Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ A Beautiful Purpose by Alicia Rae

A Beautiful Purpose (Beautiful #6)
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: October 21, 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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I turned on my hip, snuck my arm under her waist, and pulled her under me while rising above her at the same time.
Her curvy full lips parted, and she gasped, breathing heavily. I bent down to cradle her face with my forearm, so I could brush her hair back with my free hand. “Spend the day with me, Audrey.”
I can’t.” A crease formed in the center of her brows. “You know that, Blake.”
Why?” I questioned, not pausing a beat. “Because you have things to do?” I shrugged. “Let’s do them.” I leaned in and brushed my lips against her lower one. “Because you need to take care of your mom?” I tenderly tugged on the supple skin. “Then, let’s go together.”
Why are you doing this?” Her eyes glistened with moisture, looking as if she was going to cry. “You’re making it so much harder than it has to be.”
My lungs constricted at the sight of her despair, but I had to push, or she was never going to break those steel walls she guarded herself with.
Because I love you, Audrey,” I said, meaning every word. “And a Marine never gives up.” I skimmed my lips against hers one more time before kissing her lightly, just enough to make her want more. Then, I drew back. “What do you say, Audrey?”

★ 5- The love of a Marine,'nuff said -Stars ★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

It was hard to put into words what she had done to me. Seeing her had sparked something deep within me, igniting a flame I's thought burned out long ago.

~Blake Johnson has just returned home after an eight year stint with the Marines for some much needed R & R, and to spend some time with his family. He also has to decide where he is going next with his life; does he re-enlist for another four years, or does he lay down some roots and remain near his brothers as they start families of their own? Plagued with nightmares of his time in the military, but unsure of how to just be a civilian, he meets the one woman able to calm his demons and bring him some peace, she makes him feel things he never thought possible, things he thought himself incapable. But convincing her to give him a chance proves harder than he anticipated. It's a good thing Marines aren't easily deterred.

~Audrey Hampton has returned to Lake Tahoe to care for her terminally ill mother. Being back home with her parents re-opens scars from her past and forces her to remember why she vowed to never open her heart to anyone; love doesn't truly exist, there is no such thing as a happily-ever-after, and marriage is nothing but a bottomless pit of hurt. Even being surrounded by her blissfully happy and completely in love friends does nothing to change her views on relationships, growing up in the middle of her parents destructive marriage shaped her into the woman she is today; cynical, guarded, and completely alone. From the minute she meets Blake she knows she needs to keep her distance, he confuses and scares her, makes her feel things she doesn't want, doesn't need, and doesn't think she can handle. But Blake is persistent and he is determined to prove to Audrey that she is in fact capable of love, she can have the family she has been denied her entire life, and show her what true love is supposed to look like. Can these two damaged souls be just what the other needs, or do their scars run too deep?

Reality check number two slammed into me, sucking the air from my lungs. A cold wave of actuality doused over me, soaking me, and it gave me another reason why I never wanted the relationship my parents had. When the going got tough, everything would fall apart because nothing lasted forever-especially love.

I am a newcomer to the beautiful series, as in, this was my first book. It can be read as a stand-alone, there wasn't ever a time where I was confused or felt like I was behind the curve ~ However ~ I do wish I had read the previous books, a fact I will be rectifying as soon as possible, simply because; after meeting all these fantastic characters, I just HAVE TO see first-hand how they got to where they are today. If their stories are anything like this one, than it's a ride I absolutely must take. Blake and Audrey stole my hearts with this book. Two such damaged people really do deserve to experience some love and companionship in their life, a sense of purpose and calm, and the peace they have never really had before. Their journey isn't an easy one, Audrey can be pretty stubborn when she wants to be, but luckily for them~Blake doesn't give up, he doesn't know how, and he refuses to walk away from what he's after, what he needs, and what he wants more than he has ever wanted anything before. The author did a fantastic job of bringing together a perfect mix of emotions, laughs, intense chemistry and oh-so-sexy sexy time, making you feel everything these characters were going through without drowning you in angst. I loved every damn minute of it. The pace was smooth, the progression believable, and the ending was amazing ~ both of them. Alicia easily secured her spot on my One-Click Addiction List with this amazing group of people and I cannot wait to dive into more.

In such a short time, I was overwhelmed by how much and how fast I had come to truly care for the woman in my arms. I was drawn to her. When she was away, all I could think about was her. When she was near, she ignited feeling in me I'd thought I lost. It was unsettling yet so comforting in the same moment.

 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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