Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Title: Lovely
Author: Beth Michele
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 26, 2013

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A moment can change everything… 

Ashton Taylor. Six foot one, Dark hair, chiseled jaw, riveting hazel eyes, and a body cut in all the right places. He’s a natural. Things just come easy to him. He’s used to getting everything he wants, excelling at everything he does. The grades, the recognition, the beautiful women.

His path was set. A girl, a full scholarship to UC San Diego, and a bright future. To others, his life seemed perfect. But, things are never what they seem, and life, well, at any moment, something or someone can come along and turn it upside down. 

That something…the death of his father.

That someone… Cara Hayward. The girl with the hypnotic eyes, melodic voice, enchanting smile, and lips sent straight from heaven.

The girl who doesn’t want to be seen.

So what happens when a guy who everything comes easy to, meets a girl who doesn’t come easy? 

Can he crawl through all the broken glass to find her? Will the girl he discovers deep down be able to see past his perfect exterior?

Together, do they have the power to heal one another? Or, could the very thing that brings them together, be the one thing that tears them apart?


****4 Stars for a “Lovely” book****
When you look at someone, do you ever think, “This person will be my wife/husband?” Do you see something in them that they don’t and you have to get to know them better?  That is what Ash saw when he looked at Cara. He noticed that she carried herself in a timid way and he couldn’t figure out why but it was his mission to find out.
Ash was a teenager who took on the role as the big brother, the protector, the “father” of the house when his father passed away. He gave up all of his dreams to help his mom, brother and sister.  He didn’t regret one minute of his new role but always wondered how things would have been different if his dad was still alive. Like most college kids, he played the field and enjoyed it. He never wanted to be in a committed relationship and always told his partners that but then he met Cara.
Cara was this “mysterious” girl who kept to herself and stayed away from everyone.  Cara didn’tthink anyone, especially Ash, would want her in any other way but friendship. Fortunately theywere in the same Poetry class so they were able to get to know each other better and began to hang out. The love began. There were struggles but it all came from a girl from his past. They were able to get over that hump but something else happened.
Ash and Cara got closer and closer and began dating. He really liked her and in himself saw changes. To him, she made him a better person. A visit from the past, a brain tumor, stepped in to take away another family member. Ash’s father died from a cancerous brain tumor and now hisbrother had the same thing. How would the family get through that; how would he get through possibly losing Colt? Could he be the strength that his sister Delilah needed? These were things that went through his mind. With Cara’s help, he was able to make great decisions and live a good life.
Beth Michelle wrote a great book that pulled out a lot of emotions. Made you laugh, made you cry and it made you wonder. A true love story.

Jason speeds toward me, his messy blond hair falling over his eyes, his long arms flailing as he attempts to control the books slipping out of his backpack. He manages to catch two of them before they hit the ground. “I’ve got to meet with Professor Hallsworth about my Linguistics exam and then I’m gonna go for breakfast. Wanna come?”
The thought of pancakes makes my mouth water, but my Econ paper calls. “I can’t. I’ve got a paper due and I need to head to the library to study.”
“Sounds like a blast. Alright, well, maybe we can play some hoops after …” Jason stops dead in his tracks. “Oh. My. God.”
I look up to see Olivia Winkler sauntering in our direction, all long legs and tight ass with tits that could make almost anyone drop to their knees.
Been there, done that.
His mouth hangs open as she shoulders by me.
“Hey, Ash,” she coos.
His eyes widen, making him look like a cartoon character as he whips his head around to follow her movement. “Holy hell, Ash. Can I be you for just one day? Lord, just give me one day.”
I shake my head on a laugh. “Yeah, she’s hot as hell, but when she moaned it was like a gerbil being squeezed within an inch of its life.”
Jason slaps my arm and snorts. “Bro, for some of that, she can freaking squeal like a pig for all I care.”
“You, my friend, are a pig,” I mock.

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I am a wife, a mom, an author, and a lover of all things chocolate, well, anything sweet really. While stuffing chocolate in my face, I enjoy reading young adult and new adult novels furiously, and spending time with my husband and two adorable children who keep me on my peppermint pink painted toes. Those same children who inspire me to tell silly stories that cause hysterical giggles to tumble from their bellies.

I love to laugh and love to have a good cry, especially after reading a novel that stretches my soul, one that makes me feel, and lingers in the corner of my heart.

I’m a hopeless romantic and a happily ever after fanatic, and I love to write about LOVE.

I began writing when I was in middle school, penning anything from short stories, to poetry, and then later moved on to write children’s books.  I have now endeavored into New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels and am loving every minute of it.  My first novel, Love Love, was released in May, 2013.    

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