Title: Beautiful Storm
Author: Megan Isaccs
Release Day: December 7th, 2015
Genre: contemporary romance
He was my salvation.
Interviewing the notorious owner of ‘Ignition’ should have been simple. When asked to go home with him, I should’ve said ‘no.’ But Noah Hamilton’s tattooed, hard body and rugged features were impossible to resist. I wanted him to touch me. And I longed to be loved again. I craved the escape and was desperate to know him. Much like his lifestyle, our heated affair took off at warp speed, proving to be stronger than either of us anticipated. Trapped between my past and future, there was only one decision to make. So I ran…
She was my downfall.
From the moment Lizzie Ryder stepped into my shop, I wanted her. Had to have her. A reserved journalist with a body of sin and mesmerising eyes was all it took for me to fall. Hard. The night she let me touch her, taste her, I knew I was done for. I never deserved her, but needed to make her mine. She found the heart I never knew I had, brought it to life, and then crushed it to dust. And just like her storm-filled eyes, I drowned in the flood of her desertion. Reaching my breaking point, I struggled to forget the only woman I ever foolishly fell for and dove headfirst into my dark past, barely surviving her.
And now she’s back.
What happens when our weaknesses become our strengths? Do we reveal and fight…or keep our secrets and run? And can we withstand the devastation left after the Beautiful Storm?
Due to sexual content, possible triggers, and excessive bad language reader discretion is advised. 18+
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3.5 **stormy** STARS
“Falling in love is a dangerous game.”
Beautiful Sorm is the debut novel by Megan Isaacs and I have to say it was entertaining. Very much on the hot and dirty talking side, but also quite heavy on the angsty relationship drama.
Two star crossed lovers - Noah and Lizzie, start a hot and heavy affair after only wanting one night. Eight months later the relationship is so much more than an affair. But both have a lot of secrets they keep from one another and when Lizzie's abusive Rock Star boyfriend comes back from his tour things become complicated and for some rather sketchy reasons she has to run away. Leaving Noah in a right state, almost unable to function and go on with his life.
Seems pretty straightforward as far as plot goes, but in all honesty it is quite complicated and a lot of flip flopping is involved. The huge secrets both keep from one another and the insane amount of miscommunication ultimately destroy the relationship. And the consequences aren't pretty.
“You're it for me. I live and breath for you. I'm completely caught up in your beautiful storm. I love watching the lightning sparks uín your eyes when I'm deep inside you. I love the untamed tempest that swirls in them when you're angry like now.”
It was a good read. For a debut author she has some very smooth story telling skills and had me hooked right from the first page. If I didn’t know better I would have assumed it was a seasoned writer. There are only two things that bugged me. The very much over the top instant attraction between the main characters and some inconsistencies in the plot. Well, they are not necessarily plot holes, but the drama is a bit self inflicted and at times it becomes a stretch to accept Noah’s and especially Lizzie’s actions. I found the reasoning behind their behaviour rather thin and I had to suspend my disbelief a little to get on with the book. Good news is later on most things that made me roll my eyes get a good explanation, but I fear some readers might not hold out that long to find out.
Other than that I really enjoyed this read, although it is hard to categorize. A bit insta-lust, some romantic suspense, a few dashes of second chance romance, copious amounts of angst, throw in some abuse and as a topping another romance trope I can’t really disclose without giving too much away - and I must say I was thoroughly entertained. And in the end that is all you can ask for, right?
Now I’m curious if there is going to be more from the surrounding characters in the future. I know for sure Bear and Layla need a book. Pretty please?
**ARC very kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Her daft question makes me smile. I just moved. “Yeah.” I tighten my arms around her and lean in to kiss her temple.
“I love being here with you. Being cocooned in your arms.
Held like you fear I might vanish at any second.”
“You planning on disappearing on me?” I ask. My voice’s gruff and my heart squeezes at the thought. But I do hold her like that.
“Never,” she answers confidently. And I feel her smile against my chest.
I let out a relieved breath I didn’t even realise I was holding as she continues.
“I thought I understood what love was, but the dream became battered and broken. I always believed love was a safe place, like here.” She traces the tattoos on my chest. “But did you know love could be twisted and painful? I know it’s really stupid, but I never realised it could hurt, not without betrayal.”
I can’t figure out where she’s going with this so I let her continue, but my chest gets tighter with each word.
“I’m worried because I love us. This.” She peers up at me through her lashes. “But I’m frightened by what I feel for you. It’s stronger than anything I’ve ever felt before, and it could crush me if I let it.” She moves her hand down to rub circles on the forearm wrapped around her waist, her gaze follows it.
Without exact words she just told me she loves me and I want desperately to tell her something she wants to hear, but I can’t.
“I don’t know what to say, angel. I could beg you to let me in, to trust me, and I could promise that I’ll never be that man, that I’ll never hurt you. But—” I shift so I can look into her eyes. “It’s probably likely. I’ve never done anything like this. Never wanted to.”
I keep to myself the reasons why and continue. “You distorted my world, made me view things a little differently.
You made we want things I’ve never thought about before. Made me think about a future. But I can’t promise you I won’t mess up, and I can’t promise you a happy ending.”
The warning needs to be out there, no matter what feelings swirl around in me. I’m not relationship material and if we continue down the path we’ve taken she may get hurt, fuck, she will get hurt.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Isaacs lives happily in the UK with her husband and son.
If you asked her about herself she would say she's completely crackers. Always the introvert with an extrovert exterior. A complete mash up of improbabilities. She loves her family, but that goes without saying. She loves reading and tea. Lots and lots of tea. She used to be pretty good shot with a shotgun, but hasn't shot since she was five months pregnant when she beat her husband for the one and only time. Hanging up her barrels seemed like a good idea after that.