Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Beauty Within by Marguerite Kaye + Featured Freebie

The Beauty WithinBeauty is in the eye of the beholder
Considered the plain, clever one in her family, Lady Cressida Armstrong knows her father has given up on her ever marrying. But who needs a husband when science is the only thing to set Cressie's pulse racing?

Disillusioned artist Giovanni di Matteo is setting the ton abuzz with his expertly executed portraits. Once his art was inspired; now it's only technique. Until he meets Cressie….

Challenging, intelligent and yet insecure, Cressie is the one whose face and body he dreams of capturing on canvas. In the enclosed, intimate world of his studio, Giovanni rediscovers his passion as he awakens hers.

My Rating: 4.5/5

A lovely romance! The Beauty Within was such a sweet romance-I absolutely adored it!

I love how Ms. Kaye isn't afraid to explore different cultures and add different ethnicities in her books. In this one, we have an Italian artist. Now, I don't know about you, but I think Italian guys are hot, so this book already had a point in its favor. Everything else made it even better. The best part had to be the emotions and the character development. The emotions in this book were well portrayed and I really felt them. The character development was perfect. I felt like they were real, deep people.

Cressie was a great character. She's always been put down for not being as beautiful as the rest of her sisters, so that automatically made her a sympathetic character. Throughout the book, she proved herself to be a wonderful heroine. She was strong, clever, determined, kind. I really liked her and was genuinely happy that she found someone that could see her inner beauty.

Giovanni was amazing. He as a hot Italian artist-I fell for him just for that. He proved to be much more than that, however. He has quite a bit of darkness in his past, from his estrangement from his father and what he was reduced to when he was still a struggling artist. But, he still survived all that to be a great man. He was very sweet, strong, caring and deep. His character had so much depth, as did Cressie's. 

Giovanni and Cressie were a brilliant couple. They were so sweet together. It was clear how well they were matched and how their love helped each character grow and heal. But there were also some serious sparks from the start and, when they ignited, it was HOT.

The plot was where I had a bit of trouble. It went slow in a few places. Not enough that I got bored, but enough that the drag was noticeable. But, other than those instances, the plot moved smoothly. The ending was perfect, so sweet.

The Beauty Within was a brilliant romance. I adored it. Romance lovers, you have to read this.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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She never wanted marriage...
When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm's all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances she yearns to write. Since she can't escape him, she must distract him from her secret...

He isn't looking for love...

A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn't need another beautiful mistress - he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia's virtues. But he's too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go - even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.

Their hearts can't survive the scandal...

Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone - or fight for the love that could destroy them both.

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