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A Beautiful Struggle (Beautiful #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,570 Ratings  ·  483 Reviews
Katrina Mahoney has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn't possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically. Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a wo ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published December 30th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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Jenny Levine
Dec 27, 2012 Jenny Levine rated it liked it
Halfway through the book, I'm most certain that I'll give it 4 stars, but at 89%, I'm not so sure anymore.

Why, you might ask? I'll tell you later.
But first, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

A Beautiful Struggle is the story of Katrina , which after the demise of her relationship was left with her best friend, David. He's always there for her, they're actually like a couple. She later on found a job in a law firm where she met, the gorgeous, SWOON-WORTHY, HOTHOTHOT junior solicitor, (and m
Lilliana Anderson
May 25, 2013 Lilliana Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you for reading A Beautiful Struggle. It's my first work of fiction and it was an absolute joy to write.

The response I've had so far has been amazing. I never imagined that I would even get looked at this early on in my writing career, so I feel very blessed that so many of you are reading and enjoying my voice.

To all of those who have reviewed so far, thank you so much for your thoughts. I do take on board all of your praise as well as
Carly West
Dec 29, 2014 Carly West rated it it was ok
I loved the book up until the last couple pages.... Really? I mean really?! Ugh

I just want to clarify why I didn't like the ending. The author spent like 88% of the book developing the story between Elliot and Katrina only to spend barely 100 on David and Katrina. And while ok I can understand they have been friends since they were kids, its still not believable. Its impossible to go from the connection that K & E shared and all that sexual tension and turn it off like a switch. There is no
Rachel R. (My Book Empire)

My reaction when I finished reading the book:


..but, up to now I'm still confused if I am for Team David or Team Elliot. Let me tell you guys, Elliot and Katrina spent a lot of time together in this book. On the other hand even though David and Katrina are best friends, I feel like their time together on the book was not enough to justify the ending, but, I still give it a 5, because recently, the author, Lil, sent me the final copy of the book, and now, it has a prologu
Jan 10, 2013 Bela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to think about this book. In the beginning I totally love it. It was full of passion, desire and romance, but then it all fell apart for me. I hate to write a bad review on a book because I appreciate all work the authors put into writing, but with this book I did not appreciated the twist in the story. I lost interest in it and I only finished it because I am bit a compulsive that needs to finish something once started. Katrina character felt like she didn't know what she want ...more
Dec 10, 2013 K.M. rated it liked it
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Dec 20, 2012 Morganalisis rated it it was amazing
I have to provide a disclaimer for this, after reading the first chapters on amazon I contacted the author to ask if there were anymore coming. She offered me a copy of the full book in return for a review on Goodreads. I agreed so this is my first review on this site. Here goes...

Obviously, by my 5 stars you know I loved it. I read a little bit of it everyday to savour the characters lives, I loved, laughed and cried along with them every step of the way.

I was so sad when it was over as I had t
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I needed to ponder this before I was able to post a review. I had to sit and think about the characters, how they behaved, interacted, how they were presented, what they said in certain situations and then the outcome.

Most of this book was fairly consistent...UNTIL THE END. None of what happened in the end even made sense. I feel I wasted almost an entire book investing in characters who not only threw caution to the wind, but laughed in the face of authority to sneak around, spend time togethe
Jenna Calmers
Apr 11, 2013 Jenna Calmers rated it really liked it
I'm going to start out by saying that I read a spoiler about this book before I read it, as well as the synopsis of the next book, A Beautiful Forever, and I'm really glad I did or I would have been really mad. Not that it was a bad book, it was good, but did not stand out, for the most part, except for one HUGE thing. I'm not going to put any spoilers in this review, I did, however, put them in my blog post. I don't normally do that but I made an exception here.
This book takes place in Austral
I am so mad at the ending of this book. I am only giving it 3 stars because I am team Elliott. I enjoyed reading it and would have read it faster if I wasn't so busy. I am so distraught at how Elliott let his father control his life. I wish he could have gotten his stuff together sooner. Spoiled rich kids make me sick in books like these. Just like Kyle in Accidentally on Purpose. I did like David as well and he was an great friend to Katrina. I could pick up on his jealousy early on in the book ...more
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
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I really wanted to rate this book more than 3 stars but there were a few things that kept me from doing so. It broke my heart, really, to rate it just with 3 stars considering how affected I was with the turn of events. Whether I felt upset or happy about a certain part of book, it's a good sign - it means the writer was able to draw me in. But I guess no matter how much I got drawn in, I still felt like rating it less than what I originally wanted.

