In Beneath your Beautiful we meet Eden and Killian. Neither are looking for love but sometimes love finds you and you can’t run away from it.
Publication Date: May 17, 2017
Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Length: 355 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3.5 / 5 Romance Rating: 2 / 5
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.
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.
Love can destroy a man. Bring him to his knees. That’s why I never let anyone get too close.
When she crashes into my life, I’m ready to shoot her down. Instead, I fold like a house of cards.
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.
One of my most common complaints with romance novels is when the author shows us one of the main characters (usually the man, but that’s a rant for another day) with someone else. However, this time it worked. Killian is doing what he has to do to leave quickly, but before he leaves he cleans the make-up smears off her sink and hangs up her towels… that’s hot, right?
Everyone knows I love cowboys, it’s pretty much my worst kept secret. This book has me wondering if I just might happen to like men cleaning more. What do you like more? Let me know in the comments section. Here’s some pictures of both to help you decide. You’re welcome!
This book started off so well. I expected to be writing a five-star review. It was a slow burn which I wasn’t loving, but the characters were compelling. Eden was working to heal her broken heart after learning her boyfriend got her best friend pregnant. Killian was trying to deal with his own demons. The first 40% of this book was awesome! It fell more on the side of women’s fiction than romance but I cared about the characters and that is so important.
Things were all cute and sweet. We watched Eden and Killian struggle to fight their demons on their own. We see them come together and push away. The author let us understand why they’re not looking for a relationship. Then they have sex, and the book goes downhill from there.
I always feel a little guilty complaining about the sex scenes because I can’t imagine how hard they are to write. The sex was fine. It read very mechanically. He took my dress off; he spread my legs…. like the sexual equivalent of a paint by number. The steps weren’t lacking, but there was no emotion. There was so much feeling throughout the rest of the book but suddenly they get naked and turn into emotionless robots?
As the book went on, the nooky did improve, slightly. I suspect the author wasn’t comfortable with what she was writing. We’re told it’s the best sex ever. But sometimes stating something as a fact doesn’t make it so. The glimpses we’re given don’t suggest it’s even good sex.
Even the dirty talk is glossed over. “Tell me what you’re going to do to me,” I said, as I unlocked her apartment door. She waited until the door was closed and locked behind us to tell me. By the time we reached her bedroom I was so hard my dick felt like concrete.” That has the potential to be hot. But the most important part of this exchange is missing. Tell me what she said so I can try it out…
Paragraphs later we’re told, “she could talk dirty, have sex doggy style, ask for a spanking, and still blush.” HELLO, I’ve read every single page of this book, where was I when all this happened????
Then we get to my favorite sex scene.
“His tongue circled the rim of my belly button and dipped inside…” I’m sure belly button licking has its place but I can’t help but feel as though this should have been a different body part. Especially given her over the top reaction.
All right, I’m sure you can tell I didn’t enjoy the sex. Let’s move on!
I appreciated the glimpses we get into Killian’s past. I felt so much empathy for him as we were introduced to the abuses he suffered during his childhood. I’m a big fan of people healing and overcoming their traumas, but we see little healing in this book.
Toward the end of the book, I found myself confused as the story turns to this action/ adventure sequence with guns, police, and violence. This scene didn’t fit with the rest of the book and was used to push this idea you should forgive parents who treat you poorly because “in the end, they’re still your parents.” I think that’s terrible advice so the whole thing rubbed me the wrong way.
Overall, Beneath Your Beautiful had a lot of potential but left me wanting more. It’s an interesting enough read and I think someone who enjoys romantic women’s fictions would love this. Sadly, the author lost me at the first bland sex scene.