First book in the Hyacinth Dickinson SeriesA Romantic Thriller.BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR - IT MIGHT COME TRUE!Gynaecologist Hyacinth Dickinson cast a spell for her perfect woman.A woman to match her desire for danger, diamonds and sex.When Hyacinth meets Beth she believes her to be The One.Would you trust a woman to read your mind?Who wanted to control you - body and soFirst book in the Hyacinth Dickinson SeriesA Romantic Thriller.BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR - IT MIGHT COME TRUE!Gynaecologist Hyacinth Dickinson cast a spell for her perfect woman.A woman to match her desire for danger, diamonds and sex.When Hyacinth meets Beth she believes her to be The One.Would you trust a woman to read your mind?Who wanted to control you - body and soul?Who stirs such passion in you, you don't know whether you love or hate her?A woman who entices you into her web and leaves you no choice but to commit relationship suicide?Talented surgeon Beth McConnell had to - but she had her reasons . . .Beautiful actress Lou Scott wasn't looking for love when she boarded the London bound train.Or was she?...
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Beautiful Strangers Reviews
I don't know what to make of this story. There was plenty going on with a big cast of people but it was all rather flat and emotionless. The writer told me plenty but showed me nothing and that made for a boring summonce of events. All the women were of flawless beauty, they were all loaded and I cared for none of them (main character Hyacinth included). I don't know if the writer intended it that way, but I personally can't enjoy a book if I dislike the main characters. I have another book to go (as this is a series) but I need a serious break from it before I can try again. 2.5 stars
"I have_been completely seduced by this woman, in every sense of the word.”„In a heartbeat, Lou caught her, pulling her in as if her life depended on it. She had known their bodies would be a perfect fit and surrendered to the moment.It was sheer joy to hold Beth close. With her arms around Beth’s waist, she held her even tighter whispering, ‘I’ve got you. I wouldn’t throw you into the arms of another woman.’”I read a very good synopsis of this novel and the plot seemed and proved to be pretty good, yet the characters have truly disappointed me.The choice of names and the jobs of the characters were promising a dramatic romance, then the conspiracy between the dangerous character, the police, her group and our heroin was somehow destroyed by the imbalance of the characters and the happening of the facts.The main character, Beth – Elizabeth McConnell, Surgeon is having the position of General Surgeon with Mr. George Dickinson’s team in Newcastle that had fallen into her lap, as had the perfect two bedroom apartment an estate agent friend found for her.The way she’s physically described leaves you in awe :„Most women_would die for a body like hers. As can be the way with natural beauty, she was unaware of the fact that most people regarded her as drop dead gorgeous, but sometimes_a bit more confidence in that department wouldn’t have gone amiss.Not only beautiful on the outside, she was beautiful on the_inside too. Naturally caring and sympathetic. Many regarded her as docile and pliable, but in reality she had a determined character, and a strong will.”She also has a special gift, her visions :„Pushing through the hospital doors she crossed her fingers in the hope that her psychic visions would leave her alone. In their strongest intensity they were capable of rendering her both speechless and useless. They had haunted her since_childhood, just like her precognitive dreams had. The last thing she wantedwas to cut into_a patient only to have their life history flash through her mind. She must remember to surround herself with a protective force field beforetouching her patients as one-to-one contact could be a trigger if she was caught unawares. Since the death of her father the stress made her more susceptible topicking up other peoples energies.She never spoke about them. She had only ever shared her experiences with two other people. Her great-aunt, also psychic, and a very old friend, Val Taylor, who had been on her mind recently. Val had unsuccessfully tried to persuade her to explore and use her gift. No chance of that. People would think she was crazy. A century ago women were burned at the stake for less.”The most important thing that happens to Beth is that she meets Hyacinth Dickinson, George’s wife. H. As she’s nicknamed by friends is supposed to be the strongest character, the most passionate and the most dangerous as the plot surrounds her and obeys towards her. She is also a doctor, but she doesn’t practice anymore and she just lives in luxury and has various affairs with women and a strange group around her. She has a gift too, she can read people’s minds and wants Beth for her group, then for herself, then again for her group and some amusement.I haven’t managed to understand Beth’s decisions nor indecisions as she always behaves against or for the winds of Hyacinth.