything. You hang on to every word. At times it left me speechless. It left me breathless. How can someone put all this emotion of pain, heartache, tragedy, and love within one book and turn it into one of the most beautiful and heartfelt stories I have ever read? L.B. Simmons goes where authors don't go. She goes straight for your heart with her writing. And she doesn't let go until the end. And even then your heart is still reeling over this story and it's characters.
"You're my balance."
"You're a life altering experience."
This book completely changed the reading game for me. No more mediocre love stories. I want all consuming, soul-searching love like Aubrey and Kaeleb. This was my first book by this author and she will forever be on my "buy anything she writes" shelf. This book consumed me. It captivated my heart and I am not sure if I will ever get it back.
The memory escapes slowly from its confinement, almost cautiously, before finally freeing itself, rushing my mind so quickly I physically wince in response. The pain it will yield is inevitable and I’m defenseless against it as it begins to replay in my mind:
“I don’t want to go, Kaeleb. I’m scared.” I wipe the endless streams of tears from my cheeks as I search desperately for the relief of comfort from his glistening eyes. But there’s nothing that can help me now. Cold darkness threatens to swallow me as I’m pulled under and barely breathing. I’m dying. Just like my family.
“Bree,” he responds, quickly removing the salty trails of sorrow from his own face. “You have to go. You – ”
“I know. I have no one here.” I sigh. “They’re all…gone.”
Kaeleb nods ever so slightly before pulling me into his arms. Only eight years old, same age as me, yet his hold feels so strong, so secure. I know he doesn’t want to let me go, and as the pretty lady with the rose perfume comes to break us apart, the need for us to grasp onto each other becomes more frantic. She calls for help and as they pry us apart, the tears continue to roll down our cheeks with the knowledge that this will be our last moment together. We hold as tightly as we can, but are eventually broken apart, our fingers the last to let go as we reach for each other.
“I love you, Kaeleb,” I whisper to myself as they gently guide me into the back seat of an unknown car. Before they close me in I scream as loudly as I can. “You’re my best friend!”
His eyes meet mine as they shut the door between us. With purpose, he stalks to the car and just as they start the engine, he places his palm flat on the window with his fingers spread as far as they will go. Slamming my hand against the cool glass, I mirror his gesture, knowing this will be the last time I will ever be in the presence of my friend. My best friend.
As we drive away, I watch out the back window as he runs down the street as long as his weary legs can carry him. They eventually buckle underneath him and his knees hit the ground, unable to keep up any longer.
Throwing my hand against the back window, the car turns the corner and I lose sight of him. Not until he’s gone do I allow myself to surrender to the darkness. I no longer fight for the need to breathe as I let go. Stepping out of myself, I watch the pretty, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl slowly dying as she sinks, spiraling lower and lower, until finally disappearing into the bottomless pit that consumes her.
“Hell-ooooo!” Quinn’s voice filters slowly through the searing pain of my memory, bringing me back into the present where I’m still standing on my bed and the damn poster is still swinging from side-to-side behind me. But now, instead of the sound barely registering, it’s grating against my eardrums like nails on a chalkboard.
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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