#BookReview Beautifully Used by Susan Griscom #contemporaryromance


Suave, handsome Brodie Beaumont has a history of using and being used by women. A past he doesn’t like to talk about has turned him into the type of guy he is today, but he hasn’t really cared. Until the beautiful and feisty Gabrielle Demeres comes back into his life.

Gabrielle learned the hard way what type of guy Brodie was the first time she met him. His crude seduction attempt earned him a slap to his face, and Gabrielle wasn’t exactly looking forward to another encounter with the cad. Unfortunately, her best friend was marrying Brodie’s brother, and Gabrielle and Brodie would be forced to spend time together whether she liked it or not.

As things in the small, quiet town of Turtle Lake take a decidedly dark and dangerous turn, Gabrielle and Brodie only have each other to turn to. Will they be capable of overcoming their aversion to one another while coping with their own troubled pasts and dealing with the current dangers surrounding them? Or is their hostility just skating the fine line between love and hate?

Maya's Review

This story revolves around Brodie whose brother Jackson is getting married to Lena who is Gabrielle's best friend. Gabrielle is visiting and staying in Brodie's house because she is the bridesmaid and is helping out with the wedding.

From the start, there is already tension between Brodie and Gabrielle because the last time they met he tried to kiss her and she slapped him. So you wonder how these two are going to get it together. 

There were moments where I thought perhaps things would spark, like when she has an episode after she spilled milkshake on him or when he saves her from a would-be rapist. And that's a scene that annoyed me. There were so many things wrong with it, in my mind. I accept that they wanted the wedding to go without a hitch but hanging around for so long after an attempted rape, and he was supposed to be a policeman too! Doesn't he understand forensics or the burden of proof? Wasn't her torn dress evidence? Why didn't they take it away? And of course the would-be rapist walked away. It made for drama later but at what expense? The characters' credibility and believe-ability.

Jackson and Lena are good supporting characters and fans of the series will be glad to see them again. Overall, this is a good read and sweet in places. I just wished I believed the characters.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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