Don't Look at Me

J.P. Grider
Don't Look at Me
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Fated Hearts Publishing
Release Date
March 2018
New Adult, Romantic Suspense/Mystery


A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.

It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.

And expected to get over it and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn't judge the grotesquely unattractive.


It's been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition's militia commander with my bare hands.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.

And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn't judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.

You'll love this reverse Beauty and the Beast tale, because isn't it about time the pretty boy falls in love with the ugly girl?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
May 01, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
86 people found the following review helpful
Deal with it. Get over it. Move on. Have surgery. Take these pills. It's amazing the expectations that can be thrown at someone who has been on the receiving end of a traumatic event and the utter lack of support that can occur. To be fair, most people have never gone through what either Haven or Quest have gone through.

In Haven's case, losing your confidence and sense of identity can cause stagnation in someone's ability to function around others; particularly when you're an on-air personality whose livelihood is dependent upon her looks. Granted, growing up in a family with an overly judgmental parent who artificially shapes that identity can make trying to figure out who you are that much more difficult.

For Quest, being forced to cope psychologically with the loss of lives due to his action or inaction was damning to his psyche and ability to cope with stress.

But they've both been given a second chance. A second chance to realize that they're more than the sum of their fears…their insecurities…that now they have the chance to become comfortable in their own skin as love and acceptance breaks down the emotional scars that have been disabling them from truly living.

First and foremost, this is a story about love and learning to be comfortable in our own skin. It's also a romance. Second chances. And finally, most definitely a reverse beauty and the beast tale because I do have to agree that it's "about time the pretty boy falls in love with the ugly girl".
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