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Beautiful Delusions (Pride and Honor Book 1) by [Winters, Ember-Raine]
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Kaylee

One night was all it took. One accident and I could no longer outrun my past. The terror I'd escaped was hot on my trail and the only person I could turn to was the man who'd hurt me the most.

Griffin

One moment was all it took. One wrong word and she was gone from my life. Fifteen years later, I had a chance to make things right. I could even make Kaylee mine...

If the monster didn't destroy her first.

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  • Print Length: 246 pages
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! March 2 2017
By Amanda Siegrist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a very emotional book. Kaylee, the main character, has PTSD from a past abusive relationship. You get a real sense of her suffering through vivid flashbacks. You also see how the PTSD affects not only her, but the people in her life. She has two children. There were a few times that situations occurred and it happened in front of the children, which makes it even more sad because they are so innocent and don't need to see any of that. And I kinda wished Kaylee watched her language in front of them. I was confused at one point in the beginning. Kaylee was in a car accident and not much detail of her injuries were explained. I would've enjoyed to know more of that.

Griffin is her main love interest, who she also knew in the past, but they hadn't seen each other in years. Unless I missed it, it wasn't too clear what happened to cause such a rift between them. But Griffin is back in her life and one of the people helping with her PTSD. I really liked Griffin. He was sensitive to Kaylee's needs and very protective of her. I also liked the members of his security team. They had great personalities.

The only thing to really bum me out was it ended in a cliffhanger, and I'm not a huge fan of those. Of course, I gotta read the next book to find out what happens! There were suspense elements in this book as well. So if you're looking for a read with a bit of suspense and emotional impact, this is your book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action-packed romance! Feb. 24 2017
By RJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Really, really enjoyed this book. Kaylee, a single mom struggling with PTSD, learns to overcome her inner demons with the help of her friends, therapist, and her one true love. It showed a different side of PTSD and abuse, without being graphic. Honest in the telling, and worth a read. I will definitely be buying book 2 when it comes out.

Lots of action to keep the story going, and great alpha males to round out the romance!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story with mystery, humor, and romance! Feb. 8 2017
By The Genre Minx Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I cannot say that before reading this book I really understood Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since this story revolves around this disorder/illness I did do some research into it. In order to really judge the realism that the author is trying to convey I needed to be familiar with the subject matter otherwise I would not be able to fairly review this book.

Kaylee Robbins character has been through what I cannot ever fully imagine. She has been beaten and victimized. A past filled with drugs, broken promises, and betrayals that have left her compromised. She was in a relationship with a man named Tyler who was chronically abusive. It became so bad that he almost took her life. After surviving that last terrible beating, Kaylee had Tyler locked up for domestic violence. Even with that monster locked away Kaylee’s nightmare was only starting.

Ten years have passed and Kaylee suffers from PTSD due to the abuse that she suffered at the hands of Tyler. Yet, through it all she has struggled to move forward. Until one night it appears that Tyler is free and has finally found her. She cannot be sure because she has no proof that he is back but she starts to have episodes more frequently. These episodes result in consequences that lead Kaylee to Griffin. Her childhood friend, a friend who turned his back on her with no explanations. One of her greatest sources of hurt and he is to be her PTSD counselor.

Griffin is a man who has his own demons. He has served in the military and seen what war can do to his brothers in arms. He has made it his mission to offer what he can to Vets who may need help adjusting to civilian life or who may suffer from PTSD. It was not just helping Vets that brought Griffin into the specialty of treating PTSD. He learned what had happened to Kaylee, the woman he owed a thousand apologies to, and he hoped that one day he would be the one to help her heal.

Things are never that simple! Someone is after Kaylee and they are terrorizing her in every imaginable way. It will take everything she has and the protection of Griffin in order to survive the onslaught of violence that is threatening to destroy her and her family.

This story is a roller-coaster of emotion. There are highs and there are lows but there is no point in which you will find yourself bored. The pacing is fast! The characters in this story are written well. You feel that they really care about each other. The flashbacks that Kaylee experiences are descriptive, realistic and convincing. It is a high emotion story with lots of exclamation marks! There are strong feelings throughout this story by all characters.

The author has taken a disorder that is known but maybe not so well understood and fleshed it out through the character of Kaylee Robbins. I feel that she stayed true to what is known of PTSD and tried to show how it might feel to suffer from it. She showed the misconception from family members, how little they really understood the illness and how hard it could be to deal with the effects when the symptoms can manifest themselves without warning. This was an emotionally provoking story with humor, romance, and perseverance woven throughout the telling.

