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Scared of Beautiful (Scared #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Maia wants to be free. Free from the social obligations, free from the money, free from the control that her privileged upbringing has taken from her life. And at college, she wants to be unseen, unheard, unnoticed.

Jackson's life has been less than perfect since his high school girlfriend took the back door out of his life, permanently. After years of subscribing to an exi
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 3rd 2014 by J L Behrens
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DNF at 82%

WARNING SPOILERS***** I generally wanted to like this book and it was 3 or 4 stars and then it went down hill after 82% and sadly dropped to 1 star after that!

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I am disgusted that about 82% I was subjected to the explicit sex scene with OW that the Hero was having sex with in a bar and thinking of heroine whilst performing the act? WTH is this?
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It came from nowhere and I was shocked that after what he put Mia through, he still betrayed her like that! Yes, they broke up, but he REALLY
4 "Moving Forward" Stars

What a roller coaster ride of emotions. This book was full of so many different twists that just as soon as I thought I had everything figured out, I was proven wrong. Kept on the edge of my seat, Jacqueline penned a new adult story that left me reeling but in the end, smiling

Jackson is a reformed manwhore drug user and peddler. Determine to move on from his heartbreak, he finally feels ready to make changes to his life. When he starts at university, he meets one person
Self note:

Having a detailed sex scene at 82% of the story is not OK!
Deserie williams
Mar 30, 2016 Deserie williams marked it as just-not-for-me-stay-away-hell-no
self note: not safe for me! H has detail sex with other woman after breaking up with h(its been a few weeks) but I still consider that nasty!!!! Not for me!
beth myrick
Nov 20, 2014 beth myrick rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone with a desire for drama filled romance
Recommended to beth by: the author
I was sent a copy for an honest review.

While I liked the premise or maybe promise of the story, the delivery was not there.

The characters were pretty much on the weak and immature side. Their thoughts, actions, choices left a lot to be desired which caused me to disconnect. I get it's NA, but the behavior of the characters brought it down to more YA.

The conflict was predictable before it began, and there's not just one conflict. The whole book is one drama after another until the romance disapp
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Jan 07, 2016 aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-arc
3.5 Stars!!!

Scared of Beautiful by Jacqueline Abrahams is an easy read about a heroine and a hero 'who wanted out". Maia, who lived in a privileged life with wealth and money and then there's Jackson who had a dirty past...both came with a baggage. Two souls who keeps running and looking for a way out of even love for each other...

I hate to say that I'm gonna rate this as a "Three Point Five Star Read" because this book really has a potential. In fact, I myself e
Dec 02, 2014 Aimee rated it liked it
Shelves: group-review
Maia comes from a privileged upbringing in NYC, but has had a very rough life with an abusive father that she is trying desperately to cut ties with. Her relationship with her mom is also rough because she sees her as being weak for taking the abuse all of her life.

Jackson comes to college after going through a hard time of his own. His long time girlfriend Shana takes off and he spends so much time trying to figure out where she went and why she left him that he ends up putting his life on hold
Dec 20, 2014 Brenna rated it liked it
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the fact that this book was written from both characters' points of view allowing insight into both of them. There was also an interesting dynamic of rich girl/boy from the wrong side of the tracks, both of whom have baggage. I think there was good character development; I feel like I know who Maia and Jackson are as people, what their strengths are, and what their fears are.

In terms of being a romance, I found this story to be "o
Keep Calm Novel On
Dec 09, 2014 Keep Calm Novel On rated it really liked it
I received a copy of the eBook from Goodreads Never too Old for Y. A. & N. A. Books Read for Review group in exchange for an honest review.

