Beauty from Surrender

Beauty from Surrender

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by Georgia Cates

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The romance that started with the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Beauty from Pain continues...

How do you move on when he's every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry,…  See more details below


The romance that started with the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Beauty from Pain continues...

How do you move on when he's every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer's outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career--until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it's a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she's always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott--but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn't come easy. The woman he finds isn't the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won't have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

Beauty From Surrender is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.

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Georgia Cates Books, LLC
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The Beauty Series , #2
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Beauty from Surrender (Beauty Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
MusingMaddie More than 1 year ago
Beauty from Surrender was an example of a sequel well done!  I was also pleasantly surprised that Georgia Cates didn't give in to fan's demands by attempting to stretch it to a third.  One of the detriments of anonymity, is once the woman has gone, they cannot be found. Bereft Jack McLachlan found that out, the hard way. I loved the way Jack's mum gave him hell for his stupidity - thanks for that laugh! As Laurelyn returned dejected to the States, she was immediately reminded of her dysfunctional relationship with her mother, and the scheming manipulation of her ex. Life held little purpose, hope or direction. Also, sadly she realized, 'I had no idea what it was to desperately love or to be devastatingly hurt. Now, I know both.'  There were plenty of schmexy steamy scenes to keep the reader squirming, yet it didn't completely overshadow the storyline. These characters were flawed, so their path to HEA wasn't easy. Both had careers that could keep them apart. Both needed to decide if their relationship could survive long term, before deciding if one would choose to leave their homeland for the other.  Thankfully, there were little touches of humor that helped shake up the intensity. It was a definite laugh out loud moment when Jack said to Laurelyn, and you'll guess in what context, "I can't help it. My horse is trying to get out of the barn. He wants to play with your mare." Beauty from Surrender was written well in first person, present tense, switching POV between Jack and Laurelyn. It was a heart-wreching journey filled with fairly predictable plot and storyline, but kept me captivated throughout. Cates only included relevant story leads, eg. the brief interlude for Jack and the blond at the bar, which of course had a foreseeable conclusion, but provided the angst it was due. Similarly, for me, both the cover and the title fit the book.  My only warning to readers is to expect the huge shift in character for both Jack and Laurelyn. In book one, he was mysterious, classy, demanding and dominant. Love changes people. His forlorn, vulnerable persona wasn't necessarily detrimental - I thought it necessary for him to be able to surrender his self-sufficient bachelor state. Laurelyn also lost some of her sass and confidence, but again, this made sense to me. As I quoted before, she finally knew true devastation. If the author gave the reader a Year from Now View, I suspect those favored character attributes would arise again. But, their reserve and caution seemed realistic given their entry into a real relationship, rather than the 'safer' arrangement.  Congratulations on another job well done Georgia Cates. A good read when you need a simmering romance with a splash of tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THANK YOU for ending it after two books. It was beautiful and truly did not need more to the story. I know I would a little (or a lot!) of Jack Henry in my life! A lovely story with a lot of steamy scenes. Excellent job! And truly - it did not need more, you are right!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. I loved this book and hope to read the 3rd one. Even if it is just a short novella. This one leaves you satisfied though. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many books these days are split into 2 books and the sequels usually aren't as good as the first. This one is fantastic. I haven't read a second book this good in a loooong time! Thank you Georgia both Beauty books are awesome!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story so much, I am for sure one of the ones who would love another story with Jack Henry!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the first book, grat romace and emotional story line. However this book wasn't as good. It was mostly sex. There was a little bit of drama but no real cliff hanger or obstacle to overcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just as good if not better thsn the first!!!! Keep on writing.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how she finished the story of the characters. It was a joy to read and go on the journey of their love .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beauty and romance without a lot of the angst and overdone past baggage with couples from similar novels. Seconday characters are also well worth it. Hope there will be a third book since the chemistry is too good to pass up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just as good if not better than than the first.
Mayuly7 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, the romance was great.... Finally a story that revolves around the love of a couple without an intense amount of drama... Thank you to the author for thinking of her readers and not making us wait a year for the next book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book, Beauty from Pain, was soooo goood. So excitrd that this is finnaly out and equally amazing!!!
