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Friday, May 17, 2013


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

"I thought I wanted the darkness, and I found the light instead."


**Please note, book was gifted by author in exchange for an honest review**

Blurb via Goodreads...

Liam Swift is a young man Amy has always admired from afar.

She's seen his face a thousand times; on the screen and in magazines. He seems unstoppable as his talent and beauty send him hurtling toward becoming a Hollywood legend...

Until one day - in what appears to be a fit of madness - he stuns the world by throwing it all away. Not even the most persistent reporter can fathom the reason behind Liam's decision.

Never in Amy's wildest dreams could she have imagined this God of acting would go on to accept employment at her local boarding school. Or that he'd personally start teaching her drama lessons.

It seems life can't get much better for Amy ... until the sound of tortured weeping starts echoing through the thin walls of her dorm room each night, leading her to stumble upon a horrifying secret Liam had hoped to keep hidden forever...

Beautiful Monster by Bella Forrest presents both a surprising and refreshing lead heroine. Without spoiling, let me just say, her issues and daily struggles are much different than the typical 'oh my hair won't lay right today!' The odds were against her at birth and every day is a gift.

Liam is "Mr. Hollywood". He's gorgeous and a great talent. Unfortunately for him, he was seen as the perfect pawn, turning his world upside down. He can't bear to leave behind his passion but under his new circumstances, he made abrupt changes that no one understood.

I am a huge fan of Bella Forrest's A Shade of Vampire series and if memory serves, this book was written some time ago. The idea and plot have huge potential but as I read, I found myself wanting more. More details, more explanation, just...more. It felt a little rushed and some key information and scenes were skimmed over. Her dad's story for one, just his educational background raised many questions that were never answered.  I would catagorize this book as YA paranormal romance but with mild adult themes. Hot for teacher? Umm...yes please!

That being said, I truly feel this author has found her groove and set up book 2 quite nicely. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Forrest!

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