Title: Scarred Beautiful
Author: Beth Michele
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets Promotions
Love believes in second chances. Francis Heller lives with two truths. Love hurts and beauty is only skin deep. With midnight black hair, moss-colored eyes, and traceable curves, Fran is the picture of beauty and confidence...on the outside. But deep down she is tormented. Not just by the jagged scars that line her body, but by the horrible memories that cloud her mind and haunt her dreams. The ones that make her want to flee from herself and from the devastating pain. The ones that cause her to placate herself with sex. Anything to make her forget. But for Fran, there's nowhere to hide from the darkness that swallows her whole. Matt Dixon is the gorgeous brother of her best friend's fiancée. He's suffered losses of his own and isn't willing to let anyone in until his unexpected encounter with Fran Heller, the girl who challenges him and causes him to take a second look, not only at her, but at his own life. But Matt has scars of his own. Together can they help each other discover that second chances really do exist? That love doesn't have to hurt? Or has the damage they've both suffered cut too deep to ever heal? **NA/Contemporary Romance with language and mature sexual content.**
WOW. So confession time: I'm a total airhead at times and didn't realize when I started that this was a companion to Beth Michele's first novel Love Love. That being said, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. There were a few references to Love Love, but it was touched on enough that I figured it out without any actual confusion. So on to my review...
Phenomenal. One thing I'm finding out about Beth Michele is that despite an instant connection, she is able to make it a nice, slow progression. Nothing is rushed, but it isn't ridiculously drawn out either. The chemistry between Matt & Fran was excellent. I loved the independence they both had as well as their need for companionship. Matt is totally swoonworthy! He is all kinds of broody, but he is so caring and so concerned with Fran that you can't help but love him. Then Beth Michele shared a pic of her inspiration of him on her page and he is BEAUTIFUL. I'd totally take a Matt in my life. Fran was also phenomenal. She's overcome a lot of grief in her life and come out ahead. While her scars are evident - physically and emotionally - she exudes a strength beyond belief. She is fiercely independent, but also has finally recognized the importance of letting someone in to her life and sharing her grief.
I cannot say enough good things about this story! Do not wait to read it. Get it right now! The story is beautiful, the writing is amazing, and you will be captivated from the moment you start!
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About The AuthorI am a wife, a mom, an author, and a lover of all things chocolate, well, anything sweet really. While stuffing chocolate in my face, I enjoy reading young adult and new adult novels furiously, and spending time with my husband and two adorable children who keep me on my peppermint pink painted toes. Those same children who inspire me to tell silly stories that cause hysterical giggles to tumble from their bellies. I love to laugh and love to have a good cry, especially after reading a novel that stretches my soul, one that makes me feel, and lingers in the corner of my heart. I’m a hopeless romantic and a happily ever after fanatic, and I love to write about LOVE. I began writing when I was in middle school, penning anything from short stories, to poetry, and then later moved on to write children’s books. I have now endeavored into New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels and am loving every minute of it. My first novel, Love Love, was released in May, 2013.