Review: Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beautifully Awake
By Riley Mackenzie
Our Rating: Four and a Half Glasses of Wine

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.

Fall's Review:
TRUTH...........This is a debut novel by the talented duo that is Riley Mackenzie. Being in the medical profession myself, I was very excited to read a book written by 2 intelligent ladies who also have the pleasure of working in medicine. The hospital is the main setting for this book, with the characters having most of their interactions there. Not only did I LOVE Chase and Lili, but also the MANY supporting characters as well.

TRUTH........Lili is a social worker that left her hometown to start fresh. Running, or as the authors call it "sleep running" from her past, Lili has spent the last three years unsure of where she is going. When she starts a new job and finds herself rounding with the Neurosurgical department staff, she starts to wonder how she got there.

"You woke me up, Chase. You brought color back to my life. The only time I ever want to see grey again is when I’m looking in your eyes."

TRUTH.......Chase is an ASS, plain and simple!! He knows he is good at what he does and he knows he is good looking.  He has no problem telling his staff when to jump and how high. When you are the new "Head of Neurosurgery" and have the reputation he does, he expects only the best! Battling with a haunted past of his own he copes with the best defense mechanism he knows, take no bull shit!

“Lili, truth. We are worth it.” 

When Lili and Chase literally collide one day at work both their worlds are tilted off axis. When you have two wounded, bleeding hearts how can they possibly heal? At what point do you realize you have been sleep walking your life away? Can they heal each other and live the lives they are meant to live, instead of going through the motions?

"Chase...those demons don't have to be fought anymore. Let's keep them asleep...we'll stay awake..together." 

Throw in a cast of smart, sexy, witty, flirty and even creepy nurses and doctors and you have an amazing book! I loved the banter between the interns and the doctors, nurses and patients. The chemistry not only from the leads but also the supporting characters was steamy! With a twist at the end of the book that I did not see coming, I think I laughed, cried and yelled (just a little) when I read this.  Riley Mackenzie hit it spot on with their first book and I cant not wait to read the second!  This nurse gives Beautifully Awake 4.5 glasses of Pinot Grigio (because its stronger!!!!)

 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. 

About the 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!

Connect with the Authors

1 comment:

  1. LOVE your review!!!! Thanks so much for being part of our blog tour. 4.5 glasses of pinot grigio- yummmy!!!
    xoxo, RM