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Behind Her Smile by [Luck, Olivia]
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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: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

*ARC received via NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks.*

The storyline is solid and full of suspense. The characters are well-developed, the structural style an unusual one in the respect that the chapters are actually measured by timelines beginning in present day. When I started reading, I thought it was going to be told from the female protagonist’s point of view throughout so I was in for a surprise. In first person and present tense, most of Karolina’s story is narrated by her. She flips back and forth and slowly her feelings are revealed.

I must confess that I had trouble investing in Karolina. She had great ideas as to what she wanted in life only to vanish into thin air when she meets her husband to be in a whirlwind romance. I found her lacking strength of character; too naïve for her own good and her inspirations were crushed too easily. This young woman who'd had to fight to get where she got, let it all go on the insistence of a manipulating man, and this seemed to me to be wrong. She couldn’t see further than her nose. All the signs were there, so why she ignored them, I couldn’t fathom out and found disheartening. When it is too late and the damage had been done, I actually warmed to her. Saying that, I didn’t have to bite my tongue and say I told you so as her bestie went out of her way to convince her that David Morgan wasn’t all sunshine and roses.

David is a complex individual. His family don’t trust him for reasons to be divulged in the story. He’s sly, lies by omission, selfish, demanding and outright cruel. His utmost wish is to change his new wife into something she is not. He will discipline her in the acts of the upper crust etiquette by bullying her.
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Behind Her Smile
By Olivia Luck

"David knows exactly how to charm his prey. Bestowing compliments on one of my original designs is my biggest weakness. Under his praise, my shoulders straighten. Despite everything, I still blossom under a compliment from David."

This book was unlike any that I have read from Olivia. The tone and mood set by Olivia was truly bewitching. Within the first paragraph, I was captivated. As I continued reading, the topics that arose were very heart wrenching and at times, tough to read, but Olivia delivered these real-life scenarios with grace.

"Belong. The word sums up my relationship with David accurately. My husband dictates all of my movements, activities, relationships . . . And I don’t have the guts to stand up to him and demand equal footing."

Karolina is a shy, closed-in woman, who unknowingly demands the attention of David, a high class man of perfection. Their instantaneous, whirlwind romance is enough to sweep any woman off of their feet. Alec is a combination of heaven and hell, and his presence alone can bring a woman to their knees, but what what are his intentions? Is he trustworthy? When secrets, strange behaviours, and the evil truth comes out, Karolina must face her true self, and do what she needs, to stay safe.

"The emotion overpowers me. Relentless sobs wrack my body. Tears course down my cheeks, dualing rivers dripping off my chin and onto my clothing. My breaths are shallow and uneven. I can’t pretend I don’t hurt anymore. Everything pours out of me—the grief, loneliness, and utter despair threaten to swallow me whole."

I think I read this book within hours of starting it!
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I pretty much inhaled this story. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Going from 'just one more chapter' to I'm reading until I've finished it ended up me pulling a late nighter.
Now I wish I could delete it from my memory and read it again for the first time just for the feels I got while reading it.

I'm not gonna say anything about the storyline. The synopsis gives enough to tease us. However there is so much more. Great storyline with real solid characters.

A story of second chances that pulled on my emotions. If your looking for a raw, emotional and beautiful story then I highly recommend this fantastic read. I loved it.
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5 Stars!!!

I was given this book in turn for an honest review.

To the outside world David Morgan adored Karolina his wife; behind closed doors he was a manipulator. Karolina's world is about to collapse; the life she knew is much darker than she ever imagined. Can she fight to survive?

Olivia Luck pulled out all the stops with Behind Her Smile. Karolina's story is one that will rip your heart out and leave you fighting to read on, all at the same time. This is a story about survival; a fight to live a life she believes is good, a life she believes woman would love to live. Karolina fights with her inner turmoil over what is right, what is wrong, what is love and what is hate. She lives a life that is a shadow of her former self; one that is full of lies, deceit and is heart wrenching.

I wanted to crawl into my kindle grab Karolina and hug life and love back into her; whilst also wanting to grab David Morgan by his balls and feed him to a pack of wolves!

Karolina's character is far from weak; with her past being one where she was unloved and not truly cared for, the sight of true love, she like any of us searching to be wanted was blindsided by the truth. She wanted to see the best in David and believe he loved her, that he was simply a stressed, hardworking man.

David was not only a manipulator, he was pure evil. He would go to great lengths to have what he believed belonged to him and to get what he wanted. He was a bully, a thug, a complete a*sehole! He was a great actor, protruding to the world that he was someone he really wasn't.

One character in this book pleasantly surprised me; I was very unsure of their true characteristics and intentions at first.
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HASH(0x9fa14cd8) out of 5 stars 4.5 Suspensful Stars 13 Jan. 2016
By Carlene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Perfect image? Check. Perfect house? Check. Perfect marriage? Maybe from the outside. David's handsome, a wealthy financial business owner and his wife, Karolina, is the beautiful socialite wife with a fashion design hobby. Underneath all the wealth, power, and fancy stuff is something much more sinister. Karolina has become but a shadow of herself; desperate to not anger David any further she's given up everything she knows and loves including her friendship with Dora and Alec. When the power goes off one night, Karolina discovers that everything has been a lie and she'll have to do anything to save herself.

Told from Karolina and Alec's POV's and alternating past and present tense, Behind Her Smile is a fast-paced romantic suspense novel. Olivia Luck writes the kind of story you can't ignore, you will have so much empathy for the characters. When Karolina was scared, my heart was pumping right there with her, and at each glimpse of positivity in her life I gained a little bit of hope. Filled with gritty moments and passionate emotions, it was so easy to get sucked into this story. I really connected with Karolina, I struggled with her despondency when her life turned from good to bad to even worse. I wanted her to leave the bad so much, but I understood the draw of David, the difference between Karolina's life growing up and her life as an adult. Like most readers, I hated David and liked Alec, even when he failed to notice how terrible David was. Plus, in this case, girl wants bad boy ends up being a good thing! The friendship between Karolina and Alec isn't one I have read very often before, it isn't an easy friendship, there's a lot of emotions and baggage between them, but I think it makes them all the stronger when Karolina needs to lean on someone.

I really liked Olivia Luck's writing style. Behind Her Smile starts in the present and then backtracks to the beginning. We not only learn about Karolina's past, but we live it with her. It felt a lot like a suspenseful movie, you're given bits and pieces of the story overtime. I was shocked when things took a turn for the worse, because of course everything was going so well. In this case, too good to be true is the perfect description. There is abuse, there are horrifying moments that made me cringe, but there are also really beautiful moments filled with friendship and life. I was so hooked on this book I couldn't put it down, I started it on the treadmill and I couldn't stop reading so I just kept going. While it isn't the usual romance, it's a passionate and suspenseful story of finding personal strength, giving not only yourself but others second chances, and seeing that image is not all it's made out to be.
HASH(0x9fa14e28) out of 5 stars I love a good Mystery Romance and definitely brought out my ... 7 Jan. 2016
By Extreme Bookaholics Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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*** Warning readers for 18+, This story has triggers that may not be suitable for you if you have a problem with any of the following: Violence, forms of Abuse physically and Mental.***

Wow, I am lost for words about this! This was definitely a first for me, when I read this I was coming up with all kinds of scenarios on what would happen next or who did what and why. I love a good Mystery Romance and definitely brought out my inner detective ha!

I was sucked into this book and didn’t want it to end! I love a good twist and this book and many. Every character was my favorite!

David a man who grew up with a family who portrayed that image is everything. In the public eye you are one big happy family with a thriving business and a wealthy background.

Karolina didn't grow up in a lavish world and a perfect family image is was the opposite. But it never stopped her from continuing her dreams to become a Fashion designer. Until she met David and everything changed.

This story was a big eye opener for me. I have seen many women who have been in similar situations and some may survive and leave and some simply stay and their lives end up better or worse. Karoline may not be a perfect role model for women but she was an amazing character and I envy the courage she has but I feel for her and hate the situations she was put through.

I loved everything about this book and glad it didn't disappoint. I barely found missed writing but nothing stood out that i couldn't comprehend what was happening. I can’t wait to read more books by Olivia Luck!

*** Warning readers for 18+, This story has triggers that may not be suitable for you if you have a problem with any of the following: Violence, forms of Abuse physically and Mental.***
HASH(0xa02363fc) out of 5 stars Such a profound and inspiring love story about survival and second chances! 7 Jan. 2016
By Bianca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
HASH(0x9fa14fe4) out of 5 stars A must read! 7 Jan. 2016
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Behind Her Smile
By Olivia Luck

"David knows exactly how to charm his prey. Bestowing compliments on one of my original designs is my biggest weakness. Under his praise, my shoulders straighten. Despite everything, I still blossom under a compliment from David."

This book was unlike any that I have read from Olivia. The tone and mood set by Olivia was truly bewitching. Within the first paragraph, I was captivated. As I continued reading, the topics that arose were very heart wrenching and at times, tough to read, but Olivia delivered these real-life scenarios with grace.

"Belong. The word sums up my relationship with David accurately. My husband dictates all of my movements, activities, relationships . . . And I don’t have the guts to stand up to him and demand equal footing."

Karolina is a shy, closed-in woman, who unknowingly demands the attention of David, a high class man of perfection. Their instantaneous, whirlwind romance is enough to sweep any woman off of their feet. Alec is a combination of heaven and hell, and his presence alone can bring a woman to their knees, but what what are his intentions? Is he trustworthy? When secrets, strange behaviours, and the evil truth comes out, Karolina must face her true self, and do what she needs, to stay safe.

"The emotion overpowers me. Relentless sobs wrack my body. Tears course down my cheeks, dualing rivers dripping off my chin and onto my clothing. My breaths are shallow and uneven. I can’t pretend I don’t hurt anymore. Everything pours out of me—the grief, loneliness, and utter despair threaten to swallow me whole."

I think I read this book within hours of starting it! I've been known to be the up-all-night reader, and well, this book helped me keep that title. I 100% recommend this book! Like I said earlier, even though it's not like Olivia's prior books, it is definitely read-worthy! Bravo Olivia!

Tara
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HASH(0x9fa1921c) out of 5 stars Heartbreaking yet Heartwarming! 7 Jan. 2016
By Beauté De Livres - Beauty Of Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Meeting Karolina at the lowest point of her life, readers are taken on a journey of heartache, abuse and pain. Accompanied by years of self-doubt, vulnerability and uncertainty, Behind Her Smile is not for the faint hearted. Showcasing her skills as a writer, Olivia Luck writes her best work yet. Executed with such honesty, realism and authenticity; the rise and fall of Karolina Morgan will break your heart.

The Morgan name brings in wealth, status and apparently a whole lot of trouble. Meeting at the young and naïve age of 21, Karolina’s heart is captivated by the older yet charismatic, handsome and attractively domineering David Morgan. Aspiring designer Karolina believes he is her answer to everything. The love of her life. Success, Love, Family – all the things she craved, everything she was unknowingly seeking.

From the very beginning Olivia Luck entices readers with such drama that one can not help but become engrossed into the development of this heartbreaking story. Revealing that Karolina is stuck in a loveless and abusive marriage, Karolina and readers are desperate for her to break free. Behind Her Smile is the perfect balance of past and present, showing off the stark contrast between the woman Karolina was and the woman she is slowly becoming,

Witnessing the brutality and cruelty handed by David, readers will understand and become familiar with Karolina; and above all empathise. With her choices, her experiences and her hopefulness.

In a story filled with unexpected twist and turns, Olivia Luck successfully brings to life Behind Her Smile. In a complex yet relatable story line, Luck transitions from heartache to heartwarming, perfectly. Paying respect to the dire situation Karolina and many other women find themselves in, Olivia Luck has captured every tear and every smile. Giving these moments weight and significance, lasting beyond this book.
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