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Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1 | [L. A. Fiore]

Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.
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Publisher's Summary

Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

Burdened by a lifetime of horror and heartbreak, amateur fighter Trace doesn’t want to want Ember. His deep self-loathing keeps him from having any meaningful relationships, but Ember is an itch he can’t scratch. The two push and pull, slowly crumbling their walls, seemingly brought together by fate, because the turmoil that haunts their pasts is interlinked in undeniable ways. But can these two fighters finally lay down their arms?

In Beautifully Damaged, L.A. Fiore delves into deep scars and lets love and forgiveness uncover redemption.

©2014 L.A. Fiore (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 04-28-14
    Donna Thomas Memphis, TN 04-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story"

    Thought I had it figured out and then it changed--great book. Amy Rubinate does another great job as narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 04-28-14
    Debbie 04-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I already have...It has it all great story, mystery, drama and love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The twist at the end when all the story line came together and the extra kick at the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, did not want to put it down


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is more from this aurthor.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alicja 41-500 Chorzów, Poland 04-01-14
    Alicja 41-500 Chorzów, Poland 04-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a Surprise!!!"
    Where does Beautifully Damaged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the most exciting and interesting books I've listened. Surprising, romantic, emotional. Exquisite!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautifully Damaged?

    The plot was so complex. Many side plots and characters making the story so interesting and addictive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the one when Amber proposed :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!! And I almost did ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought this book as a romance. I was seeking a nice story with a hot hero and some bad boy actions. What I got was soooo much more. It is truly one of the best books I've listened because of all the extraordinarily balanced drama, crime, romance and action. I'm waiting for the next book from this series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-17-14
    Lia Sutton, Australia 07-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Emotional and Sexy Story"

    This is the first time I am listening to this book and I have to tell you that I was completely blown away! The struggle to love and be loved is at an all time high in this book and just when you think it is not going to get any more dramatic or fill you with any more anxiety, everything shifts and changes. It was a long process to get through this book because I just wanted the characters to let it all out and expose every little detail and then concentrate on the happiness. Of course, that is my one dimensional side talking. The angst and drama in Beautifully Damaged just set this book apart from so many others. It was beautiful and breathtaking and so full of hope, but at the end of the day the struggle to find peace is what left me craving for more, page after page.

    Trace is an unbelievable hot guy. Shown by the swarms of women constantly surrounding him. But the thing about Trace, is though he is a fighter, fighting for the one thing he truly wants and needs provides to be the biggest battle of them all. He is afraid of the demons in his past and he knows that there is no way anyone will ever love him because of the torment that he has spent living his entire life.

    Ember (by the way, I love her name) is a strong willed shy girl. She has so much going for her and wants nothing more than to be a writer. But she is not without flaws. She is shy and her best friend knows this and plays off it time and time again wearing down her self worth and image of herself. But Ember is not going to walk away quietly. She knows what she wants to do with her life and she is taking the chance to do it. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with relationships and she always feels so awkward when she meets a guy, words fail her and she tends to stumble over what she is saying, but when Trace shows up in her line of vision everything in her world changes.

    These two are just so seemingly perfect for one another and it just broke my heart to see them struggle so much to find that common ground and common connection. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying, in a city as big as New York, the thought that they just keep running into each other is such a big coincidence, or is it? But one thing is so evident between the two of them, they love each other. And it may not always be spoken or said, but that connection is deeply rooted.

    But with all great stories, the past has a way of coming to the surface and no matter what happens, once she finds out, Trace knows without a doubt that Ember will be running as fast as her legs will carry her. But what Trace doesn’t realize, is the strength and power of true love. Dark hidden secrets, hurt, anger and loss all combine into this novel and just make it gripping. There are so many characters that factor into the pain of the past but the question is whether together they can figure it out and become stronger because of it or will it ultimately be the end of the love they know to be true.

    This book was not only a crazy emotional ride, it was full of love and hope. If Ember can get Trace to see the value in their love everything will change. But the emotional baggage he has carried through the years just makes it that much harder for him.

    This is beautifully told story full of hope and promise and ghosts of the past; it left me breathless and wanting more. I loved them when they were together, I struggled with them when they were apart and I just kept reading until I had all the answers I wanted out of these characters. This is a truly amazing story of overcoming demons of the past and learning to love again and I was captured in the pages.

