Beautifully Damaged by LA Fiore
Meet Ember and Trace. Ember is still learning about herself. She never really saw herself as someone beautiful or good hearted , but others see BOTH things in her ❤ Ember reminds me a lot of myself. Very unsure, but coming to terms with who she is and accepting it. She will finally come to accept this but not without plenty of ups and downs. Her best friend is jealous of her and not really a friend at all. (Haven’t we all had these people in our lives?)Ember does eventually realize this and stops allowing herself to get walked on.
One night Ember goes out with her “so called” friend to a night club. Her “friend” ends up ditching her and going home with her new boyfriend, whom she obviously cares much more about than her own best friend (this is apparent several times, if not ALL times during the book). This is where Ember first runs into (and fall for )…….. Trace. Ember does NOT take crap and knocks out a guy that is a slobbering drunk and trying to put his hands on her. Her knock out immediately draws Trace to her. He is there in an instant. Like……….spider man 🙂 . Trace is definitely a ladies man. Not to mention stunning (in fact I want there to be a movie JUST so I can get a glimpse of this sexy 6’4 tattooed bad boy with a big heart (deep down there somewhere)
He comes off as quite the ladies man, sex crazed, a real “love ’em and leave ’em” type. At first Ember thinks she has no chance. That he is way out if her league. Turns out they may just be what the other needed. His low self esteem and her determination are a perfect match!
Filled with kitschy 80s and 90s love song references (like U2 and Bryan Adams) this alone made me chuckle quite a few times. Partially at how corny it was. Partially how sweet it would be to have someone think of you while those songs play. What can I say. I am a big romantic at heart
Ember takes a lot from Trace. I am not sure anyone in their right mind would stay or fight for a guy in the various situations he deliberately put himself in (making out with and practically having sex with other gorgeous women right in front of Ember’s eyes) hurtful words, anger issues. Not sure I’d stick around! No matter how hot!?
Beautifully damaged is a fun, light read with a bit suspense and mystery, which is a nice change of pace from the many hot and steamy sex romps.
I really enjoy books like this because it gives me hope that LOVE can and does exist and it’s nice to get away from my world and get involved in someone else’s. Being able to judge a character from a book does not leave me feeling quite as guilty as judging in real life , which is something I try to refrain from. 🙂
I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars