[Review] Don't Look at Me By J. P. Grider



Haven:
A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.
It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.
And expected to get over it and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.

Quest:
It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.
And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.

Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.
 
I don't like sleep anyway!
I started this around 9pm... finished it about 3am. I couldn't put it down! Thanks J. P. Grider lol!
Anyway this is the story of how Haven and Quest, while battling their own demons, solve them by being around each other.
Upon reading the letter at the end of the book, tired and well tired, I found myself crying. it was the perfect ending for the book.
Quest has internal scars from his past 1 is clearly obvious through the pages, but the 2nd was a jaw dropper.
As for Haven, her main scars are physical, harder to hide and her own enemy. That's not to say that she doesn't have mental scars thanks to her mother. I completely get why her mothers words are in the back of her mind all the time.
When that ding-dong goes down though, my suspicions were confirmed and yes I watch too much crime TV to not try and solve a crime in a fictional book!
I can't say why I love this book so much. It's a mix of the plot and the beautifully broken main characters. it's the fact that they're both attracted to each other but it's not hitting you in the face like a brick wall constantly. it's also the love between a grandfather and grandson that's heartbreaking on it's own but it's beautiful that regardless he's there dealing with things when he can, even in death.



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