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Beauty from Pain | [Georgia Cates]

Beauty from Pain

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 01-12-14
    Julie- Chicago, IL, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it"

    I thought this book was going to be another 50 shades spinoff. But I was pleasantly surprised. I was charming and romantic. I enjoyed every minute of it and will be reading the other book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-20-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Great Love Story!!!"
    Would you listen to Beauty from Pain again? Why?

    Yes, it was very entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the mind game they played with each other - very cute


    Which character – as performed by Bunny Warren and Robert Black – was your favorite?

    They both played a great performance!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hurt and sadness she felt when meeting her dad. I love how she can sing!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda United States 11-11-13
    Wanda United States 11-11-13

    Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!

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    "WHAT A SURPRISE..THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!"
    Would you listen to Beauty from Pain again? Why?

    yes, but got a problem with Robert Black's performance. He sounds mechanical or robotic. Now Bunny did a great job even with his voice. But yes, I could look past his voice. But the story is so good, I got past the narrators after while.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Through the entire book it has to be Laurelyn. She has the great southern accent. and she could come up with some great one liners. The best was this.."He was hotter than the devil's ass"," And oh Hell to the NO".. was also Good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he Jack Henry was so jealous, he was sure a hard core Alpha Male.. And there was a lot of that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved when he took her to his parents home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good. No it was GREAT. It had so much in it and kept my attention and this couple was good together. And the ending, be prepared to get the second book. She leaves him. and he let Pride get in the way. And when she leaves, he loses her. They are great together, and I loved the story, but I would of loved to have more of a "BEDROOM" relationship. Oh it leaves you to think what you want. It was tender love. This is a good listen and don't forget to get the second one. Also, a third one is coming out. But Jack Henry, is one heck of man. He loves his Laurelyn. and they are really a great compliment to one another. So YES, I recommend this book, to all of us that love our great hot books.. minus the HOT, just a simmer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-15-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "OMG! Loved this book....."

    I am on a book high after listening to Georgia Cates Beauty From Pain. High...yes this book was some of the finest audible Crack I have ever devoured. There are only a few books that make it too my all time favorite's shelf...and this is one of them.

    Laurelyn aka Paige is an attractive twenty-two year old aspiring country music artist, avid pole dance exercise enthusiast and happy-go-lucky sort of person (she somewhat reminded me of Mary from the movie Something About Mary.) Laurelyn and her best friend Addison take a much needed vacation all the way around the world in Australia. On her first night out on the town she meets Jack aka Lachlan.... who stalks her like a hunter selecting its prey. Jack is a super attractive, Aussie vineyard owner who wants nothing more than to add Laurelyn to his no strings attached anonymous piece of ass list. Laurelyn is super attracted to Jack and has no idea he is Australia's most sought after eligible bachelor. Jack lays his cards on the table by offering Laurelyn a relationship "agreement" with promises of the slamming sex and fun while she is on holiday with the expectation of nothing more. Laurelyn dives into this relationship understanding that she will cease to exist in Jack's life when her three month trip is over and they part ways. She doesn't think she will fall for Jack since she will be going back to the US. Jack is thrilled that she agrees to their commitment free relationship with a firm expiration date in place. She didn't expect that her heart would ever turn into emotional road kill. He didn't think he would ever want to settle down...and this is their story.
    I have to say I LOVED this book. Cates writing style is brilliant and engaging... and awesome steam factor. Listen to this books now...if you can deal with a cliffhanger ending. Cates published the first chapter of book two...which will hold me over. Ok...truth be told I'm dying for the next book. Cates is a writer to watch and this book effing rocks!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie Margaret River, Australia 08-28-14
    Kylie Margaret River, Australia 08-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration can ruin a good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Perhaps for Australians the hard copy of this book would be better.


    Any additional comments?

    In this instance the they would have been far better to stay with original accent of the narrator rather than one that was so far from Australian it was embarrassing. However the story line was fantastic and I will suffer listening to the next one, because I would like to see where it goes and that I do not get the time to sit still and read a book :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 08-27-14
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 08-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Series 1"

    Good series. Romance scenes were good, although I sometimes you got the impression that they did "it" every singe day and we know that is not believable. I enjoyed how the narrators were broken up and they both did a good job. I heard one opinion that they thought that the male character sounded a little nassly (? spelling), but I thought they did a great job--everyone is entitled to their opinion. Glad I don't have to wait on the second book--I immediately downloaded it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 04-07-14
    Jenny 04-07-14
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    "Good story....not so good narration"
    Where does Beauty from Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the story but the narration isn't the best. It's not the worst I've heard but it doesn't draw me into the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Jack! He's so mysterious and sexy.


    What three words best describe Bunny Warren and Robert Black ’s voice?

    Monotone, kindergarten, bored


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CA 02-11-14
    Amazon Customer CA 02-11-14 Member Since 2010

    me

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    "Amazing Book. Worth listening to."
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    I could not stop listening from beginning to end. The story is dark, but at the same time beautiful and erotic. Life is not all flowers. The realistic writing of ugly and beautiful, pleasure and pain, human nature in it's good and bad. Wish there were more books like this. And the performers did a great job of portraying characters. Some books, not many but some deserve a special rating of 10 stars. This one certainly does.
    Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 01-07-14
    Elizabeth 01-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book!"

    When I read the description of this book, I was skeptical. It sounded along the lines of 50 Shades, which I hated (for me 50 Shades too graphic, and I felt it lacked a storyline). This book was so much better. I couldn't stop listening. I liked the narrators, and I thought the accents were well done. I completely recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh ohio United States 12-23-13
    Leigh ohio United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

    Paula

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    "Good story... narration no"
    If you could sum up Beauty from Pain in three words, what would they be?

    well written story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was pleasantly surprised and liked that I actually laughed out loud at times during the reading of a romantic story. This made the story more rounded and interesting.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration matched the pace, they just did not seemed not to fit and flow at times switching back and forth from male to female. The accents sounded strange and forced.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It did


    Any additional comments?

    kept you interested and wanting to buy the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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