Scared of Beautiful by Jacqueline Abrahams is written from two distinct points of view—Maia and Jackson’s—this allows the reader to understand their inner thoughts and how their individual past experiences have affected them. The author shows the reader their convincing personalities via their actions, thoughts and well-written dialogue. It is clear that
Selena Lang
Oct 16, 2014 Selena Lang rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book. The story could have been good, but they were "in love" in under 5 days...which I find ridiculous. No one can be so in love they couldn't live without the other person in under 5 days. Just not realistic. They hardly had any conversations..what they had was instant lust...not love in my opinion. They didn't even know each other by then. And the heroine drove me nuts. I can't love him...I have to ignore my feelings. Ugh. What BS. Although she was could ...more
Stephanie Thompson
Nov 30, 2014 Stephanie Thompson rated it it was ok
I'm not sure about this book. I kind of liked it, but I really didn't. The problem with this genre is that many of the books just seem the exact same. The characters kind of pissed me off too, everything just happened so quickly, and then it felt like nothing happened. I wish I could say better things about this book, but I'm not even sure I'd recommend it to others. I also had a hard time getting through it, just seems like another new adult romance book.
Jul 22, 2015 Danni rated it really liked it
I'm in between a 3.5/4 I actually loved the book I just hated the whole I want to be with but can't thing Maia had going. I do wish that we got more from Jackson and Daniella storyline. On to the next book in the series I hope to hear from Jackson and Maia after reading the epilogue I dying to know what life is like for them.
Theresa Alberts
Aug 20, 2014 Theresa Alberts rated it really liked it
Scared of Beautiful by Jacqueline Abrahams is a story of two people trying to rid themselves of a painful past and move toward a future that is nothing like what they came from. Maia and Jackson are from two completely different worlds, Maia a Manhattan socialite who wants nothing to do with the life of privledge that she grew up in and Jackson, a hard working guy from the South who wants better than working in a garage yearning for more. They meet while attending Brown University through Maia's ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Merrie rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of Maia and Jackson and is told through both POV's.

First let's give a basic rundown. Maia attends Brown University and is roommates with Jade. While Maia is from a privileged background, her life has been anything but easy. She is from a home that from the outside looking in, looks perfect. But peel it back and it's full of abuse. Her father is not the patriarch he is supposed to be and her mother, after years of abu
Katherine Paschal
Maia left behind her dysfunctional parents to attend Brown college, giving herself a new start she so desperately wants. Jackson is leaving behind his past lifestyle of man-whoring, drinking and apathy, hoping for a chance to be a different person. The two of them are forced together by a mutual friend and sparks instantly fly. Unfortunately, their own personal baggage may destroy their tentative relationship before it can even really begin.
This was a love story about two very different people,
Reviews From  the Heart
Jan 10, 2016 Reviews From the Heart rated it really liked it
This is a very well written and touching love story full of good feels that left me wanting more!

Maia is looking for a fresh start when she starts at Brown University and is hoping more than anything to

leave her past far behind. She comes from a wealthy and successful family and has learned the hard way

that money and success definitely aren’t everything and that problems and dark secrets plaque wealthy

families as well. I immediately felt a connection with Maia’s character and found myself wa
Dec 20, 2014 ♥Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars! Scared of Beautiful is book one in the Scared series. It's an emotional story of two broken people finding where they fit in the world, and with who.

Jackson Jones' life hasn't been the best since his heart was shattered by his high school girlfriend. After spending most of that time spiraling down a dangerous and hopeless path, he's finally pulling himself back together and moving on. He's been accepted to Brown University, wher his best friend goes, and he's focusing on stayi
Dec 09, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
*****Recieved a copy of this book for a fair and honest review***** For me this book was a 4**** read. I loved the concept of the book but there were a few parts that were over the top. I really do like Jacqueline Abrahams writing and hope to read more from her.

Maia was brought up in a life of luxury and riches. The type of life people could only dream of. Little do people know the price this life comes with. Wanting to get away from her affluent Manhattan family she decides to go to school in B
Theresa Jarosick
Nov 30, 2014 Theresa Jarosick rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy for a honest review.

Scared of Beautiful tells the story of both Maia and Jackson as they attempt to escape their pasts...their heartbreaks...their fears – and find each other in the process.

Maia comes from a life of fortune – an upper class New Yorker who wants nothing more than to be the exact opposite of how she was raised. That life; while lavish and privileged, was not her. Behind all the so called perfection of that lifestyle Maia witnessed some cruel and hurtful t
Jul 31, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Maia has lived a life of privilege in which money has never been a concern. Unfortunately that life has come at the price of having to live with a father who abuses her mother and really wants to have little to do with her. She’s left her parents Manhattan home, with money of her own due to an inheritance from her grandparents. For all intents and purposes, she is an independent woman, able to live a life free of the thin
Leslee Anderson
Nov 25, 2014 Leslee Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, november-2014
Received for an honest review

Honestly I really like the story!! I love the whole boy from wrong side of the tracks meets girl from the right side the tracks, fall in love, and then there is drama. And most of the time I really like Jackson, Maia, and Jade.

