Sunday, 13 July 2014

PRE-RELEASE PROMO & REVIEW - Beautifully Done by Riley Mackenzie + REVIEW - Beautifully Awake

Title:  Beautifully Done (Beautifully Awake #2)
Author:  Riley Mackenzie
Release Date:  16 July 2014 


Diagnosis: Borrowed time
Treatment: Trust
Prognosis: Beautifully Done

Asher Craig drives fast, flies high, and screws hard. But make no mistake, he’s a gentleman.

He learned way too young that we’re all on borrowed time. Fair or unfair, you only get one ride. He vows to live for the moment because it’s the only time he owns. The past is beyond his control and the future may not exist. With his only loyalties being his family, he thrives for that edge where plunging over is always in the realm of possibility.

When a beautiful familiar face tilts his axis, he re-examines everything and realizes that second chances are overrated and a lifetime of firsts are irreplaceable. In the end, it’s not her medical degree but his trust that needs to prove that the ride together is worth it ... until it’s Beautifully Done.

***Author's note***
Contains spoilers from Beautifully Awake. We highly recommend reading Chase and Lili's story first. For readers 18+

(By Trish )


Where do I start?  Trust me - I simply devoured this book.  From the moment I started reading to the moment it ended.  I felt every single emotion that was portrayed with these characters.

Riley Mackenzie you took me on a journey I was not expecting.  I don’t know whether to hate you or love you, (OMG YES I love you and this series) but your epilogue had me crying big fat tears.  It was not what I was expecting but it was BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

Your writing is flawless; it is real, tender, intense and powerful.

Even writing my review now, I’m crying thinking of what transpired within this story.  I can’t even speak about it as it brings tears to my eyes.

You brought strength, trust, courage, loyalty, mystery, suspense, love, laughter, passion, lust, confusion, hatred and the beautiful thing that is family – in all descriptions to this beautiful story.

Beautifully Done #2 in the Beautifully Awake series focusses on Asher and Talia.  The story follows on from Beautifully Awake #1.  As well as Asher and Talia’s story we get to see more of Chase, Lili, and their friends.  I highly recommend reading Beautifully Awake before Beautifully Done.

As I mentioned, this story is about Asher and Talia.  Their history, their present and their future.

Asher is simply gorgeous and beautiful in every way possible.  (I would love to have an Asher in my family).  Yes he has a past and reputation with women, but bumping into Talia after 19 years changes all of that.  Is she what he has been missing from his life?  Where has she been the last 19 years?  So many unanswered questions.  


“Let me be the person you turn to for everything…. And for nothing.  What do I need to do to be that person?”

Asher is generous, loyal and loving to his friends and family.  Always there when you need him, putting everyone else first.  He lives for the moment, in the moment. 


“My motto, good or bad, was live every day like it was your last.  Because it could be.”

Talia has been gone for 19 years.  She is independent, strong and sexy.  Reconnecting with Asher we see that she has always loved him, but she is hiding something.  Will she be truthful with Asher?  What will be the outcome of her secret?

I really don’t want to give too much away.  Just believe me when I say, this was awe inspiring.  Beautifully written, Beautifully told, Beautifully expressed – just extremely BEAUTIFULLY DONE.

“…I’m done.  You’ve tilted my axis and given me every first that matters, but more than anything, you make me want to hold on tight and live this crazy ride – with you.  Only you.  You crawled under my skin so long ago I can’t remember a time it wasn’t about you.  So yeah, you is the only endearment that fits until you’re ready for me to call you wife.  You say the word, that title’s yours.”

Thank you Riley Mackenzie from bringing this story to life.


Title:  Beautifully Awake (Beautifully Awake #1)
Author:  Riley Mackenzie
Published:  26 Septeber 2013


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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.

(By Trish)



Truth – I devoured this AHHHHMAAAZING story.

Truth – Riley Mackenzie are incredibly talented at putting a story together.

Truth – Two broken souls find each other and heal as one.

Lili Porter has been sleep running for years, trying to carve out a different life for herself.  She is running from her past – a tragic past she wants to forget.

I loved Lili’s character – she just wants to feel again, love again – and God – does Dr Chase Colton make her feel again – things she hasn’t felt in years.  

After everything she has been through, she is strong and beautiful and so caring of others that she shines so brightly it is just beautiful to watch her story unfold.

Dr Chase Colton is troubled by profound guilt and demons from his past, from events that changed the course of his life forever.  He has trouble letting go of the past and harbors these feelings on his own.

But when he locks eyes on Lili, he is drawn to her.  Even though we don’t see it immediately, you can feel it in the actions he takes towards her.  He is bossy, intense and possessive and so very, very dominant.  But we see a softer side to him where he shows us how compassionate, loving and playful he is. 

“Look at me, Lili.”  Raw and exposed, I looked back into his eyes.  “I want you, baby, only you.  Give me you.”

Will Lili be the one to heal Chase?  Will Chase stop Lili from running?  Can they survive the explosions from their past that resurface and move forward?  What will the future hold for them?

I loved the way Chase took charge of everything.  He is so many different things.  Sexy, jealous, bossy and dominant as well as caring, compassionate and loving.

Lili didn’t really have a choice and I think her feelings (ones that she hadn’t felt in years), made her decision to be with Chase easy.  Their chemistry was on fire, they fit perfectly.  And their sex scenes were smoking hot.  OMG they were just off the charts.

Hot as Hell - the shower scene was the Hottest. Fucking. Moment. Ever.

“Look at me.  Don’t you fucking dare be embarrassed.  Not with me.  Not ever.  You are so sexy.  It’s just us.  It’s always gonna be just us.”

Riley Mackenzie’s Beautifully Awake debut novel is a heartbreakingly brilliant story.  More than brilliant.  It has it all....strength, intensity and depth, happiness and laughter, lust, passion and love, tragedy and heartbreak.  It had me reading it from cover to cover and wanting more, feeling everything from their kisses to their sadness.  It is wonderfully written, with in depth characters and vivid scenes that leaves nothing to your imagination.  Impressive writing, marvelous story.

But I must add - OMG the epilogue – WTH – it left me reeling.  It knocked me out of the park.  I cried for Lili, I cried for Chase.  

All in all – I loved this book.  It made me feel everything the characters were going through.  And that’s what I love about reading.  If the author can make me feel every emotion, then it’s my kind of book.

Congratulations on a remarkable debut novel Riley Mackenzie.



Riley Mackenzie~Authors

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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