*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Three years ago 24-year-old writer Lily Tidsdale suffered a terrible loss; her parents and sister died in a terrible car accident, one that she blames herself for. Not being able to cope with the guilt she leaves Colorado, the place that holds too many memories and is now living a very quiet life in Florida. Concentrating on her work, Lily has very few friends, has never had a relationship as she chooses to stay away from making any forms of emotional attachment, because of the fear that she won’t be able to cope if she suffered from another loss.
“I loved my family dearly only for them to be taken from me. I was terrified at the thought that I could open my heart again, and just as easily, lose someone dear.”
However, this starts to change when Lily meets Kyle Madison a real estate developer, he introduces himself to her saying he wants to get to know her, she tries to keep her distance, but something about him is different, she is drawn to him, and maybe Kyle is one person who could help her cope with her loss and pain, but also help her overcome her grief.
“Kyle was intense and overwhelming, and I was in way over my head. But the thought of walking away seemed impossible. I was drawn to him, and I did not understand why”
I really liked the main characters in this one Lily was sweet, caring, but also broken and vulnerable, my heart went out to her as she was still grieving and couldn’t forgive herself for the loss of her parents and sister. Most of the time I wanted to gave her a hug and say everything wouldl be okay.
Kyle (swoon) was sweet, kind, romantic, protective, and very supportive of Lily. He was a man who liked to take charge and would do anything for Lily. He could see the pain the Lily was going through, and he wanted to her help, help her with her healing. I liked how he didn’t hold back, he let Lily understand his feeling from the start.
“I want you, Lily. I want you to be mine. I’ve wanted you since the first second I laid eyes on you at the beach.”
“My sexy alpha with his badass, overbearing, hot side also had a way of showing me a sweet romantic side. He was surely never dull.”
I loved watching their relationship grow it was powerful and intense. I loved the ways in which Kyle gets Lily to open up and how she slowly begins to let her shell crumble around her to let him get close. I like them together as a cute and sexy couple. The dates that Kyle arranges for Lily were really thoughtful and sweet.
“Lily…what you do to me…. I can’t control it…or explain it. But you are in my mind, my thoughts, even my dreams. You beguile me.”
“The man was always intoxicating, slowly working into my system and slowly taking over all my senses.”
I enjoyed the storyline, it was heartbreaking, but also heart warming as you are watching Lily’s journey as she tries to lay her demons to rest, and with the help of Kyle to move forward with her life, and many times I could feel her pain. It had steamy sexy scenes; lots of passion, and plenty of cute romantic moments, it made laugh, smile and get angry. It had angst, drama and even a touch of suspense and mystery, that kept me wanting to read more.
Towards the end of the book, I did start to get a little anxious I was satisfied with the way things were going for Lily and Kyle, and as I knew that there was no epilogue, I was expecting a big cliffhanger!! I can tell you that there is a sort of cliffhanger, not a big one as it really didn’t leave me upset or in a bad mood, and so in the end I didn’t mind. It did leave me with a few unanswered questions, and looking forward to reading ‘My Beautiful’ the next book in the series, which is due next month as I know that Lily’s journey is not over yet.
Overall I enjoyed reading the story, and would recommend Beautiful Chances, the début novel from Alicia Rae. It is a sweet and engaging story, with characters that you can’t help but warm to.