Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Chloe Adams squeezes your heart and brings across an important message. This is just the beginning though - the author says there will be a total of six novellas. I say, Bring Them On.
Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.
When socialite party girl Mia Abbott-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night -- except that she is naked...hurt...terrified. Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants: the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father’s political ally.
Mia wants and needs justice. Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.
Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.
Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she’s left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.
Originally published in October 2012 as "No Way Back" by Chloe Adams
This book is a poignant story of a young woman facing the most horrendous crime. It was tough to read without tears and it's not for everyone but the message relayed about surviving rape is empowering. Mia is hurt, abandoned by those who she should be able to count on and clinging to her sanity by a thread. During a time when she needs her family, she's ignored, used, lied to and still has found a way to survive.
In this installment, we see Mia at her lowest. Even still, I was impressed with Mia's character. She's mature for her age and yet, she's still innocent and vulnerable. She struggles between wanting justice and being true to her family. The author created such a realistic story, my heart squeezed as I read some of the more devastating parts of this book.
Then I smiled when Mia interacted with Dom. She inherently trusted him. And I adored his commitment to both Mia and to justice, since he's a police officer. The closeness within his own family demonstrated just how dysfunctional Mia's family is. There was a scene where I cringed and questioned his ethics but then realized his actions were worth the effect it had in helping Mia see the reality of the situation.
The book was incredibly well written as it captures the ignorance surrounding violence against women. The author incorporates politicians and the compounding issues when the rich and famous are wrapped up in scandal. So far, this serial has captured me. I'll be picking each one up to see how Mia overcomes her trials. I picture her as a phoenix and hold onto the belief she'll rise form the ashes.
Be warned: it ends in a cliffhanger because its part of a serial. It will leave you emotionally raw.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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