WHY I READ IT
I really enjoyed Beautifully Awake, and was ready for Asher’s story.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
Before I read a book, I know the characters, the general plot background and usually, if it’s a HEA. I don’t think I have ever gone into a book blind like that I did with BEAUTIFULLY DONE. About 8 months ago, I read Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie and absolutely loved it. The twists and turns of the plot, and the utter love and devotion between Chase and Lili drove the story and kept me interested and intrigued from start to finish. Going into BEAUTIFULLY DONE, I had absolutely no clue what I was in for. I didn’t know the players, or the plot. I just knew that I had enjoyed the first book from these two tremendous authors, and when asked to read an early review copy I thought, why not give this one a try.
Wow…. Let me repeat that… WOW!! I was completely blown away by this book. I am hesitant to even give you a brief recap of the plot, because I want it to unfold for you the way it did me. I won’t even tell you who the heroine is, because that was just the one of the many surprises that Riley Mackenzie have in store for you. I will tell you that the story is told from Asher’s POV. Asher is Chase’s very best friend who we first meet in Beautifully Awake. Thanks to his family history of dementia, Asher feels like he is living on borrowed time. He lives for the now and makes sure that everyone he loves is taken care of. He has no intention of setting down, only to leave his family at an early age… until SHE walks back into his life.
“I stood frozen and drank her in. All of her. I saw my future. Our future. For the first time in my life, I had to remind my lungs to expand. Who had to remember to breathe?”
Asher Craig was the quintessential book boyfriend. He was strong and possessive, but not controlling. He loved so fiercely and without any reservations. It was refreshing to experience. This was more than a story about two people meeting and falling in love. It’s a story about a love that stands the test of time. It’s a story about fighting hard for what and who you want, allowing no obstacle to stand in your way. It’s a story about pushing your boundaries and allowing yourself to love someone in a way you never expected you could. It’s a story about what happens when you don’t necessarily get your happy ending.
The writing in this story was top notch. The flow and pacing was perfect. It was a long book, but it never once felt overdone or drawn out. Once I got into it, I was hooked. There are so many times that I noticed, when going back through my notes, that I highlighted entire pages of dialogue. There was no chance of me putting this book down until I finished and when I did, I just sat there reflecting on it.…. And then wanted to go back to the beginning and experience it all again. Do yourself a favor and avoid all reviews that recap or spoil the book in any way. You will want to experience all the highs and lows, and twists and turns as you come upon them. You are going to love this one!!