BEAUTIFULLY DONE (Beautifully Awake, #2)
Authors Riley MacKenzie
July 16, 2014
THE BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK: ★★★★★
About Beautifully Done
Diagnosis: Borrowed time
Prognosis: Beautifully Done
Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.
He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.
When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it … until it’s Beautifully Done.
Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili’s story first. For readers 18+
So, I am angry with the ladies of Riley Mackenzie… I bet you are thinking, “wow, that’s bad if she is writing that.” But I am not angry for any possible reason you are thinking. I finished reading Beautifully Done two hour before I started to write this review… and here I am at nearly three in the morning staring at the computer through blurred eyes and tear-stained puffy cheeks. Yes, I have been blubbering like a child and I am still not over this book. What exactly am I telling you? Read it! You will not regret it.
I wasn’t really sure how I felt about Asher when I started reading this. He was a cocky man-whore and that was how he was content living his life. But by the end of the book, he just captured my heart. I fell so head over heels in love with this guy. He never wanted a family or kids and nothing was going to change his mind. But then when a blast from his past walks into a bar, all bets are off.
Luckily for the good doctor, she has no interest in him that way. Right… I don’t buy it either. But she remembers Asher. The four of them were the best of friends growing up and well into their late teens. Then one fateful night, everything changed. Not just for Archer, but for Talia too. Her world was shaken up and changed more than any of them and she had the biggest demons to fight. But seeing him again just lit something deep inside. But there was so much he didn’t know about. It had been many, many years.
Oh but now that Archer had seen her again, all bets were off. He was never going to let her out of his sights again. There was so much more to how Archer felt about Talia. He had been carrying it around for years, but now seeing her again after all this time… his world is going to spin out of control. Or maybe it is going to move in the right direction.
Now let me tell you, I thought Archer was a little too big for his britches when I first starting reading this story. But knowing how much he cared for not only his family but all the love he had for his friends just made me a like him a little bit. He has so much compassion and when he goes in, he goes all in. He has a heart of gold. But there are so many things that just made me want to shove him away until I got the full story about him. He just stole my heart completely and he is also the one who made me cry (but I am not going to tell you why).
Now Talia… I have never been a fan of the weak characters in books, so this character was just amazing in my world. She gave up so much when she was so young. She started her adult life and she was so young. But she knew her life would never be the way it was again. She was strong, brave, kind, compassionate, and so full of life. I just adored her. But to live carrying such a huge secret had to have been torture for her, but the reasons behind it were just inspiring.
Together these two just heated up the pages, even as friends, they were just amazing and they just stole my heart. But when the unthinkable happens and everything they both know comes to a drastic and shocking halt, can they find their way to stay together without sacrificing everything they have?
The ladies of Riley Mackenzie just stole my heart with this one. I loved Archer. I loved spending time with Chase and Lili and getting more of them in this second book in the series. I want more of these characters. They are not so tragically broken that they are not believable. The characters are just fun. They speak their own language and they are so heartfelt and loving.
Beautifully Done grabbed my heart and touched my soul. This book is a five star must read!
Purchase the Series
Beautifully Awake (Beautifully Awake, #1)
Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake, #2)
About the Authors
Yep. That’s an “s.” There are two of us!
We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.
It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.
So you can easily find us at 4 o’clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).
When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school.
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?
Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know).
So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!