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Beautifully Damaged [Format Kindle]

L.A. Fiore

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Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

Revised edition: This edition of Beautifully Damaged includes editorial revisions and new scenes.

Biographie de l'auteur

L.A. Fiore loves writing and losing herself in the world of her characters. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found creating colorful chaos through gardening and playing the piano. She lives with her husband and two children in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 371 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477817506
  • Editeur : Montlake Romance (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Please DON'T Judge This Book By It's Cover! 17 octobre 2012
Par BookLover - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've never felt compelled to write a review before. I've read thousands of books and am constantly looking for new books to "escape" into. But, this book has left me feeling as though I've been on quite a journey while reading it. I completely lost myself into the story and my hope is that others will read this book and do the same. I almost didn't buy the book because the cover seems so vague and blah. It REALLY doesn't do it justice....or seem to have ANYTHING to do with what the book is about. (Somebody REALLY dropped the ball with that cover, let me tell you)

What's the book about? A young woman who sees herself as the shy type, happy to read her books and not gather too much attention who meets a strong, handsome, Alpha-male who seems to always be there when she needs rescuing. He's rough, has a horrific past that he refuses to speak of and yet, he's always coming to somebody else's aid, helping others while thinking very badly about himself. He's damaged. No doubt about it. But, she won't let go....he's it for her...and she for him. This isn't just a love story with some hot, steemy scenes in it. There's mystery, too. A really good "who done it" is woven through the story.

There's love, laughter, tears, pain, anger and hope. I KNOW I'm going to read this book again. Please don't do what I did....and let the stupid cover steer you clear of this book. I would've read this a while ago, if it had a different cover!
Does it have some editing mistakes? Yes, it does. However, it doesn't retract from the story, I was able to read around them and stay focused on the story itself. Buy the book. It is really, really good. Trust me.
273 internautes sur 315 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 The only thing damaged...is this book. 16 janvier 2013
Par ECarter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Wow. Just wow. And not in the good way. I rarely write a scathing review of a book--I tend to figure, unto each his own, and if I didn't like a book that doesn't mean it doesn't have an appropriate audience out there somewhere. To be honest though, I felt like I was completely duped and hoodwinked by all of the wonderful reviews of this book. The only "wonderful" thing I can say about this book is that the title is decent, and the book ended--eventually. I feel like I owe it to unsuspecting readers like me who are seeing 4 and 5 star reviews and expecting a 4-5 star book to tell you Run! As fast as you can.

For a point of reference, I read Beautifully Damaged after seeing recommends for it on my kindle account and reading many "rave" reviews. I had just finished a series of contemporary/young adult texts that lived up to their reviews. Here is a list of books that I would rate with a 4 or 5 star review to illustrate my particular tastes: Slammed, Point of Retreat, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, Hopeless, Bad Rep, On the Island, Easy, The Edge of Never, Crossfire Series, Beautiful Disaster...just to name a few. I had just finished Hopeless when I ventured into Beautifully Damaged. Like many others, I had seen this title but had been turned off by the cover; in this case, I should have judged the book by its cover. There are a plethora of issues in this text, so I'll try (probably unsuccessfully) to keep my rants to a minimum.

First off--I'll echo what several other people have said about grammar, spelling and punctuation in this text. It is atrocious to the point of distraction. "Dear L. A. Fiore, I would like you to meet my dear friend the coordinating conjunction. Before using the coordinating conjunction, please use a comma. This will join two complete thoughts into one sentence. Thank you." Beyond the fact that the commas seem to be thrown in at random, there are more run-on sentences than there are cheesy orgasm descriptions, and the spelling is just bad. Add to that, the organization of the plot is awful. I can overlook editing issues for a great story. But editing issues and an awful story--I don't think so.

Let's start off with the characterization...oh that's right, there isn't any. I'll keep the spoilers to a minimum, but honestly, there isn't much that can be spoiled in this particular text, so feel free to keep reading without any major "reveals."

