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Behind Her Smile

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 s
Published January 6th 2016 (first published January 1st 2016)
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 photo bff6b7da22c92d495e06923dab9849_zpsittpcodr.gif “I want everything this man has to offer. His lips are heaven. His touch is divine. He moves to kiss the line of my jaw, the corner of my lips and then, wonderfully, his lips are on mine again. I whimper. More. This is what a kiss is supposed to be like. ”

A raw, gritty, poignant and emotionally charged tale that will consume and grip your heart. Olivia Luck has truly outdid herself with Behind Her Smile, as she showcases raw emotions and
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TITLE: Behind Her Smile
AUTHOR: Olivia Luck
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 6th 2016



I've only read one other by this author which I really enjoyed so am pretty keen to see what she brings us with this story..

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A Trophy Wife

Underneath all the glitz and glamour, I'm still that little trailer park girl.

Update Jan 06 2016 - it's LIVE and still on SALE

*** ARC kindly provided by Book Enthusiast Promotions, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

OMG I really loved this one! This is a well written, captivating, heart breaking story of domestic abuse, lies and … hope! I give it 4.5 stars!

5 years ago Karolina thought she met the man of her dreams, her savior! The one who will give her what she craves … a family, the feeling of belonging! Everything seems to go fine even though David star
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**** 4.5 "Need To Be Loved" Stars ****

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Karolina is a young fashion design student trying to make someone of the horrible, shitty life she was raised in. Becoming a fashion powerhouse is all she wants. Until the day she meets the handsome and successful David Morgan and his friend Alec Christs.

"Both men are handsome, one an angel and one a devil."

Karolina has no idea how meeting these two men is about to take her life a journey into sexual attraction, sorrow, abuse, riches beyond her wildes
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

Exquisitely affirming... and beautifully rich.

Author Olivia Luck never fails in tugging on my heartstrings.

Will add more to my review closer to publication.

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4 beautiful and powerful stars

This book was different than I thought. In a really good way. A heartbreaking and also beautiful and really well written book.

“I don’t like to see beautiful things destroyed.”

Carolina and David apparently had a perfect marriage. But ya know that concept from the movie "American Beauty" that seeing the image from far everything seems
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Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a really hard read for me due to what Karolina endured at the hands of her dominating husband, David. Yet, at the same time, I realized how hard it must be for those that have gone through this—or are currently going through what Karolina went through.

She thought she had the perfect life with the perfect husband, yet once they said their "I Do's", everything changed and she realized what a monster David really was. It was hard seeing how abusive David had become towards Karolina—verbal
Unfortunately the constant flashbacks and time jumps didn't work for me, it made for jagged reading with a lot of pivotal stuff happening off page or glossed over. I couldn't connect with the characters and what I really struggled with was how loooong it took for the H and h to get together. Less flashbacks and more on building their relationship and the actual characters would've worked for me. The "real" hero Alec got virtually no air time and I finished this knowing as little about him as I d ...more
Crina (Reading Addict)
I heard about this author some good things and when I received the opportunity to read this book, I said yes, because I had some expectations. Unfortunately it wasn't what I was expecting.

Complete review on my blog Reading Addict
Olivia Luck
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Is it kosher to review your own book?

I hope you enjoy reading Karolina's as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Sigal Ehrlich
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gritty, poignant and romantic, this novel evokes constant emotions. Gripping and fantastic from page one until the end.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Carlene Inspired
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

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.
Lustful Literature
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

Josie's Review 4.5 STARS

This author starts this book with a huge stomach clenching scene, and from there I just knew this was going to consume every one of my emotions. The author does an absolute amazing job with how she started this book. Starting in the present and then shifting to the past gave readers a solid look into the couples past. I thought it was brilliant showing us how Karolina (the small girl from a trailer park) ended up married to David a millionaire.

I have to say this, Karolin
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review to follow!!
books are love
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book shows us looks are deceiving. When Karolina first meets David she finds him to be kind and charming. He wiggles his way into her world by making her feel safe, loved and protected. He treated like a precious jewel. Whereas she believed Alec to be a smarmy guy to be wary of. Turns out she was wrong. so so wrong.

this story will have you wondering what the heck Karolina was thinking and hoping and praying she comes out of this in one piece. We see this from her point of view and a few tim
Beauté De Livres  (Vivian Freeman)
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 a
Paula  Phillips
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I'll admit, I had NO idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I solely decided to read it because I've read almost every (if not all) title Olivia Luck has written. I love her style, I love her stories, and I love her characters. I knew that I would have the same feelings reading this book that I have had with every other story I've read of hers...

