I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beautiful Scars by Ariana Black
on July 13, 2020
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Genres: Dark Romance, Age-Gap, Mafia, Non-Consent, Taboo Romance
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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She is a means to an end.
Half my size and and ten times as innocent.
The job is simple. Ruin Meisie. Destroy her mother. Keep my business.
It’s the target who is complicated.
She’s broken. Scarred. Away with the fairies.
And everything I never knew I needed.
She wants to go home?
I'll make sure she never leaves.
He’s a nightmare parading as a dream.
He lured me in with the promise of a one-night-mistake.
If only I could have stayed that naive.
Cillian Hendry is a dangerous man, and I’d do my best to never forget that.
So why have I told him my darkest secrets?
Why am I walking down an aisle towards him?
I thought being abducted by the man they call Kill was a death sentence.
Turns out I’m wrong. Loving him will kill me.
And he’ll be there, like always, to twist the knife.
Beautiful Scars is a dark captive romance with mafia themes. This book is intended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be triggering.
Dark Romance, Age-Gap, Mafia, Non-Consent, Taboo Romance
First Person, Dual-POV
This is book #1 of the Cruel Heroes series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.
I’m all for shutting it up. If a woman wants to enjoy the good times with multiple men, then that is her God-given right in this fine century.
Wow! Double, triple wow!!!
This book was amazing!
When I decided to read it, I didn’t know that Ariana Black was pen name of Esme Devlin and Logan Fox writing together. After finding that out, it totally explained how this could be so magnific. Both authors are superb dark romance writers and together, they were FIRE!!!!
I would like to point it out that this is DARK. Nowadays we see so many romance called dark that ended being light, not this romance. This one has a lot of dubious-consent situations. So, it may not be for every reader, but if you are like me that loves the cathartical experience of something so out-of-your-confort-zone, dive in! You won’t regret!!!
Crazy, surreal love!!!!
33.5/35 STARS – 5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Action 3/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 5/5 Humor 1/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 3/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of dark, twisted romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was a pretty long book and I didn’t even feel the time passing. It hooked me from the beginning and I was unable to let it go. I lost a good night of sleep, finishing this story in one sitting. No regrets! As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multifaceted characters with great background stories and amazing personal growth.
Meisie was an amazing heroine. She was very strong and powerful, and at the same time, she had a lot of inner monologues that made her character real, quirky and funny. She was so young and had already been through so much, that she felt very wise at times.
Cillian was a wonderful antihero. He was cold, mean and very logical. He was also very hot. He found in Meisie his kryptonite and she truly humanized him. I loved his story arch and character growth.
Secondary characters This story was never about lovable sweet characters, but about twisted, dubious, shady characters. Nobody was all good or bad, they all had goodness and flaws. They were all well constructed and interesting to learn.
Villain/antagonists In a book filled with antiheroes and dubious characters, I have to say most characters felt like antagonist for a few chapters. There is one clear villain maybe. Everybody felt pertinent to the plot and subplots of this book.
They were all about tough love, but lovable and somehow connectable!!!
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 0/5, background 5/5 buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was a great one, but I still missed something more personal. The art is gorgeous, and the sleeve of tattoo beautiful, but I don’t really think it matched Meisie. The title was beautiful and fit the story perfectly. I loved the colors and background used. I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb.
Freshness: 4.5/5 Yes, another dark romance with captivity, but still fresh. I loved how it was not rushed and it grew accordingly. I also loved how the Stockholm syndrome felt almost like reversed. The authors know their craft and gave a unique vibe to the story. As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!
Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4.5/5, twists 5/5 Amazing opening with an incredible ending. Superb plot, with well written dialogues and intense pace. Great setting, a few really good subplots with unexpected twists. High level of enjoyment!
This story was intense, twisted and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked the story created for a serious matter as legalization of drugs and its probable repercussions.
Romance: 5/5 Some would say not very romantic :). I love a twisted, angsty, dark love story. It was intense, shocking and hot as hell. The smut had wonderfully descriptive scenes and the main couple was explosive together. There is such a tiny line between love and hate and the authors explored it well here. Explosive romance!!!
Writing Style: 5/5 I believe this was the first book of these two together and I already can see a bright future ahead. Crazy, twisted plot, multidimensional characters and hot smut in a clean, cohesive writing style. Work of a wordsmith (in this case, two)!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
I’m a person that always get stuck on all tiny details and I think I would have liked a better picture of the Alex subplot. I don’t know, because the book jumps a lot back and forth, I don’t think I was able to glue all the pieces of this puzzle yet.
I’m putting you back together the way I want you. And when I’m finished… you’re going to be like me. You’re going to be fearless.