“Up in her bedroom her mood was no sweeter. Her fortieth birthday was looming. She refused to acknowledge it, flatly and icily rejecting George’s feeble offer of a celebration. As far as she was concerned there was nothing to celebrate.She stripped off. Standing naked in front of the full-length mirror she examined herself critically from all angles. She knew she had a stunning body. No sign_of cellulite. Virtually no stretch marks from the birth of her children. Her blue eyes flashed back at her. She didn’t feel forty. Finally satisfied she didn’t look it,she studied her natural blonde pubic hair, letting the fingers of both hands slip into the curls. She could turn herself on in an instant. And she had time. Her left hand moved to fondle her breast, squeezing the nipple as the fingers of her other hand probed a little deeper into her warm, slick openingBeth hides from her attraction to Hyacinth to whom everyone else is attracted to and she’s just irresistible and none can refuse her. Beth understands her gift, but she’s afraid of it. And the turning point is when she meets Lou Scott in London on a train with Hyacinth and she’s fascinated by her. We continue to see H. Chasing Beth for various reasons and in different ways, Beth and Lou don’t get in touch, although their attraction is glorious. Beth gets caught into H.’s Infamous group and diamond rush although she’s warned by her police friend Lindsay to stay away from H.Beth’s crush on H„Despite her decision to block Hyacinth out, it was impossible. Every time Beth thought about her, she felt excited, butterflies in her stomach, the whole thing. She just had to be with her, like a teenager with a crush. She was so smitten she couldn’t eat.”H’s goals„‘You know darling, we have such a lot in common . . . my friends are going to love you.’ H deliberately stopped the conversation there. She wanted Beth to concentrate on what she’d said about her beautiful friends. She knew she was rushing things, but couldn’t help it and discovering Beth’s love of diamonds was a wonderful unexpected bonus. She hadn’t planned to tell Beth anything like she had today, but had been unable to stop herself as she’d described some of her coven’s rituals, picturing Beth in the leading role. Another bonus would be to get her into bed with Petra. That would be some threesome. She was currently enjoying pitting her wits against the feisty Swede, confident she would get her way in the end. She never failed to.”Shower scene : Beth & H„Working up a rich lather with some beautifully scented soap, she almost slipped when the shower door opened and Hyacinth stepped in behind her, naked.‘You’re full of surprises, aren’t you? Do you make a habit of sneaking up behind people?’ Beth snapped. Terrified, but wildly excited, she stood rigid not knowing what to do.Hyacinth didn’t answer. Instead she kissed the nape of Beth’s neck and started sliding her fingers up and down Beth’s thighs as the warm water cascaded over them. Putting her arm around Beth’s waist she turned Beth to face her; so close their nipples touched.Beth felt ready to explode. Dizzy with fearful ecstasy, yet despite the hot water she was covered in goose pimples””At one point , finally, she and Lou meet, get to know each other quickly and share the bed just as quickly, yet Beth seems always to return to H. They have a mental fight as H. Can read her thoughts and knows about Beth’s visions. H. drugs Beth and seems to involve her in her group through a ceremonial orgy. Lindsay warns Beth again that H. Is involved in the diamond stealing business group : The Ametyst and that she’s dangerous, yet Beth just sticks with H. who seems to have a certain power upon her, even at the moment when Lou can get hurt by H. Who placed stolen diamonds into Lou’s and Beth’s bags. The plot is complex, yet proves very simple and those up’s and down’s are getting boring in certain moments, as it’s obvious it’s prolongued.Beth and Lou adjourned„Beth nodded, not taking in what she was saying, just enjoying the sound of her voice, and the joy of being able to look at her again. Small quivers of excitement flickered in her stomach, growing in intensity. The room, although extremely spacious, felt hot and airless, the whole scenario surreal. Feeling she was in a situation that seemed right and natural; she couldn’t wait to jump in with both feet. Am I losing my mind, or am I looking at my soul mate?”„Lou moved around the table to stand in front of Beth. ‘You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.’Beth feels guilty about the orgy that never happened and her night spent with H. Which gave her no pleasure, she actually just faked an orgasm and stood close to H. Because she was blackmailed by her for the diamonds in Lou’s bag.Beth told Lindsay afterall about H.’s reasons and what she knows and what she has envisioned, mainly the way H. murdered an individual by letting him drown inside his car in the harbor.Of course, in the end,one of H.’s complices gets arrested and that’s the begining of her fall, Beth and Lou live happily ever after, yet H. promises revenge to traitors and one last vision for Beth proves that H. hasn’t gave her up yet, wherever she would be.I was disappointed by the chaotic plot and the predictable turns of the characters and their indecisions, I truly expected more from this novel, yet that’s what I got and I can say I liked the first chapters of the book as they were promising a smart plot. I expected more from Beth’s character and far more from H. who was a thief and a murderer, but she showed nothing of their most obvious shades of character. The ones I liked, how they were built and evolved in the plot, were Lou Scott and Penny Corday, H’s complice.https://inkmarksonemptydreams.com/201...
On 28th August 2010 Beautiful Strangers reached Number 1 in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 Best Sellers Gay & Lesbian list. On the same day it was Number 3 in the Romantic Suspense Top 100 and Number 3 in the Erotica Top 100 lists.
A friend of mine wrote this book and so I came to reading it through her. I didn't know half of things inside this book....goodness me did I blush!!!
I had a hard time with this book. It was awfully predictable.