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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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    Maureen 12-05-13
    Maureen 12-05-13

    Just love books narrated by Sebastian York !!

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    "Yanky Aussie loving !"
    What made the experience of listening to Beauty from Pain the most enjoyable?

    Slightly unusual story, different. Vineyards and trip to New Zealand believeable.


    Would you recommend Beauty from Pain to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not because of Aussie accent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Aussie accents just didn't cut it- sorry. Their accents are very distinctive! Just listen to Hugh Jackman, or Russell Crowe.


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

    Yes, brought the next volume straight away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam 08-13-14
    Sam 08-13-14
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    "I just can't...."
    What did you like best about Beauty from Pain? What did you like least?

    Narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bunny Warren and Robert Black ’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to read this as I had to stop listening. I am a narrator snob, I'll admit it and these people made my ears hurt.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 12-09-14
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 12-09-14

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Playboy idiot meets naive younger woman"

    Jack, a 29 year old Australian millionaire, was not an interesting or likeable character to me. Yes, he was a loving son, brother, and uncle but thought women not related to him were just alive to meet his sexual needs.

    Enter Laurelyn, a 21 or 22 year old American girl with a self-absorbed mother and absent father, who was desperate for male attention. She agrees to be Jack's 3 month girlfriend, hopping into bed without any health screenings, putting up with secrets & bad moods and knowing that she will be dumped at the end. Really?

    While Jack wasn't physically abusive (BDSM crap), he was not someone I would want a friend or family member to date. When exactly did our "romantic heroes" become rich idiots who treat women as objects? Also, the narration was strange and distracting.

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    Megan English 11-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall a good read"
    Did Bunny Warren and Robert Black do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is tricky. I just felt like their southern accents were just horrific. I definitely threw me off because I just felt like the southern "drawl" was so over animated.


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

    The story was definitely very compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hines Central Florida 10-23-14
    Lisa Hines Central Florida 10-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Review: Beauty #1: Beauty From Pain"
    What made the experience of listening to Beauty from Pain the most enjoyable?

    The story was wonderful - different setting and slightly different storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Henry is my favorite character. You see so much change in his personality throughout the book all because he's falling in love.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black ?

    I have already listened to the next book in the series. I'm not overly enthused by the audio version and find it's more the accents that make the performance LESS enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were a few laugh out loud moments with the interactions between Laurelyn and Jack Henry, however the abrupt ending had me so grateful that the next book was already released and I didn't have to wait to see what happens next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 09-17-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Almost didn't get past chapter 1"

    This book takes place in Australia...there is both a male and a female narrator and they take turns doing the male and female POV. Both do an excellent Australian Accent, they may actually be Australian, but the leading lady is an American with a southern twang and GESH...*shudder* worst accent EVER! I seriously almost didn't get past chapter one, but I was intrigued with the story enough to get through it...and I'm glad I did.

    The story was pretty good, and original, so that was a nice change. Multimillionaire winery owner doesn't do the relationship thing. In the past relationships have been horrible, women trying to trick him for his money and overall it has damaged him from ever wanting anything but sex from a woman. He picks out a random stranger and offers her a deal...no real names, have a 3 week relationship with me, then never contact me again...and during those 3 weeks I'll make you feel like a princess. Surprisingly women go along with this.

    Enter our leading lady, she doesn't know what to do with her life so when her best friend said "I'm going to spend the winter with my brother in Australia and you should come and stay for free, I'll even buy your plane ticket"...well how could a girl refuse? She meets the mystery man on her first night in town and things get steamy, very steamy for the next 3 months rather than 3 weeks...there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end which prompted me to buy book 2 right away, but overall these 2 are a bit on the intense side, and it is a love story with lots of steam. I would recommend this book if you want a love story and can get past the HORRIBLE narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lula san antonio, texas, United States 03-22-14
    lula san antonio, texas, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the aussie "caveman"!"
    Would you listen to Beauty from Pain again? Why?

    Yes, after listening to the first three chapters I was hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the angst Jack had to endure when he couldn't find Laurelyn.


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

    They were both very good . But Jack Henry was my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Caveman meets his match.


    Any additional comments?

    Please put the third book on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 03-12-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "MY NEW GUILTY OBSESSION! LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    I had been searching audible for a new, exciting beautiful romance and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this series!

    First of all, the dual narrators worked so well for this audiobook! I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Black's gorgeous, deep voice and his Australian accent was so delicious! Now, Bunny Warren took a bit of getting used to, as I wasn't too thrilled about her southern accent, but I got used to her in no time.

    The proposition that Aussie multimillionaire, Jack McLachlan makes to Laurelyn Prescott, American sweetheart, is nothing new. I mean we've all read another book (or two) where a rich, hot man sets specific limits for a defined arrangement with a vulnerable girl with the expectation for a mature romp with no string attached…..well, just as this formula is destined to get complicated with the "right" woman, let me tell you, it does. This book was so delicious, amazing and simply intriguing because it's about an Aussie man and an American woman. That combination alone is alluring and quite combustible!

    Overall, this book lends so much beauty, freshness and is simply intriguing because of the characters. It is very well written and I could not help but fall in love with Jack and Laurelyn's love story. Both Laurelyn and Jack have backgrounds that enhance and add dimension to this story. I loved their chemistry, and the tangible way Laurelyn drew Jack in. It's almost as though you can see Jack fall for Laurelyn. She imprints herself in his heart and how could she not?---She is beautiful, adorable, funny and so talented! I don't want to give any details away as any reader would savor to delve into this book and discover how perfectly compelling "Beauty from Pain" is for themselves.

    I have to say that although the initial proposition had been done before, the "no sharing of true identities (including names)" was unique. At this point I had to turn off my critical mind as to how implausible anonymity is in our google-friendly world.---And, this helped open my heart to the full enjoyment of the story.

    Even though I thought Jack was one hot, mesmerizing Aussie, I secretly could not wait till the part where his arrogant arse got what was coming to him. Yes, that's right, even from the beginning, I could not wait to see him suffer in love just because of his indifference toward women/relationships. Well, I got more than I bargained for in that respect because I'm the one suffering since it's 3:30 a.m. and I'm already downloading the next book in the series (and I'm not on vacation!!!).

    Now, on to book #2!!!!!! (PLEASE AUDIBLE CAN YOU WORK ON GETTING BOOK #3????…PREFERABLY BY THE TIME I'M FINISHED READING/LISTENING TO BOOK #2--WHICH MEANS LIKE IN A FEW HOURS)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Sofia 08-17-14 Member Since 2014

    ... waiting to be awake ... ... dreaming in colors ... ... smiling every day!

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    "Beauty from Pain?"

    The writing was very simple, easy to read but I've been listening to the audio book and, well, I wasn't sure about the Aussie accent and all the terms... and the narrators almost killed it!
    I did give it another go in a different speed, but the story was going nowhere fun... no plot to keep me curious at all, very predictable...

    Maybe I'm wrong, I really wanted to love it based on the reviews,but I didn't, very frustrating instead.

    Right, a love affair taking place for three months in Australia, do I want to be in bed all the time? Well he was called the cave man...

    I wanted more story, more detail and the scenes could be great if they had developed and not end when it was getting fun!

    I don't get the title of the book what it got to do with it?

    The story feels empty and the end was not that surprising to get me all excited for the next book.

    If I knew this story was so blah to me I wouldn't spend my credit at audible for it! :(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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