Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Spotlight #review: The Beauty Beneath by DC Renee


Ugly. Freak. Fatty. I had been called those things and more for as long as I could remember. I didn’t mind it, though, because to the outside world, those words described me perfectly. But it was all a charade, a façade to keep people away. Never let anyone get too close. It had worked for twelve years of my life, ever since I caused my father’s death.

And then Carter Anderson pushed his way into my world. Gorgeous, of course, charming, naturally, and cocky, a given—he called himself my friend and broke through every one of my carefully constructed walls.

Cue the “happily ever after,” right? Wrong.

This isn’t some fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan, and once the beauty beneath is revealed, all is right in the world. This is real life. When things seem too good to be true, it’s because they usually are. And when people say your past will come back to bite you, they mean it. And trust me, it does.

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12 year old Emerson's life is turned upside down in a way that she starts blaming herself as well as changing who she is inside and out due to the trauma. She also keeps people at arms length, except for her mother, who visits her every morning with the hopes that one day her daughter will forgive herself for what happened years ago and reconsider going back to the lively girl she used to be.
Enter Carter, his buddies and a bet to conquer the ugliest girl at the bar. But once Carter starts getting to know Emerson, he sees pass the ugly front and realizes there's a beautiful woman living beneath all the facade.
Guilt is a powerful force that could leave a person emotionally handicapped, that's exactly what happened to Emerson. After the tragic event 12 years ago she decided she didn't have the right to leave a happy, normal life when she felt responsible for causing so much pain. My heart broke for her, I'm not sure if I could live with so much self-condemnation, nor do I know how would I react if I were to live through something like Emerson did. Her pain was heartfelt, raw, so much weighing on the shoulders of someone so young.
In good DC Renee fashion, Emerson is not the only one harboring a secret. Carter has his own demons, that he's been able to keep at bay somewhat, but when Emerson confesses to him what made her changed her life, lives that were on a path to recovery will be crushed once again, bringing back to the surface all the suffering from the past and broken hearts.
What I like the most about this author's books is the fact that she gives you characters that feel real, characters that the reader can relate too and cheer for when the time is right. And along with great characters, there's always a good storyline that will have you yelling at your e-reader when you can't really believe what you're reading.
This is another great book by DC Renee, one that has a beautiful message about forgiveness. In life not only do we have to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes, but also we need to step out of the box and reconsider others stories, finding in our hearts to forgive their mistakes as well.
Highly recommended!

About the Author

I have been writing for as long as I could remember. It started as poems as birthday and anniversary presents (they were super cheesy and all rhymed), moved onto monologues and short stories, then transitioned into fan fictions (yep, there are a few of mine floating around somewhere), and then I found the courage to publish a book. And I loved it! And so I didn't stop.

I also love to read - I think that's pretty much a prerequisite for writing. I read anything that sounds good and/or is recommended to me, but I tend to enjoy love stories or ones that make me cry.

A couple of fun facts about me: I work at an insurance company, but I get to work with my sister, so it's fun; I have a loving and supportive husband; I am SUPER close to my family (like I talk to them several times a day - even my in-laws); I love to listen to the same song over and over again until my hubby says it's been played out 20 repeats ago hehe; I dance around the house for fun. I think I've shared enough embarrassing tidbits.

One last thing - I have the best readers & fans! 

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