Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review- A Beautiful Distraction By Kelsie Leverich

A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings, #3)

A Beautiful Distraction By Kelsie Leverich
Series: Hard Feelings # 3
Published: May 6, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Source: eARC Received for review
My Rating

A brand new novel in the New York Times bestselling Hard Feelings series—where nothing’s more dangerous than a bad boy with a broken heart…

First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.

Home from a deployment, and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off…

Until he meets Fallon.

Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.

Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her…

Kelsie Leverich

Kelsie Leverich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement as well as other contemporary romance titles. Kelsie grew up in the small town of St. Joseph Illinois before getting married and following her husband from one Army post to another.  After eight years, they finally settled down in Avon, Indiana with two adorable knuckleheads that are better known as her kids.  Kelsie's life revolves around her family (to include three dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess—but that’s the way she loves it!  When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book or out on the lake with family and friends.  Kelsie is not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.
Represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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"We're in a rough neighborhood, and you look like Daddy's trust fund wrapped up in a sexy little bow just ready for some fucking douche bag to try to unwrap. You're with me tonight. And I'll let everyone know it."- Rafe

"My 'Daddy' threw me out on my ass when I was seventeen years old with no more than the hundred bucks I had in my back pocket. Just so happens, this pretty little bow I'm wrapped up in I tied myself."- Fallon


That's Rafe, intense, protective, passionate.- Fallon


"I know you babe. I've memorized you. And if you let me, I'd memorize your heart. Just tell me how to make it mine.
My heart already belongs to you. You just need to give me yours."- Rafe


Rafe was heartbroken for a good fraction of this book, when I found out that his ex and the one he's trying to get over was married the whole time he was with her, I did not like that. I think it took away from the story. It really ruined it for me. At first Rafe didn't know that she was married but when he found out they still spent time together until she finally broke it off. So after that Rafe was heartbroken and like he hated himself because she was married and had kids. What bothered me was that he didn't end it with her after he found out, yeah he felt bad while he was with her but not bad enough to give her up.

Other than that, I liked Rafe, his family was full of guys and they all loved fiercely. I really liked that, it's like they find their woman and love her forever. They loved deep and forever, that's why he was so broken up about his ex, he really cared about her. The man was seriously swoon worthy towards Fallon, the things that he would say to her and his feelings were very permanent, he wasn't going anywhere away from her.

But the fact that his ex was married and he knew about it cancelled out the fact that he loved so deeply, thus the three star rating. And that made me sad because I really liked his character and it was ruined for me. 

I really liked Fallon, she was independent , the boss, great taste in fashion, and didn't take crap from anyone. I like how she stood up for herself and told people off like she owned the building. Quite frankly one of the best characters I've read in awhile. She reminded me of Ivey in Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley. She was the owner of a burlesque club and she danced every once in awhile. Her story was really heartbreaking, something she couldn't control and it was so sad, I cried when I found out the secret she had for years. Her parents kicked her out as a teen, she had nowhere to go and they didn't care, they just cared about their family name. The end was also emotional for me. I also liked the other characters, especially Rafe's family, his brothers and his father. I loved that they were all so tight and really cared about each other.

If you don't mind the aspect of Rafe being with a married woman or if you can overlook it, I think this is a really great book with wholesome characters. The plot was really good and Rafe was so swoon worthy, I loved his personality very alpha.

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