What would you do if you had no place to go and no one you could trust?
Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming, carefree sort of guy. When the mysterious Lena Benton walks into his bar looking scared and defeated, it’s not something he can ignore. He’s immediately consumed by concern for her and driven by his desire to help. She’s just so beautiful. So wounded.
After being shuffled from one foster home to another growing up, Lena Benton dreamt of finding her prince charming. When the captivating Troy Harington sweeps her off her feet shortly after high school graduation, she’s certain she’s found her happiness. Unfortunately, Troy’s true colors surface shortly after their marriage and things turn ugly. Lena only has one choice. She has to leave him. She has to run…
Lena’s escape has brought her to Jackson, and he clearly wants to be there for her, but can she trust anyone again after what she’s gone through? And will Jackson be able to help her heal without losing his heart?
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this story when I first picked it up. Beautifully Wounded deals with a hard topic to discuss, and the beginning of the book sets up Lena’s story of abuse graphically. When Lena escapes she knows she has to keep moving, but she is badly hurt and there are people willing to help her.
While I don’t necessary agree that what comes from the help she receives would actually happen. I think that a woman who had suffered verbal, physical and sexual abuse from her husband would be very cautious and scared to get in a relationship with anyone! However, that being said. The story is a beautiful one and the story line with Lena and Jackson is touching.
Jackson is the man how has to take care of everything he has rescued animals in need since he was a child, so when he sees Lena and the shape she is in, he can’t help himself. The two slowly come to an understanding and Lena learns to trust Jackson, but at the same time she knows it’s only a matter of time before Troy or the police find her. She makes a plan to get out of town when she is better, but it comes to late.
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