BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: Beautiful Ever After (Beautiful Illusions Duet #2) by Georgia Cates

Beautiful Ever After (Beautiful Illusions Duet #2) by Georgia Cates

Release Date: May 7th


Everything in my life has changed.
This woman, my paid companion, has turned my world upside down
… while making it right for the first time ever.

We were brought together by need.
Hers was money.
Mine was companionship. And sex.

Caitriona Louden gave me the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And now she’s gone.

I’m not supposed to miss her.
I’m not supposed to love her.
But I do. Both.

Our contract expired, and she walked away.
Now my world is falling apart without her in it.
Because she is my everything.

A fairy-tale romance.
It’s ours to have.
And this woman I’ve come to love so dearly is my beautiful ever after.

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My Review

According to Caitriona Louden, especially after her experience as an Inamorta paid female companion, love is a beautiful illusion…it’s nothing but a fairytale, something fictitious and impossible, which means that regardless of the validity of feelings, the lie is easier to believe than the truth, no matter how much one or both parties wish things were different. 

Maxwell Hutcheson wanted the girlfriend experience, but he thought he wanted one with an expiration date and that’s exactly what he gets with his arrangement with Caitriona Louden. What Hutch realizes too late, though, is that he wants to prove to Lou that a beautiful ever after is possible, but he definitely has his work cut out for him, not only when it comes to finding Lou but also when it comes to keeping her deceased wife’s family from causing anymore trouble for the love of his life and his little Ava Rose. 

The second part of Hutch and Lou’s story begins right after their contract expires and everything has gone to heck due to Lou’s need to leave without having to say goodbye to the man she loves. If she would have stayed just a bit longer and talked to Hutch, a lot of things would have occurred differently, but I feel like she needed to flee in order for Hutch to prove to her just how much he loves her and wants her to be his forever.

Lou definitely comes into her own in Beautiful Ever After; I loved watching her take care of the ones she loves by beating her nemesis at her own duplicitous games. Lou proves just how strong of a woman she is and how deeply her feelings are for her gorgeous guy and his beautiful little girl and the fact that she carries herself with grace and poise, even when she’s terrified of what could happen proves that she has what it takes to come out of this harrowing situation with everything that she wants and deserves.

Hutch’s reactions and actions with everything that happens in this book proves exactly the kind of man he is and just how invested he is in making Lou his in every sense of the word.

I loved the cameos of some of my absolute favorite Georgia Cates’ characters, and the fact that Lou sought them out to help her fix the difficult situation she and Hutch find themselves in is fitting since Bleu and her ‘Bella Mafia’ know how to get things done and take care of problematic people.

I knew headed into the conclusion of Hutch and Lou’s story that Hutch’s deceased wife’s family would be an albatross around their necks, but they were more meddlesome, at least one of them, than I thought they would be, but thankfully, Hutch and Lou will do whatever it takes to protect what they’ve built and everything they planned to be.

4 Poison Apples


I open my office door and the woman is sitting in one of the chairs facing my desk. My eyes are drawn to the back of her long straight blond hair and my first thought is that it’s Cora. But then I remember that Cora’s hair isn’t that long. Or platinum blond.

“My apologies, Miss Morata. I’m sorry to keep you waiting.”

“Being made to wait implies that your time is more important than mine. And I assure you that my time is very important. And expensive. Ask any of my clients and they’ll tell you so.”

Her accent is strange. Is she faking a Scottish burr?

“I assure you I’m not under the impression that your time is less important than mine or anyone else’s.” I come around the chair and offer my hand. “It’s a pleasure to make your acquaint—.”

Green-brown hazel eyes. Long lashes. Nose adorned with a few scattered freckles.

Perfect. Red. Lips.

My wife.

My wife wearing a platinum blond wig?



About the Author:
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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