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A Beautiful Distraction: A Hard Feelings Novel

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    4.5 stars I know this is the third in a series - a series in wh

    4.5 stars

    I know this is the third in a series - a series in which I've not read any other books in. Normally, that would automatically make me say no, at least until I've had a chance to catch up in the series. But, I've heard good things about Kelsie Leverich's Hard Feelings series, and I really do love a good war hero story. They are one of my favorite kinds of bad boys. So, I bent my rules for A Beautiful Distraction. And, I'm so glad I did.

    Fallon is a confident businesswoman - the owner of Velour, a burlesque club, she has learned that relying on herself and herself alone is the safest and surest way to go. Rafe has spent years burying the pain caused by his disastrous relationship in the war overseas. But, now that he's back, he's got too much time on his hands to think. Alcohol has been his best distraction until he sees Fallon dance in her club. Events put these two in each others' path, and they find better ways to distract one another.

    Rafe is a bit of a contradiction. The dichotomy of a hardened war hero and a man who loves too much was too much for me to resist. Usually these grizzled war guys are so closed off from themselves and the rest of the world that they're brought into a relationship kicking and screaming. In Rafe's case, he was the easiest to convince that he and Fallon were better together than apart. It was Fallon that was the most resistant.

    While Rafe has a supportive family, Fallon has no one. She has learned to rely on herself after her wealthy family kicked her to the curb when she didn't meet their expectations for the perfect daughter. So, when Rafe comes barreling into her life - an unknown, but exciting variable - she has a hard time dealing with the uncertainty and unpredictability it brings to her orderly life.

    I loved that Rafe took Fallon's life and turned it upside down. I loved that she thought she had even a chance of stopping him.

    And, I loved when Fallon had to come to terms with her feelings for him after his past comes back to try and reconnect.. Actually, the moment when Rafe makes his decision between his past and his future with Fallon, that was one of my favorite parts of the book.

    Rafe positions himself in Fallon's life fairly quickly, and what's even more surprising is that she lets him. At first it may have been just the sexy hot times they seemed to share whenever they touched. But, eventually, as Rafe brings Fallon into his life - introduces her to his dad and his brothers, tells her about his past and the war - she sees there's so much depth to this guy that she can't help but fall in love with him.

    A Beautiful Distraction is told in dual POV (love it!). The writing is really great and the pacing and plotting was perfect. I made it through this book in just over 24 hours - it was so hard to put down!

    Now that I've broken myself in with the Hard Feelings books, I plan to go back and read books 1 and 2 in the series to catch up. I'm definitely sold on Kelsie Leverich and her Hard Feelings boys.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    The way that Fallon and Rafe's story unfolded was interesting.  

    The way that Fallon and Rafe's story unfolded was interesting.  Fallon owns a burlesque club and Rafe sees her dance.  Fallon has overcome a lot in her 25 years of life and harbors very deep secrets and she believes she is unable to love.  Rafe is trying to get over heartbreak and needs a distraction.  Fallon and Rafe start out using each other as distractions and find they got more than they bargained for in each other.  Their secrets are revealed throughout the story of why they are the way they are and it was well told.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon reading. 

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

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    An emotional, intense, and enjoyable read, A Beautiful Distracti

    An emotional, intense, and enjoyable read, A Beautiful Distraction was a wonderful romance. I really liked this book. From the sweet and hot romance, to the deep emotions, this book was great. 

    Fallon was a lovely heroine. She was strong, independent, and definitely a survivor. I got a little annoyed that her tendency to run away from emotional entanglements almost cost her the love of her life, but, otherwise, I really liked her. 

    Rafe was absolutely amazing. Very sweet and very devoted to the woman he loved. When he felt, he felt deep and wasn't afraid to show it. He was wonderful and I totally adored him.

    The romance was great. The heat level between Fallon and Rafe was off the carts hot. Tons of sexy steaminess with these two. But, they were also very sweet together, with how they both fully accepted each other. I thought they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was well paced and, though I wasn't totally hooked, I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect.

    A Beautiful Distraction was a wonderful romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. With the hot romance and intense emotions, this book was fantastic. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION by Kelsie Leverich is an interesting con

    A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION by Kelsie Leverich is an interesting contemporary romance. #3 in the "Hard Feelings" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Valentine’s Arrangement", "Pretending She's His (A Hard Feelings Novella)",and Feel The Rush". This was my first time reading anything by this author and I have to say, I enjoyed "A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION". I didn't feel you had to read the others in the series, to keep up with the storyline.

    Meet, First Sergeant Rafe Murano and Fallon Kelly. Follow them on a journey to romance, passion, broken hearts, ravaged by war memories, and finding something other than just sex,possibly, love.

    Fallon, learned not to give her heart away, for it could be broken again, easily. Murano plays hard, drinks hard, fights harder, and loved harder, which nearly destroyed him. Enter, Fallon....

    What a lovely distraction each finds in the other. A tattered bad boy meets a Ballet dancer, Fallon. Sparks fly.....Murano, is used to one night stands, drinking to distraction and meaningless sex. Fallon, is part owner and dancer of Velour, a gentleman's club, but she has her own secrets and memories.

    This is an emotional, powerful tale of a military man and a dancer. Looking for love in all the wrong places. But can they finally find the love of their lives? A great read, with lots of hot sensual encounters. If you enjoy emotional characters, with baggage,sensual encounters, and so much more than you are in for a treat with A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: HOT

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    Posted May 11, 2014

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