Title: A Beautiful Thought (Beautiful #5)
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Length: 239 pages
Rating: 4 stars
As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate—with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.
Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can.
Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love?
One thought could change everything.
Although this is book 5 of the Beautiful series, I would consider this a standalone. This being the first book I’ve read from this author, I wasn’t lost in not having read the previous books in the series. Sure, there were probably some spoilers as to who ended up with who, but the author provides enough background on each character that I didn’t feel like I was missing too much.
Initially, I wasn’t sure how to feel about the main heroine, Gail Bennett. She’s a good person, no doubt about that, but it was almost to a fault. She was so focused on others, specifically her family, that she hid a lot of her struggles, rather than ask for help. Her perceptive friend, Abbey Madison, the only one who knew about Gail’s financial struggles, offers an olive branch. A very beefy, hot, olive branch, in the form of her brother-in-law, Damon Johnson.
This guy Damon was all kinds of perfect. There were the obvious things you look for in a BBF: gorgeous, aggressive (in the good kind of way), smart, successful, and a generous lover. But it’s how he treated Gail and those around him that will seal the deal. Especially how he is with kids, Gail’s sister, Charlotte, and his brother’s daughter, Pearl. *SWOOOOOOON*
Gail apparently went thru some crash and burn relationships and was very guarded. And I was a bit worried.
“I’ve never felt this way about anyone before. I’m different, Gail.” He lowered his head until his lips were barely above mine. “Let me prove to you that I’m worth the chance.”
Yes, Gail, give Mr. Perfect a chance.
One thing I loved about this story, was that going in, I thought it would be a long drawn out courting, a series of heated looks with little to no action to drive that lust into action. Thankfully I was very wrong. Gail fights Damon’s advances, once. Then it is game on. Like WHAM! Or more like WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM!
A groan left his throat as his palm came to my neck, pulling my lips closer. He took my mouth and kissed me deeply. His kiss rocked me back on my heels, and I grasped him like a lifeline, matching his passion as I kissed him back with equal fervor. Sparks ignited within every part of me.
Other than the sexy times, this book had a sweet message. This is the second book I’ve read in the past two weeks that included a child with autism. And just like the other book, it was nice to see a family put their priorities in the right place. The support from their friends was an added bonus, and provided some very touching moments that give you hope.
Overall, this book is a light read, not heavy on the angst. My biggest concern was around the 90% when I was worried if the story would end up in a cliffhanger. There seemed to be a lot of loose ends, but the author tied them up nicely. It wasn’t too rushed, and there was NO cliffhanger. Phew!
Side Note: Kristen Proby’s book Loving Cara gets a SO. I love when authors include other authors in their books – the indie book community is great!
*An ARC was received from the publisher via InkSlinger PR for an honest review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
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