Title: Beautifully Damaged
Series: Beautifully Damaged #1
Author: L.A. Fiore
Re-Release Date: March 25, 2014
This edition of Beautifully Damaged has been extensively revised and includes new scenes.
Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man—Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.
Burdened by a lifetime of horror and heartbreak, amateur fighter Trace doesn’t want to want Ember. His deep self-loathing keeps him from having any meaningful relationships, but Ember is an itch he can’t scratch. The two push and pull, slowly crumbling their walls, seemingly brought together by fate, because the turmoil that haunts their pasts is interlinked in undeniable ways. But can these two fighters finally lay down their arms?
In Beautifully Damaged, L.A. Fiore delves into deep scars and lets love and forgiveness uncover redemption.
When I found out that L.A. Fiore was re-releasing Beautifully Damaged, I knew I had to have it. Every time a change was made to this book, I got the new version. I have loved this story from its inception and this one is no different! Her writing has evolved and I feel as though she dug a bit deeper into the characters.
Ember is such a strong character. I can honestly say that she hung on to her love for Trace when I couldn’t have. She saw something in him that no one else ever did. There were times when she was the only one fighting for their relationship. He did everything he could to push her away. In his mind, it was for the best. He would bring her nothing but pain and destruction. But, she wasn’t going to lie down and just take it.
“Well, you go back to your meaningless sex. Continue to live a shell of an existence because you’re too weak to face your past and move on. But know this – you will never be free of me. I will haunt you too. I’ll become one of your demons, because I was the one who loved you and I would have given it all to you. You had the read deal, but you were too much of a coward to hold onto it.”
I don’t care how many times I read this part of the story, my heart always breaks. Trace really did put Ember through he!! . But, no matter how hard she tried to convince him that he was a good and caring man, she pushed her away and all but disappeared.
There is so much that happens in this book. From beginning to end, it is a journey. Ember the wallflower that ends up shining center stage. How is it that Trace blames himself for every bad thing that ever happened in Ember’s life. We meet many people in this story; some you will hate and others, love. And luckily, we will see some of them in the next book, Beautifully Forgotten. Personally, I cannot wait for it! I am giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars on the re-released version of Beautifully Damaged. Only because I felt that the beginning of the story took a little longer to really get going. However, this book will remain one of my go to reads when I have trouble finding something new.
L.A. Fiore lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, their dog, two kittens and Willow: their three-legged hamster. Her twin sister lives right down the street and being a seasoned zombie hunter, there is comfort knowing when the zombie apocalypse comes they'll be ready. L.A. loves hearing from readers and can be reached through Facebook at the link below.