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"Don't Make Me Beautiful is a deeply touching, beautiful and inspiring story with a powerful message about the strength of survival and the healing power of love. It's both heart breaking and heart warming with a strong heroine, a to-die-for hero, and a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading. It touched my heart deeply and reminded me that there are still superheroes out there everyday who save each other. This is easily one of my favorites of the year! " ~ Aestas Book Blog
"I hope this book gets huge everyone should read it....those of us that read the likes of Sylvain Reynard.....Colleen Hoover....Abbi Glines.....S.C. Stephens....Jamie McGuire just to name a few.....we all sit around waiting for their new releases patiently....well Elle Casey just went on my top list of Authors to look for with their next story..." ~ Amazon reviewer
"This story is gritty and real. Elle didn't have to use any bells and whistles to tell Nicole 's story. From page one it felt like the story was a natural progression - never forced or overdone. I give this book 5 stars. I do want to say that while this is a hard story to read, it is very well worth the tears. Anyone who has survived will ache for Nicole, but will find inspiration in the courage she had to heal. To not be a victim. To rise up and survive." ~ Book blogger "Mommy's A Book Whore"
"Don't Make Me Beautiful is a story that will remain with me for quite some time. Nicole's journey of restoration and healing and her second chance at life was real and heart-lifting. I commend Elle Casey for taking on such a powerful venture..." ~ Booklikes Blogger LisaP.
From the Author
- ASIN : B00EZ5R78O
- Publisher : Elle Casey; 1st edition (September 9, 2013)
- Publication date : September 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2148 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1939455111
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,009 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Nicole's abuse at the hands of her boyfriend John is described in sickening detail. Her face is disfigured, her nose is bent, she's missing teeth. When he finally beats her almost to death, she meets Brian and her life drastically changes. Once this happens, everything moves at warp speed and all I could do was keep rolling my eyes at everything.
Brian morphed quickly from sweet, sensitive guy to lecherous creeper. Nicole's been out of the hospital for ONE WEEK and he's obsessed with her "rockin' body" and wants to kiss her (and more) all the time. He's so pushy, wondering why she won't open up and spill her guts when she's only known him a few days. And he's always telling her how beautiful she is. Way too far fetched when everyone else who's seen her face recoils in horror.
And Nicole went from scared mouse to Supergirl almost overnight. That doesn't seem plausible considering the hell she'd been through. She made a huge deal about not going to therapy, but she keeps spouting "therapy talk". And still at this point it had only been weeks since she nearly died, so it felt inauthentic.
Then there are all the questions that never seemed to get answered: Why didn't Brian tell the police who John was? Nicole didn't need to give a statement in order for the police to press charges. Why wasn't Brian more worried about keeping his kid safe? How does someone fill out the mounds of hospital paperwork without using a real name, SSN, address...
The final straw was the whole "kitten" situation. Nothing about it made sense or was the least bit believable. And then everything ends in a nice neat bow, how I wish it was like that for real life abuse victims.
Top reviews from other countries
From the first pages, we feel the despair of Nicole. She's held a prisoner in her home by her abusive boyfriend John, over the past 3 years. The manic abuse & beatings over the years have left this one beautiful girl, broken & scared with the deformities leaving her looking like a monster. She cannot see the world outside, the world outside cannot see her world full of despair!
"The reality she lives in with day in and day out. The clock might as well keep on ticking, because there is no escape from this mess. This mess is her life until the day she takes her last breath".
Liam a little six year old boy, living in the neighbour hood has a chance encounter, coming face to face with the monster. This chance encounter leads to events that changes everything for Nicole to a life she thought she was only a dream.
Brian is an average guy, with an average life. He is drawn to the broken women in front off him and makes a decision to fight for Nicole, with the deepest urge to protect her fiercely & to love this beautiful soul, that Nicole cannot see.
There are some great other characters, the ex-wife, a noisy neighbour & Liam the cutest six year old ever.
This is a romantic, suspense novel, about a woman that has been left traumatised & broken, coming back to life with the aid of a gentle, caring loving man.
