Monday, August 8, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - The Beauty Beneath by DC Renee


Ugly. Freak. Fatty. I had been called those things and more for as long as I could remember. I didn’t mind it, though, because to the outside world, those words described me perfectly. But it was all a charade, a façade to keep people away. Never let anyone get too close. It had worked for twelve years of my life, ever since I caused my father’s death.

And then Carter Anderson pushed his way into my world. Gorgeous, of course, charming, naturally, and cocky, a given—he called himself my friend and broke through every one of my carefully constructed walls.

Cue the “happily ever after,” right? Wrong.

This isn’t some fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan, and once the beauty beneath is revealed, all is right in the world. This is real life. When things seem too good to be true, it’s because they usually are. And when people say your past will come back to bite you, they mean it. And trust me, it does.

I thought this was an interesting take on the The Ugly Duckling story, since it's not a plucky fairy tale with a signature happy ending. What we get is Emerson, who is still paying a self-imposed penance for what she believes is her punishment for the guilt she's still carrying after the death of her father. Without giving away too much, Emerson meets Carter and they become good friends, and over time Carter feels it's his mission to help Emerson tackle her guilt issue, but he wasn't counting on falling in love with her. I thought this was a well-written book with good character development, even if there were times that Emerson irritated me. There is a twist late in the story that I did not see coming, and that just added to the angst of the story. 
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

DC Renee has been writing all her life, from cheesy poems in elementary school (i'll share an example just so you know how cheesy: Flowers are my favorite thing; they usually bloom during spring. Pink, blue, yellow and green, so many colors that I have seen...etc.) to short stories and monologues, and eventually fan fictions for Days of Our Lives.

It was thanks to that superbly encouraging fan fiction community that DC found the courage to publish her first book - Let Me Go. It held fast in the top 100 Best Selling Contemporary Romance Fiction Novels on Amazon for over a month, going as low as the top 20's. Naturally, she loves to read, but she also likes watching hockey, dancing for fun, and loves her family.

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