Review: Don’t Make Me Beautiful by Elle Casey

Synopsis:17981514

A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL. No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness…

At twenty-two, Nicole doesn’t even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster, consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that.

And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down.

Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more. Does she dare to believe the things she’s told, that this is not the life she was meant to live? That being a monster is not her forever-fate? And will she be willing to risk everything, to reach out and accept the helping hands around her and share her deepest, darkest secrets? She knows only too well that hands can hurt. Finding out whether they can also heal is a risky proposition, especially when the beast is still out there. Looking for her.

**This story was inspired by true events. If you liked the movie “Sleeping With the Enemy”, then you might like this story too. CONTENT WARNING: Violence, foul language, and adult situations. Not meant for younger readers.**

Actual Review:

The very first time I’ve read the synopsis, I thought that it was the beginning of a very fulfilling relationship between me and this book.

But I guess it was just not meant to be.

It started out promising enough; suspenseful, dark, but hopeful. I mean, look at this passage! It seriously makes you want to continue reading!

“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 and is placed in the spot next to Kitten in the backyard.  He already has the hole dug”

It started going downhill though, a little bit halfway through. Everything fell into place too perfectly. Heck, even the love interest was too perfect, saying and doing all of the right things.

I cared for Nicole and it’s not that I didn’t want an HEA, and I am not exactly a fan of too much angst, but it felt plastic – too much color, too bright and too fake.

I like the idea of the book and I do admire the author for choosing the subject. Domestic violence is no joke. I am actually feeling kind of bad for not liking it enough. The way it was done though, just fell flat for me.

This is not a bad story, it’s far from it. It just needed better execution.

Verdict:

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