Mar 19, 2013 Musing rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the premise behind When Harry Met Sally, ie, can a male and a woman be best friends, without sex, you will enjoy this light romance by Australian Author, Lilliana Anderson; A Beautiful Struggle . It's surely an age old question, and the resounding answer in most books I have read, lay in favour of the negative!

Written in first person, you will get to know feisty, intelligent Katrina well. This is the story of her period of regaining self confidence, her ability to embrace h
Feb 16, 2013 ~Kimberly rated it really liked it
I was so lovin' this book until the end!! I fell in LOVE with Elliot! I LOVED him with Katrina!! They had such AMAZING chemistry & passion! I was their biggest cheerleader!! I really LOVED that she had a FANTASTIC friend in David BUT he disappointed me when he continued to befriend & sleep with the "nasty" girl she worked with knowing how she & her friend treated Katrina!!! They were EVIL!!!! I do understand that she has a history & a strong connection with David but that connect ...more
Cody Burton
Apr 27, 2013 Cody Burton rated it it was ok
Ok, I never write reviews because there are many other people out there that are way smarter and have better things to say than I do, but I have to write one for this book. Like other comments you may see I loved the book until 85%. This is my own selfish feeling but I Hated what the author did. The connection and love we felt for the main characters were just omitted in 10 pages like they were never there. The book contained exciting, emotionally, and light scenes that you had to love, but then ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Kris rated it liked it
I liked the storyline, but I felt like it was a skeleton of what it could have been. This was a great story ARC, but i wanted there to be more rounded out characters. I want the story fleshed out more. I loved that Kat and David had been friends forever. I wish their relationship prior to Chris had been more explored, since it wasn't you don't really "get" how close these two were until near the end of the book. I still don't understand why Kat had any contact after what happened with Chris. The ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Katrina rated it liked it
HHHmmmmm, I am Team Elliot so not the biggest fan of the ending!

I really liked Katrina, haha how could I not, same name, but when she fell in love with Elliot I was really annoyed at her for letting him ignore her!
Seriously if that was me, he wouldn't know what hit me if I got ignored after all that, I would confronted him straight away and who cares about his stupid Dad!

I kinda wanted more of a build up with David as well, like as soon as he confessed, it was like Boom, yes i loved him too al
This is a simple story about finding your one true love. Sometimes what we crave for sits right in front of us, we're just too preoccupied to realize it. Luckily, life happens, and somehow, through its twists and turns, we get another chance to claim our HEA.
The easy, smooth writing makes the characters easy to relate to. The honesty of Katrina's voice is very refreshing. This book is a sumptuous, easy, light read.
Happy reading!

{Advanced reader copy courtesy of the author in exchange for honest
Dec 08, 2012 Ginnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. There was so much to it that it drew me in and I finished it in a day. I couldn't put it down. A few things were a bit different for me being from the US and not Australia but once I got past that........the rest is history. I fell in love with Elliot/Evan and was just as heartbroken as Katrina was but things happen for a reason. You will definitely not be disappointed in this book. READ IT!
Angel **Book Junkie**
May 31, 2013 Angel **Book Junkie** rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting only person home so had a few hours to delve into my June book of the month. I have to say I started this book and within the first few chapters was like adjectives are driving me crazy but, I kept reading and I fell in love with those people and things that were described by the adjectives. I thought this was going to be some office romance and by the mid-way point I knew what the ending was going to be. I loved the characters including Beth and Bianca only becau ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Kassi rated it liked it
Shelves: business-lawyers
Rating: 3.5

It was Yes! Yes! Yes! all the way up to 85%ish!!! And then I went off and screamed NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Lets rewind.

