Beautiful Distraction (The Pleasure Wars, #4)

Beautiful Distraction (The Pleasure Wars, #4)

by Jess Michaels

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BN ID: 2940154329092
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Publication date: 03/12/2017
Series: Pleasure Wars , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 129,000
File size: 1 MB

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Beautiful Distraction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Zeeelicious More than 1 year ago
The last book in the Pleasure Wars series, Beautiful Distraction tells the story of Olivia Cranfield and Malcolm Graham and happens concurrently as the third book Beauty and the Earl. I have been waiting to read this book because I was really intrigued by Olivia and Malcolm. Olivia, a courtesan and Violet’s friend, decides to go with her to Bath after her previous protector has left her. Once there, she helps Violet ensnare the Liam, the Earl of Windbury by distracting his best friend and companion Malcolm Graham. What starts out as a steamy affair turns into love as both Olivia and Malcolm find solace in each other’s arms. When Violet’s read motives are revealed, Olivia’s lies also come to light which results in a break between her and Malcolm. Although Beautiful Distraction is a novella I felt that it was written well with all the characters fully developed because we read about them in Beauty and the Earl. I felt the ending was a little bit abrupt and Malcom’s forgiveness given a little bit too quick for my taste. While reading, I also had flashes of the scenes from Beauty and the Earl which filled up for the other parts that were not mentioned in this book. Beautiful Distraction is another steamy and delightful read, 4 Hearts! I recommend reading Beauty and the Earl first to understand more about Olivia’s reasons why she did what she did. ebook ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review. Orinally posted on my blog I Heart Romance
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
This story weaves the previous title throughout the tale. Four friends who are more like brothers/sisters than friends find love,passion and happiness. Old wounds, regrets,grief and sorrows may just turn these couples into more than lovers. Fast paced, filled with passion. Another awesome read in THE PLEASURE WARS. Well written with enduring and engaging characters. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, personal buy
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
(The Pleasure Wars) book/novella #4 is a fun and emotional fast read. This is the story of Olivia Cranfield and Malcolm Graham from book #3 "Beauty and the Earl". They come from different worlds and different stations in life but neither can deny their attraction to each other. Deceit brought them together but can they weather the fallout? This is not a stand alone story or series. I highly recommend you start with book #1"Taken by the Duke".
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read, Beautiful Distraction is the fourth installment of the Pleasure Wars series by Jess Michaels. Unlike the other books in this series, this installment is a short novella - only 126 pages. It overlaps with the third book in the series, Beauty and the Earl, however you do not need to read that book to enjoy this one! Though, of course, reading the whole series is recommended, if only to get a complete look at the full cast of characters. I really enjoy a good series that showcases different characters in each book and Beautiful Distraction is no exception. In this book, the hero and heroine are the close friends of the previous book's hero and heroine. Malcolm and Olivia are both steadfastly loyal to their friends, Liam and Violet. This loyalty informs the choices both Malcolm and Olivia make later in the novella and you can't help but root for both of them at the same time - despite the two characters having two different goals! Malcolm and Olivia's attraction to one another is instant and passionate, quickly turning lust into love. The story draws you in quickly and keeps you wondering what will happen next. As with almost all of Jess Michaels' books, when I got to the end I said, "That's it!?" But in a good way! I liked these characters and wanted to see more of them beyond what happened at "The End." I was not ready to let them go. One of the trickiest things above writing a novella is that an author must introduce characters, build a story, and wrap it up in a satisfying conclusion, all without the reader feeling rushed or left with lingering questions. This may sound easy, but I personally think the novella is one of the hardest writing forms, simply because an author must do all those things just as well as would be expected from a full-length novel. That's a tall order! Jess Michaels comes very close to delivering that order in Beautiful Distraction, but ultimately falls just a little short. I though the characters' declarations of love and Malcolm's forgiveness came too quickly and there was a lingering plot point that was never resolved. I'm not sure if this is because I haven't read Beauty and the Earl yet or merely a limitation of the novella format. I still recommend checking out this short piece. It's only 99 cents (at the time of this post) and is a fun introduction to Jess Michaels' characters and writing style. For anyone who has read Beauty and the Earl, it's also a great filler explaining what was happening between Malcolm and Olivia while Liam and Violet were busy elsewhere. ~~ Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read "Beauty and the Earl", you do not need to read this already have the whole story.
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TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see this book written I loved these two characters in Beauty and the Earl. Olivia is supposed to be a distraction to Malcolm while her best friend seduces his best friend the Earl of Windbury. Olivia is instantly attracted to Malcolm and being a distraction for her friend in not a problem. They soon discover their feelings for each other run deep and their budding new relationship could be destroyed through lies and deceit. I was happy to learn some history on both of these characters and what happened in their past to shape them into who they became. Wonderful read!
Paaj13 More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Beauty and the Earl yet, I recommend you do that because it will make you understand more of what this novella is about because both are written in the same timeline. I'm so happy Jess wrote a novella for Olivia and Mal. Their love blossom in the third book of the series and we didn't get a chance to read how it grew until this novella got release. The passion that these two have for each other was hot. Olivia intended to distract Mal from his friend so that her friend could go to him but who knew it was a win-win situation. Having read the third book already, I knew how it was going to end but it still made me all jumpy and happy because it was a HEA. 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 4 in the Pleasure Wars series and is a novella. Having just lost her latest protector, Olivia Cranfield decides to join her friend on a trip to Bath. Violet has a job to do and Olivia goes along to help her seduce the Earl of Windbury. The Earl has a best friend that needs distracting and Olivia is up for the task. Malcolm Graham knows that Olivia is just distracting him so that her friend can get to the Earl, but he can't fight is attraction to her. He feels an instant connection to her that he can't deny. What started out as a fun interlude, quickly escalates into something more. How will Malcolm react when he learns that truth about what Olivia and Violet are up to? Let me start by saying that you will enjoy this story much better if you have already read The Beauty and the Earl. The two stories run concurrent to each other. I really enjoyed Olivia when I read the Beauty and the Earl, so it was nice to see the events unfold from her perspective. This story was different from most historical romances as it involved a courtesan, but it is still throughly enjoyable.  If you are looking for a quick, delightful read, you will not be disappointed.