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Don't Make Me Beautiful

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This story was inspired by true events. If you liked the movie "Sleeping With the Enemy", then you might like this story too. 

No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness...

At twenty-two, Nicole doesn't even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster, consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that.  And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down.

Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more. Does she dare to believe the things she's told, that this is not the life she was meant to live? That being a monster is not her forever-fate? And will she be willing to risk everything, to reach out and accept the helping hands around her and share her deepest, darkest secrets? She knows only too well that hands can hurt. Finding out whether they can also heal is a risky proposition, especially when the beast is still out there. Looking for her.

Content warning: Violence, foul language, and adult situations. Not meant for younger readers.

"Don't Make Me Beautiful is a deeply touching, beautiful and inspiring story with a powerful message about the strength of survival and the healing power of love. It's both heart breaking and heart warming with a strong heroine, a to-die-for hero, and a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading. It touched my heart deeply and reminded me that there are still superheroes out there everyday who save each other. This is easily one of my favorites of the year!" ~ Aestas Book Blog

A message from Elle about this book: A really long time ago, I read an article in a newspaper or a magazine (I haven’t been able to locate the original) about a woman who was so badly beaten over a long period of time, she couldn’t leave her house. I thought about that woman a lot over the years and about what her thoughts might have been, her fears, her reality … and this book was my attempt to both exorcise those thoughts from my brain and also shed some light on a subject —domestic violence— that I feel should never be left in darkness.

About the author: Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, three kids, and a number of furry friends. She has written books in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.

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Customer Reviews


I cannot express with words how much I loved this book! I just don't have the gift of writing...that belongs to Elle Casey, and she proved how talented she is with her beautifully written book, DON'T MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL. She tackled a horrific topic and wrote a beautiful book. Again, that word, beautiful. We see it many times in the book. It is important. It is how we see ourselves, how we perceive, or don't perceive that other's see us. She tackles what happens when someone tears another person down to the core and takes away their physical and mental image of themselves.

Brian! Wow! What an Ah-mazing character. His loving spirit, and desire to do what was right, made me cry. He was incredible. I could list my favorite quotes, and they would all be from him. He was a hero, a knight, and a prince all rolled into one man.

If you could read one book, it should be this one. The message is strong, the writing is strong, and the characters are strong, even in their weakness. Please, don't pass this up!

Elle did it again!

This is by far my favorite Elle Casey book so far. To understand the mind of someone whose been thru domestic violence was very enlightening...


I was sitting on the edge of my sit for a lot of this thought provoking book that deals with a disturbing subject. The way it intertwined the bad with the good shows us that humanity is not always what it seems. The suave exterior that is shown up front is often a mask that we only can hope not to see underneath. A must read for all.

Don't Make Me Beautiful
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Sep 09, 2013
  • Publisher: Elle Casey
  • Seller: Leigh Cowden
  • Print Length: 370 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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