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Jun 12

Beneath Your Beautiful by Emery Rose Review

4 Smooches

Synopsis

EDEN
All I wanted was a fresh start in a new city…and a bartending job. I never intended to fall for the sexy, tattooed bar owner.
Dark.
Brooding.
Emotionally unavailable.
But Killian Vincent is a challenge I can’t seem to walk away from.
He’s afraid that if I dig too deep, I won’t like what I find. But he’s wrong, and I’m determined to prove it.

KILLIAN
Love can destroy a man. Bring him to his knees. That’s why I never let anyone get too close.
Until Eden.
When she crashes into my life, I’m ready to shoot her down. Instead, I fold like a house of cards.
Feisty.
Stubborn.
Irresistible.
She’s on a mission to knock down my walls. Dig up truths better left buried.
I need to convince her that walking away is the right choice…before it destroys us both.

*Beneath Your Beautiful is a standalone contemporary romance with no cliffhanger.

Review
Eden is suffering from heartache and just wanting to start over- no complications, no relationships- should be simple enough right? That is until she meets Killian- he’s sexy and broody and definitely emotionally unavailable but that doesn’t stop Eden from starting to see there is more to Killian and the more she starts to see the more she likes. Killian is battling his own demons and no matter what he might feel for Eden he can’t let her get too close, for her sake. Will these two be overcome their pasts and find happiness with each other?

“When I stood back and looked at my work, the painting reminded me of Killian. It was wild and turbulent, dark, and tension-filled, with slivers of light showing through the cracks. A beautiful, chaotic mess.”

I have to say hats off to this author for a great debut novel! This was a sweet, intense, slow burner romance with two characters you really get to know and can cheer for. In a very competitive genre this author managed to come up with two brilliant characters and love story line that kept you engaged and wanting to get to the end and the hopeful HEA!

“He tasted like something exotic I’d never tasted before. Sweet forbidden fruit or a drug I’d craved without knowing it until now.”

Eden and Killian were both complex and beautiful in their own ways. Eden is obviously still stung from the betrayal and just wanting to start fresh- something a lot of us can relate to. Despite this she still manages to be head strong, funny, and can handle her own but on the other side of this I love how careful and kind she is with Killian when he needs her to be. When we find out all about Killian’s past and the demons he is battling my heart breaks for him; I couldn’t blame him for wanting to protect Eden and that in itself made me love him. He also has that alpha, broody, sexy male thing going down – combine that with his more sensitive side and it’s a winning combination.

“With Killian, I’d been myself right from the start, not holding anything back. And he liked me just as I was.”

This is a slow burner love story which I prefer so much more over the insta-love ones- you get the chance to really delve into the characters and what they are feeling. It’s not just a love story though, it’s also a story about overcoming past hurts and learning to leave behind the demons of the past. There’s chemistry, laughter, drama and quite an intense last few chapters which were quite unexpected! Overall a really great romance read from an author I’m excited to read more from!

~Bethany

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