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.**
Guest Review Time!!
We have Miranda doing a guest post of us this week!
Don’t Make Me Beautiful is a must read emotional rollercoaster.
Elle Casey found the perfect balance between heart breaking and up lifting. She takes you into the darkest pits of hell before pulling you out into the light.
One of the things that stands out the most in this book is how well developed the characters are. Even the secondary characters who only appear in a few short pages grab your attention. Nicole suffers through so much and yet the spark that IS the essence of who she is remains no matter what she is forced to endure.
When Brian comes into her life his gentle soul and sense of humor nurture that spark bringing back the beautiful woman Nicole thought was long gone. And little Liam, he is a doll face. Even though the ex, Helen, comes across as a bit self-centered and self-serving at first- I quickly fell in love with the squishy teddy bear insides she has.
This book will be a controversial and difficult read for many people. Go into it knowing that the author didn’t pull any punches when it comes to the domestic violence aspects of the story. However, the underlying message of hope, survival, and life after will raise your spirits and warm your soul.
I give Don’t Make Me Beautiful 5 stars… despite the subject matter this book has one hell of a happily ever after.
Please remember if you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence you are not alone there are people waiting to help.
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline Contact (800) 799-7233
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.