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The Blurb from Samhain:

Sometimes getting to heaven requires a trip through hell.

Twelve years ago, it looked like Del Prescott had it all. The wealthy family, the car, the looks and charm, and the perfect boyfriend. Then, mysteriously, she disappeared to “study abroad.” Now she’s back, and it’s not merely to attend a high school reunion. She’s here to face her demons—and Blake, the man she has never stopped loving.

Blake Mitchell is a changed man, thanks to surviving twelve long years of difficulties that began after Del dropped out of his life. Now she’s back, and she’s nothing like the polished, stylish world traveler he imagined she’d be. There’s a darkness about her, and a grim expression in her eyes that says she’s prepared for fight or flight.

Blake’s concern for her breaks down the walls Del has built around her heart and she finally begins to heal from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her own family. But the betrayal goes deeper than either of them ever imagined—and it’s about to come back to haunt them.

I read this book on Saturday, and I have to say, it was the most disturbing, moving, beautifully written book that I’ve read in a while.  Although, it’s not a book for the squeamish, because it deals with what for some will be a hot-button topic.

I loved Shi’s characterisations. I was totally emotionally invested in the h/h from the get-go. The heroine’s story was really heart-breaking, and I was moved to both anger and tears at times, over the stuff that she’d had to live through. The hero was just the most beautiful man, even though he’d also had his own issues to deal with.

What I loved about Beautiful Girl, was that although Blake had assumed that Del had left him without so much as a goodbye, all those years ago, when they meet up again, he’s not an arsehole with her. Neither is she with him. From the moment they meet again, I bought that they were two people who’d never moved on from each other in twelve years, and were still in love. I really did.

These next couple of scenes from the book totally epitomised the nature of their relationship, and just what a gorgeous man, Blake was:

“So if we hadn’t had a few roadblocks tossed at us, you think we’d be married and trying to con a friend into babysitting for us just so we can sneak a meal in peace?”

“Hey, no reason we can’t still do that.” He kept his voice casual as he came to a stop in front of the law office.

Her grin faded, replaced by a wistful expression. “Blake…”
Shaking his head, he said, “I’m not going to try to rush something on you, but I already told you that I never got over you. I don’t see it happening either, not after twelve years of loving you.”

She looked down and when her gaze came back up, her green eyes gleamed with tears. “Blake…” Her voice was thick and husky.
“Shhhh.” He dipped his head and kissed her softly. “Don’t go thinking about it too much if you’re not ready for it. But I did figure I should probably let you know that I still love you.”


kissed her lips, her cheek, nuzzled her neck. “You are beautiful. You’re soft, you’re sexy…you’re the woman I’ve loved my entire life. “
“Blake…” Her voice was thick with tears and he eased back, staring into her eyes.
“Shhh…” he whispered. “Close your eyes…listen to me, to my voice…feel my hands. You’re beautiful, Del. You make my heart hurt just to look at you…”

Just beautiful.

And can I say Shi, I loved the way the love scenes were handled. Lesser authors would have totally messed up those scenes, and left me feeling beyond icky.

This book was tremendous, and I definitely recommend that you guys go and Buy, buy, buy!


  • azteclady
    January 29
    1:16 pm

    I just got it last night (Thank you, thank you, thank you, Shiloh!) and I’m reading it this afternoon. Yay!


  • Just bought it. Shi’s work is definitely a must read. I agree-she has a way of making her characters bond emotionally and when you’re reading it, you definitely connect.


  • Oh wow… I got a genuine “Karen” review. I want a little widget to put on my site that says my book got reviewed by Karen. 😉

    I was just hoping you’d like it enough to mention it, and thrilled you enjoyed it enough to review it. Thank you!


  • Shelby
    January 29
    4:35 pm

    Oh my, I am SO buying this book.


  • Karen Scott
    January 29
    4:39 pm

    Hi Shi, I wrote this review as soon as I read the book, and with the magic of WordPress scheduled it to post today. This actually counts as a mini-review, cuz my full reviews are usually Bam-like in terms of length. Heheh.


  • Karen Scott
    January 29
    4:40 pm

    Hi Shelby! It always cheers me up when I see your name on here!


  • I read it and reviewed it as well. I felt the exact same way you did about this book. It IS one of the best books I have read in a long time, and one of the best books that Shiloh Walker has ever written. It’s phenomenal. Beyond that even. LOVED. IT.


  • Hey, mini-review… I’ll take that on a widgety thing.

    😛 From what I can tell you do reviews on two kinds of books… those you loved, or those you hated. So mini or not, I’m flattered.

    And thanks for all the kind words, ladies!


  • Karen! I can see your comments if I use Firefox. (Insert hateful name at Firefox with grudging appreciation. Life is just not the same without Karen.)

    Thanks for the book to add to my tbr. Sounds right up my alley!



  • Karen Scott
    January 29
    9:55 pm

    Hey Dee, I’m so glad you can post again, yay!


  • You know, I don’t typically read contempos, and I’ve never read anything of Shiloh’s, but you sold me with that review, Karen. Going to get it now.


  • Hey Kayleigh – Shi is one of the very few contemp authors I read. Of course I read all her paranormal stuff before I started the contemps 🙂 But she’s worth it.

    Hey Brat -shut your eyes, you’re gonna get a big head from the comments on this post.


  • Will not. 😛


  • Hey, if I got a review like that from Karen, I’d have a frickin’ HUGE head.



  • Hey, if I got a review like that from Karen, I’d have a frickin’ HUGE head.

    Big heads require lots of maintenance. I bet it’s like an addiction. Nah. I’ll pass.

    😉 Doesn’t mean I didn’t grin like a fool when I read the review though.


  • Anita
    January 30
    9:05 pm

    The 1st Shiloh Walker book I read was Her Bestfriend’s Lover, and I loved it with a big cupcake heart. I have been reading her obsessively, but I have to say I’m still waiting for another HBL.

    Reading Karen’s review, I think this might be the one.


  • […] So I try not to worry overmuch about a book’s review. However, there are a few places where I do tend to look if I see my book mentioned. Like Mrs. Giggles or Karen. […]

  • I just finished this book myself and, like so many of Shiloh Walker’s other books that I’ve read ~ and loved ~ this was such an incredible tale of love that it’s an immediate favourite. And, like many of Shiloh Walker’s other books, this will eventually also be mine in print form as well.
    Beautiful story about a woman that underwent a horrific experience years before, her triumph over evil with the help, and love, of a man who was there for her. Absolutely stunning!


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