Blog Tour Review: Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey & Giveaway!


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Synopsis

A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL. No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness…

At twenty-two, Nicole doesn’t even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster, consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that.
And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down.

Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more. Does she dare to believe the things she’s told, that this is not the life she was meant to live? That being a monster is not her forever-fate? And will she be willing to risk everything, to reach out and accept the helping hands around her and share her deepest, darkest secrets? She knows only too well that hands can hurt. Finding out whether they can also heal is a risky proposition, especially when the beast is still out there. Looking for her.

Review

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Rating: 4.5 spinning baseballs…er, Stars.

This was the first book by bestselling indie author Elle Casey that I’ve read, but I’m sure it won’t be the last. The edge of your seat love story found within these pages is hard to put down. Then when you realize that events in the story are based on a true story, it wrenches your heart. As a victim of sexual abuse, I could connect with the victimized mental state the main character is plagued by. All of this brought on another layer of depth to the story.

Although the first few chapters made me feel as though I’d fallen into the middle of the action where a lot of back story was involved, it didn’t take me long to catch up. The slow-growing love story between Nicole and her “superhero” was well done, and Nicole’s slow growth of welcoming her new family’s acceptance after a history of abuse was set and a realistic pace. From a reader of clean fiction, the smattering of curse words and one fairly graphic sex scene didn’t do much to bluster the story or detract from it. The scenes of violence were necessary to the story line, and not terribly gratuitous.

About the Author


New York Times Best-Selling author Elle Casey is an American girl living in southern France with her husband, three children, and several furry creatures. She writes in a variety of genre including YA Fantasy, YA Action/Adventure, New Adult Romance, and Adult Contemporary Romance. She’s a little on the wild side, usually busy making people laugh, and always in the mood for adventure. There’s not much in this world that she loves more than reader interaction, so feel free to drop her a line.

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