Ember: Typical 23 year old virgin living in Manhattan (because that's normal) who is shy, quiet, and apparently has pheromones made of crack because she attracts just about every male that comes in contact with her, yet for the whole of her life up until this point, she's never really been able to date. We don't get to see her personality at all. She is pretty much falling head over heels for Trace the entire time and puts up with everyone's BS around her. Wait, maybe that is her personality...pushover extraordinaire. She makes friends at the snap of a finger and has no need to build a deeper connection with anyone. It seems all of her friends are just as close as family within 5 minutes of meeting her. Lucien is a perfect example. Aside from that, her narration is just obnoxious. She says "Oh my," as if she's a damsel about to faint at any moment. That, and she is continually "blushing up to her hairline..."

Trace: 28 years old, tatted up, perfect body, fights all the time and always wins, and oh yeah, super rich. Again, completely normal. Oh but wait, he's damaged. Not just any type of damaged... yep, you guessed it, he's beautifully damaged. But whose mission in life is it to bring him out of his shell!? Ember's, of course! She's able to take this one-night stand having hound dog to the likes of a slightly yappy, neutered Chihuahua with a "love at first sight" run in.
I'm all for fantasy romances. After all, one doesn't read fiction looking for true stories, but I at least like an illusion of possibility in my fiction. Something more than, "Boy meets girl. Boy loses his testicles to girl. They live happily ever after. The end." This story lacks that growing point and connection--they supposedly have this uh-mazing connection/attraction, but then go weeks and weeks with only talking on the phone and seeing each other occasionally. Then they move in together, oh but still, no sexy time. Barely any sexual tension occurs. It's like that whole issue of their relationship is skipped over and not addressed. Half the fun of "angsty" romance is the build up--this book lacks this completely. At one point, Trace literally says, "I need to be inside you." Then flash forward to weeks later and there has still been no "inside" of anyone. It just doesn't make sense. The transitions and time line of their relationship is confusing and off the mark.

While on the topic of sexual tension (or lack thereof), the dialogue, especially when trying to be "sexy," is unrealistic, dry and stiff--it is about the only thing "stiff" that the pages have to offer. (Horrible pun intended). I cannot get over how unrealistic the character interactions are. Rather than having seemingly natural conversations, the author has dialogue clearly meant to fill her purpose, but it doesn't reflect the character's personalities at all. (At least not the personalities she supposedly assigns to them...or that we as readers infer through our own fill-in-the-blank imaginations...) It is almost comical to read as Ember "Psych 101s" Trace, and Trace has deep revelations about the "coping mechanisms" for his dark past. For someone who is completely unwilling to talk about his past, he certainly seems to have quite the psychological awareness of all of his issues. The whole situation is just so incredulous that I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out if there was something so earth-shattering and redeeming that this book would change my mind and live up to its 4/5 star status. It did not. While I could go on and on about the dialogue, I'll stop to move on to other issues.

I quickly want to hit the living situation. This is Manhattan--one of the most expensive cities one could possibly live in. Lena and Ember have a two bedroom apartment. Ember is a waitress. Not sure about Lena, but it's a bit of a stretch that they can afford that in Manhattan. Oh, but Trace has an even nicer place, and Ember doesn't ever question how he affords it. She doesn't question anything about his finances until she sees his bank account, but still, she only questions to herself and doesn't bring up his 7 figure balance to him. The facts that he buys $1,000 dinners and lives in a fabulous Manhattan apartment are all normal for an amateur fighter. But wait, Trent, who is a bartender also has an apartment with no roommate and plenty of space. So when Ember needs a place to crash, she can move right in with him. I did a little research just to see what is currently available apartment-wise in Manhattan--there aren't even so much as studio apartments available for less than $1,000 a month, let alone multiple bedrooms with "plenty of space." But it is convenient for the story that a bartender could afford a nice, large apartment, so whatevs.

Moving on to the supporting characters, namely Lena and Lucien. There is NO development for them whatsoever, and neither holds a purpose that I could see. Lucien meets Ember at a bar. Correction, shy little Ember sings on stage and plays piano at a bar. Yes, of course our leading lady is musically inclined, and of course she randomly decides to stop being shy and perform for total strangers. I digress. Lucien and Ember go on a date. He realizes she is into someone else (because she is so easy to read). He encourages her to fight for that other guy. They become BFF. The end. Oh, and Ember's super alpha-male "You are MINE" boyfriend has no problem with Ember hanging out one on one with Lucien at any time. Very realistic.

