Book Review – A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich



A brand new novel in the New York Times bestselling Hard Feelings series—where nothing’s more dangerous than a bad boy with a broken heart…

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…


5 Star Review

I have read all of Kelsie’s books and this is by far her best work yet.  It has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of emotions and sass and a whole lot of sexiness.

Rafe Murano has jus returned home from deployment and after having his heard broken be someone who thought was his one and only he has sworn off the idea of the forever kind of love.  The kind of love that will make your heart flutter and your breath falter when you are in the mere presence of that one person.

Fallon Kelly has a past most would never experience and through all the ups and downs she has found her way in life and made a name for herself.  Running one of the most high class and respected Burlesque clubs in the area she guards her heart from anyone and anything knowing that she is not capable of loving, that ability was taken away from her 8 years ago when at 17 her family disowned her and left her to fend for herself.  Fallon grew into a beautifully strong and independent woman who is snarky, classy, and brass.  She speaks her mind and doesn’t give a damn what anyone has to say about it.  “At arms length” is her motto and she has lived by her strict rules she set for herself years ago until one night a bitter and heartbroken soldier stepped foot into her club and from that moment on she knew that her walls were crumbling and soon she would be faced the fast she has worked too hard to forget

When their eyes first collided with each other they instintly knew that they would be each other’s distractions from the ugliness and pains that lingers through them with every breath they take.  The chemistry between Rafe and Fallon was undeniable from the very beginning and only intensified overtime.  Fallon had a strict set of rules when it came to the opposite sex and Rafe found himself having her break every single one of them.

The one emotion that seemed to never let up during A Beautiful Distraction was fear.  Fear of falling too fast and having his heartbreak all over again.  Fear of Fallon letting her walls down and not being able to love Rafe the way he deserves to be loved.  They both have secrets from their past they aren’t proud of and both are trying to work through them.  They both walk around not needing anyone or anything but the truth is, they both need each other in order to overcome their past and move on with their future.

Okay so lets talk about the sex – yes sex!  And holy sugar snap there is A LOT of that, and not the boring missionary, wham bam thank ya ma’am but the kind that makes your toes curl, your panties soaked and that leave you breathless.  If the Army taught our soldiers how to try their woman but husband totally missed out on that course.  Rafe is the type of guy that falls quickly and loves freely and openly because ever ounce of strength he possessives and let’s face it, who doesn’t want that?  He has a dirty bedroom voice that makes me shiver just to read about it.  He pulls and pulls Fallon to open up and share her emotions because he isn’t the type to turn around and run when things get tricky,  he fights and he fights hard.  Rafe will break Fallon down and build her back up stronger than before and he won’t stop until she truly gives her heart to him and love him, the true kind.

Rafe is a very intense character that you can’t help but want to be the woman that he claims his undying love too.  He loves and he loves hard.

Being with her made him fight every natural attribute he possessed.  Rafe didn’t share his woman.  He made her his and only his.  He took care of her, loved her, cherished her, protected her.  It was branded in his bones.  It’s what his father’s blood had encrypted in his soul.  What he and his brothers  held in their hearts.  They loved their women hard.  Fiercely, Passionately, Profoundly

Fallon exudes confidents when it comes her dancing but that is her distractions from the thoughts that run rapid in her rain on instant replay.   After meeting Rafe she slowly starts to find out that not only is she distracting herself from her past with Rafe she starts to realize that she needs another distraction from Rafe because there is more to them than just sex and that terrifies her.   She needs Rafe for more than just a distraction she needs him like a woman needs a man but is too scared and unsure of herself that she won’t grab it.  She isn’t afraid of him hurting her because she knows he never intentionally would but she is shattered knowing that her past has the weight and ability to crush him.

“This is fuckin’ insane, babe, God. I know it is.” His teeth nibbled her chin, then her bottom lip, before he lowered her head back down to look at her.  “But I’m here.  You, me — I don’t know what the hell this is.  But I’m here.  You need me, you name it, I’m here.  You know that, right?

When feelings start to spike and more than just sex and lust start to flow between Fallon and Rafe will it be Rafe’s past; the case that changed his whole out look on life and love be the reason that Fallon and Rafe’s relationship is doomed before it truly begins or will Fallon’s insecurities when it comes to her ability to love crumpled their budding relationship leaving Rafe to pick up another broken heart this time not sure if there will be any pieces left to put back together.

“And, Fallon,” she said, her steps halting as she spun back around to face her. “We’ve both become experts on the way a man looks when he wants something. But Rafe, baby — that man doesn’t just look at you like he wanted you right then and there in the middle of the road in every delicious way a man could want a woman. He looked at you like he needed you.  In the way a woman wants to be needed.  In the way a woman deserves to be needed.  And bay, I’d say that man is exactly what you need.”

When the reason behind Rafe’s broken heart pays him a visit, it threatens to destroy everything he has built with Fallon.  And when the hidden truths from Fallons past are now brought into the future, Rafe and Fallon quickly learn that the person behind her broken heart and trust issues has been under Rafe’s nose the entire time.  Will Fallon and Rafe finally confront their pasts and look forward to the future with each other; or will the heartache and trust issues be too much to bare leaving them nothing to each except A Beautiful Distraction from life.

Kelsie Leverich blows me away with every novel she puts out and A Beautiful Distraction is by far her best book yet.  You will fall in love with the intensity and love that Rafe has radiating off of him just wanted for “the true kind”.  All I admired Fallon’s strength and her ability to over come the shitty had that life dealt her when she was younger and very proud of her character by living by her rules and not giving a crap about what others thing of her.  This is truly a romantic sexy love story about learning to not only how to forgive yourself but learning to bury the past and leave it in the past and look forward to a much brighter future.  Kelsie I absolutely adore your cute country butt and I can’t wait to read your next book.