Friday, July 1, 2016



Author:  Beth Michele

Publish Date:   01.28.14

Publisher:  Beth Michele

Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, N/A

Received from:  Beth Michele (in exchange for an honest review)

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC  / errors excused

Tour by:  Love Between the Sheets

Goodreads:  Scarred Beautiful

Date completed: 02.06.14


Description from the publisher:

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?

**NA/Contemporary Romance with language and mature sexual content.**


“Hey, beautiful, is this seat taken?”


A voice attempts to snap me from my thoughts but I ignore it, until I hear it again.  It’s thick, it’s rich, and it’s throaty.



“Yoo-hoo…beautiful.  Is it okay if I sit down?”


And when I look up, it’s sexy as hell.


Dear Lord, Sweet Baby Jesus, and an Oh My God all wrapped up in one.  I hope to hell my mouth isn’t hanging open right now.  He has hair the color of the night sky and eyes a deep brown, a square jaw, and lips with a contour so perfect it looks like they were hand-drawn.  Oh, and did I mention he’s cut.  Yeah, he’s cut—like ripped: strong, athletic build and a slim waist, a six-pack accentuated by low-slung jeans, and a white t-shirt that adheres to every single muscle, and I mean…every…single…one.


When I finally find my tongue and make sure it’s securely in my mouth, I speak.  “Sure.  Let me just move my bag.”


He grins, and then all bets are off—like full-on gorgeous off.  He’s got perfect white teeth and a captivating smile.  We’d make a good complement to one another.  I mentally scold myself for sounding like a dog in heat but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the view.


When he reaches up to place his carry-on and briefcase in the overhead compartment, his shirt eases up and I glimpse the tiniest sliver of tanned, hard stomach.  If he wasn’t so close to me, I’d pull out the Jack Daniels because I definitely need a drink.



This is a stand-alone book, but there are enough references to make me think it would have been better had I read LOVE, LOVE first.


Fran bears the scars of child abuse on her body and in her mind.  During a business trip to California, she re-meets the brother of her best friend's fiancé, Matt.  They both bear the scars and fears caused by loss, but the chemistry between them is instantaneous.  They both fight the attraction, afraid to be destroyed by love.  Can they admit their love?  Can they take a chance?  Would it be worth it?


Poor Fran.  She has had more than her share of bad luck, and it has caused her to develop some pretty severe phobias.  Matt has lost three of the most important people in his life to breast cancer.  I lost my best friend ever to breast cancer, so I know the devastation of watching someone you love being destroyed a little at a time.  Between these two survivors, their friends, and their family, this was a deep and yet funny story of taking a chance and then taking the big leap to allow your own fairytale to happen. 


I loved this story and want to read more from Ms. Michele.


Final thoughts:  sand castles, peas, charms, and sticks!  Yea, I know you don’t get it now, but once you read this you’ll agree!


Also from Beth Michele:

  • Love Love
  • Lovely




Originally posted 02.06.2014 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books



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