Lena and Ember have supposedly been BFF for forever and are always joined at the hip. But then Lena went to college on an academic scholarship, and while away, she thrived and lost a lot of her token shyness. This is all revealed through a conversation Ember has with her dad. (Note the contradiction that she's never had a boyfriend because she was always too shy, but for 4 years at college she lost her shyness and really came into her own...hmm, that makes sense...). All of the sudden, Lena starts dating Todd--we know nothing about him, how they met, how long they've been dating, etc.--just that they are all of the sudden a couple. And he's apparently bad news who brings out the inner bitch that's just been lying wait in Lena's personality all along. Ember goes from Lena being her best friend, to Lena being a catty self-centered bitch that Ember can no longer stand. I'm sorry, but you're not friends with someone for over a decade when all of the sudden you wake up and realize their personality is a complete 180 from what you thought. If anything, the fact that Ember watches her "best friend" being used and abused by this guy and does nothing about it reflects poorly on her. She even mentions that Lena is too thin, has dark circles under her eyes, is clearly not doing well, but her response is "Welp, she's actually a bitch so who cares if she's in an unhealthy/abusive-ish relationship." The whole thing just does not sit well. *Baby spoiler.* Then, the fact that she just punches Lena multiple times was out of left field. Seriously? Grown women punching each other in the face...a backhand would have been more believable, if physical violence was absolutely on the menu.

Furthering the Lena point is the whole Todd/Dane "conflict." *Minor spoiler alert* (but not really)...I fully believe that there are depraved sociopaths out there who look to hurt/abuse women and get away with it. I fully believe that as a conflict in a well-written book, one of these depraved sociopaths could be after the female protagonist. I do not, however, believe that this sociopath would casually discuss his plans of violent rape to his buddy while in a public restroom. I'm just throwing it out there that one of the whole characteristics of sociopaths is that they DON'T discuss their conquests; rather they thrive on living the whole double life thing. Secondly, even IF Dane had been casually discussing the felony he was planning on committing with dear ol' Lena's innocent little roommate, I seriously doubt that Lena would be knowingly in on the plan. Yet, that is the conclusion that Ember and Trace immediately come to: "Well, Dane is going to rape you, and Lena is going to spend the night at Todd's so she must have been part of the plan..." It just doesn't make ANY sense. Furthermore, the development of Dane is just NOT THERE. I didn't believe him as a threat. Period.

Oh but wait, there isn't just the crazy rapist after Ember, there is also a whole murder mystery surrounding Trace's parent's murder 13 years earlier. Oh, and Ember's mother's death by hit and run 20 years earlier. There couldn't possibly be some sort of connection...could there? But it gets better. It turns out that Ember's uncle on her mother's side is also a private investigator--it just becomes apparent that he never tried to privately investigate the death of his sister, because if he would have, then he would have discovered all the crazy things he comes to discover 20 years later. Maybe it never occurred to him to try to get closure by using his profession. I mean, why would a private investigator try to find details about the untimely death of his only sister?

Okay, this rant review is starting to get as long and tedious as the book. Suffice it to say, I could go on about the storyline issues. The fact that there are WAY too many things happening in this book, and none of them got the attention/development needed. The fact that the character interactions are ridiculous and unrealistic. The fact the even the sex scenes are blah, bleck, boring and repetitive. I mean, the poor girl loses her virginity and he doesn't even offer some foreplay to get her ready, or slow entrance. Nope, he slams that bad boy in with one thrust. I guess it's like ripping off a band aid. The whole thing just oozed (yuck, unintentional visual) 50 shades/Black Dagger Brotherhood meets college age romance wannabe with no real story line focus. It's like the author took all of the trendy plotline details from popular books over the last year and tried to cram them into one 300-ish page text. When Trace "crams" into Ember, he promises it will fit--the author's cramming, however, does not.

