Blog Tour: Beautiful Purpose (Beautiful #6) by @AliciaRaeAuthor ~ Derna's Review, Excerpt and Giveaway
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
A Beautiful Purpose is the sixth and final book in the ‘Beautiful’ series by Alicia Rae and is Blake Johnson, Lily’s cousin, and Audrey Hampton best friend of Kyle’s sister Abby story.
Blake Johnson is a good guy. He is home for some much need R&R after eight years in the marines. Military life is all he has known, and being away from it is hard, he is struggling with memories that are haunting him from his military days. When he meets Audrey, she stirs up feelings of hope that he felt were long gone.
“I was drawn to her. When she was away, all I could think about was her. When she was near, she ignited feeling in me I’d thought I lost. It was unsettling yet so comforting in the same moment”
Audrey Hampton is sweet, compassionate, and very guarded; she had returned home to care for her sick mother. She doesn’t have the best relationship with her parents, especially her mother. Audrey's haunted by the memory of her parent’s loveless marriage.
“I had learned in life- love did not exist. It was a fixation of the imagination, the ultimate destroyer of one’s heart"
She doesn’t believe in love, fairy tales and happy ever after until she met Blake, who makes her start to believe, and show her that love is work the risk.
“The way he affected me was too powerful, so I had to keep my distance from him, regardless of the he made me feel. I would under no circumstance, let a man break my rules or my heart”
Blake and Audrey are wonderful characters; their journey was an emotional one. Both are very similar in ways in which they don’t open up easily. Both have their struggles and demons, but their mutual attraction they are drawn to each other. I loved watching their relationship develop, the way Audrey gives him a sense of calm, and the way Blake helps her open up her heart to the possibilities of love, and all that come with it.
“The look he was giving me felt as though he could see right through me.
“My intentions are to show her that fairy tales do exist and that she doesn’t need to be alone forever”
Overall A Beautiful Purpose was such an enjoyable, heartfelt story about love, hope, trust, family, friendship, forgiveness, and letting go of your past. Told from Blake and Audrey POV it was low on the angst and drama, and had a lovely amount of sexy hotness. It was a lovely ending to the series. It’s bittersweet that it has come to an end, as I will miss all the characters that have all grown to have a special place in my heart. The epilogue was lovely as it gives you a glimpse of how everyone is doing. You also get to meet Colton Kingston a character from Alicia soon to be released new series Fate For Love. I have a feeling like myself fans of cowboys will love this one.
If you’ re looking for a romance series that is heartwarming, sexy, low on the drama and angst, with great characters then The Beautiful Series is for you. I have always loved the way that Alicia manages always to deliver well-written stories that pull on your heartstrings, and that capture the essence of romance and true love.
P.S Alicia I may have had to Google what an elephant ear was!! LOL….
I turned on my hip, snuck my arm under her waist, and pulled her under me while rising above her at the same time.
Her curvy full lips parted, and she gasped, breathing heavily. I bent down to cradle her face with my forearm, so I could brush her hair back with my free hand. “Spend the day with me, Audrey.”
“I can’t.” A crease formed in the center of her brows. “You know that, Blake.”
“Why?” I questioned, not pausing a beat. “Because you have things to do?” I shrugged. “Let’s do them.” I leaned in and brushed my lips against her lower one. “Because you need to take care of your mom?” I tenderly tugged on the supple skin. “Then, let’s go together.”
“Why are you doing this?” Her eyes glistened with moisture, looking as if she was going to cry. “You’re making it so much harder than it has to be.”
My lungs constricted at the sight of her despair, but I had to push, or she was never going to break those steel walls she guarded herself with.
“Because I love you, Audrey,” I said, meaning every word. “And a Marine never gives up.” I skimmed my lips against hers one more time before kissing her lightly, just enough to make her want more. Then, I drew back. “What do you say, Audrey?”
Make sure you check out the rest of the Beautiful Series