Title: Beautiful Boy
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars
One introverted girl.
One extroverted guy.
Then everything changed…
“You destroyed me.”
Novah wanted nothing more than to walk away, never see him again. She was determined to pick up the pieces of her tarnished reputation and move on. Her torture became her muse, earning her well-deserved notoriety for capturing beauty with her lens. She had come full circle. She had it all…until he returned.
Nolan found himself surrounded by the grim facets of life, no longer the prominent boy from an affluent family who’d caught Novah’s eye. The years had been unkind and left him in the dark, painful trenches of life. He needed her help.
Fifteen years can equate to a lifetime of change, neither one the same person they once were. Despite the humiliation, the latent wounds, the missing years…they’re destined to heal one another in unexpected ways.
“You saved me.”
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This second chance at love was a page turner, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started. It is not secret that I am a huge Leddy Harper fan. She writes tear jerking, sometimes I want to throw my IPad at the wall, and some serious angst. From the Prologue I was captured.
Novah, can I say what a beautiful and unusual name? Ok I digress. Novah and Nolan have a history that dates back to high school. 15 years ago, they were assigned a photography project together that started off innocent enough, but then lead to some serious implications afterwards. Moving to the present, Novah is an accomplished photographer that has made her a local name in her town. The same town that practically ridiculed her 15 years ago, but she has made a name for herself. Until one evening, after a few bottles of wine, she receives an email from Nolan Richards, the boy who ruined her reputation back in high school.
Nolan was the jock in high school, the one who had all the friends, straight A student and can have any girls he wanted. In the present, he’s an angry, broken man. His email initially is like a slap to the face to Novah. He is basically calling her a hypocrite. To understand, you will get dueling POVs, past and present. His email meant to see if Novah would “pretty up” the people he sent over to be photographed at their worst, instead it backfired on him.
After discussing what happened in the past, Novah sees a very broken beautiful man before her, Nolan just sees the ugly in himself. Novah had every intention to show Nolan that he isn’t broken and that there is still is always good in him, just as she remembered about him from 15 years ago. Nolan has to see for himself what Novah sees in him. I wasn’t a fan of Nolan’s father, his mother was a God send.
I haven’t read a book where the male character is so seriously flawed and down on himself. My heart really hurt for Nolan. It didn’t make him a weak man per say, but made me want to hug and shake him, I am sure Novah probably felt the same. I have to applaud Novah for her patience and love of Nolan. For what she went through back in high school, it is a miracle both she and Nolan can still speak to each other. That is the thing about love, you forgive. Can Novah help Nolan see the good in him? You will have to read Beautiful Boy to find out. Leddy Harper and her words will make reach for a box of tissues and root for the hero.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.
She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.
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