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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Saints & Sinners Books Presents: The Beauty Beneath by D.C. Renee; #ReleaseBlitz, #OutNow, #Review


Rating:  5 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Saints and Sinners and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Ugly. Freak. Fatty.  I had been called those things and more for as long as I could remember.  I didn’t mind it, though, because to the outside world, those words described me perfectly.  But it was all a charade, a façade to keep people away.  Never let anyone get too close.  It had worked for twelve years of my life, ever since I caused my father’s death.

And then Carter Anderson pushed his way into my world.  Gorgeous, of course, charming, naturally, and cocky, a given—he called himself my friend and broke through every one of my carefully constructed walls.

Cue the “happily ever after,” right?  Wrong.

This isn’t some fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan, and once the beauty beneath is revealed, all is right in the world.  This is real life.  When things seem too good to be true, it’s because they usually are.  And when people say your past will come back to bite you, they mean it.  And trust me, it does.

My Thoughts:

Emerson Higgins has something horrific in her childhood that will shape her life from then on.  But her mother’s going to try and change that.  Carter Anderson is blowing his own horn to his friends.  He likes to brag.  This is a story that made me think of the movie She’s All That but more up-to-date and more adult.

I was impressed with how our author built her story.  It wasn’t about getting her main characters to jump right in the sack.  She’s developed the right characters that can pull Emerson kicking and screaming into life.  You will see that you don’t need sex to start a relationship.  You also don’t need it to thoroughly enjoy a really good book.  It will also have you believing that sometimes we may get some heavenly help in order to find that special someone.

The author kept my attention throughout the whole book even when she included a twist that I didn’t see coming.  It is something that will have an impact on Emerson.  We also see how small our world is and that sometimes a person will pass quickly through our lives in the past and will then have an influence on our future.

A lot of emotion takes place in this book and it’s also a story that sounds very plausible. I could also feel the connection and chemistry between Emerson and Carter. It’s what makes for a book that you will want to read over and over. You can certainly get it read in one day but make sure that you don’t have anything going on because it will be hard for you to tear yourself away once you get started. It left me looking forward to whatever work this author has coming out next.

DC Renee has been writing all her life, from cheesy poems in elementary school (i'll share an example just so you know how cheesy: Flowers are my favorite thing; they usually bloom during spring. Pink, blue, yellow and green, so many colors that I have seen...etc.) to short stories and monologues, and eventually
fan fictions for Days of Our Lives.

It was thanks to that superbly encouraging fan fiction community that DC found the courage to publish her first book - Let Me Go. It held fast in the top 100 Best Selling Contemporary Romance Fiction Novels on Amazon for over a month, going as low as the top 20's. Naturally, she loves to read, but she also likes
watching hockey, dancing for fun, and loves her family.

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