Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Beautifully Awake by Riley MacKenzie and Lori Sabin

Title: Beautifully Awake
Series: Beautifully Awake #1
Author: Riley MacKenzie and Lori Sabin
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 26, 2013
Review Source: eARC provided by Author for Review

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Diagnosis: Sleep-running

Treatment: Truth

Prognosis: Beautifully Awake

Lili Porter hates the rain. Bad things happen in the rain. As a small town social worker dedicated to protecting children, she is forced to start over to escape her rural disaster. Determined to follow her father’s advice—head up and chin high—Lili finds herself in a new city, taking on a new system, this time healthcare. In doing so, she gets something she never expected, an intimate behind-the-scenes look at life in the hospital.

Lili learns that a surgeon’s hands have the power to heal more than physical wounds. And a prescription for truth can cure three years of sleep running and leave you beautifully awake.


Wow! I really LOVED this book!!!!! Wow! Not sure there are two characters more damaged and totally right for each other than these two. Amazing! Wonderful! HIGHLY recommend!!!! Really…..go ahead and switch over to Amazon and order right now!! 

Lili is so sweet and caring. She’s fun but innocent, charming but genuine. She’s a wonderful daughter, an amazing friend and an advocate for people being abused. She works at Philadelphia Hospital as a Case Manager. It’s her first day with the Neuro team headed by none other than the amazing Brain Surgeon, Chase Colton. With one minute of locked eyes their futures are completely intertwined together. The connection they both feel is sheer chemistry.

Chase is a Brain Surgeon but more than that he has his own company, is a real estate shark and amateur boxer. However, he is a very tightly closed off person. He has a heartbreaking past that he can’t forgive himself for and knows that he’s nowhere near good enough for Lili.

Lili is tough and strong but she’s let down her walls and when Chase finds out her past and what she’s been through, well he just can’t deal with it. He knows she’ll leave when she finds out his past and on top of that he feels that he’s not good enough. However, Lili isn’t going to allow him to run over her and take her heart……without a fight.

Can Chase forgive himself for events that were beyond his control 15 years ago? Will he allow Lili to own his heart and trust her? Can Lili find her color in Chase and learn to trust again….to feel again? This book is heartbreaking with the past they both have, but also in it’s sweetness. They are both just very sweet, generous people. However, their sex….not so sweet. Chase is just dominant enough for Lili. This allows her freedom to explore away her innocence and shed a lot of self-doubt in a way she never imagined.

The story is about the two of them but the back characters are really great too. Lili’s best friend, Sierra is hilarious!! Asher is Chase’s best friend and loves him like a brother. The friends Lili has at work are all amazing and funny characters. There is a lot that happens and I love it! It’s action packed with trips, career issues, family, friends, HOT sex and shopping!

The writing is fantastic. It’s quick but still delivers an amazing story about overcoming past, letting someone in and allowing trust. I kept checking how far along I was…thinking it was going to end soon. Sometimes the endings come too quick for me and I was really glad that wasn’t the case with Beautifully Awake. AND my favorite…..the Epilogue…..from Chase’s point of view!!! LOVE! Can’t freaking wait for the next story!!!

I can’t think of one thing that I didn’t love. Well, it did END with an amazing ending but I could have read about Lili & Chase forever!!! If you didn’t do as I said earlier and order…..GO NOW!!!

PS: The cover is so amazing!

PSS: The Title……so fitting and such a great name for their story!

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Yep. That’s an “s.” There are two of us!

We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.

It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.

So you can easily find us at 4 o’clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).

When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school.

Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?

Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one.

So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!


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