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Throwback Thursday: Beauty from Pain (Beauty #1) by Georgia Cates

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“Music is what feelings sound like out loud. I sing songs that speak from my heart. They tell my story, how I feel.” 

“Nothing speaks louder than your heart. Listen to what it’s telling you.” 

“You might as well be the devil.” “Baby, you’re the one holding the apple.” 

“I didn’t love you the day I met you, or even a month later. But somewhere between hello and the goodbye I’m unable to bear”

“Don’t leave. I want you to be with me.” “You’ll have your family.” I swallow before I say the words that will change this relationship forever. “You’re the one I need.” “But that would mean meeting your family.” It does, and I’m okay with that if it means she’s by my side. “I don’t care. I need you to be with me.” She smiles and cradles my face with her hands. “Of course. I’ll come if it’s what you want, but this is going to change everything.” “I know, but it’s what I want.” 

“I’m sorry for all the secrecy, for making you feel like you weren’t important enough to know the real me. But I’m most sorry because I have fucked you – I don’t know how many times – and never made love to you.” 

“I love her too much to let her leave and I need to tell her right this minute.” 

“She has bewitched me. And I want her. She’s the one.”

“We’ve shared countless kisses. They were almost always heated and demanding, but this one is entirely different. It tells me things he can’t or won’t say because it goes against everything he intends for our relationship.”

“I’ve known pain my whole life, but this is a new kind for me. It isn’t born of something wrong or ugly. This pain is conceived out of beauty— my love for Jack Henry McLachlan. I embrace it. I clutch it as tightly as I can with both fists because I never want to forget the love I have for him. Loving him will forever be my Beauty from Pain.” 

 

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 make 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.

Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.

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