Title: Broken Beauty, #1, Broken Beauty Novellas
Author: Lizzy Ford, writing as Chloe Adams
**Trigger warning: rape**
Mia is a high school senior and daughter of an influential politician who is on the verge of being re-elected into his post. She escapes the drudge of a political fundraising event in order to head to a party, thanks to a false licence, but the event turns into a nightmare when she is raped. Worse even – she knows her attacker is the son of one of her father’s political ally. Accusing him would cause scandal that might cause her father’s campaign to fall to its ruin. Therefore, her father and his publicist and lawyer force her to imply that the rape is her fault, forcing their own beliefs on her situation. Her story simply becomes another means for her father to gain sympathy from voters.
This story completely broke my heart. Lizzy Ford did a wonderful job at writing a beautifully tragic novella; I was completely enraged at Mia’s entourage as they did everything in their power to make this into her fault. I felt Mia’s anger. She’s forced to do as she’s told to avoid the political scandal she could cause despite what she actually wants: justice. Dom, the police officer who finds her after she’s been raped, is a total guardian angel. I sure hope that he stays by her side through the upcoming stories.
Every character is well-defined and leave you with a desire to know more about the story. The plot is interesting and the action moves quickly enough that the book is a page-turner. The ending solves some questions, but has enough of a cliffhanger to make you eager to read the next book in the series.
Since it was just a novella, and it was such a short read, I don’t have more to add to my review. You could say that Mia’s story has left me speechless. It was a beautiful, poignant novella; I’d recommend it to anyone and I’m looking forward to reading the next books from Lizzy Ford.
I would also like to thank Indie Inked, as well as Netgalley, for the free copy of this novella to review.