Title – Beauty From Surrender
Author – Georgia Cates
Series – Beauty, #2
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 picks up immediately where the first book leaves off. We’re thrown into an anxiety-ridden situation where Laurelyn has left Jack and she’s on an airplane back to the States. She has left no way for him to find her or any lines of communication. He’s stuck in Australia and hit with the realization that he has fallen in love for the first time. What ensues is a journey of finding their way back to each other, while still navigating through the obstacles that surface.
“Jack, you don’t always know the true worth of a woman’s love until it becomes a memory.”
If I’m being honest, I didn’t enjoy this installment as much as the first one. Once the two were reunited, there was almost too much sex with not enough of a plot line. I love the steamy factor as much as the next girl, but I actually found myself rolling my eyes on numerous occasions. When they did end up getting together, the two characters seemed to either be arguing or having sex. Also, there was such a large time span covered in this single book that by the time you reach the end, you sometimes feel like you’ve read two books.
“It’s because there are three guys in a girl’s life: one she loves, one she hates, and one she can’t get enough of. The three have one thing in common. They’re all the same guy”
The best part of Beauty From Surrender for me was Jack. He showed a tremendous amount of character growth between these two books and did a complete one-eighty. His dedication to Laurelyn never truly wavered and it was an admirable characteristic, especially for a man who previously went from companion to companion. Furthermore, I love that as much as it hurt, he encouraged her to pursue her dreams. He knew that he had to let her come to her decision by herself, and respected that, and it showed a level of maturity that he had lacked before.
“You kissed my heart awake.”
I was really confused by Laurelyn in this book. She seemed to go back and forth so many times that it started to make me dizzy. It started to feel like she was being a petulant child with making Jack sweat things out instead of just communicating with him. It seemed kind of ridiculous to me that she couldn’t even tell him she would be joining him in Australia at the end of the tour. Given her maturity and level of sophistication in the first book, I suppose that I just expected more from her, but it seemed like she went through a bit of a regression instead.
“I knew you were the next one the second I laid my eyes on you singing in that club, but you can never imagine my surprise when I realized that you weren’t just the next one – you were the last one.”
One of the most amazing messages that I took away from this was that family isn’t always blood; they’re the people who love you and support you through all your choices. I really do enjoy Cates’ writing style throughout the book (and the first as well). With all the miscommunications, it helps to receive points of view from both of the main characters. I also think it is really great how Georgia Cates incorporates the title into the book. It helps bring the whole story together and really leave a mark on the reader. There was less of a cliffhanger in Beauty From Surrender, but it definitely left me anxious to see what else of the story is left to tell.
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Beauty from Pain (Beauty #1)
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Beauty from Love (Beauty #3)
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Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.
When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.