Defaced: A Dark Romance Novel

The Monster Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Artie Rose
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense
4.0 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hidden away from society by his criminal father, there lives a man who has never entered the outside world. Now, having taken over his father's business, he has all the money and power he could dream of, yet still he refuses to let himself be viewed by the rest of society.

Traumatised by an event in her past, Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she's not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.

A man owns her now - a man both dangerous and enigmatic. Drawn by his dual beauty and hidden pain, he awakens something inside her, something she believed was long dead. Brought to a room without windows, she's given an impossible task: to make her owner acceptable to the outside world.

Can altering his face change who he is as a man, or is he truly a monster, both inside and out?

©2015 Marissa Farrar (P)2016 Marissa Farrar

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Good story!

I really loved the story, but the narrator was difficult to listen to. It was very weird listening to such a graphic story with such a sweet, innocent sounding voice!! I would have enjoyed it a lot more if a different narrator had been chosen.

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Audio book - new format for me - dark but fab

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend to anyone who likes dark romances - it was hard for me at times to hear some of the abuse the characters go through so I would add a warning to those who don't like themes of kidnapping and abuse

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Lily and the anti-hero Monster. They were both troubled complex souls.

Have you listened to any of Artie Rose’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the very first audio book I've ever listened to. I feel like Artie's narration got better and better as the book went on. In the end I felt like my friend was reading it out to me. I was sad when it finished! Artie was very good at giving the characters voices without overdoing it.

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

The moments when we went through what happened in Monster's childhood to make him who he is today. It's so sad.

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I really loved this audio book experience. I was worried how I'd find time to listen but when the story grips as much as this one, I listened while walking, cleaning, waiting on the bus, on the bus! Everywhere. It was a very dark book. Not what I'm used to but I know it will stay for me for a long time. Excellent by Marissa Farrar.

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Loved this darker story!

Wow did I love this book! It is defiantly a darker romance. The story though is amazing. This gives you the feeling of wanting to feel bad for the character but yet knowing you shouldn’t because of his past. Even though there are not a ton of characters i did not feel the loss. These were written beautifully. The author made me *feel* for him over and over. Lily as well with her ordeal but his...well it brings out my bleeding heart. I listened to this wonderful story on audio. It’s my first time listening to Artie Rose. She did great. Her different voices really added to my enjoyment to this story.

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Started out slow but picked up

The story kind of dragged the first half but once you got past that it got hot! the narrator had a lot of awkward pauses and I had to keep turning up and down the speed of words. other than that it was a good story and narration. I would recommend it. I hope book 2 is available soon. Leaves off on a cliffhanger.

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Could've been better

The story was promising but I just couldn't connect with them falling in love so quickly. Lots of plot wholes and lack of character development. The performance kept bringing me out of the story when she dropped her t's and mispronounced words...especially escape and corrugated.

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Good story, mediocre narrating.

I liked this book, I struggled at some places and I can't put my finger on why exactly, but ultimately it was a pretty good book. Does have a cliffhanger sort of, though.

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Ok story, narration issue

Story was solid but narrator's voice did not work with the dark edgy subject. Perhaps this one is better read than listened to.

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Narrator....

I had a hard time listening to the narrator - she has a weird way of saying some words and she pauses unnaturally when there shouldn't be...
but I liked the story, one I probably should have read myself... EXSCAPE.

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it was an OK story. it would have been a lot better if it had a different narrator, the main female character sounded like she was wining

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  • 09-25-18

repetitive , not well writen.

the writer is the boring one that has the need to explain everything. kind of irritating

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  • mrsvixter
  • 07-11-18

When is book 2 available

Really enjoyed reading the first part while also listening to it but has been a long while waiting for part 2 ????

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  • Mrs Angie G
  • 11-25-16

A gripping read!

This was my first time listening to an audible book - and my first dark romance novel, and I enjoyed both experiences immensely!
I loved the development of the two main characters and how their relationship changed throughout the story. This book is well written and pacy and gripped me from the outset right up to the end.
This is the first part of a trilogy which left me wanting to find out what happened next! Highly recommended.