Tuesday, November 19, 2013

{Review}{Giveaway} Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie

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Beautifully Awake 
Riley Mackenzie


Diagnosis: Sleep-running

Treatment: Truth

Prognosis: Beautifully Awake

Lili Porter hates the rain. Bad things happen in the rain. As a small town social worker dedicated to protecting children, she is forced to start over to escape her rural disaster. Determined to follow her father’s advice—head up and chin high—Lili finds herself in a new city, taking on a new system, this time healthcare. In doing so, she gets something she never expected, an intimate behind-the-scenes look at life in the hospital.

Lili learns that a surgeon’s hands have the power to heal more than physical wounds. And a prescription for truth can cure three years of sleep running and leave you beautifully awake

My Thoughts

When I first started this book I was completely sucked in. I was invested and eagerly turning the pages to see what was going to happen with Lili and Chase.
 Getting further into it I realized what a hot piece of ass Chase was and what I wanted to do to him...with my tongue. 

This book had everything I needed/wanted in a great story. Anticipation, little tidbits to tell me that there were issues with both main characters. Sex and I mean steamy, hot, OMG I need to change my fucking panties, sex, and even secondary characters that really blew me away with how well-rounded and full of depth they were in the story. 

Lili had her demons and so did Chase. They were both running from their pasts and what happened to them. But unfortunately you cannot outrun your demons, they will always catch up to you and unless you deal with it head on, you will always be drowning in them. 

 I fell in love with these characters. I was fully invested but once I hit about 80%, I thought the story started dragging. I think it could have ended already but the authors decided to add even more. It became lengthy and over exaggerated so I started skipping paragraphs, just trying to get done. I think some paragraphs could have been deleted or edited and it would have still flowed nicely and not have been so long and drawn out. 

Usually, I am depressed when I know a book is about to end but I just didn't see the point of keeping it going once the secrets came out and everything else happened. Plus, the drama at the end seemed rushed and yes I feel like I am contradicting myself but when you are about to put something like THAT at the end, then you need to make sure there is enough time for the readers to get over it and be happy with where the story ended. 
Instead I am left feeling like WTF?? I needed more of them... 
Not a whole story but maybe an extended epilogue or something??

But everything else in the story was fantastic, sexy, swoony, funny and I absolutely LOVED it.
I loved Dr. Chase Colton, he was exactly how I like my Alpha males. 
Strong, determined, a sex addict who would do anything for the girl he loved, and still have an amazing heart. He is definitely now in my top three favorite alpha males. In good company with Christian and Gideon... 
Yes, people that is how much I LOVED Chase!! 

Overall I wish I could give this book a 5/5 but alas with the execution issues, I have to give this book a strong 4-4.5... It is more than a 4 but less than a 4.5 
so I am going with a 4.25

This book is a *Standalone*


He was already dressed for the OR in his scrubs, looking ... amazing. The beat beneath my chest started again and my mouth watered, as I not so subtly roamed his body with my hungry eyes. All I wanted was to feel his body against mine, get lost in where I ended and he began. It was all I’d ever want. Forever. I finally got what he meant every time he said mine. He was mine.

“See something you like?” He smirked.
“Baby, if you don’t stop looking at me like that I’m never gonna get out of here.”
“Truth. Sounds perfect to me.” Now I smirked.
“Ahh fuck, you’re killing me. You know scrubs don’t hide a hard-on very well.”
I laughed. He had a point there.
Leaning down, he kissed my nose. “Text you in a bit, see how your day is going...” 
So was this my life? I sunk back into the fluffy pillows and sighed. I wanted this to be my morning every morning. 

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About the Authors

Yep. That's an “s.” There are two of us!

We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.
It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.

So you can easily find us at 4 o'clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).

When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school. 

Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?
Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one.

So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!

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