The book started out great. Hook. Line and sinker. I liked how Katrina & Elliot took time getting to know each other instead of jumping straight to a relationship. The chemistry between them was off the chart when they actually got together. *fan self* Everything was good. (view spoiler)
Lauren Harrell
Nov 15, 2013 Lauren Harrell rated it it was ok
Where to begin? I could not attach myself to this book. From the get go I knew it. I kept thinking, "When is it going to be over?" So boring. Then it picked up. Then it crashed and burned. I felt this book was rushed. The minute we attach to her love interest (or who we think)she immediately switches up on us. Not allowing the chance to attach ourselves to the new guy. Although she gave a last minute bit of closure in her relationship with first said love interest. I don't think it was enough. I ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
A sweet romance novel that didn't involve a traditional love triangle, there's a first time for everything I say. While reading the book, you can realize that David has been in love with Katrina for a long time but whatever it was holding him back kept him from happiness with her.

Katrina starts a new job and catches the eye of the office hot guy that no one can get. The chemistry between Katrina and Elliott is felt and you want it to work but when you start to have a secret relationship it never
Jan 04, 2013 Stefanie rated it really liked it
A Beautiful Struggle is a well written novel about a young woman's struggle to falling in love after an abusive relationship and allowing herself to love again. The characters were well written and emotional. and the sex scenes were amazingly hot. And everything in between made this a very enjoyable book.

A Beautiful Struggle follows the life of Katrina, a 20 year old law student, as she starts a new job as a library of sorts for a law firm in Australia. She meets and becomes friends with some wo
May 01, 2013 Deka rated it liked it
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The Bookaholix Club
Jun 27, 2013 The Bookaholix Club rated it really liked it
4 stars!

I really enjoyed this book. Like I said in my first status update, it's the typical girl meets hot collegue and dates him on the DL, shit hits the fan, girls are jealous, co-workers are gossiping, best friend relationships are getting ruined, the girl is question is unsure about the whole deal and the guy... that guy is just being a guy and somehow fxcks things up.

What I most liked about this book is that it didn't end how it was expected to. Without getting into too many details that mi
Mar 30, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this book to be honest. I liked the book, but I also hated it in some way. Not the book, but some of the story. I was a bit heartbroken about one of the characters and his actions. If there wasn't a second book in the series to redeem this character I would say I didn't like it at all. Now for what I loved about the book. I loved the heroine in the story and the way she handled her past relationship struggle. I loved how the author didn't make the heroine weak beca ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin my review, I should say that I recieved a copy of A Beautiful Struggle for a honest review.

Never have I read a book with a more fitting title. Wow... A Beautiful Struggle is a well written novel about a young woman's struggle to falling in love after an abusive relationship. The characters were well written and emotional. Not going to lie, the sex scenes were hot. And everything in between made this a very enjoyable book.

A Beautiful Struggle follows the life of Katrina, a 20 year
Jan 06, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
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Dennis Higgins
Mar 26, 2013 Dennis Higgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading A Beautiful Struggle by Lilliana Anderson. This book took me a long time to read. Not because of the book or its content but because as a busy author myself with a day job to contend with, I tend to read slowly. But that just added to the experience of getting to know the wonderful characters in this book. Trina, Eliot and David became my friends during the process.

Now to be honest, this isn’t the sort of book I usually go for. As a guy I usually need more action mixed w
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Australian born and bred, Lilliana Anderson has always loved to read and write considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Besides writing Angelien's biographical trilogy, she also writes contemporary romance and drama all based around Aussie characters.

When she isn't writing she is a wife, and a mother to four children. She has worked in a variety of industries and studi
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“Get some sleep Trina, I promise I will still love you in the morning and then every morning after that.” 8 likes
“It was time that I looked on our relationship for what it was - a beautiful struggle; one that we ultimately lost, but it was wonderful and all-consuming while it lasted. I couldn’t hate him for that.” 5 likes
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