Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beautifully Done by Riley Mackenzie ~ New Review and Giveaway

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Title: Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake #2)

Authors: Riley Mackenzie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Expected Release Date: July 13 2014


4 star rating

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Diagnosis: Borrowed time

Treatment: Trust

Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.

He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done. ***Author's note*** This can be read as a stand alone novel, however, it does contain spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We recommend reading Chase and Lili's story first.

Lisa’s Review

4 “Balance, Cock, Torque, Strike.” Stars




Beautifully Done is book two in Riley Mackenzie’s Beautifully Awake series. I want to start by stating that while this book deals with a different couple than in book one, I highly recommend reading Beautifully Awake (book one) first as there are a number of spoilers in this book. Not to mention book one is a fantastic read so you are missing out if you have not given it chance. Anyways, in this second installment to this series we get the story of Asher who I fell into lust love with when he first appears in the first book. What happens when our gentleman-like lothario is forced to re-examine how he is living his life when someone from his past all of a sudden reappears?

I usually do somewhat of a short synopsis in most of my reviews; however, in all honesty, I feel like if I provide one in this review I would somehow be short changing you – the potential reader. This book truly is a journey that needs to be experienced without any preconceived notions. It is the story of two individuals who reconnect and learn to trust in what they share. It is about the beauty of finally having what you have longed for, fighting for it and experiencing the ride. It’s about letting go of the past and taking a chance on life.

You have Asher Craig. A gorgeous and lovable playboy who believes life is too short and that you must live in the moment. When it comes to his family and the people he loves, he gives all of himself….generously. However, Asher also knows that the future is beyond his control. Unlike his best friend who has fallen head over heels in love, he is not willing to give himself to a woman completely. Ever.




Then you have Talia Prince (Pryce) who is someone from Asher’s past. They share a lot of memories and a profound connection that was severed when Talia walked away and disappeared off the radar. Talia and Asher may have known each other intimately when they were young; but, many years have passed. Talia is not the same carefree person she once was. Frankly, neither is Asher. Both have experienced much in their lives. Both are guarded. Both must put their trust in the other if whatever is blossoming between them has a chance of surviving. But to trust someone means letting them in and allowing them to see the darkness and the secrets within.




I will admit that the story was a slow build for me. As Talia and Asher get to know one another once again and explore the connection that is still there between them, all the pieces to both of their stories are slowly revealed. Layer by layer, this intricately beautiful story slowly unravels and we are given the time to take in each moment, each step of the way. I don’t really want to say much more than this. Talia and Asher go through a lot to finally have their beauty. It really is a breathtaking voyage that the two embark on that encompasses the past as much as it take place in the present.

I have to mention the Epilogue in this book. I don’t want to give anything away but I will say this, I was crying…hard. I will leave it up to you to find out if the tears were good or bad.

All in all, Beautifully Done is a gorgeous read that really focuses on the fact that life is a wonderful ride no matter what trials and tribulations come your way. When it all is said and done it’s the love, happiness and the small moments that one should cherish that make our journey that much sweeter.

“Talia and I may have had a beginning and a middle, but together we had no end.”




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Book 1 – Beautifully Awake

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Title: Beautifully Awake (Beautifully Awake, #1)

Author: Riley Mackenzie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Sep 26th, 2013

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About The Authors


7256754Yep. 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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  1. Beautiful review Lisa! Thank you so much! Love you! xoxo
    PS Asher and Talia are HOT! lol!

  2. The last book I bought was Maya Banks: Burn.

  3. amazing giveaway with a terrific review;)

  4. The Husband Maker by Karey White

  5. I have to say from this review I am not excited to read it anymore. One of the reasons I love Beautifully Awake is because of the passion and possessive alpha Chase is. I am not interested in reading a story where the H and h spend most of time in and out of whether they want to be together or not. It gets old fast!

  6. The Promise by Kristen Ashley <3

  7. Tamed by Emma Chase, thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  8. Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips