Behind Her Smile by Olivia Luck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 6, 2016
David and Karolina Morgan have the perfect marriage. He runs a financial empire catering to Miami's most influential and she is the darling socialite, adored by her husband and all those that meet her.
But underneath the lavish home, expensive car and exquisite jewelry lies a darkness threatening to consume Karolina. The once vivacious fashion design student has become a shadow of herself at the hands of her manipulative husband.
Then, with the flick of a power switch, everything changes. Karolina must learn to fight back when she discovers her entire existence is one big sham, with dire consequences.
Karolina and David Morgan have it all. Well, to those that look in from the outside. The house. The cars. Jewelry. An adoring relationship. However, on the inside they are in a cold and loveless marriage all based on façades and lies. Karolina was once a shining star that has grown dimmer as the years have gone on. Her life is now shrouded in darkness. She is now a shadow of her former self. One day the dimming light in Karolina and David’s marriage is threatened and the truth unravels. Slowly, but this truth hurts. It’s forceful. It changes everything as things were never as they seemed. Carolina must fight. And this fight is one she never saw coming.
The author seamlessly writes between past and present. We truly get to see Karolina with David and not only how they are, but also how they came to be. David is dark. It’s never on the surface, but his darkness is felt. In his actions. His words. You cannot help but question Karolina’s choices for staying in such an abusive relationship. The author allows the reader inside the pages of this story. You understand that there are so many layers. And as you peel back each one, Karolina becomes more relatable. You FEEL her anguish, her pain. The conflict. While her marriage and life is in pieces, she finds hope in the eyes of someone that just may save her.
Behind Her Smile is an intense and tantalizing read. I easily found myself engrossed in the story. Faultlessly written, this story gives the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of a relationship, marriage, and everything in between. When circumstances occur for Karolina to truly look deep within herself, she steps up to the plate. Fearlessly. I was in awe of her strength. There is something to be said about the residelicny of the human spirit. This story truly confirms the truth that love is the biggest sacrifice and how far one will go for the one they love. This was such a powerful, emotional, and passionate story of second chances, rediscovery, and truly understanding the depths of love and all it encompasses.
This book is a bit darker than Olivia’s previous books. Sexier. Edgier. Behind Her Smile attests to the true raw talent of this author in that she can write just about anything. While the love between Karolina and Alec is never easy, they find truth in their love. Alec’s selfless devotion to Karolina reminds us that love makes us vulnerable, but love is always the greatest risk.
Behind Her Smile is an awe inspiring story about love and what it can endure. A story of two individuals meant to fall in love despite their grave situations. This story is told in the most candidly and beautiful, yet honest way possible. Love drove Karolina to darkness, but in that, she also found her light in Alec. While she lost herself, she also rediscovered herself. That is strength. She recognized that the fight was always inside of her, but she needed to dig deep to find it. Ms. Luck holds nothing back in this novel. Her beautifully flawed characters endure a lot in their story. It is never easy. This is not a hearts and rainbows type of fluff story. The author goes there. I loved her genuine take on the truth about love and darkness and love and light. Their love story is certainly a journey, but it belongs to them.
Olivia Luck calls Chicago home. She loves traveling with her husband, baking for her parents, and taking walks with her dog. Olivia started writing when she was eight and paused to dabble in various other pursuits like dance and piano. In the end, she always came back to her pen and notebook.
Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
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