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 makes 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.
Beauty from Pain is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger listeners due to mature content.
©2013 Georgia Cates (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Yes - if they liked 50SOG or the Crossfire series.
Laurelyn - I love her southern sass.
Bunny Warren - yes she did an excellent job of narration IMO. Both her Laurelyn and Jack were believable. But as a Brit I'm no authority on Southern accents and I didn't find her Australian ones too off the mark.
Robert Black was not such an easy listen for me. His Australian accents weren't great, but I could live with that. It was his female characters that I struggled with. Others have commented that he sounded like a transvestite and I'd have to agree to some extent.
Actually no. I needed a few breaks - it was a bit emotionally intense at times.
"Great story! Very Hot."
fan-F-ingtastic hooked me
The story, even though predictable like most love stories. It was entertaining and great love scenes. You get caught up in their story.
Anyone else. The guy would have to have the accent and the girl needs a southern drawl. But these two need to practice a bit more. Robert read the lines in spurts. No natural flow when he read. He has a good voice and sexy accent but it was exhausting listening to him rush through his lines. Bunny, is to nasal sounding. Her southern accent sounds forced. If the story had not have hooked me, and I hate to waste a credit, I would have stopped listening due to their voices. Hate to be harsh. Sorry.
No names, Hot Sex, all my fantasies met, no pretenses. A perfect distraction......until I lost my heart.
Great book, bad narration.
"Totally Beautifully written !!"
I loved this book! This book had everything…romance, strong hero/heroine, lust, sex and angst. This book was beautifully written and I’m now a fan of Ms. Cates. I read this book in one sitting and found the plot intriguing - it left me wanting more. I even loved the secondary characters and enjoyed how Ms. Cates made them interesting without detracting from the main hero/heroine. The witty banter and sexual tension between them was wonderful to read. Whether Jack knew it or not, his protective instincts came out with her. Whether worrying about her getting a sunburn or watching her suffer a migraine, he couldn't help himself from wanting to take care of her. Laurelyn was the parent, so to speak, with her mom, so this was sweet to see. I really liked both of the characters and found it interesting that Laurelyn, who had a troubled past was more open to her feelings than Jack, who had a stellar upbringing with loving parents. I'm already listening to the next book and its just as good as the first :)
"I didn't want to stop the pain!!!"
First let me just say, don't start if you have to stop. I simply couldn't stop listening. This was a fun well written story from both POV's. Jack McLacklan is a wealthy Australian playboy who doesn't do long term relationships. Matter of fact, he doesn't even do real names. Laurelyn is a beautifully broken young American musician who travels with her best friend to Australia to take a break from her life. When Jack promises her the best three months of her life with no strings attached, she agrees. They are drawn to each other from the beginning and their story unfolds with humor and great sex. Lots of funny things happen along the way to keep the story interesting and fun. Of course as predicted, they both fall in love but are to stubborn to tell. Laurelyn ends up going home without Jack even knowing her name. AHHH, but don't be to disappointed you'll have many more hours of listening with the second book in the series. Don't start one without plans for the other, you'll like it just that much. There are several reviewers irritated with the Australian accent in the book but I didn't have much trouble with it once I was used to it. Just take the story for all it's worth and enjoy.
"Great Story, Narration? Not so much."
Narration? Um... I keep thinking of a Transvestite almost every time I hear Laurelyn's voice and every time I hear Jack's mom's voice. It's really annoying. The Jack narration is really good, I wish the female part was just as good. It's really hard to be drawn in to the story because of the bad female narration. This would be much better reading it than listening to it. I loved the story, I just felt like it should have been longer. The "scenes" in the book were short and then it would move on.
yes. once i found out more about the characters and the plot i was hooked. the premise of the book is definitely fantasy in the since that two people whom don't know each other, not even their real names, can agree to have a sexual relationship for three months. but then again i think, this is a novel and it did what it was supposed to-entertain. i enjoyed it a lot.
i liked Jack. his wealthy, quirky family. i could even understand his hesitance in being in a "real" relationship. and when he made his proposition to Laurelyn and got to know her a bit i knew it was all over for him. she wasn't the typical woman he encounters. she was genuine, emotive, sensitive, and had a great sense of humor. who wouldn't fall in love with someone like that.
when Jack took Laurelyn to meet his family at the hospital and she sat with the kids while the adults went to see his father.
i didn't like listening to two different narrators. it turned me away initially, but as i listened to the story i got accustomed to it.
not really. it flowed nicely and was entertaining.
I really wanted to get into this book but I just could not handle the male narrator's attempt at an Australian accent. It was so poorly done, I don't understand why they didn't get a native accented Australian to narrate as it was pivotal to plot. I DNF at about 30 minutes. Too bad, I guess I'll have to read it. If you can suspend judgement on the accent you will probably enjoy this…I am not Australian but am married to one so I know what it should sound like :P
Female narrator was pretty good (southern accent) male narrator was not even close to an australian accent.
Story is really engaging right from the beginning.
"Great Romance Down Under!"
This book was a truly an entertaining listen! Unexpected love at its finest. Well worth the credit or to just outright buy it. You definitely won't be disappointed.
While I enjoyed the male and female narrator changes, Robert Black's portrayal of Laurelyn's voice leaves a lot to be desired. It sounds real nasally; but, other than that one small criticism, it was an outstanding story. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment, "Beauty from Surrender".
I have to admit that I love the M/F narration. I will warn you in advance that this one will leave you hanging and you will have to go on to the next book, but the good thing is that you won't have to wait. I enjoyed this book. In my opinion it's not overally sexually explict (wish it was "hotter"). It is a decent love story and it holds your attention. I consider it a credit well spent.
I really enjoyed this book. We meet Jack McLaughlin a very rich wine magnate who has given up on conventional dating. When he meets Laurelyn Prescott an American on 3 month holiday in Australia, he propositions her. Laurelyn quickly gets under his skin. They have a beautiful romance but they both know there is an end date. I don't want to give too much away but it's an enjoyable story set in Australia. The narration is well done but the dialect takes a little getting used to. This is for adults only. Worth the credit or the cash.
"This was a great find! Love it."
I've had this book in my library for a while now. I wish I had listened to it earlier. It's really a great book. The narration is excellent. OMG! It kept my attention from the first and now I can't wait to listen to the second. I also got the rest of this author's audible books. That's just how good the first one was. Just get it if you like a great romance book!
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