While watching her brothers find their happily ever afters, Abbey dreams of falling in love. Smart, fun, and sexy, Abbey is also independent and works hard alongside her brother, Kyle. When Kyle joins his business ventures with his wife’s cousins, Jason and Damon, Abbey struggles with keeping things professional.
Jason is instantly enamored with Abbey, and he becomes determined to win her over. Although she does not want to mix business with pleasure, he works his way into her heart with his good looks and sweet charm.
All the while, Abbey begins building a friendship with a lonely neighborhood child, Pearl. Abbey’s heart warms to Pearl, and their friendship quickly blossoms into a loving relationship.
Can Abbey find a way to balance her growing feelings for Jason with her need to take care of Pearl? Or will Abbey need to sacrifice one relationship for the sake of the other?
**Book Contains Mature Content**
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I hadn't read the previous books in the series before starting Beautiful Ties (they are on my TBR list now) but thankfully it works well as a standalone. If you have read the first three books you'll probably remember Abbey is Kyle’s sister and Jason is Lily’s cousin. If like me, you're new the series then it's very easy to catch on to who-is-whom.
Abbey and Jason share an instant attraction, but because they'll be working together, Abbey is determined to keep things professional. She's also convinced Jason is a player and heartbreaker. Jason is determined to prove her wrong.
It was fun reading their banter and Abbey's (somewhat futile) attempt to resist him. The events do happen fairly quickly and I kept expecting Jason to have some 'bad guy' qualities or huge secrets - my cynical mind did find him a bit too good to be true at times (this is prob just me and wasn't a reflection on him or the writing). That being said, he can ride his Harley over to England any time he likes!
If you're a fan of Lily, Kyle etc then you'll be pleased to know they do make appearances in Beautiful Ties.
Another aspect Alicia Rae adds to the story is Pearl. Pearl is a little girl who lives next door to Abbey. She's super cute and I loved how involved in their lives she becomes - so sweet! Pearl has been through a lot and she's only seven. Although her story is really sad, Pearl brings a lot of sweet and happy moments to the book. I had my predictions over what was going to happen, but I'll leave you to make your own.
I would have liked to see the story develop over a longer time frame. Plus a few elements were a little convenient, but as I said earlier, perhaps it's more down to me being cynical rather than anything wrong with the story. It's a sweet, contemporary romance that is perfect for reading on the beach, or as I did, on a rainy day in Edinburgh.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
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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