29 October 2014

A Beautiful Purpose Tour & Review

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A Beautiful Purpose (Beautiful #6) 
by Alicia Rae

Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+ 
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.


~ Synopsis ~

*Book 6 in The Beautiful Series or Standalone*

All Blake Johnson knows is the life of a Marine. After serving his country for eight years, he returns to his family for some rest and rehabilitation. Fighting an internal war, he battles sleepless nights as images of his former military days haunt him.

From the moment Audrey Hampton walks into his life, he is drawn to her. Her beauty leaves him breathless and weak in the knees. She kindles a spark of hope deep within his soul, igniting a part of himself he feared was missing. Her never-ending compassion for others opens his heart in a way he never dreamed.

But Audrey is hiding wounds of her own. Returning to Lake Tahoe to care for her ill mother triggers painful childhood memories of her parents’ loveless marriage, reminding her there is no such thing as true love.

Will Blake’s resolve be powerful enough to open Audrey’s sealed heart? Or will Audrey fear the past and risk losing the man who could give her life a new found purpose?

Can two wounded souls become one?

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Author Spotlight:

Alicia Rae 

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 into 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.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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We hopped out of my Ford and began to walk up to Skydive Tahoe. As we neared, Audrey caught sight of the sign that finally came into view, realizing where I had taken her. Her feet came to a dead stop, and her head whipped up to stare at me. A combination of excitement and fear flashed in her eyes.
“Are you one of those secret adrenaline junkies?”
A chuckle escaped from deep in my chest as I realized this could go one way or another. “Hmm…I might have been called something along the lines of that a time or two before.” I gave her a lopsided grin and reached for her hand. “Don’t worry. This place has excellent credentials. In the Marines, most missions required airdrop. I have done this so many times that I can do this in my sleep. I can personally say it’s one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.” I hesitated, reading her expression. The interest was definitely winning, so I challenged her. “You with me?”
She bit her lip and glanced between the building and me. Just when I thought fear might take over, she shocked the hell out of me by grinning. “You only live once, right?”
“Hell yes,” I reflected her enthusiasm. “So, every day counts.”
Audrey squeezed my hand while snuggling into me. “Then, let’s do it.” She teasingly pinned me with her eyes. “But if my parachute fails, I’m going to come back as a ghost and haunt you.”
I set my hand on her cheek and tenderly caressed her soft skin. “I would never let anything happen to you, Audrey.” My voice was confident and reassuring as I said, “I have my military A license in parachuting, so you and I will be jumping together. I’ll be strapped to your back with our parachute and an emergency one, not that we’ll need it.” I knew there was no way in hell I would have brought her here and put her fate in someone else’s hands.
“So, if I go into shock and possibly faint, you can pull the cord?” she asked with humor.

“Yep, I got your back.” I leaned forward and kissed her. “Always.”

Top Five Books on my TBR List - Alicia Rae:

1.     Breathe With Me by Kristen Proby
2.     Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst
3.     Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
4.     Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

5.     The Passion of Darius by Raine Miller

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: A Beautiful Purpose is the final book in Alicia Rae's Beautiful Series but it can be read as a standalone contemporary romance. If you're familiar with the series then you'll probably remember Audrey and Blake from the brief appearances/mentions of them in previous books. 

The book is told in dual POV featuring both quiet, sweet and under appreciated Audrey Hampton and soldier Blake, who is the eldest Johnson brother. Audrey hasn't experienced many happy relationships and doesn't believe that love can last - Blake is detained to prove her wrong.

To be honest I wasn't expecting to like Audrey because often when a character is labelled as being 'good' then they often become boring but I did like her; she's definitely not boring. Audrey suffers from a lack of self-esteem and belief in herself, but she's always really caring and thoughtful with a hidden sassy side.

I haven't met any Marines (it's a long way from the US to England and I can't really justify trip across the Atlantic to look at hot soldiers) but Blake definitely fits the image I have in my head of what a soldier should be like. He's strong, loyal, brave, sexy, determined and caring. Blake's dilemma is an interesting one, which I imagine many people who serve often have to go though (ok not those exact circumstances but still).

There are certain characters who make me forget about wanting angst and being cynical, these two defo manage it. It's always nice when previous characters make appearances and Alicia Rae always manages to interweave her characters well. The series is super sweet and although I have pointed out in past reviews there often seem to be a lot of coincidences in the series, this also what I enjoy about it. Sometimes it's nice to see things come together in such a way without constant drama. Don't get me wrong Audrey and Blake experience their fair share of drama in this book but the angst seems to be there for a reason. Do such fortuitous events really happen? I'm not sure but it works for the series and made me smile... 

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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