Title: Beautifully Forgotten
Series: Beautifully Damaged #2
Author: L.A. Fiore
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him…and then abandoned him.
Darcy MacBride still remembers Lucien’s delicate touch when they were both wildly in love teenagers. His gorgeous eyes had soothed her hurt after she’d been dumped off at the orphanage where Lucien lived. Darcy felt his jagged edges fit perfectly into her own, and she’d planned to spend the rest of her life with him—until a mysterious man warned her away. Now, fourteen years later, she’s ready to endure the torture of Lucien’s indifference and having him as her boss…just to be near him. But when it seems that they might finally take up where they left off, a devastating secret buried in their past threatens to tear them apart again.
L.A. Fiore’s story of smoldering love recaptures the tormented romance of Beautifully Damaged.
4 “You’ll always be my Caterpillar.” Stars!
“…reality had shattered their fairy tale: the prince had staggered off into the sunset and the princess stayed in her tower – no happily-ever-after for either of them.”
Beautifully Forgotten by L.A. Fiore is the long awaited second book in her Beautifully Damaged series. I have been waiting for this book for quite some time and this author sure did deliver. Ms. Fiore has once again penned an unforgettable tale full of mystery, suspense, sordid pasts, passion and love. A book definitely worth the wait.
Lucien Black is a successful entrepreneur leading a life full of money, women and pleasure. However, this was not always the case for the unattainable and standoffish playboy. He was raised in the land of the unwanted never knowing who his parents were or why they left him to be raised by nuns in an orphanage. Lucien did grow up knowing the love and care of Sister Anne, a mother figure who essentially took care of him at the orphanage. The only other woman Lucien gave his heart to abandoned him, making him question if what they shared was ever real. When that same girl, now a beautiful woman, shows up at Allegro (one of his restaurants) for a job interview, all of Lucien’s abandonment issues and hurt come to the surface. His heart is torn as he not only has to deal with his anger towards her but also his deep seated feelings for her that he thought were long buried and gone.
“His anger she could handle, but she hadn’t prepared herself for indifference.”
Darcy MacBride was a young girl of fourteen when her mother gave her up and left her at an orphanage. This is where she met the one person who forever changed her, someone who resonated with her. Lucien was someone whose own tortured and fragile soul mirrored her own. They connected at a profound level and fell in young love. But in her innocence and with a fragile psyche, Darcy did not plan on outside forces wanting her and Lucien to part. She made a mistake that has haunted her ever since. Now, fourteen years later, Darcy is prepared to endure Lucien’s harsh words and possible hatred. She has never been able to forget the boy she fell in love with and will do anything to be a part of his life once again, even if it means dealing with his shortness and indifference.
“You are my constant.”
As Darcy and Lucien spend time in each other’s presence the guarded walls Lucien has hidden behind slowly begin to crumble. What they once felt for one another is still with both of them. It is something tangible and real, something that neither one of them can deny. Can they find their way back to one another? With so many secrets still between them, can they finally get to a place where everything is out in the open and they move forward? Or will demons from the past be resurrected threatening to pull them apart once again?
Like its predecessor, Beautifully Damaged, this book is much more than a romance. As Lucien and Darcy are finding their way back to one another matters quickly turn this book goes from a simple romance to one that is full of mystery and suspense. So many pawns in the game. Who separated Lucien and Darcy so many years ago and why are they back in the picture now? At times I did find it hard to keep all the players straight in my mind with the multiple story lines playing out and I found myself having to stop and think about what was going on. Essentially you have past secrets, intersecting pasts that begin to surface, hidden familial ties, intrigue and a great romance unfolding all before your eyes. As the book progresses and certain revelations come to light, I was left both surprised and heart-broken. Lucien and Darcy were truly put through the ringer. I loved the fact that as each mystery slowly unraveled, you could see that Lucien and Darcy were becoming a stronger unit. They somehow managed to cement their relationship and love and fight for a happy forever.
Another pleasant surprise about this book was the fact that we get more of Trace and Ember, the hero and heroine from book one. They both play a huge role in this tale and go through some trying times themselves. It was wonderful to catch up with this couple and get more to their story. Trace is still this overprotective alpha-male and I loved it!
All in all, Beautifully Forgotten was a wonderful second book to this series. I am not sure what L.A. Fiore has planned in the future for this series but I will definitely be picking up whatever she writes.
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Lucien watched as Darcy struggled to get the printer working. Even from his distance he could hear the cursing, which made him smile. It had been a week since their relationship had taken a very pleasant turn. She was still just as feisty as he remembered and it wasn’t hard for him to recall why he had fallen for her in the first place. Their sparring was verbal foreplay and he fucking craved it. His eyes moved over her. Her body was nothing like the one he had known, with curves that his hands itched to touch. Her hair was up, though he preferred it down, and tendrils were falling out of the twist. He remembered vividly the sight of it spread out over his pillow.
He had to admit that she was still just as interesting to him as she had been at fourteen. Despite everything, she was still his Darcy—sweet, witty, and guileless, except at the moment. She looked about ready to torch the printer, so he moved to help her. As he approached, she was actually staring into the paper tray, yelling at the creatures that lived inside it.
He chuckled, which must have taken her by surprise, because she leaped backward and landed on his foot.
“Fuck!” he cursed.
He looked down at her strappy sandals with heels high enough to stake a vampire and had a vision of those legs draped over his shoulders. Instantly, he was hard.
“I was going to offer to help you. The printer can be temperamental, but now I’m bleeding out from a stab wound.”
She didn’t miss a beat. “It probably didn’t even break the skin. What is it you guys say? Rub some dirt into it.”
He eyed her shoes. “Those things should be listed as lethal weapons.”
“Hardly. There are far cheaper ways to kill someone.” She bent to stare into the printer again and Lucien took the opportunity to check out the curve of her ass in the little black skirt she wore.
“Stop checking out my ass and help me.”
Not at all repentant for getting caught staring, he replied easily, “It’s a paper jam.”
He thought he was being helpful and when she straightened slowly, he entertained the notion that she was struggling with the need to throw herself into his arms in gratitude.
One look at her face, though, and he knew he wasn’t going to be copping a feel.
“Your powers of deduction are astounding. Seriously, you should give a seminar on mastering the obvious.”
He tried not to laugh, but he lost that battle. And she responded by flaying a layer of skin off him with her sharp tongue.
“I know it’s a paper jam, Sherlock, I just can’t find it.”
“It’s usually in the back,” Lucien said as he reached for the back of the printer, his arm brushing up against her on purpose. Darcy’s inhaled breath in response had his balls tightening. He dislodged the paper and pulled it free.
He turned to her with a smug smile, which she returned with uncanny accuracy before she said, “Thanks. I almost lost my cool.”
A slight smile touched her lips. “I should go restart my print job.”
“Probably, unless you can get the little men in the printer to do it.”
She laughed. “Not the baked goods, the little mischievous mystical creatures.”
“They live in my printer?”
“Maybe.” She started away, but stopped and turned to him.“Thanks.”
“Have dinner with me tonight.”
She eyed him through her lashes before she said, “You’re on.”
And then she turned and disappeared into her office.
L.A. Fiore lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, their dog, two kittens and Willow: their three-legged hamster. Her twin sister lives right down the street and being a seasoned zombie hunter, there is comfort knowing when the zombie apocalypse comes they'll be ready. L.A. loves hearing from readers and can be reached through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/l.a.fiore.publishing
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