Skylar Woods unknowingly drew Wyatt Smith toward her. He wanted…needed to learn everything about her. Though he sensed her beauty was more than just skin deep, Wyatt struggled to understand the sadness she attempted to mask with an amazing smile.
When Skylar’s eyes met Wyatt’s for the first time, her breath caught and she couldn’t look away from the new guy standing in the school office smiling at her. The connection only grew when Wyatt sat next to her in English class, allowing Skylar to dare to believe he might actually be interested in getting to know her.
For the first time in months, she felt alive.
The moment Wyatt expressed an interest, the notes started again…the ones that reminded her of a past she could never move beyond—the event that changed her life forever and robbed her of any chance of happiness.
Never believing the rumors being spread around school about Skylar, Wyatt made sure he went out of his way to prove how much he cared about her.
But when the past resurfaces, will Wyatt stand by her side? Or will he turn against her like everyone else?
After practice, I looked up and saw Skylar in the bleachers. She was sitting on the opposite side of the field from everyone else, and I immediately knew why. Jenny would agitate her if she’d sat on the home side.
Running over, I took off my helmet, and Skylar walked down to the field.
“Hey,” she said with the cutest damn smile.
God, the things this girl does to my heart.
“Hey back atcha.”
“Smith! Get in the shower now!” Coach yelled out.
Skylar looked at Coach and scrunched up her face. “I didn’t get you in trouble, did I?”
Laughing, I said, “Nah. Besides, seeing your beautiful smile is worth it.”
Her eyes lit up, and my stomach felt like I was on a damn roller coaster.
“I have tonight off work,” she said.
My heart started beating faster, and it wasn’t from all the running I had just done in practice. “Oh, yeah?”
“I was wondering if you might…like to go to a movie? I mean, it would be a double date ’cause Mitch and Michelle would be there.”
I wiggled my eyebrows. “A date, huh?”
“A double date,” she replied with a chuckle.
“Smith! Less than thirty seconds to get your ass moving and into the shower!”
Skylar glanced over to Coach again and then back to me. She jutted her lip out into a pout and said, “You’d better go before you get in trouble.”
My heart stopped as my eyes fell to those lips. I was falling hard for Skylar, harder than I’d ever dreamed I could.
I started to run backward. Winking, I said, “Count me in!”
While this may sound trite… Ella Bordeaux’s Beautiful is an absolutely Beautiful story.
High School can be a cold, hard and unforgiving place. Unfortunately that is the world that Skylar lives in. She made it through an awful experience only to have lies spread about her. People whispering, bullying, shunning her – this is now her life. Instead of the many friends she used to have her world has narrowed down to one and her brother. Enter in new boy Wyatt. Gorgeous, football player and has a mind of his own! Does it get any better than that? He doesn’t pay one bit of attention to the rumors flying around about Sklar. She intrigued him from the moment he saw her and he was determined to get to know her.
Wyatt and Skylar… so absolutely perfect together. Watching their interactions was so heartwarming. Seeing Skylar open back up after everything she endured filled me with such hope. And Wyatt’s thoughtful gestures just warmed my heart.
There is some sensitive subject matter that is covered in Beautiful. But Ella Bordeaux handled it both with class and realistically. It is important to remember how often these issues really occur. And the fact that she didn’t shy away from portraying the ugly aftermath, yet also painted a beautiful story of hope shows the depth and skill of her writing.
Skylar and Wyatt’s story is NOT done! And I cannot wait to see how the rest if their story unfolds!
I definitely recomend this beautiful story!
I received a complimentary copy of Beautiful in exchange for my honest review.
Writing young adult fiction under the pen name of Ella Bordeaux, Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author.
Finding her way back to one of her favorite genres, Ella will be publishing her first young adult fiction book, Beautiful, June 7, 2016.
Ella lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter and two puppies. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.