Jan 11, 2014

My Beautiful *Blog Tour*

Title: My Beautiful (Lifeless #2)

Author: J.M. La Rocca

Release Date: December 16, 2013

It has been eight months since Scarlett Moore last saw Kade Evans. After being left hurt and confused she tried to forget about him, but he wasn’t easy to forget. She found herself thinking about him often. Even her best friend Jules did her best to get him off her mind by pushing her toward Bryce, the one person Scarlett was not sure she wanted to be involved with. When a new job opportunity is offered to her and Jules, they jump on it. The idea of starting over again and forgetting the past is enticing to Scarlett even if it moves her to Los Angeles, the same place Kade lives.

Kade Evans’ life revolved around his band, alcohol, drugs, and women…until he met Scarlett. She is the light to his darkness, his beautiful; the one that makes him see what the future might hold. That is, until his past came barreling back into his life, ruining everything. Hurting her was the last thing he wanted to do, but he did what he had to do to protect her. His plan is to find a way out of his new life before he tries to win her heart back. But life has a plan of its own and unexpectedly, Scarlett walks back into his life.

When they meet again, the fire she thought burned out is reignited and the plans he made are rearranged. Just when things start to fall into place, they all seem to fall apart and the one person they think they can trust turns out to be the one to hurt them the most.

Buy Now: (My Beautiful – Lifeless #2)

Lifeless the first book. 

I slowly walked up to her, lifting my hand up to caress her cheek. “I still can’t believe I’m here with you.” “Me too,” she sighed as she leaned into my hand. Lifting my other hand, I ran my fingers through her hair. I pulled the elastic band out and grasped her hair into my fist, then my mouth was on hers. She let out a soft moan as our lips finally connected, our tongues teasing and our teeth biting. My breaths were coming rapidly and I couldn’t contain my own hums of approval as she explored my body with her hands. Letting my hands drop, I found the tie that held her robe closed. I untied it and pulled it apart. My hands started to do their own exploring; it didn’t take long until I discovered she wasn’t wearing anything underneath. I groaned and my cock twitched. I was now hard as a rock. I had to slow down before it was over faster than it started. I wanted to savor every moment. Slowly, I pulled my lips away and looked at her beautiful face. Her cheeks were flushed and her lips swollen and red. 

Just the sight of her in front of me all flushed and breathing heavily with her robe gaping open, made me want to throw her on the bed and fuck her into oblivion. But it would be over too soon for me. I wanted to taste every inch of her. Memorize every curve of her body, every moan that escaped her lips. I wanted to make her come until she begged me to stop. Only then would I succumb to my own needs. I lifted my hands up to her shoulders and gently pushed the robe back making it fall in a lump at her feet. “Go lay on the bed and spread your legs for me.” She hesitated for only a second. I said I would let her have control, but tonight I needed it. I had no control over anything else in my life at that moment, so right then, I needed the control. Especially after the night I had. I walked to the end of the bed as she got comfortable, resting her hands on her sides as she spread her legs for me. I could see goose bumps on her body as she bit her lower lip and gazed at me with hooded eyes. She was wet for me and I licked my lips in anticipation. I had to hold myself back from diving right in. Not once did I go down on anyone else while Scarlett and I were apart. Her taste and her smell were burned into my receptors and I didn’t want anything else to fuck  that up. And right then, I needed a little reminding.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Picking up eight months after the heart-breaking cliff-hanger of Lifeless, My Beautiful jumps into lonely  new worlds for both fractured heroine Scarlett and her soulful rock god Kade. While Scarlett jumps at the chance for yet another fresh start with her bestie Jules in California, Kade tries to make sense of his new “family” business. It’s the kind of “family” business that involves guns, cracking skulls, and the occasional murder. When fate reconnects the former lovers, Scarlett struggles to decide if she’s willing to risk her heat to Kade again.

“I want you to know that I’ve missed you every single day. That connection we had when we first met, it hasn’t gone away.”

As much as the couple wants a second chance, love and passion may not be enough to give Kade and Scarlett the happy every after they’re looking for. Kade is now coated with the taint of organized crime and that contamination is starting to creep to Scarlett. Can Kade sacrifice their relationship for a second time to keep Scarlett safe or will a hidden foe push her right into an enemy’s path. 

“So many people would die. Even I had the possibility of dying, but the thought of her dying in there outweighed my own safety. I would do whatever I had to do to protect her. 

I’m going to cut straight to it. Did I love My Beautiful as much as Lifeless? No. Did I enjoy My Beautiful enough to recommend it? Yes. Did I enjoy it enough that I hope there’s a third book? Absolutely. La Rocca has got skill in creating flawed slightly over the top characters that still come off as realistic. My Beautiful went full throttle from chapter one and stayed that way through the epilogue. The story also had a twist that caught me completely off guard. All pluses in my book.

There were a couple tiny things that kept this from being a perfect read for me. The first is post-break-
up Scarlett. Scarlett had such a strong backbone in the Lifeless, through all the ups and downs of My 
Beautiful I felt that some of her fire and spark had been put out. I wanted her to stop crying and start 
getting angry. The second tiny issue is that I missed rock star/poet Kade. The transition to gangster Kade was quick and mob life for him gets down and dirty fast. The uglier side of his new life made me temporarily start evaluating the romantic potential of both Scarlett’s questionable step-brother and her super-sweet co-worker. I will emphasize the temporarily – I can’t hate on Kade for too long.

My Beautiful ends with a satisfying HEA and it is definitely worth checking out. Please remember that My Beautiful should not be read as a stand-alone, if you haven’t already checked out Lifeless you need to read it first. 

Happy reading.

J.M. La Rocca was born in Chicago, IL. At an early age, her family relocated to lower Alabama where she began her love for writing. She currently resides in Pensacola, FL with her husband and twin sons. As a stay at home mom, La Rocca was able to pursue her love for writing. It was always an unrealized dream to write her own book. With the encouragement of her mother, La Rocca began to set to paper her ideas for her first book.

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