A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL. No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness…
At twenty-six, 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? 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.
**This story was inspired by true events. If you liked the movie “Sleeping With the Enemy”, then you might like this story too. CONTENT WARNING: Violence, foul language, and adult situations. Not meant for younger readers.**
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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Rating 5 out of 5
I had been anxiously waiting for this one to hit my email and once it did, I dove right in. I was sent a copy in exchange for my raw review and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in the slightest. This book is fantastic. The writing is gripping from the first chapter to the last. In fact, after reading the first chapter I was so sucked in that my children managed to sneak snacks before dinner and make a mess of their playroom. Normally, these types of things would bug me, but I was too engrossed in Don’t Make Me Beautiful to put much energy toward being irritated at the Little Rockers.
I cried and read a lot with a lump in my throat. What Nicole endures and lives through are horrific. Seriously vomit worthy, cringe inducing horrid things. But she lives and finds a way to move forward. And it is beautiful watching her learn to trust the world again. And Brian Jensen must be part superhero for all that he does to get Nicole safe and help her heal. His son, Liam, is an adorable addition to the cast of characters and Helen, the ex-wife, was integral to everyone dealing with the events that follow Nicole leaving the hospital and moving forward. Helen is a formidable woman with a marshmallow heart. She didn’t treat Nicole as a broken woman, but gave her the straight truth and encouraged her in just the right ways. All of the characters had great chemistry and the dialogue in this book flows and works in a very natural way. You get a true sense of the characters and their motives just in the dialogue, but the actions of everyone in this book were spot on riveting and enthralling. Nothing contrived and no drama for drama’s sake.
I am not going to give a play by play of a book. As I have said before, this is not Cliff’s Notes. This book is a journey of healing, love, and ultimately family. From start to finish, Elle Casey presents a story that will remind you how fragile we humans truly are, but she also reminds us how resilient we can be when given the chance to break free from what hurts us the most. She reminds us of the importance of faith and love. I cried through the last quarter of the book, but they were happy tears. Trust me, this book is worth reading and rereading.
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