Title: Beautifully Awake
Author: Riley Mackenzie
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Hosted By: Love Between the Sheets
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.
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!
*Krystle’s 4.5 Star Review*
Beautifully Awake is the wonderful debut novel of Riley McKenzie. It is a story of love, heartbreak, fear and learning to overcome the demons in one’s past. It is also a story full of hotness and steaminess. I’m not a Grey’s Anatomy fan but I’ve heard talk of a Doctor McDreamy for years and years. I’m pretty sure that guy has NOTHING on Dr. Chase Colton. Wowza…
The characters in BA were really great characters to read about. They made me laugh, they made my heart melt and most of all a certain Dr. Hottie McHotstuff made me swoon. Time and time again. The characters also had these awesome relationships with each other that just made me smile. I loved Lili and her BFF Sierra and Chase and his BFF Asher. Their relationships felt so real and were so fun to read about. The great relationships didn’t just stop there either, all of the hospital friends and Lili and Sierra’s family and friends were also great to read about. All around, Riley McKenzie created AMAZING characters and relationships!
I also really enjoyed the dynamic within the hospital. It was something different to read about that isn’t being over done. It was a way to keep a somewhat common story line of insta love and pure steaminess exciting and sometimes even nerve wracking.
All in all I give this story somewhere between 4 and 4 ½ stars. The only downfall I found in this story was the length and the fact that at times it just felt a little too dragged out for my liking. Overall it wasn’t anything that really ruined the story for me and I really enjoyed it.
The ending? WOW. It pretty much made up for any parts that seemed a little slow along the way.
Kudos to the ladies of Riley McKenzie for hitting their first novel outa the park! I can’t wait to read book two and dive into Asher’s mind!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.