My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Lexie Todd has held on to three simple words to make it through life’s challenges: Life. Goes. On.

These words comforted her through circumstances that weren’t always easy, but more importantly, it offered her the promise of something more… someday.

Lexie knows what she needs to do after dealing with years of abuse at the hands of her son’s father. Enlisting the help of her best friend, they go on the run to escape the man who threatens to destroy her life.

They finally find the perfect home in a safe town after months of transience; they decide to stay a while. Suspicious and guarded, always looking over her shoulder, the last thing Lexie wants is to become involved with someone new.

Detective Lukas Gunn is Lexie’s bossy, persistent, and extremely hot neighbour.

After an incident leaves her vulnerable, Lukas discovers that she’s haunted by her past. His goal is to protect her while making Lexie his, but she keeps Lukas at a distance.

When history repeats itself, will Lexie be able to trust those around her to keep her safe? Will Lukas save her from her past in time? Or will the only love she ever knows be unbeautiful? (Amazon, Unbeautifully Loved Kindle Edition)

This book was: lovely. I enjoyed it quite immensely. It had nearly all the elements I’m looking for in a book in this genre.

The plot was: really good and I enjoyed all the themes going back and forth creating a beautiful concoction of suspense.

The beginning was: quite slow, but at the same time, it created suspense for what to come, and for what had already happened.

The middle was: amazing at times, and less so in between the good times.

The crescendo was: breathtakingly horrible and lovely.

The finish/ending was: nice. Just what I wanted.

The characters were: dynamic, which made it possible to really care for them. I especially loved how Emma Grayson portrayed little Finn.

The world-building was: exactly how I wanted it to be. Not too much, but not too little either so that you had to fill in everything by yourself.

The language was: used in a great way, and I didn’t find many faults (or things I myself interpreted as faults). Those I did find were inconspicuous and no bother; or maybe just something my Swedish-talking-brain imagined…

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, I would definitely recommend this book and I would do it because it’s a great piece of literature that I enjoyed immensely to read.

– Sofia Sundfors

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