A Beautiful Purpose

A Beautiful Purpose

by Alicia Rae, Jovana Shirely

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Overview

Book Six in The Beautiful Series or Standalone

All Blake Johnson knows is the life of a Marine. After serving his country for eight years, he returns to his family for some rest and rehabilitation. Fighting an internal war, he battles the debate of extending his time in the military to keep serving alongside his brothers and sisters or transitioning back to civilian life and finding a new purpose.

From the moment Audrey Hampton walks into his life, he is drawn to her. Her beauty leaves him breathless and weak in the knees. She kindles a spark of hope deep within his soul, igniting a part of himself he feared was missing. Her never-ending compassion for others opens his heart in a way he never dreamed.

But Audrey is hiding wounds of her own. Returning to Lake Tahoe to care for her ill mother triggers painful childhood memories of her parents' loveless marriage, reminding her there is no such thing as true love.

Will Blake's resolve be powerful enough to open Audrey's sealed heart? Or will Audrey fear the past and risk losing the man who could give her a newfound reason to love?

Can two wounded souls become one?

**Contains Mature Content**

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150495609
Publisher: Alicia Rae
Publication date: 10/20/2014
Series: The Beautiful Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 701,780
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...

Much love,

Alicia Rae

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A Beautiful Purpose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
This is my second book I've read from Ms. Alicia Rae and it is as every bit as good as the first one I've read. I feel like it's better than the previous because I felt like the characters developed a more. At least they were able to face and overcome their obstacles. I always enjoy the process and journey a character goes through in their stories. Ms. Rae does an excellent job at creating flawed characters who have problems and attempt to improve themselves. I was unsure about how I felt about Audrey at first. I personally wouldn't be strong enough to deal with parents who hated me like she did. It just shows how strong her character is and how she is able to still love her parents despite what she's gone through. I felt like I could relate to Blake. Not because I was in the military but because I could understand how it felt to be distanced. He is a determined person and I liked that about him. I liked that he and his brothers weren't willing to give up on what they wanted. I felt that the writing was very good and well edited. I was easily able to re-immerse myself into the story after a day or two break if I needed. The story still left me with warm and fuzzy feelings that I had with the previous book. I always enjoy a good relationship, love or friendship. Ms. Rae does a very good job with those types and stories. I highly recommend this book if you liked all her previous stories! I love being able to see all the couples together and their strong friendships. If you enjoy warm fuzzy relationships then I think you still can't go wrong with these stories from Ms. Alicia Rae. 3.4 out of 5 rating for me! (An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
From start to finish Ms. Rae's Beautiful series has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for a small group of people who have found a sense of family amongst themselves. Each of the previous couples has struggled to find their HEA and subtly push their last single friends together in this story of forgiveness and not letting the past define you. Audrey grew up in a house full of hate, indifference, and feelings of unworthiness. From a verbally demanding father to a mother who was emotionally and verbally abusive, Audrey no longer believes in love or HEA. She's been told since the day of her birth that she ruined their lives which made me ache for her. She's a loner who can only count on herself and her small group of friends. When her mother becomes terminally ill she returns home out of guilt, not love, and the hope that her mother will one day admit her love. Being around her mother is emotionally draining and depressing though so her introduction to Blake is a welcome respite from the misery that is her mother. Audrey is a truly good and strong-willed person who's been understandably hurt by her past. She tries to be a good daughter but still stands on her own two feet and made a life for herself. She needs and deserves the compassion Blake offers her but it will take a lot of effort and understanding on his part to get her to believe in that which she's never had.......unconditional love. Blake is the quintessential hero who's returned home after serving in the military for eight years. He's at a crossroads and unsure of exactly where his life should go. Seeing Audrey and recognizing her pain brings out his protective instincts and gives him something else to focus on. He's suffering from what he's seen in war and is trying to put that behind him as he decides what he wants out of life. There were times Blake was almost too good to be true in his heartfelt words and deeds but you can't help but fall for him. He was unquestionable in his support of Audrey and gave her all the love and support that had been missing from her life. He fixed all her woes which gave her hope in him and his promises but still made for a rocky road to HEA as her mother's poison was pervasive. Blake knows what he wants and doesn't run from a fight. Once he knows what he wants out of life he'll do whatever it takes to get it....and in this case it's Audrey. This was a powerful story about the effects of abuse on a person's psyche. Audrey is a strong woman but even she was left scarred. Blake's seen his share of emotional wounds and becomes the perfect confidant for Audrey in her healing. Theirs is a sweet yet super sexy journey to acceptance and forgiveness. Only through the power of love can they both move on together. This story is full of twists and turns, some believable with a few over-the-top, but it's always engaging. This story can be read on its own but with each book in the series so well-written you won't want to miss out on a single romantic moment. Ms. Rae has written an intensely emotional story that has readers believing in fairytales and Prince Charming and I highly recommend it to those looking for a story that pulls you along every step of the way.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
READ THIS BOOK!  YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY! Audrey Hampton lived with knowing her father never had ANY time for her or her mother.  He was career military until an accident caused him to retire early.  Her mother always blamed Audrey for ruining her life.  She always told her that all men will do is break your heart.   Audrey no longer believed in love because there was no love for her, no happily ever after either.  Can Audrey get beyond a lifetime of her mother's tough love to allow herself to love and be loved?   From the moment Blake Johnson saw her, he was hooked.  His brothers told him she was very closed off but he needed to earn her trust and get to know her.  Will he have enough patience and persistence to break down her walls? If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.  I highly recommend this wonderful love story!  It's a true down to your soul, non-sappy romance.  I literally had to take a break from reading because I started to cry...hard.  There were happy parts and sad-happy parts.  There was a feeling of satisfaction after reading the last page.  Blake Johnson has my vote for book boyfriend of the year.  The man has the patience of a saint.  All I'll say about Audrey is that she's damn lucky to have a man like Blake.  Alicia Rae, you are amazing!  Thank you. *free copy gifted for honest review **originally reviewed for welovekink(dot)com
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Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Steamy Romance Favorite Quotes: “‘Nothing compares to this Audrey,’  I said, unable to hold back.  ‘Nothing has ever made me feel the way I do when I’m with you.  You’re all I see.’” “You have made me smile, love, and even dream a life full of love.  It is beyond anything I could have ever imagined for myself.  You are my one and only for eternity.” “‘Love doesn’t need a calendar or a clock, Audrey,’  Lily chimed in.  ‘It just needs two people to take a leap of faith and follow their hearts.’” My Review: This may be the sixth book in the series, but it is my second read from the Alicia Rae Beautiful series.  Another sweet story of finding love when those involved are not looking for it, expecting it, or even aware they needed it.  Swoon, I am totally besotted with Blake, although admittedly, I know such a man is a total fantasy as he is really just too good to be true.  I appreciate and enjoy the fact that her books are stand-alone volumes, yet we continue to hear about some of the characters from previous books.  Her writing is easy to follow, heartfelt, and serves up some steam to go with those hunky heros – all of which I find ever so tasty.