Noelle Evans has lived with a vicious scar down the side of her face since she was in a car accident ten years ago. She doesn’t know what it is like to be touched, desired, or loved.
Isaac Welch is rich and stuck in a rut of loveless sex with gold-digging women. The moment Isaac meets Noelle, sparks begin to fly. He is intrigued by this startling beauty who has helped his brother.
What started as a game soon turns to blinding passion. Isaac tries to fight his growing feelings for Noelle, but she is about to learn the truth about their meetings. Will she ever be able to forgive his betrayal, or will Isaac be left with only the memories of his time with his Scarred Beauty?
Be Warned: anal sex, spanking.
Posted by Two Lips Reviews on 13th May 2013
In Scarred Beauty, the first book in the Imperfection series by Sam Crescent, Isaac Welch is losing his taste for the women he beds. They are all the same—thin, blonde, and after his money. His half-brother Bradley, a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and drug addict, reconnects with Isaac during this time. Bradley lives with Noelle, his best friend who was scarred in a traffic accident when she was a child. Noelle wants to know the love and touch of a man but is afraid of being rejected because of her scars.
Bradley comes up with an idea that will give Noelle what she wants with no strings attached, he asks Isaac to pose as a male escort for one night with Noelle. Isaac agrees when he sees Noelle’s photo. However, Issac soon makes different plans when he meets Noelle. Will this work out as Isaac wants? Will he cause Noelle more pain than she has already had in her life?
Scarred Beauty is a book that stays with you long after the covers are closed. Sam Crescent gives us deeply flawed characters that you want to see triumph over their flaws. Isaac, Noelle, and Bradley have pasts that have left them scarred. Noelle’s scars are the only physical ones. Isaac and Bradley’s are inside them.
Isaac watched his father throw his mother out to bring in a young wife and family and vowed to be more successful than his father. He has had no contact with his father and his second family in 20 years outside of business. Bradley had his addictions to ruin his life. As part of Bradley’s recovery, he reestablishes contact with Isaac.
Isaac trusts no woman. He believes they are all gold diggers. Falling in with Bradley’s plan for Noelle, he discovers that Noelle is as innocent and wonderful as he wants a woman to be. He becomes a different man with her. They are in their own little world with nothing outside of it to ruin the fantasy. They determine to meet once a week but Isaac cannot wait and changes their meetings to nightly. Isaac becomes so tuned in to Noelle that his sensitive side comes out. Their early scenes are so beautiful that I could not wait for night to come to see them together again.
When Isaac would contrast what they had at night to how he would act in his daily world, he was two different men. I liked who he was with Noelle. He did not take her or his feelings for granted. Noelle had to ask for what she wanted but Isaac gave it to her. He pushed her boundaries from lying together to having sex finally. He did not take what she was not willing to give him. I liked that he respected her. I cannot say I liked that reality intruded in their world but when it did because Isaac had to go on a business trip, I liked how Isaac tried to deny his feelings for Noelle but in the end could not deny them and changed what he planned.
Bradley has his past to clean up. He was in love with Ben and now Ben wants nothing to do with him. Bradley persists until Ben tells him their past. Bradley is shattered and wants to go off the deep end. This occurs at the same time Noelle discovers what the two brothers did to (for) her. She is deeply hurt by them and leaves. This makes her reexamine her past, and because Isaac had forced her to look at herself in a mirror, she knows she has amends she needs to make with her family.
Scarred Beauty is ultimately a tale of redemption, forgiveness, and moving forward. It takes the past and makes it a building block for the future. Not all the stories have clean endings but what is left here is a path that gives hope and allows the characters to find the love for which they are all searching.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jan 2013
Scarred Beauty which is the first in Sam Crescent, Imperfection series, leads the reader on roller coaster ride of an array of emotions. The characters are well – written. From the start, the readers are left rooting for the emotionally disturb beauty, Isaac Welch, and the physically scarred Noelle Evans. Along with a strong plot and strong characters, the sex scenes are ultra-hot. The passion between Noelle and Isaac is felt from the start.
With writing that shows more then it tells, Sam Crescent is definitely an author whose work is worth reading.
At an earlier age from a horrific car accident, Noelle Evans, was left with a vicious scar down one side of her face. Since that day, Nicolle has lived with anger and shyness. Angered towards the person who caused the accident; and shyness because of the repulsive scar on her face. Feeling hopelessness and undesirable, all she truly yearns for is a man’s touch.
Isaac Welch, rich, handsome, and at any time, can have any woman at his disposal. He’s grown bored with casual sex, and women who want him just for his money. Isaac’s brother, Bradley (Brad) Welch, comes up with a plan to help Noelle get pass her inability of feeling unwanted. He sets Noelle up with willing participant Isaac via an escort service.
From their first meeting, the sparks fly and what starts off as an innocent meeting to pull a shy and lonely woman out of her introverted behavior leads to all consuming affair of Isaac wanting sole possession of Noelle body and heart. But the secret of their true meeting could lead to utter despair for Isaac and Noelle when the truth finally comes to light.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2012
Meeting Noelle Evans is the turning point in Bradley Welch's life. At a time when Brad has allowed his addictions to consume him, and he can't see an end in sight, Brad comes across Noelle. A Scarred Beauty who wears her pain on the outside. She hides both her physical and emotional pain by shutting herself off from the world. Noelle only allows glimpses of herself in the amazing artwork she creates. But Noelle provides the incentive and support Brad needs to get clean and sober. And face his past. A past that includes a half-brother he has never met.
Isaac Welch is bored with his life. He has money. He has power. He has any woman he wants. But, he has no one to talk to, no one to share his life with, no one who sees him as a person and not just a means to an end. When Bradley contacts him, hoping to form a relationship, Isaac is intrigued enough to meet the man. Not knowing that the encounter will change his life in unexpected ways.
Noelle wants to know what it's like to be loved by a man. She's read about love and sex in her romance novels. Now she wants to experience it for herself. But, men are repulsed by the scars that mar half of her face. What's a girl to do? Hire a man to at least pretend to love her for a night or two.
Scarred Beauty touched my heart. The relationship between Noelle and Isaac is amazing. I loved watching him teach her to except her appearance and love herself again. However it pissed me off to no end that he continued to lie to her after their first meeting.
The characters are not easy to like in Scarred Beauty. Bradley is a former addict, single minded and while he is trying to get his life together, I found him a bit self-centered. Noelle, while sympathetic, has contributed to her dissatisfaction with life, by shutting herself away from the world and everyone who loves her. Isaac was a contradiction. Consumed by image, appearance and prestige in his everyday life, her seeks a relationship with a woman he feels could never "fit" into his world. I wanted to give him a Gibbs slap and say, "Yo dude, grow a set! Who gives a crap what anybody else thinks of the girl you choose" But, while each of the characters has their flaws, that is part of their appeal. You want to see them over come their problems. You want them to find their happily ever after.
Scarred Beauty draws you into the lives of these damaged, but not completely broken heroes. A journey well worth the time to take, I highly recommend Scarred Beauty.