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Summary

When a small town’s hottest lumberjack falls for the full-figured, curvy girl, people take notice in this award-winning, friends-to-lovers romance from best-selling author, Lydia Michaels.

When Finnegan McCullough catches a woman trespassing on his family’s Mountain, he’s captivated by blue eyes and thick thighs. Mallory Fenton might have just moved to their small town, but she won’t be a stranger for long. Funny and sexy as hell, this beautiful distraction quickly becomes Finn’s greatest obsession.

Mallory ran to Center County to escape her past and reinvent herself. Befriending a chiseled, flannel-covered lumberjack was never part of the plan. Sexy men rarely notice her. And after years of being the "fat girl", she can’t figure out what a gorgeous man like Finn might want from her.

A realistic and heartwarming romance that proves love and beauty come in all shapes and sizes. Awarded an honorable mention for writing an exceptional contemporary romance in 2014 by the Rone Awards, best-selling author, Lydia Michaels, brings fiction to life in a beautiful novel about self-love, second chances, and acceptance.

©2019 Lydia Michaels (P)2022 Lydia Michaels

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Wasn't for me

This book unfortunately wasn't for me.
Yes, there was a lot of character development however for me it took too long to "get there". As for Finn and Mallory's friendship and relationship, it wasn't very natural in my opinion. Both characters had a few hang-ups at the start and I will admit I was excited to see where it would go but unfortunately, the self-esteem issues (as accurate as they were!) were a little repetitive and I lost all enjoyment in reading very quickly.

Sorry but this audiobook does not get a recommendation from me.

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Sweet Romance!

This is the second book in the McCullough Mountain series, a family saga. Finnegan and Mallory’s story is beautifully written, sweet, and emotional. They are both interesting characters. Finnegan is a fantastic character, very handsome, supportive and kind. I loved his determination to help Mallory for building her self-confidence. She is a beautiful and smart curvy woman. Her struggles, insecurities, and low self-esteem were heartbreaking to witness. I loved to follow them in their slow burn romance. Lucinda Gainey did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to Irish Rogue, the next book in the series. I love this sweet series.

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Finn & Mallory

Beautiful Distraction
Oh these McCullough boys, I love every one of them! Lydia Michaels has a gem with this one. Mallory has come to Center County on a mission. She wants to become a healthy woman, thin, in shape and when she returns to Philadelphia, she will be new and improved. Working out is the first step, and bumping into Finn while jogging on McCullough property was just a plus. Taken with her immediately, he does what he can to win her over, but her self esteem is too low to even consider that he is serious. And our story begins. The McCulloughs are so amazing, each with their own best quality and Finn is so amazing. He sees Mallory for who she is. Mallory is a person we can all relate to, and I love the way she blossoms under true love. Plus we get glimpses of all the clan. It's a fun listen, with a wonderful message.

Lucinda Gainey brings her Irish brogue once again, and this time it is with the McCulloughs! I enjoy her voice, as she truly understands her characters. Male, female, accented or not, she finds the perfect sound and makes them come alive. I enjoyed her portrayal of this story!

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Wonderful Story & Listen🎧 Engrossing & Heartfelt!

Lydia Michaels continues to blow me away with another wonderfully heartfelt novel set in her McCullough Mountain series. The story not only grabbed my attention and captivated it the entire book, but it tugged on my heartstrings the entire time. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they are easy to care about too. Mallory Fenton was unhappy with herself and her life in Philly behind and moved to Center County to start over again, with plans of returning to Philly in a year as a new and improved person. She started a new workout regime that included jogging and new to the area she had not realized she ran onto private property, the McCullough’s property. Finnegan McCullough was riding on the mountain road when his tire blows out, while outside his vehicle he heard strange noises and went to investigate them only to be slammed by another person. Mallory has some serious self-esteem issues, and it is one of the reasons why she struggles to trust people, terrible experiences with people did not help matters. She has a habit of overthinking and questioning everyone’s motives and how they see her in their own eyes. Her way of thinking is a perfect example of how a person can be their own worst enemy and I think almost everyone has been in her shoes at some time in their life. I just adored Finn, he has a heart of gold and is a genuine people pleaser. He has been with his girlfriend, off and on, for ten years but even he knew he was with her more out of habit and then of love but he finally opens up with eyes and sees Erin for who she really is and she is not a very nice person. Mallory and Finn become good friends and their feelings start to more into something more, but Mallory is afraid, afraid to lose their friendship, afraid Finn would go back to Erin because she was not good enough. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a beautifully written and plotted story with plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt emotions and some hot romance. Lydia Michaels thank you for another wonderful story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the wonderful narration, Amber Battaglia continues to deliver an outstanding performance, bringing these characters and their story to life. She has a complete understanding of the characters she is portraying, giving each a voice that suits that character’s persona and is believable in every role she plays. Her take on Mallory was spot on, she grasped her insecurities and convictions as well as all her emotions and had you feeling every single one and she did the same for Finn. She was great at performing the roles of all the secondary characters, too. Amber Battaglia is a versatile voice artist and an entertaining storyteller. Thank you for another fabulous listen.

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Beautiful story

This book was everything I didn't expect and that's not a bad thing. I was heartwarming and beautiful and I absolutely loved Mallory and Finn!
It's a 4 star and a MUST READ/LISTEN!

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Beautiful Distraction

I looooove this book!

Mallory has issues, problems, insecurities many overweighted women have.
But she learned to accept and love herself and also found her dream guy.
And Finn is definitely a dream *swoon*

My favorite book from this series.
The narrator did a great job and I love her voice!

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  • Kristin
  • 01-08-22

Finn’s story was really good!

