Scarred Beautiful by Beth Michele
on January 28, 2014
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?
This book is a standalone but I am glad that I read Love Love first. In the first book, you meet Fran and for a few minutes, Matt. You see, I need the full background on characters so I will always read the first one even if it doesn’t directly involve the main character in the next book. I will say that this book showed growth in Beth’s writing; this was definitely my favorite book of hers yet.
Fran is clearly damaged. She not only carries physical scars (I still get shivers from the flashbacks) but also emotional ones. She’s pretty much just living…but not to her fullest potential. But, how could you when you’ve led the life she has? Her best friend Gabby has found her fairytale ending but knows that she won’t.
“There’s no fairytale for me. It’s not in the cards”.
For work, Fran goes to LA for a conference with her friend Peyton. As a pure twist of fate, she coincidentally runs into Matt, Brad’s (Gabby’s fiancé) brother and his friend Caleb. Did you get all of that? Matt is also damaged in his own way. Reeling from the death of two family members and the isolation of another, he has immersed himself in work and pure OCD tendencies. From the get-go, there are crazy sparks, pretty much palpable between Matt and Fran. Within a short amount of time together, they both break down barriers that were enforced by steel. Fran was able to tame the grief and compulsiveness that Matt suffered from and in turn he showed Fran that beauty is not skin deep it’s what you are inside.
“Fran your soul is intact, and it’s beautiful.” He stares at me, determined blue eyes to shattered green. “So, you don’t need to be pitied, Fran, and no, I don’t feel sorry for you when I look at you.” He pauses, lifting a finger to my wet cheek. “I just feel.”
I am NOT a fan of any sort of insta-love (biggest pet peeve ever) but the evolving relationship between Fran and Matt felt believable. There really is not a timetable on love and both of these characters proved that to me. I also loved the addition of Caleb and Peyton, they were a perfect complement to Matt and Fran and truly were great friends to them.
This book was a fantastic follow-up to Love Love and showed tremendous growth for Beth as a writer. I cannot wait to read her next book! If you are looking for a fun, steamy read with some grit, definitely pick the one up.
Beth, if you are reading this, I would like another book in this series and I think you know who I am talking about. Yes, I usually am this demanding.
Fuck she’s hot. I can feel her uneven breaths against my lips as her chest rises and falls after hearing my words. Those eyes, like green panes of stained glass. That plump bottom lip, I’d love to take between my teeth. And she smells good, like jasmine and lavender.
I’m not sure what possessed me to say that to her. I know nothing about her. She’s like a little spark though. She lit me up tonight with her smart, sexy mouth, and now she’s got me thinking thoughts I haven’t in a long time, stirring something deep inside of me that’s been asleep. Like how I want to take her right here, make her scream my name while she comes apart beneath me.
The elevator doors open and she ducks down and sneaks underneath my arm to make her way out.
I hold the doors open and watch her walk down the hall, taking one last look over her shoulder before she turns the corner to her room, leaving me with only one thought.
When do I get to see her again?
Shit. I’m fucked.
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About Beth Michele
I 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.