Saturday, November 23, 2013

Reviews: Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams


**Contains graphic content and the sensitive topic of rape and its aftermath. Not intended for teens under the age of 18.**

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.

Elle says...

Broken Beauty is the first in a series of novellas by Chloe Adams. The story centers on socialite Mia Abbott-Renou, and how she copes in the aftermath of being raped. The topic of rape is graphic and not something every person may be compelled to read about. With that being said, I highly recommend this book for all readers. I started the book cautiously, expecting to be emotionally demolished but in a matter of paragraphs was hooked and unable to put the book down until I finished.

Mia faces a number of obstacles during Broken Beauty. Many of which were heart breaking to me. Yet she does what she can to continue on, and that’s something I found admirable about her character. I cannot wait to continue her journey in the next installment.

The situation and story is written beautifully. I was blown away. Chloe Adams addresses the delicate subject of rape with such grace and finesse by balancing the harder moments against a character that has hope and is determined to not let rape destroy her. Details are effective yet subdued, creating enough emotion in the story when necessary without being distasteful for shock value. Anyone who has been in a situation similar to Mia’s, I feel, may find some sense of solace from this story. This novella is compelling and stays with you long after you’re finished reading it.

Melanie says...

Mia Abbott-Renou appears to have it all but nothing could be further from the truth. While at a party she is raped and beaten by two men, one of which is someone that she knows. Unknowingly to her, he slipped something in her drink and changed her life forever.

I was putting on makeup this morning and noticed something weird. All my bruises are gone, and I look... normal. But even without the bruises, I'm not me yet. I hate that feeling I hate that I jump whenever I hear a door close and look under the bed several times after dark to make sure they aren't there. I know they aren't, but I can't stop the fear. - Mia

Mia is taken to the hospital by two police officers Dom and Kiesha and they stay by her side through the night. Her father the Politian, can't pull himself away from is busy career and he sends his lawyer and his publicist. Even though Mia knows one of the men who raped her she is encouraged to say that she doesn't remember who hurt her because he is the son of her father's biggest contributors. Her father is actually more concerned with is political career then the welfare of his daughter and he is trying to spin her rape into a positive for his campaign.

I feel so bad for Mia. Her life is a mess and she has no support. People are looking at her as if she is the one to blame for the rape. The only people who bring her comfort are the police officers that found her.

The author does a very good job of making the reader understand what Mia is experiencing. The physical and emotional aspect of it. It ends with a cliffhanger and I would have rather read a longer book instead of having to get the story in 6 installments. It was a very good story and I look forward to see how this painful story unfolds.

4 Stars

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