Please, do yourself a favor and read another book. Any other book. And if you still choose to read this--just know that you've been warned. I think I'm going to go buy a cake pop.
58 internautes sur 68 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 My Advice... 21 octobre 2012
Par CJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I loved this book because, when I got to the end, I could see all the ways that love healed the main couple. There are also several mysteries to be solved-and trust me when I say there are some shockers! You'll never guess how it all turns out! My advice is to keep reading till the end-there was a point where all the details and names got confusing in my head & I was tempted to move on to another book but I'm so glad I didn't quit! The ending is really amazing! Also, as another reviewer stated, the book cover doesn't do the story justice-so don't judge this book by its cover. The guy at least needs some amazing tats (which have meaning that is crucial to the entire story line). Maybe some MMA or boxing gear on?

I do have to be honest with you, but let me preface it by saying that I always overlook reviews that only talk about the "grammar mistakes"-I've read those books and a few mistakes never bother me because I can tell what the book is trying to say. However, I'm going to have to mention all the misspelled words that run throughout the book. I know that can't be the author's fault, though. It had to be errors when the book was "downloaded" to e-book format? Anyway, the misspelled words messed with the "flow" of my reading and there were several times I had to go back over a paragraph to figure out what the sentence(s) were meant to say. I think someone needs to send out a revised version-it's really that bad-and I'm not one who is picky about mistakes. This was just plain annoying.

I hate to end my review on a negative note because it really was a good book and the mistakes are fixable-just send out a revised book. The actual story line is great-I loved the characters and all the twists and unexpected surprises! I would love to read Lucien's story now!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Lacking in substance 15 janvier 2013
Par L. Torabpour - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First I must give a bit of a disclosure regarding my point of view. I am in my late 40's, middle aged mother and wife. I am a book hound and during the cold winter months in Minnesota, I endulge my reading passion. I am well read, which isn't a boast but rather just a simple fact.I read everything, from the romance classics (Bronte, Austin), to High Fantasy and Thrillers, literary classics like Victor Hugo, Dickens etc..to low brow pulp fiction for a fun and uncomplicated summer beach read.

I gave this book a whirl, skimming over all the rave reviews, thought to myself "what the heck" I'll give it a shot. I have enjoyed young adult books from time to time, as a well written book is a well written book regardless of the age of it's target audience.

I have to say I am very dissapointed, it is as if the book was written by a young girl with a young girls fantasy of a perfect yet imperfect man. Over and over the author keeps telling us how exceptionally good looking the main male character Trace is and how the main female character, Ember, has really no idea why every male is drawn to her. These characters were so shallow and superficial, and the prose was very tedious, redundant and rather juvenile.

I would tell the author of this book keep trying, don't give up, it is awesome you are out there trying.

I would tell well read readers over the age of 30, take the the rave reiews with a big grain of salt, upon reading them(the reviews) in more detail, I would have seen one reviewer say Trace was her new "book boyfriend" ...lol. If I had read them in detail I would have avoided this book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I really wanted to like it 12 janvier 2013
Par Jean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I wanted to like this book and, based on the number of 5-star reviews I assumed that, at the very least, I wouldn't hate it. My assumption was incorrect.

It started out okay, even if it had the implausibility factor going for it, but I didn't care about that. I was curious to see where the story was going. And where it went was horribly wrong. Somewhere prior to the halfway mark it just erupted into a chaos of crazy stalkers, people with more than one identity, ludicrously convoluted murder mysteries that would require a scorecard to keep track of, and incredibly cheesy dialogue. And the repetitiveness. Oh, God, the repetitiveness. I lost track of how many variations of the expression, "I looked into his eyes and saw all I was feeling looking back at me" were used but if it was used less than ten times, I'd be surprised. It was just bad.

And let's take a moment to talk about the editing. Besides the obvious grammatical errors, my favorite being the use of the expression "without further adieu" (which was funny once but annoying twice) there were huge problems with timelines and glaring errors of fact, such as Ember telling her father she wanted to be married in the same church where he and her mother had married, then later on lamenting she couldn't wear her mother's wedding dress because her parents had married in regular street clothes before a justice of the peace. Sloppy.

Recommendation: Save your money. Seriously.
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