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Ember Raine Winters. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story March 7 2017
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Beautiful Delusions by Ember Raine Winters is a realistic story of survival and love and the first book in the Pride and Honor series. It is one of the few books that I know of that deals with PTSD that is not associated with combat and the military.

Kaylee Robbins is a young woman who made some bad decisions—the worst is the abusive relationship with her ex Tyler. He beat her regularly until she finally reports his behavior to the police and then escapes. The typical response of most people, including family, when she explains her PTSD is “move on” or “get over it.” Only she can’t get over it when she has triggers that cause flashbacks that put her right back in the deadly situation.

Griffin Thomas is a strong alpha hero—ex-military, psychiatrist, security entrepreneur. Griffin (Griff) needs control. He has a big heart. Unfortunately, years ago, he made a mistake and hurt Kaylee deeply. His actions pushed her down a road of self-destruction. Now he is back in her life with one goal help Kaylee (Kay-Kay) learn how to deal with her PTSD. Kaylee is going to bring any more issues than PTSD.

Both main characters are developed well and grow significantly between the covers of this book. The complexity of Kaylee and Griff and their relationships are the heart of the story. Ms. Winters does an excellent job with the intricate plots and subplots used to drive the story and build interest in the series.

Beautiful Delusions is written in the alternating points of view of the heroine and hero giving us the insight into the flashbacks and how they totally take over Kaylee when they happen. The flashbacks are also insight into the horror of Kaylee’s past. Griffin, her former school friend, and current psychologist reveals his emotions, regrets, and feelings from his point of view.

The secondary characters are used well in telling the story. The members of Griffin’s team are good, loyal, and damaged. They focus on their mission and pique the interest of the reader to learn more about them. We learn enough about these men and women to want more in the future. Tara, Kaylee’s sister-in-law also deals with non-combat related PTSD. I love her. She is a good friend, defender, and confidante. We also have a heavy dose of “bad” guys. Both of Kaylee’s exes leave a lot to be desired. They are scum and show their true colors as the story unfolds. There is nothing better than good characters to hate in a story. We need someone to throw daggers at while reading.

I like the way Ms. Winters uses the PTSD, the characters, and other events to build the tension. It is painful how family, friends and the legal system can be so closed minded or ill-equipped to handle some mental illnesses. There are a couple scenes with Kaylee’s mother that almost made me throw my Kindle, one in the beginning after her car accident. Beautiful Delusions shines a light of some of the misunderstandings and roadblocks the illness places in people’s path. To be honest, parts of the story shocked me, and I’m sure the personal stress is realistic.

The story is fast-paced and filled with action that feels authentic for the most part. Sometimes my heart ached for Kaylee as one thing after another is thrown at her in a short time span. Beautiful Delusions isn’t a book of continuous sex scenes, but when they happen, they are appropriately placed and hot.

I did feel that Tyler getting into the penthouse did feel off or a little unbelievable, especially since she was in a secure building. My other criticism is the unexpected “sort of” cliffhanger. I wasn’t prepared, and that is my fault. I found myself getting excited about the ending and looking down too late to realize there isn’t enough left to the end. The reason I say “sort of” is because the sneak peek for book two ends the book in a satisfying way. It isn’t the end of the story but a good stopping point for a hopeful future.

I highly recommend Beautiful Delusions. Ember Raine Winters is a new author for me. She is an author to watch. She is an excellent storyteller. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the future.

ARC received for an honest reviewed.
5.0 out of 5 stars So sweet May 9 2017
By Amers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Oh buddy did I enjoy reading this story! I’m a big, big fan of growly, buff, protective men! Let’s add a very protective couple of women and let’s call it a day.

Let’s talk character development for a second. These characters are pretty much perfection. Their relationship with one another, their bond, and their fierce ability to protect the ones they love are what really made this story. They make you want to keep reading, they grab your attention and hold it from page one to the very end and they don’t release their talons then. They still have them dug pretty deep into me and I can’t wait for book two.

There are absolutely no complaints from any details or descriptions throughout the entire story. They are perfect and don’t make you second guess any details you’re reading. They keep the story flowing very fluidly and keep the story interesting. There are some curveballs and there is some thriller to the story. These are just like the cherry on the ice cream sundae. The story was already good without the extras but the author took the time to make it even more exciting. I definitely appreciate that.

Needless to say, I’m stoked for book 2. It won’t be out soon enough. These guys possess the ability to provide us readers an absolute enteraining story each and every book. Some of these guys I think are going to put us through the ringer mentally but I think they will provide an excellent read. I do absolutely recommend reading this story first though.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *