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Raw Deal (Beauty for Ashes #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  197 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Lexi Dixon is in L.A. The guys are hot, the girls are chic, and her modelling career is taking off. The road to stardom is just a matter of less pizza and better posing—she’ll be there in no time!

But behind the designer clothes and the runway shows lies a very real pain that Lexi is powerless to overcome by herself. She can’t help wondering, isn’t there more to life than t
Kindle Edition, 429 pages
Published August 4th 2011
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Sofia Marie
'Raw Deal' is a story of an American teenage girl, Lexi Dixon, who lived and loved life back in Europe. But the sudden death of her father made it necessary for her mother and her to return to the States. While trying to fit in she meats a 'hot' guy, Jace, who she really likes. However, their relationship doesn't seem to work out. When Lexi leaves high school for college, she is determined to forget everything about Jace. But college brings in even more problems...

This book brings up very import
Clare Khan
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought it was going to be a bit like the same author's book "Prodigal" and it seemed to start a bit slow. But it turned out to be a really great read with a tough emotional storyline. Cannot have been easy to write but the author has covered the sensitive topics very well. I am now looking forward to reading Book 2.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I snapped this story up because it was free on kindle. Now I plan to read the entire series. This story is a great depiction of the deception that says beauty, success, and money will bring happiness. You can have everything in this life and it still leaves you empty. Lexi's story is pretty familiar to me. I knew girls and desperate situations like this. Not the modeling, rich girl aspect of the story, but it was the aching inside and the trying to smooth over the pain unsuccessfully that struck ...more
Laura A. Grace
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow I can't believe how emotional this novel was! It was so good, but yet so heartbreaking! I am truly surprised by how powerful it was and how much I could relate to Lexi even though I haven't walked in her shoes!

I had been wanting to pick up this ebook for a while now and last night I finally decided to pick it up! I am so glad I did because it was such a deep story that I finished it in 2 days! I thought it would be a typical high school drama, but this story was so much more then that! Dayo
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying, be warned, this is a series. The first book doesn't really have an ending, but this isn't one of those books that is just a few pages. Sometimes the book seems to go on and on; however, it kept me hooked the whole time. This is a Christian fiction novel, and I have to say it was refreshing to read one where all the characters didn't do the right thing. The main character Lexi Dixon, begins the book in high school and does she have some issues! There were times I just want ...more
Kebron Tesfaye
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book to pieces. It was so beautiful, so amazingly written and so real. I have been a reader of Christian Fiction since I was in seventh grade and I have never come across a book this real in my time of reading. I'm still (sadly) waiting to read the next one but I will definitely pick it up when I get the chance. It is an amazing book about the world's deception of beauty, money, and many other false successes we are tempted with. I hope to read and finish the series soon and start o ...more
Kendall Miller
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. I love this series sooooooo much! It's so real and doesn't try to sugarcoat life and all our troubles. It's so good for Christian readers and depicts so many challenges people face nowadays. My summary of this book:
Lexi Dixon is a senior in high school in LA. She does some modeling and dreams of becoming the next Shola Cardoso (basically, this books version of Tyra Banks). Through a turn of events, many of her friends are starting to become Christians, including her best friend and b
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ex-tra-citing
I was thrilled at the story of Lexi. Initially, I thought it was some random high-school novel but reading more captivated me. Dayo Benson is a good Christian author who doesn't automatically makes her characters a Christian overnight but gradually processes them and makes them understand God's love. Through their situation they come to know Christ and how much he cares for them no matter how messed up their lives are. Absolutely good storyline that captures the young adults. Well done Dayo Bens ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings.....

"Raw Deal" is a different type of Christian read. The focus seemed to be more on the people who were not Christians and the bad things they do.

I did not care for the man character at all. Lexi, is vain, superficial, thoughtless and very insecure. She spent most of of her time inside her own little bubble with not a thought or care for other people and their feelings.

Remi Roy
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Dayo Benson is a superb story teller. I could feel the pains and joys of the characters. It was so real, I felt like I was living their experiences.
Nothing felt rushed. No character felt out of place or flat. I'm giving it four stars because I only felt it was too much of a cliff-hanger. I wished it ended differently. Great book!
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! At first I didnt see how God was relevent in this case and then it was made clear! I was just a bit annoyed as it seemed the characters were shoving their religion down Lexi's throat. It was a great book and I literally stayed up all night reading the series!
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought it was a enjoyable read, a little slow to start but great finish. I'm looking to read the next book in the Beauty for Ashes series.
shadie hillman
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Raw Deal

This book was amazing. I loved how the plot was played out and I loved the characters. While some was still left to imagine it was a good book
Elsie Prowse
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I receive a free copy of this book for a honest review to me her books I'd great reading , I love them and recommend them to anyone. Elsie
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this book was really good! Still I was slightly disappointed,probably because I heard a lot about it,so have an open mind.
Mary Johnson
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thought this was a good series. However the spin off series based off her daughter is much better. Love this author.
Dottie Balon
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

you should read this book it's amazing and speaks to everyone I love I will definitely be finding book two
Kelly Boggs
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: enjoyment
The book is slow getting started but really got me hooked by the end. I read the free sample of the next book immediately (Red Carpet). Sin is such a slippery slope.
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Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God's love. When she is not writing she enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.
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“No relationship is ever going to be able to replace what you had with your father.” 1 likes
“A lifetime spent in misery is not Your will for me, But the storm never seems to end. Darkness covers my mind, chaos reigns within me, Against my own choices, I contend. The fire of trial burns harshly around, But rather than purify, it consumes. Your grace is what I need, but rather fear abounds. And my heart sings sorrowful tunes. But where there is life, there is still hope, A hope for restoration though everything crashes. I don’t know where to turn, so I turn to You. Oh Lord, give me beauty for my ashes.” 0 likes
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