On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her.
Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama.
When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all.
Will they learn to trust each other and build a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself?
Initial Reaction: WOW, speechless really. After reading Beneath Your Beautiful I’m left with a complete feeling like everything is right and Huntley and Grayson will get through their battles together and will complete their family.
Beneath Your Beautiful is a heart clenching story filled with domestic violence, murder, escape, broken hearts and broken people, broken families and broken relationships. There was also love, discovering strengths, undeniable attraction, blooming friendships and surprises along the way. There is so much in this story but its well written and doesnt feel like you’re being overwhelmed at all. Every situation finds a resolution some that you never expect others are very typical.
The way the story was written and its length it could have been split into two novels. The first part is sad heart wrenching but hope giving and the attraction between Huntley and Grayson is a big draw specially the struggle you feel with them both. Once you get through the lull in the middle of the novel and the action starts again the book is not one you can put down till the final word is read.
Cover: 4 – It’s beautiful and the script works well on the page. The positioning and orientation of the characters depicts the relationship between the main characters perfectly but the countryside is not really I feature dipicted much in the novel you hear more of the football field and living arangement then anything truely countryside except one romantic scene. What I love about the title is that it’s actually used by the characters a couple of times during the novel.
Plot/Characters: 5 – This is the perfect plot and the characters, not just Huntley and Grayson, are loveable unless they’re designed otherwise.
Pacing/Writing: 3.5- 4 – as I said when there’s action the pacing is great but there’s this lull that makes you wonder where the story went and you know there’s a lot of unresolved issues hanging around.
Swoon Factor: 4.5 – Grayson is a swoon worth man if ever there was one. Quarter back, sweet, gentle, tortured, helps his mother but isnt a mummas boy and is there for his friends male and female when needed. Oh an so, so romantic. Ahhh!
Steam Factor: 3.5 – while there is a lot of sex and sexual innuendos and foreplay the steam factor isn’t top rating because I found there’s not a lot of detail and that mostly is romantic in nature.
“You’re not what I was expecting,” Huntley says shifting in her seat to face me. The comment is blunt and completely unexpected, pulling me straight out of my dippy thoughts.
“Oh yeah?” I quip sarcastically, “Why’s that?”
I’m dying to know what people have told her about me. Probably about what a play boy I am or how I party too much or maybe how I have a new girl on my arm every night. Stupid rumors piss me off so much I’ve never really wasted any time negating them. But I wish I had, just so that Huntley won’t have any reason to believe them.
“I’ve heard things,” she doesn’t look me in the eye and I hate it. Clearly she’s already made up her mind about me. I hate that too.
“I’m sure you have,” I growl, shaking my head. My tone is less kind than I intend but it makes me furious to know that someone has taken the time to deprecate Huntley’s opinion of me before she’s had the chance to even know me. I guess this is all part of keeping secrets and why I refuse to get attached to anyone.
I jump out my truck and slam my door, pulling my fingers through my hair while I take in the warm air. I hear the passenger door close but I don’t look back at Huntley, afraid I’ll snap at her for shit other people have said. I squelch the urge to yell and release my frustration the way a toddler would.
“I’m sorry.” Her voice is soft and tiny. I snap my head back and frown. Before she can look up, I walk the few steps between us and cage her in against my truck. She looks scared, like I might hurt her, but when her eyes find mine I see nothing but warmth and benevolence in their boundless sapphire-colored depths.
In that moment I feel naked, like she can see my soul stripped bare of its impurities and imperfections. I don’t like that it makes me feel vulnerable and completely exposed to the derision I know will follow when she sees the ugly secrets that keep me awake night after night.
I take the chance to inhale her scent. Leaning in a little closer, I drag my nose along her shoulder, getting as close as possible without touching her. The edges of my mouth turn up, forming a smile, when I find that I’m right. She does smell like strawberries. And vanilla. It’s a heady combination that I’m going to become addicted to very quickly.
“I won’t hurt you,” I whisper, “But I think it’s best if we stay away from each other.”
Hurt flickers across her features and it’s like a punch to the stomach. “What made you think I was interested Grayson?” she bites back. She has a fire inside her. I see it. I feel it. And it’s sexy.
“Oh, I know you are,” I know it’s arrogant but I’m hoping my cocky attitude will repulse her enough to make her stay away.
A car pulls up to the curb, making us both shift apart. I cringe when my body immediately misses the heat that radiated off of her in waves.
Her back straightens and she squares her shoulders, pushing off my truck. “Goodbye Grayson.” Her back turns to me and I watch her get into Demi’s red Lexus and drive away. I should’ve kept my mouth shut until Demi got here. That would’ve been the smart thing to do.
The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Holding Out For A Hero – Ella Mae Bowen
Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen
I knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrynth ft Emile Sande
Red – Taylor Swift
Hard To Love –Lee Brice
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line ft Nelly
If I Die Young – The Band Perry
I Should’ve Kissed You (Goodnight) – Gloriana
Crazier – Taylor Swift
Between The Raindrops – Lifehouse ft Natasha Beddingfield
Before The Storm – Miley Cyrus ft Nick Jonas
Because You Live – Jesse McCartney
Why Ya Wanna – Jana Kramer
Whiskey – Jana Kramer
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
We Are Broken – Paramore
Gone – Phillip Phillips
Life Aint Always Beautiful – Gary Allen
God Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013.
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