Sunday, May 5, 2013

L.A. Fiore--Beautifully Damaged

Contemporary Adult Romance

Ember Walsh was always the quiet one, enjoying a book and a glass of wine over the noise and crowds of a club, but when her best friend asks her to come out and meet the boy she likes Ember's world is turned upside down. He appears like a mythical avenging angel, inked, gorgeous and completely out of her league but one look and Ember no longer wants the quiet, she wants him.

Trace Montgomery has buried his damaged past with women and fighting until one day he meets an angel and suddenly he wants more, he wants her. For her, he's determined to overcome his demons but will the dark secret that links their pasts bring them closer or will it tear them apart.

{5 stars}

I've been sitting here watching the cursor flash, trying to put my thoughts together about this book. The synopsis doesn't even come close to doing this book justice. Thankfully I decided to give it a try anyway. It is so much more than good girl meets bad boy. It is layered, emotional, and reflects damage that no human should endure. But sometimes fate has a way of putting people in our lives that have the power to save us if we only open our eyes and take the chance.

This story is in 2 parts, the black then the white. It is heart wrenching in its blackness and I felt every emotional pain and tear that Ember felt. Beautifully written, I felt immersed in the story and was emotionally attached and along for the ride. Trace has had a life full of pain and damage, but he has managed to put one foot in front of the other and keep living. But his life is without love or happiness, and he truly believes that that is all he deserves. But Ember sees past all that. But you can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved. There in lies the problem. If Ember gives up and walks away, he will be doomed to a life that's not really worth living. And mixed in with their "true love" journey is the storyline of both of their pasts. And a decade old murder mystery that needs to be solved for them to move forward and really be free.

There are so many romance stories out there that start out in the bedroom, and for the most part stay there. But this story doesn't take that leap and takes us on the emotional journey first. I found that refreshing, that there wasn't sex for the sake of sex and that we really followed along on the path that meant the most to them and the storyline. Some people might find the second part of the book a little sappy at times, but I felt that it worked. I cried with them, laughed with them, and enjoyed this story immensely. Take the leap and give this one a try.

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