Nicole Reads A Lot

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Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates

Title:Beauty From Pain
Author:Georgia Cates
PublisherSelf published
Publication Date:January 29, 2013
Publisher's DescriptionThey agreed on three months...but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he's ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content and language.
My rating:**.5


You guys, Jack is a sexist egotist. He’s not some self-assured, sexy alpha man. He’s a guy who is completely okay with running roughshod over Laurelynn and expecting her to make all of the sacrifices in their relationship. He lies when he finds it convenient and doesn’t even tell her his real name, yet wants to be in every part of her life. I nearly gave up on this book halfway through, but then I convinced myself that he wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. I started to see Jack as somebody who had a lot of growing up to do, and who was becoming a better person.

Ha, no. Halfway through the second book, I had to be honest with myself: Jack is awful (more details to follow in that review).


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Please help keep me in yarn and books*

I know that this isn’t about me at all, but I feel that a little selfishness is allowed, as I will be directly affected if Governor Christie’s proposed budget is passed. As it stands, this budget would cut 74% of New Jersey library funding. By any accounting, that is an insane amount of money, even though the $10 million in library programs cut from the Governor’s budget represents little more than $1 per person in state funds.

What you can do:

* Those are my vices, although I will admit that they’re not nearly as exciting as hookers and blow.

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I have been getting a lot of book recommendations lately from book review sites like Dear Author and author discussions on Twitter. I’d been buying all of my ebooks through Barnes and Noble, but I know that B&N isn’t always the cheapest when it comes to print books, so I was curious as to whether this would also be the case with ebooks. Several people mentioned the website Fictionwise, which is actually owned by Barnes and Noble, but is still a separate site. After looking around and finding enough books that I liked to justify it, I went ahead and created an account there. A large part of the reason that I joined Fictionwise was the attractiveness of their loyalty club, Buywise (Google cache link), which cost $30 a year, and took 15% off of all of their ebooks. I figured that with my book-buying habit, over the course of a year I could save at least that $30 through the program.

So why did I find out today, a mere 6 days after I joined this club, that it had been discontinued? It’s not only closed to new sign-ups, which would suck but be understandable, but it’s also over immediately (that “all existing members may continue to use their benefits” thing is disingenuous, since my 15% discount no longer appears anywhere next to ebooks I might want to buy). That means that people who paid their money, and believed that Fictionwise would honor the terms of its loyalty program, no longer get the discount that they paid for. This sucks. I already wrote Fictionwise a letter using their incredibly unhelpful help form, and I hope that they will give me the refund that I requested.


Update: The 15% off discount still remains (glad I was wrong about that part!) but I’m still waiting to hear back from Fictionwise about bulk order discounts for club members.

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