Monday, December 8, 2014
Blog Tour: Disturbingly Beautiful by J & L Wells: Review
Author: J & L Wells
Publication: November 13th, 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Is it really possible that somewhere in time, the perfect paradox could be created? Does romance really stand a chance, and could it ever flourish amidst so many intricacies and broken lives? How can a nineteenth-century governess unknowingly cause so much devastation?
As Nell’s world opens up, we follow her on a complex journey, on which she discovers love, loss and betrayal, and is forced to play a dangerous game from which there appears to be no escape.
An intricate family plot slowly begins to unravel, in which she finds herself centre stage. She was never supposed to leave Haunchcroft estate, and he will do everything in his power to keep her there…
Could a possible rip in time be the salvation that Nell seeks?
“I find you disturbingly beautiful,” are the contradictory words bestowed upon the governess by her master.
Mr Buchannan’s infatuation is a shadow from which Nell cannot escape. The feelings he holds for her are not reciprocated, and though his lust soon turns to love, Nell’s feelings towards him turn to hatred. Dreams and a love of literature are Nell’s only escapism from the downtrodden life she leads as a governess in the nineteenth century.
One night, an intruder on the estate catches Nell off guard, but she gives chase; a decision that leads her through an opening in time between the centuries, where she finds equality, true friendship and a completely different outlook on life.
Despite using this to her advantage to escape the advances of her unwanted suitor, she is somewhat perturbed when she unexpectedly finds him at her side in the twenty-first century. Will love conquer all, or will time always stand in their way?
Disturbingly Beautiful took me on an extraordinary journey of love through time. Boy oh boy. Talk about the shocks and surprises in this book. I can't tell you how many times I was left completely shell-shocked. There are so many secrets and twists in this book that left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I constantly had to know more. Had to know what happened next. The world-building was well developed and crafted beautifully. I was able to vividly see what was going on in the story. I felt as if I was apart of the story. The character development was spot on!!! Each character showed a lot of growth by the end of the story, and that is very important to me.
Nell hated Mr. Buchannan with a passion. No matter what advances he made toward her, she shot them down. That's how much she couldn't stand him. Items started to go missing and Nell chased the thief all the way to 1968. Let's face it, 1968 is completely different from 1813. Everything was completely different. Her lifestyle had to change and she enjoyed learning new things. She was slowly easing into this new way of life, of being free. She became great friends with Jeremy, but after breaking her heart she goes back in time to 1813 to start where she left off. I hated how she left Jeremy. He is one character that I would love to see more of. He was so happy to finally bring someone in time with him. It gave him hope of putting a paradox in time to change something that he regrets more than anything. Anyway, after Nell goes back home and into the arms of Mr. Buchannan who she is falling for, secrets become known. Nell realizes she is in the middle of a sinister arrangement and decides to flee. Only this time she shows up in 2014. Everything has changed. All the characters she met in 1968 are gone and old. And this time, Mr. Buchannan follows her.
Nell was a character that I easily fell in love with. She was strong, caring and independent. She didn't let anyone change who she was. I loved watching her friendship grow with Jeremy. I loved Jeremy and I definitely want to know what happened to him. I also loved watched Nell's and Mr Buchannan's relationship grow and develop. Nell slowly realized that he wasn't all what she thought he was. That some of the secrets painted him in a new light once revealed. Mr. Buchannan really fell for Nell. He did whatever he had to do to make Nell his no matter how drastic it was. But that is where all the secrets lie. He did whatever he had to to protect Nell. I loved him for that. It was so nice to see his soft side.
Disturbingly Beautiful was an enthralling, beautiful story that will stay with you until the end of time. It will really pull at your heartstrings. I got teary eyed at the end, because I fell in love with the characters and the ending shocked me, but made complete sense. It was one of those endings that I should have seen coming but didn't. My jaw actually dropped and I had a complete OMG moment. Then I cried, but realized that that ending had to happen. But it ended happily and I loved that!!! I always have to have my HEAs. The only little issue I had was with the scenes of her losing her virginity. I couldn't tell whether those were actually a dream or real. I had to read a couple of the scenes twice to try and figure it out. But other than that, I enjoyed the book. I hope there is a sequel to this book, because the ending definitely left me wanting more. Disturbingly Beautiful is a book that I will definitely be rereading. It is a fantastic story and I highly recommend it!!!