Beautifully Awake Review

Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie

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Beautifully Awake



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.


“Baby, I want to sleep with you.” His voice softened. “This isn’t about sex. This is about sleeping … with you … in our bed, just sleeping, no talking. Just silence, me listening to your soft breaths. That’s truth.” And once again this man had completely disarmed me with words alone. “See you soon, baby.”
Silence filled my ear. I turned and dropped my phone on the bed.
“You’re not going to tell him, huh?” Sierra raised her eyebrows and frowned.
“I don’t know, but I’m definitely not ready tonight.”
“This thing with Dr. Hot-as-Balls is serious, isn’t it?”
I couldn’t help but nod. My gut told me she wasn’t wrong.



This book snagged me from the beginning and I did NOT want to put it down. Darn that thing called work and sleep that got in the way! Lili grew up in a small town where everybody knows everything. And of course people will believe what they want to believe. She ran away from that life and those people starting a new life as a case worker at a hospital. She has rotation once a month where she gets moved to different departments. This time she’s on the neuro dept. She hears talk of this jerk who thinks he’s all that, but how everyone just swoons over him. She rolls her eyes and goes on with it, that is until she meets him. And he seems to be even more angry and brooding after he meets her. She can’t wait for this month to be over with so she can move onto a different part of the hospital. Where she really wants to be is pediatrics.

Chase couldn’t stop thinking about Lili from the moment he met her. And damn her for wearing those high heels that made her legs impossibly long! Of course this just set him on a collision course and he’s not happy about it. How is he going to work with her and keep his hands off of her.

And then Lili finds out how Chase really feels about her and their worlds collide! They both have a past that they are running from and they both think that they don’t deserve each other. I felt an instant connection to their story and there were times I wanted to scream at them to see things clearly. I think I might have shaken my kindle a time or two while reading this book.

But I went on the most amazing, emotional roller coaster. I think I held my breath for half of the book. I’m surprised I didn’t turn blue! If you have not read this book I suggest you go grab it now. Chase is definitely my new book boyfriend. He can use those hands to do whatever he wants with me!



Riley MackenzieYep. 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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