Thursday, September 4

***Review Request*** Beautifully Used By Susan Griscom

Title: Beautifully Used
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: expected publication on September 20th 2014
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A Beaumont Brothers Series stand-alone book 2
18+ due to adult situations

Suave, handsome Brodie Beaumont has a history of using and being used by women. A past he doesn’t like to talk about has turned him into the type of guy he is today, but he hasn’t really cared. Until the beautiful and feisty Gabrielle Demeres comes back into his life.

Gabrielle learned the hard way what type of guy Brodie was the first time she met him. His crude seduction attempt earned him a slap to his face, and Gabrielle wasn’t exactly looking forward to another encounter with the cad. Unfortunately, her best friend was marrying Brodie’s brother, and Gabrielle and Brodie would be forced to spend time together whether she liked it or not.

As things in the small, quiet town of Turtle Lake take a decidedly dark and dangerous turn, Gabrielle and Brodie only have each other to turn to. Will they be capable of overcoming their aversion to one another while coping with their own troubled pasts and dealing with the current dangers surrounding them? Or is their hostility just skating the fine line between love and hate?

My Review
This sweet romance is the second instalment in the Beaumont Brothers series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Brodie and Gabby were quirky, fun and together they were pretty damn hot! Both of these characters have emotional traumas from their pasts that affect them still today, I was really impressed with the emotional depth of the characters regarding these issues. The author has done a fantastic job at letting us into the minds of Brodie and Gabrielle and understanding their feelings and actions.

Being with Brodie this way had to be wrong. But for the first time since I'd known him, well, let's be honest, I'd always wanted him. I just didn't know until that very moment that I did. I decided to throw caution to the wind and close the distance. I kissed him. Maybe it was the wrong thing to do. I didn't care. - Gabby

Gabby and Brodie met over a year ago, their first meeting didn't go so well. So when Brodie is summoned to pick Gabby up from the airport he is less than impressed.

Gabby isn't stoked about the idea of staying in a house with her best friend's soon to be brother-in-law, Brodie Beaumont. What these two don't realise, is that they were both wrong about each other. They judged each other too quickly, they hadn't taken the time to get to know one another,  and now they have plenty of time to eradicate that. A friendship is formed, sexual tension becomes thick, but while Brodie and Gabby are discovering all there is to know about one another, danger lurks in the shadows.

Beautifully Used is a sweet romance, I say that because of the way Brodie and Gabby interact with each other. The book does cover darker elements that may affect some readers more than others but overall, this story is wonderfully written and really enjoyable to read. I loved every minute of Gabby and Brodie, they not only grew as individuals but together they helped each other move past previous events that still tormented them. While parts of the book were a little cliche, I still really liked it. It was mostly predictable but I didn't lose interest. Thank you Susan for this beautiful story! I will definitely be reading more from this author.

★★☆ 3.5 Totally Loveable Stars ☆★★
Reviewed By Bel Burgess

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About the Author
I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.

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