    Amy Rubinate was really good with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snapshot Nevada 05-28-14
    Snapshot Nevada 05-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of interesting twists!"
    What did you love best about Beautifully Damaged?

    I loved how well everyone's story is connected to the ultimate healing of someone overcoming their demons. I also love how each friend and family member was connected and how essential they were in revealing secrets.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I fell in love with Trace. No matter what he went through in life his morals and need to protect the innocent was solid. The fact that Trace ultimately accepts that he is not his father was my most favorite revelation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Braving the unknown can heal old wounds.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great movie!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-28-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-28-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "An Intense Rollercoster ride that was So Worth It"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow this amazing story had my emotions skyrocketing up then screaming back down at 100mph.... The struggle to love and be loved is at an all time high in this book and just when you think it is not going to get any more dramatic or fill you with any more anxiety, everything shifts and changes. It was a long process to get through this book because I just wanted the characters to let it all out and expose every little detail and then concentrate on the happiness. This story was beautiful and breathtaking and so full of hope - at the end of the day the struggle to find peace is what left me craving for more, page after page.

    Trace is an unbelievable hot guy. Shown by the swarms of women constantly surrounding him. But the thing about Trace, is though he is a fighter, fighting for the one thing he truly wants and needs provides to be the biggest battle of them all. He is afraid of the demons in his past and he knows that there is no way anyone will ever love him because of the torment that he has spent living his entire life.

    Ember is a strong willed shy girl. She has so much going for her and wants nothing more than to be a writer, but she is not without flaws. She is shy and her best friend knows this and plays off it time and time again wearing down her self worth and image of herself. Digging deep and finding all her inner strength Ember is not going to walk away quietly... She knows what she wants to do with her life and she is taking the chance to do it... She doesn't have a lot of experience with relationships and she always feels so awkward when she meets a guy, words fail her and she tends to stumble over what she is saying, but when Trace shows up in her line of vision everything in her world changes.

    This is beautifully told story full of hope and promise and ghosts of the past....it left me breathless and defiantly wanting more. I loved them when they were together - I struggled with them when they were apart - I just had to kept listening until I had all the answers... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Jackson, MI, United States 04-17-14
    Joy Jackson, MI, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a different twist on a romance but very good. A little too much on the sex detail. I think it could go into depth on more of the characters background. In the sex, I believe it is better if you can you can personally use your imagination more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Ember and her father. I love a close father/daughter relationship like they had.


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amy was great as a narrator. She made the people come to life so you could love them or hate them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That even though Trace was a manly man her was able to cry and show emotions.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-05-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Why the bad reviews?"

    Why the bad reviews... this book was awesome... Yes...this cover needs some work, b/c the story really don't have anything to do with fight...

    Yes the main male character ( Trez) is an amateur fighter...but that is only a snippet of the true story...

    Ok...quick summary without giving too much away: Trez dad was a douche, long history and crazy storyline there... now Trez is all grown but is a total player... In comes Emory... nice girl who's mom died when she was 3... Em meet Trez and they sorta kinda hit if off... a lot of crazy but sweet stuff happens, and Em is now with Trez... he is totally damaged, and does the ultimate to push Em away... which he finally does... Now bring in Em's dad and uncle... who investigate the whole Trez's background which somehow (surprise) links to Em's mom...

    Ending was HEA!

    Totally worth a credit or buy...pretty cheap book... Story was great.. had Awesome Smexy time and drama... Man the DRAMA! I loved it...

    Narration was pretty ok too.... All in all... I totally enjoyed this book! Hope there is squeal b/c the secondary characters (Lucien and the other bff of Trez) most definitely need their own book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tyma Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-01-14
    Tyma Salt Lake City, UT, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "this books will keep you guessing."
    If you could sum up Beautifully Damaged in three words, what would they be?

    I really liked all of the twists and turns. Really good storyline, I can't wait for the next one.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ziegler Pleasantville, PA USA 07-24-14
    K. Ziegler Pleasantville, PA USA 07-24-14 Member Since 2012

    katemike66

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    "Not for me"

    I like strong funny women, she is not that. Found so much of the story not believable. I returned this book half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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