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Craving Beauty Marc was dangerous to her in the way that only a strong sexy male could be to a woman Even knowing that she'd agreed to marry himHope blossomed in Hira's heart Perhaps she'd married a man with whom it might be worth building a life Her mother had worried that he was scarred but the lines on his face did nothing to lessen his raw masculine appeal If anything they gave him an even dangerous male air enticing the feminine core of her to thoughts that shocked herWhat did a man's face matter anyway She had no use for handsome menBut for a man with a heart For such a manshe might risk everything You were better than the alternative HiraBut for a man with a heart? For such a manshe might risk everything HiraSometimes those closest to you promised the least safety HiraShe didn't know if she loved him but she did know she felt things for him she'd never felt for any other man HiraIt is said that the child will show you the man HiraLove of a kind that's rare in this world Love that will not stop or dampen when I am old and have wrinkles when I'm no longer the beautiful woman men covet Love that will cherish me though I may become ill or hurt That is what I most desire Hira Once again Nalini Singh worked her magic on me At first I wasn't sure what to think Hira was so mercurial frigid ice princess one moment vulnerable exotic girl child another saying hurtful things to Marc I was thinking I would be disappointed with this story However I began to see that Hira was protecting her heart from damage like what had been inflicted over many years by a father who was a real misogynist who treated her mother terribly and restricted Hira's life severely despite maintaining the appearance of being a loving husband and father She had been treated like she had nothing to offer besides her beautiful looks and gorgeously curved body Her father used her as a business pawn forcing Marc to marry her if he wanted to court her Of course she didn’t know that Marc wanted a real relationship with her She thought he just wanted a sexy trophy wifeAs the book unfolded I could see why she kept Marc at such a distance and was so icy to him although I hurt as Marc did By the end of the story I loved Hira and I admired her for the strong woman that she wasAs for Marc I loved him pretty much from the beginning In fact I wanted to take him and give him a long fierce hug He has a lot of the traits I just adore in a hero He was a fierce strong man a real survivor but with a gentle loving heart that hid behind steely cold armor He'd been abused really badly by his lousy alcoholic parents who sold him to a thief He lived on the streets and was wounded grievously than once which was why he had scars on his face and body I adored this man Like Hira his scars were badges of honor to me This man worked his way up from nothing Truly he did have a chip on his shoulder against beautiful women A stupid rich girl played a cruel joke on him teaching him he wasn’t good enough without his money and power Since then he kept his heart protected He felt inadeuate because of his scars and his ignoble Bayou origins But like Hira being a man who pulls himself up by his bootstraps and makes something of himself being a strong powerfully magnetic man spoke highly to me She called him her fierce desert chieftain and I felt this was a fair assessment from her viewpoint of admirable men unlike her father Also he is very possessive Another plus in a hero It gives me tingles Golden boys born with silver spoons in their mouths don’t resonate with me the same way If you like Lisa Kleypas's self made heroes you would probably like Marc He definitely gave me that vibe which always have the power to turn me into a melted pile of hormonal goo Marc really was the perfect package for a hero to this readerInitially this seemed a little melodramatic which ain't necessarily a bad thing since I like drama but I wasn't sure what to make of it Hira's innocence and unwordliness seemed too over the top I had to readjust my worldview and consider how truly inexperienced and sheltered Hira was Once I got my vantage point straight I was all in The intense honest emotions and the heart wrenching angst of Marc and Hira's pasts and how they reach out to orphaned children to give them love I cried on those scenes and the ones about Marc’s tortured past and the fiery passion between them which had me fanning myself as I read well this was an irresistible package that won me over I can't say that all people would enjoy this book Even those who are fans of Nalini Singh’s newer works the PsyChangeling and Guild Hunter books might not necessarily love this book However I believe that the elements that make her a favorite auto buy author to me are very apparent in this lovely romance morsel I’m very glad I got the chance to read this one It’s going on my keeper shelf with my other Nalini Singh books My summary of the bookHeroine Oh noes I'm so beautiful that no one will ever love me for me instead of being just a hot piece of ass Hero Ohnoes no one will ever love me because of my oh so hideous scar I'll show everyone by forcing the most beautiful woman I can find into marriageI seriously rolled my eyes through most of the book It was only towards the end when they started to get to know each other that any redeeming ualities came through Mostly though I just wanted to stab them though I love marriage of convenience stories Hero was the most romantic loving husband ever Lucky heroine is lucky Yes I am jealous of a fictional heroine lol

  • Paperback
  • 184 pages
  • Craving Beauty
  • Nalini Singh
  • English
  • 14 July 2014
  • 9780373766673

About the Author: Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes I love creating uniue characters love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head There's no other job I would rather be doing In September 2002 when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted t

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