Beautifully Forgotten by L.A. Fiore
Beautifully Damaged #2
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.
Beautifully Forgotten is book #2 in the Beautifully Damaged series.
This book is complicated!!
The narrative flits between multiple POVS but as the reader we are never given any indication who’s POV we are getting until you start reading.
I struggled to identify a clear ‘voice’ for each character so honestly Trace and Lucian could have been the same character as could Ember and Darcy.
This book sort of centres around Lucian and Darcy but it turns out that their story is intrinsically entwined around Ember and Traces.
At times I seriously struggled to keep track of who had done what and when they did it.
Everything ultimately comes back to Heidi and I would genuinely be interested to read her story to find out what the hell happened to her to create such a monster from such a young age.
Honestly I think a lot of the enjoyment of the love story between Lucian and Darcy was overshadowed by the mystery of Heidi and her far reaching blackmail.
I feel like I need to decompress now I’ve finished the book, mainly because I’ve been concentrating so hard on staying on top of the story I’m exhausted.
Beautifully Damaged gets 3 stars from me.