A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings #3) by Kelsie Leverich-Review and Giveaway

A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings #3) by Kelsie Leverich-Review and Giveaway

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A Beautiful Distraction
Hard Feelings #3
by Kelsie Leverich
Genre: adult,contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: May 6,2014

A Beautiful Distraction

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 6, 2014

First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.

Home from a deployment, and without his missions to consume him, Murano is 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 punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.

Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her…


REVIEW: A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION is the third full length novel in Kelsie Leverich’s contemporary, adult, erotic, romance series focusing on a group of military men and the women that they love. This is Rafe Murano and Fallon Kelly’s story. Both have buried secrets; demons that ride them hard; and different ways of handling the stress and anxiety of everyday life. While Rafe drinks and has indiscriminate sex with any number of women, Fallon owns two upscale adult dance clubs where men watch and women perform. One night, Rafe walks into Fallon’s club and finds himself drawn to the beautiful dancer with the grace of a ballerina and he knows that he is about to lose his heart-all over again.

The storyline follows Rafe and Fallon’s building relationship-a relationship predicated on rules and no promises of anything more. Kicked out of her family home at seventeen, Fallon has fought her way to the top of the gentlemen’s entertainment industry and is proud of her accomplishments and successful business ventures. Meeting First Sergeant Rafe Murano starts a slow burn that begins to melt the ice that has encased her heart for many years but Rafe’s temper and need to protect will force Fallon to walk when he is unable to get past what it is she does for a living.

A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION is a well paced, emotional and erotic storyline about two people from different walks of life. This is a story about second chances-not with one another-but a second chance at trust, happiness and love. The secondary characters are colorful, eclectic and add a wealth of information and backstory. Everyone has a history and no two histories are alike.

The sexual tension is palpable. You can feel the desire, the need and the sensuality but Fallon is a woman who has been hurt by a past mired in family betrayal, heartbreaking sorrow and loneliness.

My only complaint is the over use of the word babe. At one point I thought the hero did not remember the heroine’s name.

Kelsie Leverich writes a realistic and intense storyline where the past overlaps the present and could very well affect the future. It is a story about two people lost in a world of hurt, who find solace in one another but not before jealousy and the past plant themselves front and center.

A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION is an intimate look at a building relationship between two broken hearts who thought love had passed them by. They become one another’s distraction but a distraction they cannot resist.

Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley

Reviewed by Sandy

About The Author Black and White

Kelsie LeverichKelsie Leverich grew up in the small town of St. Joseph Illinois before getting married and following her husband from one Army post to another. After eight years, they finally settled down in Avon, Indiana with two adorable knuckleheads that are better known as her kids. Kelsie’s life revolves around her family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess—but that’s the way she loves it! When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book or out on the lake with family and friends. Kelsie is not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.

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Penguin Publishers and Kelsie are giving away a paper copy of A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION to one (1) lucky commenter at The Reading Cafe

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38 thoughts on “A Beautiful Distraction (Hard Feelings #3) by Kelsie Leverich-Review and Giveaway

  1. I seem to be on a military kick lately with the books I’ve been reading, albeit unconsciously. A Beautiful Distraction sounds like something I would very much enjoy.
    And I’m not sure why it is but sometimes I don’t like the use of the word babe and other times I don’t mind it. It’s odd really. I suppose it depends how it’s used or said. So I can see where it being overused could be annoying.
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway opportunity!
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    • Hi Pam. I am finding many authors are using Babe or Baby as terms of endearment but if the term is used too often in one story it detracts from the enjoyment.

      I read a book a few months ago and the male lead only EVER called the heroine babe or baby..in normal conversations, during sex and when he was angry. I stopped counting at 100 – the number of times the author used baby-at one point the heroine was calling the male lead babe as well. I thought they forgot one another’s names…lol

      • I don’t mind baby being used as much as babe. But again, it doesn’t always annoy me. lol And yes, it can be very distracting.

        Wow, I’m not sure that I would have enjoyed that book then. Sounds like it needs some variety. 🙂 I have found myself counting words or phrases in books that I think are overused.

  2. Thanks for the review Sandy. I’ve never read anything by Kelsie Leverich, but I’m a sucker for the military books, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  3. I actually laughed at your review because I have thought the same thing before in regards to the hero no remembering names about other books. However that wouldn’t keep me from wanting to read this book!

    Thanks so much!
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  4. Congrats to Kelsie on the new release. I just finished Reed and Meagan’s story, so I can’t wait to start Murano’s book.

    Liked on FB

  5. I’m a blogger myself so I know how important it is to help these amazing authors. So I love going to other blogs to see what great books are out that I don’t know about and yours is my favorite I posted your logo on one of my post so people come to yours also. I would love a chance to get this book so I can post my review on my blog I am going to post about where they can find it. Thanks again for recommending another book that sounds amazing. http://www.jassybooks.blog.com and jjj7602@icloud.com

  6. Hi Sandy,
    Thank you for the blurb and review of A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich. I enjoy having an idea of what I will be reading for “new to me authors”. I believe this would be a wonderful read based on review.
    Thank you,

  7. I haven’t read anything by this author, but I have to admit this story intrigues me. Please enter me in the giveaway. I like on FB and also get notifications.


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