Ugly. Freak. Fatty. I had been called those things and more for as long as I could remember. I didn’t mind it, though, because to the outside world, those words described me perfectly. But it was all a charade, a façade to keep people away. Never let anyone get too close. It had worked for twelve years of my life, ever since I caused my father’s death.
And then Carter Anderson pushed his way into my world. Gorgeous, of course, charming, naturally, and cocky, a given—he called himself my friend and broke through every one of my carefully constructed walls.
Cue the “happily ever after,” right? Wrong.
This isn’t some fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan, and once the beauty beneath is revealed, all is right in the world. This is real life. When things seem too good to be true, it’s because they usually are. And when people say your past will come back to bite you, they mean it. And trust me, it does.
DC Renee’s The Beauty Beneath is a story of fate. A story of guilt. A story of love. Renee has written an unbelievably heart tugging tale of two lost souls hiding behind their pain, never really surviving the losses that life has thrown their way. Renee’s story not only gathered my attention, but her words and message bedded deeply into my heart.
Emerson and Carter are two characters I think will be forever in my mind. Their relationship, story, and journey will be one that I will continually compare with other character’s. Then again, that is typically the expectation and result you have when you immerse yourself into one of Renee’s novels. She manages to combine the heartfelt with the humorous, the light hearted banter with the serious conversations creating a forever love worth fighting against all odds.
With each story I read, I fall more in love with this writer’s craft. Her stories are impeccably written. Her characters unbelievably lovable. Her wording perfect. If you buy nothing this year, pick up DC Renee’s The Beauty Beneath. Fall in love with these two ugly ducklings as they struggle to find the fractured pieces of their heart within each others.
DC Renee has been writing all her life, from cheesy poems in elementary school (i'll share an example just so you know how cheesy: Flowers are my favorite thing; they usually bloom during spring. Pink, blue, yellow and green, so many colors that I have seen...etc.) to short stories and monologues, and eventually fan fictions for Days of Our Lives.
It was thanks to that superbly encouraging fan fiction community that DC found the courage to publish her first book - Let Me Go. It held fast in the top 100 Best Selling Contemporary Romance Fiction Novels on Amazon for over a month, going as low as the top 20's. Naturally, she loves to read, but she also likes watching hockey, dancing for fun, and loves her family.