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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Thought I had it figured out and then it changed--great book. Amy Rubinate does another great job as narrator.
"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.
"Such potential for a great story and such a shame"
The author should have spent more time building their relationship up. The story didn't have a good indication as to why the girl would fall so hard for this guy in a matter of brief meetings, to the point of almost worship. There wasn't enough depth in the story. Also, the girl in the story was sooooo annoying! Get a backbone! Have some self respect!
I literally rolled my eyes about every half hour at how weak and pathetic the girl was in different situations.
She did a great job in every aspect.
The scenes were Trace told her to leave, to get out and they were over and Ember would follow him everywhere.
This story has great potential with the right 'tweeking' here and there. Was very disappointed to see such a good story get ruined the way it was.
"What a Surprise!!!"
It is one of the most exciting and interesting books I've listened. Surprising, romantic, emotional. Exquisite!
The plot was so complex. Many side plots and characters making the story so interesting and addictive.
My favorite scene was the one when Amber proposed :-)
Yes!!! And I almost did ;-)
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.
"Love and Intrigue"
A great listen. enough to make you want to keep listening
There was a story
"im not sure where this went wrong"
I have read this book 2 times and I liked it, however after listening to it be read in a breathy voice with really bad renditions of male voices I now cant imagine why I liked it. The characters are kind of ridiculous and the story line started one place and ended up someplace totally different. This did not bother me when reading this book but after listening, this kind of reminds me of one of those ideas that sounded good in theory but once you started telling others about it kind of sounded dumb instead. I keep forgetting that I dont like the narrtors voice. she makes everything sound like im listening in on a sexy phone call. And the men sound girly dumb or like hillbillys.
I did not enjoy the narration of this book nor the story itself. The characters were contradictory and underdeveloped. While there were some semi-interesting twists and turns in the plot, at a point the twists became annoying because there were just too many. I thought Ember's obsession with Trace got annoying and happened too quickly with too little build up. I do not recommend this book at all, it was out of sheer stubbornness that I even finished it.
"Lots of interesting twists!"
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.
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.
Braving the unknown can heal old wounds.
This would be a great movie!
"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
Beautiful story capped with a fantastic performance. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to listen to the next in series.
Like Twighlight meets 50 shades. Enjoyable if you like that type of thing and definitely far better narrated than the latter!
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