A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION
A HARD FEELINGS NOVEL
Kelsie Leverich – Author
Paperback/E-Book 384 pages
06 May 2014 Penguin/Signet | 18 – AND UP
E-Galley provided by publisher via NetGalley. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and unfortunately, he loved harder. Because when he fell for the wrong woman it nearly destroyed him.
Home from a deployment, and without his missions to consume him, Murano’s ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one night stands. But they only take the edge off…
Until he meets Fallon.
Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one more punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers a distraction. But he quickly becomes an addiction.
Little does she know, this bad boy could love so hard it could break her… KelsieLeverich.com
I loved FEEL THE RUSH, the book immediately prior to this in the series. I thought it was heartfelt, well written, meaningful and I reviewed it with the banner saying “Landing Smack Dab in your Heart.”
I was enthused and jumped on the chance to review this one. I am sorry I did, because I really do not like posting reviews as unfavorable as this and it is always a let down when the next book is not as good as the one before..
There are two main characters, Fallon who owns and dances at a Burlesque club in Denver., and Rafe, in the Army, who sees her there when visiting with some buddies. Fallon has to overcome a lot to be with Rafe, her life hasn’t been puppies and rainbows, but she’s built a crust around her emotions like a nuclear silo. He’s kind of crusty too.
Where I enjoyed Leverich’s voice in FEEL THE RUSH I found it in this book to be totally different: expository, rough and outlinish.
The main female character, Fallon is well-brought up, but her upbringing and manners don’t take that chip off her shoulder. The two main female characters share an obsession with designer names like Prada and Valentino.
The male characters are Rafe’s family and army buddies. I found Rafe low, coarse,and rough. I can imagine him in a leadership position in the military. He reminded me of the brute masculinity of Stanly Kowalski. The character admits to a violent streak. He has had an affair with a married woman and feels terrible about it so he nearly drinks himself to death.
He smokes and drinks like he has a cast iron liver and lungs. Yet Leverich talks about his breath being good and him tasting masculine. If anyone drank and smoked like he does he would stink. Maybe it’s crazy to think about whether smoking and drinking hygiene details would be involved, but, if it were a guy Fallon were not with coming on to her with that breath it would reek, not be pleasant. If you take the time to discuss condoms and showering why ignore something that is as much a part of the character as this?
I still can’t fathom the end of the book, with neither character really backing down from a position, but maybe working it out.
I questioned a lot of the language used in the lovemaking, but, was told the copy I received was very unedited. I hope that is the case. Maybe an editor would have done more than proofread.
I’m sure there were some good points in the book. I did like looking at the difference between burlesque and stripping. We do tend to paint dancers in adult establishments with a rather broad brush. But I think Lesi has a lot of talent and that this story is not up to the level of quality I saw in FEEL THE RUSH.
This things are largely a matter of opinion, and I recognize that. So what I dislike as coarse or rough, someone else might find edgy. I really wish I felt differently.At B&N