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This story started out great for me, right where book one leaves off. It was Jack Henry and Laurelyn with their tension and turmoil and I was really into it. Then some small things started to stand out to me and by chapter 14, while I was liking the overall storyline I was ready for more. The main characters back and forth was getting old and drawn out, everything seemed way to easy, and sometimes them speaking to one another went from playful banter to borderline juvenile. I loved their growing relationship and connection in the first book and was missing it in this one, I didn't feel like there was a lot of depth. I really enjoyed the first book and as much as I hate to compare books, this one seemed to decline for me and I did not enjoy it as much. There was more light drama but everything seemed too easily solved. Things that were a major issue before with Laurelyn just seemed to be glossed over. Maybe they'll come back around in book three? I like books with sexy times in them but I want it to make sense in the story and I didn’t always feel that with this one. I also thought some of the things Jack Henry and Laurelyn said during these times were odd. Their sex talk and some of the descriptive words were just off putting to me. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to read it. I really enjoyed the beginning but the rest just falls into the "good read" category for me.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Beauty from Surrender by Georgia Cates is the second book in her Beauty Trilogy. We left Laurelyn and Jack Henry with Laurelyn on a plane back to the states and Jack Henry devastated that she left without saying goodbye. Laurelyn is also devastated, but as she has done this to herself, I felt little pity. When she finally starts bouncing back and coming into her own again she gets bombarded with her mothers drama, her ex practically stalking her, and her best friend deciding to go back to Australia leaving her alone but now part of an up and coming country music band. Meanwhile, back in Australia, Jack Henry looks for number 14 one VERY drunken night and almost goes through with the act but just can't. He's in love with Laurelyn and trying to get off with someone else won't fix anything. He fesses up to his mum about the relationship and decides to dig in and hires a PI to find Laurelyn. Their lives go on and it's three months of long and lonely nights for the both of them. From here the story explodes. Spoilers and all that great stuff so I'll just say this, onwards to book three please.
jingles13RA More than 1 year ago
I read all three and it is one of the best series I have read in a long time!!!!
Treish More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! Treish
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
When I started Beauty from Surrender I was so worried that Cates was going to throw in a huge twist that I hate in these kinds of books, I even made a note that if she did I was deducting a half star on principle. Thankfully, she didn’t so I was able to fully enjoy this story, but there was a lot of suspense in the beginning that kept me reading quickly to find out. Beauty from Surrender isn’t overly full of angsty but we do get a deeper look into Jack and Laurelyn’s relationship now that they are actually working on a relationship. Jack goes a little puppy doggish, but I liked seeming him try to woo Laurelyn. Sure, he gets a little sappy at times, but I was ok with it. The whole going from no babies to let’s have all the babies was a little off for me, but again it was just a cute story check in. There is some angst but it’s all taken care of rather quickly which I liked, I hate when we spend half a book with our characters hating one another over some stupid misconstrued reason so it was nice that Cates did not fall into that plot line. So if it’s isn’t too angsty what exactly is Beauty from Surrender about? Besides Jack’s obsession with ankle-bitters there is a lot of sex. I mean a lot of sex. It’s like, they take a shower, have sex, eat breakfast, have sex, watch some TV, have some sex, you get the point. Don’t get me wrong it’s still nice, but be prepared for that to be the biggest plot point of the book. The other angst y-relationship stuff is taken care of rather quickly, even if Jack is so stupid and deserved more. There’s nothing too deep going on in Beauty from Surrender, but if you enjoyed book one, Beauty from Pain I suggest you read this one, it’s a nice continuation of the story. This series gets high ratings and I understand why. It just didn’t connect with me on a five star level for some reason. It was probably me, things just seemed a bit too perfect at times. I needed more angst.. or a kidnapping. But I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others… like you. For all our normal readers out there I suggest this series. Start with book one, Beauty from Pain, but make sure and have Beauty from Surrender available because you’re going to want to start it quickly.
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tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that I'm glad I had not started reading this series until I had all three of these books. I can't imagine having to wait after the first book's ending! Laurelyn makes her way back to Nashville. She meets up with her mom, Jolie, whom has always put Laurelyn second in her life. Laurelyn's birth father, the famous country singer, Jake Beckett has always come first. Jake has never acknowledged Laurelyn as his daughter because he is married and has a son and as far as she is concerned, she wants nothing to do with him. Her mom is all excited because Jake wants to rekindle things with her. Laurelyn just wants to go be alone and mourn the loss of Jack. Jack and Laurelyn both try to get on with their lives apart and are having a hard time with it. I LOVE Jack's mom, Margaret. She is a hoot. She basically tells her boy to get his act together and use his influence to find her! Laurelyn starts to get her music career going again and even decides to work with Blake again after he lied to her about being married while she was dating him! Laurelyn has had enough of Blake and quits, probably ruining her potential career. Eventually Laurelyn gets the job of being the lead singer for the band Southern Ophelia. She is trying to move on with her life without Jack. Jack's PI finally finds Laurelyn! He flies to America to surprise her while she is out on tour. Things are finally starting to look up. Then Blake steps in and all hell breaks loose! Jack wants Laurelyn to give up her music and come back to Australia with him but understands that has to be her decision. Laurelyn wants to go back to Australia, but also wants her music career. Jack gives Laurelyn a diamond ring and says when you are ready, come back "home". Laurelyn finally goes back to Australia and the wedding plans are in full swing. At their engagement party, the past comes back to haunt them again and Laurelyn doesn't know if she can get past this one. The story ends with their beautiful wedding and then the two of them are flying to their perfect honeymoon.
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