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 existence of less than gentlemanly behaviour, he decides to man up and go to college, promising to be done with random hook ups and female drama.
They had it all worked out, each one had a plan.
At least they did…until they met.
Together they run from everything; from life, from happiness, from each other. They are two people both so scared; of heartbreak, of repeating past mistakes, of trusting someone else. Two people simply scared of beautiful..
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 shit was going to hit the fan because it all seemed ‘too good’. Maia was raised by an abusive father so she’s spent the majority of her life encouraging her mom to leave him an supporting these efforts. Connecting the dots of this situation of Maia as a fixer/protector blends with ways she was there/tried to be there for Jackson. Jacqueline hooked me into this story. Character build up was just the needed amounts to form a bond, yet also left room for discovery and questions when certain choices were made…because we don’t want to be able to guess how the character will react/respond. There were several grammatical errors that I tried to ignore. I was pleased with Jackson and Maia’s journey and appreciate the lack of a cliffhanger. Give this a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 4 stars