But I didn't.

This was more. More pain. More heartache. More darkness. More everything. Behind the facade of a happy life lies secrets an
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book takes us through a five year time span to see how Karolina goes from being a very promising and creative fashion design student to the proper and very controlled wife of David Morgan, head of a major financial company. We know quickly that David is a very controlling and abusive person and that Karolina has been expected to present as the perfect socialite and representative of David and his company. We also know that something intense and terrible is going on at present. As the chapte ...more
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is a Gut Wrenching Story! Not only does it contain physical abuse but,also mental abuse! It is the story of Karolina and David Morgan's horrific relationship and marriage.
Karolina was a woman who had a rough upbringing,no silver spoon touched her lips growing up! She is accepted into a design program,and is eager to create her own clothing line someday. Karolina ends up meeting evil in the form of David Morgan. Never having had attention from a man before(not to mention one that's rich and
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is the perfect example that you never know what goes on behind closed doors. You think someone has the perfect life but you are making that saying true. "When you ASSume you make an ASS out of U and ME".

I love that this book isn't the typical hearts and flowers romance. It's a wonderful story of hope and love that takes the hard road to get there. The emotional roller coaster you ride from beginning to end is one that reminds any romance reader why they choose to love this genre. Not
Raychel Faulkner
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Behind Her Smile had me pulled in right from the beginning. It switches between past and present flawlessly and is not distracting or confusing. My heart was racing as I was reading and feeling so many emotions throughout. Karolina's story is heartbreaking but triumphant in the end, it's about finding herself, survival and surviving. There were times I wanted to shake her and tell her to run but in the end my heart sighed and I felt proud that she was strong enough and had loved ones to help her
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
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
United Indie Book Blog
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Behind Her Smile had me pulled in right from the beginning. It switches between past and present flawlessly and is not distracting or confusing. My heart was racing as I was reading and feeling so many emotions throughout. Karolina's story is heartbreaking but triumphant in the end, it's about finding herself, survival and surviving. There were times I wanted to shake her and tell her to run but in the end my heart sighed and I felt proud that she was strong enough and had loved ones to help her ...more
CJ at Book Happiness
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Not all stories make your heart race with excitement, some stories flow slowly from the pages and melt into your soul. For me, Behind Her Smile is one of those stories. I will admit that it took some time for this book to engage me fully. A bit slow paced, but once I became invested in the story, I was lost. This book will touch you and challenge you, it's a beautiful, poignant and unforgettable story about doubting ones self, survival, healing, and a second chance at life and love.

*ARC provide
Heather Wood
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was good, probably between a 3 and 4 star read. Very soapy with lots of drama. Some of the dialogue felt contrived at times, but I was still drawn into the plot. The first half was a real page turner and I did want to reach in the book and save Karolina from her self. David was pretty freaking mental and I wished his character was a little more three dimensional. I thought the glimpse of his relationship with his family was interesting and I wish there was more of those types of scenes. I t ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read!! Dont know why this book didnt had the spotlight it deserves but 5+++ stars for Ms. Luck !!! I love the twist, the mixed-time plot. And the ending ❤❤❤ ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 li
Tara Bryant
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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,
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Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.
“The impulsive part of me wants to trust Alec. The patter is familiar enough. It's how I ended up a married woman at just twenty-two. With a few smooth words, David had me melting at his feet in a pile of swooning goo. Look how far that's gotten me - a marriage leaking love faster than helium escaping a hole from a balloon.” 0 likes
“My chest squeezes at this tenderness. It's as if he can't stand the thought of causing me more pain. I'm a splintered piece of glass he doesn't want to damage further. Those powerful hands don't cause pain; they still have the ability to soothe. A strange sensation fills my chest and wraps my heart until the jagged little pieces fall back into place. "Please tell me it looks worse than it feels.” 0 likes
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