In my opinion a definite must read!
I picked this book as I really enjoyed my first Elle Casey book (Wrong Number Right Guy). This was a totally different type of book as it covered the very serious and sensitive subject of domestic abuse, but all I can say is WOW!
This is an explosive story from the outset and it takes us into Nicole's world where she is a prisoner in the home she shares with her domineering, abusive partner who has beaten her so many times that her face is disfigured. Elle managed to truly convey the emotions and I had to reach for the tissues myself several times.
Brian is a neighbour who turns into her 'knight in shining armour' as he rescues her from her prison and from her tormentor. Their relationship develops from him being a concerned rescuer and provider of a safe house to wanting them to be a couple. He falls for Nicole very quickly and whilst there is clearly a mutual attraction, Nicole understandably struggles in a big way to see a future for them. She is wary of Brian's motives and has many demons to cope with as she tries to deal with her past abuse.
This was ultimately such an uplifting story and I loved it, although I must mention a few niggles which caused it to be 4.5 rather than 5 stars :-
1) the speed at which Nicole was discharged from hospital in view of her injuries seemed a little hard to believe
2) Brian seemed a little too perfect in the way he moved her into the house on a permanent basis before really considering how it would affect his son
3) I felt their relationship developed too quickly based on her past (although it's forgiven on the basis that we all want then to have their HEA)
4) I loved the twist of a second baby but think it was a little too good to be true that her baby had lived and been looked after by another woman (again I forgive Elle on the basis that it made a more positive outcome rather than if it had also not survived).
Overall though I would highly recommend this to others
Nicole is a prisoner in her own home. She is locked inside the house by her cruel husband, and locked inside her mind by her crippling fear and disfigured face. But her encounter with Liam, and later with Liam’s father, Brian, leads to a turn of events that change her life forever.
Brian is a single dad, living with his son Liam and making a living creating furniture. He isn’t a rich man, nor is he particularly an alpha male. He’s a good, kind man, and this comes across in everything he does. The day after the incident with the ball, he goes back to Nicole’s house and sees her lying on the floor, bloody and unconscious. He calls the police and ambulance, and stays by her side as she’s rushed to hospital.
Don’t Make Me Beautiful is a tale of second chances, of how love can bring redemption and set you free. It’s also a reminder that beauty is truly only skin deep, and it’s the kindness you show others that makes you truly attractive. And the well- crafted characters of both Nicole and Brian really shine through in this story. It’s different from anything else I have read recently, and this is just one of the reasons that I loved it. I gobbled it up avidly, like a child with a candy bar. I was just sorry when it came to an end.
I laughed, I cried and I sobbed some more. The story hooked me in and wrung me out, in the best way possible. I’ve never read anything by Elle Casey before, but I will definitely be back for more.
It's slightly worrying that the main character is saved from her abusive partner by a stranger who makes her pretend to be his sister. She then lives with him but she can't go out (like in her old house) because of her ex. Then this guy keeps telling her he loves her to which she never responds. But he also never considers her beautiful in his mind, which seems a bit confusing - why would you fall in love with someone that you clearly don't fancy?
They eventually have sex, which he describes as mind-blowing. But what I don't understand is how can someone who has been beaten so badly that she's disfigured and has been raped be able to have a normal, perfectly-functioning sex life?
This is the story of Nicole, who has been living in an extreme domestic violence relationship for the past 3 years that have left her face with permenant disfigurement. When her neighbour Brain's son hits a ball through the window of the house she lives in, Brian realises there is something wrong and later rescues Nicole. There is an instant connection between the two and Brian offers to take care of Nicole after her latest injuries. The bumps along the way through there relationship show how utterly brilliant they both are as characters. Nicole for living through a horrendous experience that she has to keep fighting, and brain for his never wavering love and emotional support.
An absolutely beautiful story of strength, love and courage; brilliant main and secondary characters; an absolutely perfect happy ending that you didn't quite see all of it coming; and a fantastic stand-alone book with no cliffhanger.
Highly highly recommended for a beautiful read even though it covers a sensitive theme.