Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Beneath Your Beautiful




Title:  Beneath Your Beautiful

Author: Tamsyn Bester

Release Date: July 22, 2013

On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her.
Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama.
When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all.
Will they learn to trust each other and build a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself?

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17447050-beneath-your-beautiful

Review:

Huntley is starting college in Breckinridge, Alabama. After the death of her mother, she moves to be closer to her Aunt and Uncle. They are all she has left of family. She's going to start a new life, fresh from the mistakes she has made in her past. Telling herself that the old Huntley Morgan is gone.

Grayson Carter is the starting quarter back of the football team. He has a reputation of going through women, loving them and leaving them to cry.  He's been hurt before. His twin sister died two years ago and he never got over it.

When Grayson Carter sees Huntley Morgan the first time, it makes him forget that he doesn't do relationships. Her beauty pulls to him instantly, but there's more. He suspects that beneath she's beautiful as well. She could be serious danger for his heart if he's not careful. He'll go as far as to warn her away from him, but there's just something about her that will make him take the risk.

When all of the secrets are out, it's uplifting to them both. They have both been through pain and turmoil. They both heal each others hearts. This is a soul bearing book, it has sensitive matter to it, but the ending is worth it. There's is a love that is true and pure, one that is made in fairytales, but doesn't have the fairytale beginning.

"I'm in love with you too," she cries, "And it terrifies me."

"This terrifies me too baby, but I need you to let me in. Let me see beneath your beautiful."

The author handled the sensitive subjects in a considerate way. It's hard to broach subjects such as date rape drugs, rape itself, and domestic violence. These are young adults, but they handle things the way they should be. I like that the characters aren't flaky, they are torn at times, but not immature.  I'm glad that we had a conclusion to Grayson and Hinley's story. There aren't a lot of loose ends that I see many stories right now.  It's a beautiful, tragic love story, and so real it will pull at your heart strings.



Excerpt:
 
Moments later, Mrs. Coach calls me inside to help carry out the remainder of the food when there’s a knock at the door. It’s so soft I’m almost sure I imagined it. “Grayson honey, please grab the door,” Mrs. Coach calls from the kitchen. I walk to the door but when I open it, I’m completely unprepared for what’s in front of me.  Or rather who is in front of me.

Huntley is wearing a coral sundress with matching pumps. The color accentuates her sun-kissed skin, making it look like she’s glowing.

Her hair is curled and left loose, hanging down past her shoulders. My eyes stop at her lips, pink and glossy. I stand there like an idiot and shamelessly drink her curves in.

She clears her throat and for a brief second I’m lost in the depth of those sapphire-colored irises. I have never seen stormy blue eyes until now.  They tell a story, about what I’m not sure, but it’s there, in those stormy depths and I want to find out what it is.

“Hi,” she whispers. Her musical voice moves through my body and jolts me from my daze.

“What are you doing here?” The words are out of my mouth before I realize what I’m saying. Hurt flashes across her face at the sound of my accusatory tone and I want to kick myself in the nuts for being such an ass. It just goes to show what being around this gorgeous girl does to me.

“This is my family,” she states matter-of-factly, “I was invited.”

Of course she was invited. Coach Morgan is her uncle after all.

Thank you Captain Obvious…

Dumbass…

“Sorry, of course, come in,” I barely choke the words out and gesture for her to come in. I catch a trace of her perfume and almost lose my mind. God, I love strawberries and vanilla. She giggles and I realize I said that out loud.

Are you fucking kidding me? Could this get any worse?

Huntley pauses in front of me and smiles. It’s enough to steal the air right out of my lungs.

“Strawberries and vanilla are my favorite too,” she whispers. She stretches onto the balls of her feet to place a feather-light peck on my cheek. I can feel the heat surface in my cheeks and it’s the first time ever that a girl makes me blush.
 
 


Author Bio:

Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.

 

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