Sweet guy meets curvy girl in this entertaining story. Finn is the nice, reliable hero and Mallory is the curvy, insecure heroine. While her insecurities were realistic and relatable, it became too repetitive and frustrating at times. Finn was the sweetest guy that did everything he could to prove to Mallory that she was worth his affection. The different point of view caused me to have trouble at times with following along. I did enjoy the story overall and the narration was good.

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  • Kristie galindo
  • 16-07-22

Great story

This book will hurt your heart a little..Mallory is so hard on herself that it’s hard to read the words. But I applaud Lydia for writing real life characters/stories that many of us can relate to.

Finn is a such a sweet, patient and loving man. He has every right to get frustrated but maintains a sense of calm and encouragement.

Lucinda Gainey delivers a wonderful narration for this story. She gives each character depth and emotion.

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  • Ashley Mertz
  • 14-07-22

Beautiful Distractions Audiobook Review

Beautiful Distractions by Lydia Michaels
5 Star Review
Mallory Fenton is working on improving her body and self-esteem. She was recently told by her physician that she is morbidly obese. Due to her weight and the daily put downs, she receives from others, Mallory believes there is no way possible anyone could possibly love her for who she is. Finnegan “Finn” McCullough is a small-town lumberjack. Finn is in a relationship with a self-centered woman who can’t seem to find happiness with Finn.
When Finn finds Mallory running through the woods on his family’s property he is instantly attached. Insisting its not safe for her to find her way back alone he gives her a ride, hoping she takes him up on his offer to meet again. When Finn’s relationship with Erin comes to a halt, Finn realizes its not Erin who makes him happy.
I was given the opportunity to listen to Beautiful Distractions via audiobook. I was instantly attached to Mallory’s character. The way Mallory guarded herself because of her weight really resonated with me. I was rooting for Finn the entire time. I desperately wanted Mallory to let him in and love her the way she deserved to be loved. I recommend this book to all romance genre lovers. Beautiful distractions is part of a series. It is not required to have read book one prior to this one, however I will be reading many more from this series in the near future.
Thank you for providing me with a complimentary review copy. In no way has that influenced my voluntary review.

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  • Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read
  • 12-07-22

Fantastic Story of Love and Building Confidence in Yourself! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

Fantastic Story of Love and Building Confidence in Yourself! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

Finn and Mallory are both not in any emotional want to find their forever. When they meet they embark on a road of friendship that turns into something so much better, FOREVER!

5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Rachel P
  • 07-07-22

I love this series!

This audiobook was so good! I loved the narration and it was perfect for this story. The narrator did a wonderful job with the male characters too. I also really loved the representation of a heroine who is overweight and really struggling with self esteem. Finn was the perfect hero for her! I highly recommend this one.

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  • Ashley
  • 05-07-22

loved

Mallory had my heart, I loved this story. As someone who struggled with my weight most of my life I related so much with her.

Finn is definitely soon worthy! What a sweetheart

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  • Joanna J
  • 28-06-22

Finn and Mallory’s story is a beautiful evolution

Mallory is a plus sized beauty that leaves a big city in search of change and transformation in a small town. She runs into sexy lumberjack Finnegan and has trouble believing he could be attracted to her. She has been knocked down many times in her life because of her weight. Finn is patient and uplifting with Mallory as the both work through insecurity issues.
I think this story does a great job of showing how someone with negative body issues and low self esteem interprets the actions of others. Mallory and Finn’s love did not start easily and their journey is beautiful. The narration is smooth and easy to listen to. Well done!

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  • Melinda
  • 27-06-22

Plus Size FMC - great story!!

I love the McCullough Mountain series because this family brings me back to my childhood, so reading Lydia’s books is like taking a step back in time! (Minus the crazy Irish cussing and jibberish,
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Mallory has always struggled with her weight, and her character was so relatable. When medical professionals and society wants you to pay attention to numbers, the most important is how you feel. Mallory didn’t see beauty, until she met Finn.

Their love story was so genuine and heart warming, and I love how fearlessly he took on her insecurities and guided her with respect to help build her confidence.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 27-06-22

Wonderful Story

I felt so many emotions while listening to Finn and Mallory's story. It's such a great story about loving and accepting yourself. I could relate to Mallory's struggle and insecurities. As her friendship with Finn grew, I understood the doubt and inner turmoil that handsome Finn McCullough would want her. Finn was fantastic and didn't tolerate her belittling herself. There were times I wanted to knock him over the head, as did Mallory, for asking about her weight and clothes size, but he was such a sweetheart and talked her through many body image and shaming issues.

Lucinda did a beautiful job narrating.

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  • Momma Becky
  • 27-06-22

Love this family

I tend to be drawn to series that surround big crazy families (probably because I have one of my own), and the McCullough family certainly falls into that category. Finn gets his HEA in this one, and it's absolutely impossible to avoid falling completely in love with Finnegan McCullough. He is the sweetest guy. and I love that he sees the whole person, inside and out, and not just the shell. Mallory needs that in the worst way, and even then, it takes a lot for her to realize that he does care. The romance is pretty low-angst - well, there is angst, but it's mostly in Mallory's head. And boy-oh-boy is she relatable to this curvy girl. It took me a really long time to get on the body positive train, so I know the ups and downs that Mallory went through. So, I would warn that a lot of Mallory's inner turmoil pulls at the heartstrings and can be hard to read or listen to. To be honest, the only drawback for me lay in Mallory's personal growth. I didn't care for so much of it relying on the number of pounds she lost. At the same time, I've been there, so those things added an element of believability.
Lucinda Gainey narrated Beautiful Distraction, and she does so very well. There were so many feels in this one, and she captures every one. She kept the different characters distinctive, and her timing was spot on whether it was wit and humor or tears or anger.
As far as the McCullough family is concerned, there are still more siblings that need their own HEA, and I'll be looking forward to whoever is next.