20 November 2014

Book Review - Beneath Beautiful By: Allison Rushby

Title: Beneath Beautiful
Author: Allison Rushby
Publisher: (November 1st, 2014)
From: Net Galley preview ARC
Format: eARC
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Order a copy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Amazon UK

NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: When a handsome stranger approaches Cassie Tavington in Paris's beautiful Père Lachaise cemetery, she has no idea who he is. It doesn't take long to find out. A whispered name from a passerby shocks her into the realisation that it's Cameron Callahan, high-profile modern artist, who she's busy showing around the cemetery.

Mortified, Cassie runs, but Cameron soon tracks her down. He's intent on having Cassie sit for him, but Cassie isn't sure. His provocative sculptures are often in the media, which isn't somewhere that Cassie, the daughter of a politician, should be.

But there's no denying the attraction between the pair, and Cassie soon finds herself in a strange whirlwind of a relationship. Between Paris, London and New York, Cassie finds sitting for an artist isn't as simple as it seems. There's much to contend with—including Cameron's ex-girlfriend, Plum, her own father, and her new love interest, James.

With the clock ticking down to the opening of Cameron's new exhibition, Cassie must struggle to decide just how much of herself she can give over to Cameron and his sculpture while still remaining whole.

Review: 4 stars - Adult content- not for younger readers.

21 year old Cassandra (Cassie) Tavington is a children’s author who is struggling to write her new novel- even trying a new genre of writing has led to writers block.

When a chance meeting with famous sculptor Cameron Callahan opens a world of opportunities for her; an unsure Cassie has to decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Cassie is quietly reading to herself in Paris’ Père Lachaise cemetery when she’s approached by a man dressed head to toe in black. He quotes the first line of Moby Dick (her book) and asks her for the directions to an obscure dead person’s monument.

Only after he’s recognised by a passerby that Cassie realises that the man she’s shown to the monument is acclaimed artist Cameron Callahan. Cassie flees the cemetery.

Upon meeting Cameron unexpectedly at a café the day after, Cameron asks Cassie to sit for him as a model. Cameron is famous for his erotic art work and for his reputation as a sex obsessed madman.
Cassie feels out of her comfort zone with the request and with her father being a member of UK Parliament it could cause controversy. Cassie doesn’t want to upset her father by posing for one of Cameron’s sculptures, but she has been holding back and not doing things in her life because she had to keep a respectable image.

After discussing the opportunity with her sister and brother-in-law Cassie decides to accept Cameron’s offer and goes again everything she knows into the unknown.

This book shows that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone to be completely free and find the real you. I’m not saying that life modelling is the way to do this for everyone but without a little push from one of the other characters in the book; Cassie would never have plucked up the courage to do what she did.

Things are sent to try you and although there may not seem like a reason at the time, there usually is.

The synopsis makes the book sound like it’s just a romance novel, which the base is there but to me it also came across as a coming of age novel. Starting life in your 20’s and getting to know the real you.
The cover doesn’t give anything away, in one respect I like this, but in another because it’s grey it’s quite pale in colour it’s not something that would automatically jump out at me from the shelf. Having said that in a way, the simplicity leaves you wondering what’s on the inside.

It was an easy to read book that I read quickly and enjoyed. I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books.

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