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
ebook, 78 pages
Published September 22nd 2013 by Indie Inked
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Broken Beauty is the first novella in a series about Mia, who comes from an influential family, who is brutally raped by two men and her physical/emotional struggles to recover after that night. To make matters worse, one of her attackers is the son of one of her father's biggest political contributors. Mia's fathers only concern seems to be about his career and the scandal that it could create. He is more concerned with getting it buried than the effect it is having on his daughter.
This is one of the better novellas that I have read in a long time. There is a fairly thorough plot development and it doesn't feel rushed. Of course the story does not end when the book does so perhaps that is the reason why. Mia's story will continue on through a series of novellas and I will definitely be reading them.
There are many likeable character and even more unlikeable ones in this story which contribute to Mia's conflict over what do do. The story is well written, powerful and highly emotional. I was hooked from the very first page.
I think what I appreciated most is that this novella deals with a very serious topic, rape, which unfortunately too many people know about first hand. The victim made to feel like the criminal is sadly what millions of rape victims encounter and probably one of the biggest reason why so many go unreported. I am interested to know how it all turns out and will be watching for the rest in the series.
This series is recommended for people over the age of 18 because of the graphic content and subject matter but I disagree with that. I feel that it is a subject teenage girls of any age would benefit from reading about. Kids drink before the age of 18, can get drugged and get raped before that age as well. The more informed about what can happen (in my opinion) the better as far as I see it.
I can't wait to read the rest!
The author is Lizzy Ford writing as Chloe Adams