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Scared of Beautiful (Scared Series Book 1) by [Abrahams, Jacqueline]
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About the Author

Jacqueline Abrahams is the author alter ego for an ordinary mum to three children (two human and one canine) and wife to one husband. Born in South Africa, she now calls Sydney, Australia her home. A collector all things books and bookish, she in an avid reader and has a tiny obsession with filling bookshelves. When she's not preoccupied wearing her aspiring author or mummy hat, she is working her way towards completing a degree in Primary and Secondary Teaching (with an English major of course!) Scared of Beautiful is her debut New Adult novel, the first in The Scared Series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2257 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jacqueline Abrahams; 1 edition (July 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book. The author had me focused and I didn't want to stop reading. So much happens in this book that it keeps your mind going and your hoping that things turn out differently. All the emotions that go in this book, you will feel them.

Jackson has a rough past and decides on a fresh start so he goes to college where his childhood friend is. He meets Maia and has an instant liking to her. Now can he change and become a better person?

Maia is in college and wanted a fresh start away from her parents. She doesn't interact with others as she really doesn't know how. She meets Jackson and can't help the feelings she has for him. Can she let go of things that happened in her past?

Read the book, I promise you won't regret it. This is the first book I've read by the author and have to say I'm so glad I did read it. Such a heartfelt story and one you don't want to end. Great job to the author.
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I think this is a debut book for this author and I enjoyed it and look forward to more of the series.
This is a story of a rich girl running from her unstable home life to try and find herself, and a guy who grew up not wealthy and after getting burned by love lives a little bit of a street life. There is twist and turns ups and downs some bad downs. I enjoyed this story would of gave 5 stars but felt some things were rushed and brushed aside and some things I felt were to much defiantly a plus no cliff hanger! I will definitely recommend and will read more from this author.
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I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

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.
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Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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!
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This is a very well written and touching love story full of good feels that left me wanting more!

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.
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