Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Tour w/ Guest Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie

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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.

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About the Authors:

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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I like to think of Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie as Fifty Shades of Grey’s Anatomy minus the kink. Chase Colton is a drool worthy, profoundly dominant neurosurgeon who sets his sights on case manager, Lili Porter, while she is on his rotation and the two forge an intense bond both in the operating room and the on call rooms.

Truth. It’s Lili and Chase’s mantra throughout the story. Truth…for some reason this book was hard to really get into. Truth…I was at least halfway through the book before I felt fully engaged and invested in the story and characters. Truth…there were quite a few times were I felt the story seemed to drag and thought that the narrative was a little drawn out and could be a bit more concise so that there was a better flow. Truth…once mysteries were revealed and we were able to finally see into Lili and Chase, I was completely absorbed and made a strong connection with both of the characters and their plight.

Sexy surgeons aside, this story is about two people with some pretty serious trauma in their pasts who have been struggling to just merely exist by, or, as Lili terms it, “sleep running” through life. Each finds in the other just what they need to wake them up and truly experience life, love and happiness. This is a touching story of learning to overcome and to forgive yourself. The metamorphosis in the characters from the beginning of the story to the end as you watch each of their walls crumble while learning to trust and love another person is moving and wonderful. Once Chase opens up he is quite the irresistible charmer and the relationship truly brings out the best in both characters.

Overall this was an extremely interesting, intense drama with a complicated and heavy back story that once revealed is hard to put down. Lili’s bold, pull no punches best friend as well as the cute and clever doctor nicknames the two come up with for Chase, reminiscent of a certain McDreamy, brings much needed humor and lightness to the more serious issues in their pasts making for an enjoyable well rounded read.  

Rating: 4 Stars

About Michelle Tikal:

I am a stay at home mother of three small children. I met my husband in high school and we have been together for almost 15 years now. I love to read and whenever I have free time (is there such a thing?) I can always be found with my reader in hand.  I love contemporary and New Adult romance, the more angst the better.  I'm a sucker for a happy ending and cannot pass up a hot rocker read.
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He was already dressed for the OR in his scrubs, looking ... amazing. The beat beneath my chest started again and my mouth watered, as I not so subtly roamed his body with my hungry eyes. All I wanted was to feel his body against mine, get lost in where I ended and he began. It was all I’d ever want. Forever. I finally got what he meant every time he said mine. He was mine.

“See something you like?” He smirked.
“Baby, if you don’t stop looking at me like that I’m never gonna get out of here.”

“Truth. Sounds perfect to me.” Now I smirked.

“Ahh fuck, you’re killing me. You know scrubs don’t hide a hard-on very well.”

I laughed. He had a point there.
Leaning down, he kissed my nose. “Text you in a bit, see how your day is going...”


So was this my life? I sunk back into the fluffy pillows and sighed. I wanted this to be my morning every morning.

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