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Ara Costas has it all—riches, power, and the kind of beauty that attracts all the right people. He’s flying high and loves his life, until a serious car accident leaves him horribly scarred. Ara becomes an angry recluse, hiding away in his Chicago high-rise apartment, running his multimillion-dollar business from behind a computer screen.
Ilias Adams is a quiet farm boy who keeps his nose buried in books. A great education and stellar resume land him a job as Ara’s assistant and liaison to the board of directors. Little did he know when he signed up for this dream job that he’d end up working for the world’s moodiest, most uptight boss.
Ilias is scared of Ara at times, but he recognizes the challenge he faces when he meets Ara and sees the reason for the man’s anger. Ara is guarded and suspicious, since he can’t believe anyone can bear to look at him. Despite all this, Ilias is determined to turn the beast into a beauty again, at least on the inside, and tear down the walls Ara has so carefully constructed around him
Narcissistic, self absorbed and arrogant Ara thinks of no one but himself. Not caring or seeing how he hurts those around him with his attitude. It is this same attitude that keeps him hidden from the world when he thinks the scars from the car accident are too hideous. Such a strong willed man. But instead of using that strength to pull himself through he hides. I liked the pace of this story. Ara had a real struggle overcoming his fears and it was Ilias’s gentle persistence that finally got through. Ilias didn’t see him as the monster he always thought he had become. Ilias is relatively inexperienced and wears his heart on his sleeve. The old Ara could easily hurt Ilias but he sees an honesty that is enticing and worth striving to change for. I enjoyed seeing the story from Ara’s point of view and listening to his internal struggles. I think if Ilias point of view had been included I would have judged Ara quite harshly and not seen the effort Ara makes in such a favourable light. I was also glad to see that Ara still remains somewhat vain and there was not a dramatic personality change just an awakening of how his actions affect others. The story made me think about how much influence we let other people’s opinions direct our life. Ara was always concerned about what other people would think of his scars so he never went out and stayed in the shadows.
KC Kelly’s narration was ok for me. He’s not one of the best narrator’s when it comes to accents but he does have a lovely rich voice. I didn’t recognise the accent he used as Ara, who is from Greek heritage, but it has been a long time since I heard it last. I also thought Ilias sounded older than his character is supposed to be, but that is just my impression. I still thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story KC Kelly has quite a soothing sound.
3 stars out of 5
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