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I enjoyed the fact that this book was written from both characters' points of view allowing insight into both of them. There was also an interesting dynamic of rich girl/boy from the wrong side of the tracks, both of whom have baggage. I think there was good character development; I feel like I know who Maia and Jackson are as people, what their strengths are, and what their fears are.
In terms of being a romance, I found this story to be "okay". I hate to say that in a review when I am sure the author put her heart and soul into writing it, but that is my honest feeling.
Romance novels are my favorite genre. I love it when my heart goes pitter patter right along with the character's, but that just didn't happen to me with this story. There was nothing particularly romantic in the story, other than the fact we see that Maia & Jackson love each other and have to overcome difficulties to be with each other.
I also really like it when the male character is someone I could picture loving, and I didn't find that with Jackson. The fact he had a drunken sexual encounter in a bar towards the end of the book actually made me dislike him. I realize Jackson & Maia weren't together, and that he was angry and reverting to his old ways, but that just made him untrustworthy and unlikable. While I was glad the book had such a happy ending, I wasn't ecstatic like I would be if I really like the guy in it.
Overall, I found it a good story but not memorable in terms of the romance.
Maia has lived a life of privilege in which money has never been a concern. Unfortunately that life has come at the price of having to live with a father who abuses her mother and really wants to have little to do with her. She’s left her parents Manhattan home, with money of her own due to an inheritance from her grandparents. For all intents and purposes, she is an independent woman, able to live a life free of the things that have restrained her for so long.
Jackson comes from the other side of the tracks, having grown up in the tough neighborhoods of Atlanta. He is friends with some unsavory characters that just don’t seem to understand that his acceptance to Brown is a chance at a new life. Jackson shows up at Brown though with a large chip on his shoulder, and until he meets Maia, and takes up the challenge of pursuing her, he is a tad insufferable. He comes from an environment where it is definitely a matter of “bros before hoes”, but will Maia ever understand that and know where she fits in in Jackson’s world?
While this is a storyline we have seen time and time again, Ms. Abrahams puts a different spin on it, making the storyline fresh and engaging. The secrets that both Maia and Jackson are keeping make for some interesting plot turns that will keep you interested.
Scared of Beautiful is an emotional journey of finding oneself and finding love along the way. Despite their differences, mostly socio-economic, Jackson and Maia are able to shrug off the societal mores that are expected of them. This is a quick, easy read that fans of NA romance will love. I didn’t have a whole lot of connection to the characters, probably because it felt a little rushed and there seemed to be a lot of secondary characters involved, however I did enjoy the story. This was definitely a four star read and I look forward to the next installment in this series!
Maia is looking for a fresh start when she starts at Brown University and is hoping more than anything to
leave her past far behind. She comes from a wealthy and successful family and has learned the hard way
that money and success definitely aren’t everything and that problems and dark secrets plaque wealthy
families as well. I immediately felt a connection with Maia’s character and found myself wanting
something good to happen for her. I was a bit apprehensive when she first met Jackson since he’s a
former player and has been through his share of women and emotionless sexual encounters. I strongly
felt that Maia deserved so much more than that and was leery about what Jackson’s true intentions
were. In his defense he does seem like he regrets his former ways and he is nothing but a gentleman
when spending time with her. This went a long way in helping to redeem his character in my eyes and I
found myself hoping for the best for both of them right from the start.
There are some pretty serious obstacles thrown in the way of Jackson and Maia’s chances of a
happy relationship. Both of them have very significant baggage coming into this that made it seem
impossible that they could ever be able to be happy together. These aren’t simple or easily handled
issues either and I found this added a level of complexity and suspense to this story that made it more
enjoyable to read. I liked how the author included these issues and how it made this story more realistic
in nature since the reality is that most relationships do have their fair share of difficult issues to work
through and lots of people bring baggage from their past into their current relationships. I must admit
that I felt a lot of respect and admiration for Maia since she took all of the shocks she was faced with
and dealt with them with an inner strength that I believe came from the events that she had been
forced to deal with from her own dark past. Maia is a perfect living example of the belief that whatever
doesn’t kill you ends up making you stronger and I enjoy a strong female character. Jackson isn’t a
weakling either and I felt that he was a perfect fit for Maia. The two have a chemistry together that is
At one point Jackson is placed in a very unfortunate situation where he feels he has no choices
left up to him and puts himself in a life threatening situation that had me screaming at him and calling
him a creative assortment of names and I absolutely hated reading this part. I didn’t see any coming
back from this and my heart broke for what I thought would most likely happen to him. I won’t give
anything away here, but I will say that this part of the book left me breathless and flipping the pages as
fast as humanly possible to find out what was going to happen next! I love this book and I love this
author! I highly recommend reading this to anyone and I plan on reading much more from this author in
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a roller coaster ride of emotions. This book was full of so many different twists that just as soon as I thought I had everything...Read more
Rating: 4 stars
From the start (which blends with the ending of Infinite Fear), I fell in love with Maia, her attitude and...Read more
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