Jade is wonderful. Who doesn't love the beautiful friend that is so strong and loyal, even when she wants to kick your butt.

Maia was such a contradiction. I had whiplash from her mood swings and her running. She ran when things got tough and
Nov 20, 2014 Salisa rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

When i first saw the book, i was fell in love with the cover. LOVED IT! The name of the book has a deep meaning. It was a very strange set of phrases, for me. That was until i read the whole book. It made sense and is perfect for the book.

The book's main leads are a rich girl, Maia who's family is less than perfect. She wants to be free of her past. The past that has made her wary of men. When she sees and meets Jackson she starts falling for
Nov 13, 2014 Naye rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC for my honest review.

Maia is from a privileged life abused life and she wants out! Jackson is from the South and has waited for the one thing that left him heart broken and shattered. He wants out as well.

These two broken hearted people meet at Brown University because of a mutual friend. They are just trying to start over with their lives and focus on themselves and school for once.

Maia fight the attraction for a while and Jackson has no clue whats going on because once agai
Wednesday Stanley
Dec 16, 2014 Wednesday Stanley rated it really liked it
This was the second book that I have read by this author. I thought that Maia was a likable character. She comes from a life of privilege in which money has never been a concern. Unfortunately that life has come at the price of having to live with a father who abuses her mother and really wants to have little to do with her. She’s left her parents Manhattan home, with money of her own due to an inheritance from her grandparents. I think she is a independent woman, able to live a life free of the ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
Review posted at:

Rating: 4 stars

From the start (which blends with the ending of Infinite Fear), I fell in love with Maia, her attitude and personality are fresh and witty. She gives it how she sees it, yet remains protective of herself in a respectful manner. I was excited to see a different Jackson in Scared of Beautiful than we saw in Infinite Fear: more goal-oriented and focused. Jacqueline's writing had me sitting on pins and needles wondering when sh
Zoë (Toastie) Herondale
Dec 09, 2014 Zoë (Toastie) Herondale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-have-reviewed
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is one rollercoaster ride of a book. There were so many complications to Jackson and Maia’s otherwise perfect romance and I loved it. It kept me on my toes and I read it in one sitting. (Being awake till 2 am is not a good way to go into an English exam...)

The multiple POV’s was perfect – there were so many complications to their romance throughout the book that it really needed both sides. Both characters were quite differen
Dec 17, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
I am starting with a big thank you to Jacqueline Abrahams who gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Scared of beautiful was very easy read. If you will be looking for an entertaining and fast moving story - this is the book for you. It is a new adult romance so you should also expect some steamy scenes.

This story is about Maia and Jackson, both of whom are trying to pretend so hard that they are ok where they are, but failing miserably. Each of them has some past and nobody's perf
Dec 26, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary ecopy of Scared of Beautiful in exchange for an honest review.

Maia is settling into college life, trying her best to be invisible after dealing with a lifetime of being who she was expected to be from her wealthy and controlling father.

Jackson has decided that it's time to get his life back - haunted by a past relationship and poor choices after that relationship ended.

Neither Maia or Jackson were looking for love - but sometimes loves gets through even the thickest
Deb Lindblom
Nov 21, 2014 Deb Lindblom rated it really liked it
As others have noted, this is an easy read that I quite enjoyed. The book moved along nicely and I appreciated the epilogue letting us know where they ended up. I feel like I got to know the characters pretty well and what motivated them. If I want to be picky, the only two things that stand out as being a little "convenient", are how quickly Jade an Maia bonded and were best friends. My impression was that they barely saw each other even though they were roommates, then the next thing you know ...more
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Jacqueline Abrahams is the author alter ego for an ordinary mum to three children (two human and one canine). Born in South Africa, she now calls Sydney, Australia her home.

A collector all things books and bookish, she in an avid reader and has a tiny obsession with filling bookshelves. The Scared Series is her debut series.

Why do I read? Thats easy. There's no better form of escapism. There are p
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