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    Beautifully written and worthy to read

    Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to read this book for posting an honest review. Creeping Beautiful is written differently to J. A. Huss usual style, showing a maturity as a writer, but it’s easy to follow, intriguing and refreshing as well. Don’t get me wrong in thinking her other books are below par, because they aren’t, and I would know because I have read them all, and give 5 stars to all of them. Within the pages you will find beautiful metaphors crafted so brilliantly they leave an imprint on your mind, immersing you into the novels mysterious and unconventional world, and she does this by equally balancing the characters as they mature and evolve through the book. Indie is the central character. We learn she is full of contradictions. She can be wild and calm. And she can be calm within chaos. She was purchased by Adam when she was 10, and he protected her. His best friend McKay raised her and trained her, and their friend Donavon counselled her. These three men spent the next 14 years devoted to her. We learn that something happened in Santa Barbara, before this novel begins, and that the three men had a part in its demise. Their world has no room for ethics or moral code, but do they begin to question if their raising of Indie was the right choice considering her ‘condition’ ? Do they become remorseful of the things they made her do and the things that were done to her? Their world is dark, and unforgiving. They and others are a part of a pseudo government, where intrigue, lies, betrayals, secrets, and psyops are just the everyday norm. Sprinkled throughout we learn something terrible happened to Indie on her twentieth birthday that induced traumatised amnesia. To unravel this Creeping Beautiful flits between the now and then. The then starts 14 years prior and weaves it’s way beautifully through the novel to the now, showing us how the main characters developed over time and their relations with each other, and with Indie, and Indie with them. There is a secret that everyone but Indi knows. A secret that has people on a knifes edge should she find out. We know Adam, McKay and Donavon are privy to that secret, but are they holding secrets from each other? And to further complicate matters, Indie loves the boy next door, stressing an already difficult family structure. I love this book so much I’m reading it for a second time. It’s the first in its own series. Huss has been able to weave and connect this book to the Rook and Ronin series and their spin offs, and to the Come series with my all time favourite mad and bad anti hero James Fenichi and his wife Harper. Huss did this so expertly that you don’t need to read the other books to know what has happened or is happening to impact on Creeping Beautiful as she gives you all the crumbs that you need to know.
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    "It's a hard lesson to learn, but not everyone's w

    Riveting! I was glued to my kindle from the moment I met Adam and Indie Everything a romantic thriller should be! I'm not sure where to start. I definitely don't want to risk any spoilers Let's start with the timeline of the story It bounces back and forth from past to present, spanning a bit over a decade. It also switches between POV's for Indie, Adam, McKay and Donovan. It may sound a bit confusing but the author made the transitioning between characters and time periods flow almost seamlessly "Just men. Just humans who make it up as they go, like the rest of us. They are liars, and cheaters, and killers. They are sick, and twisted, and ruthless. They are afraid, lonely, and scared, just like the rest of us. " The cast Just WOW A diverse and detailed mix of personalities. I connected with each of them almost immediately. I could hear their voices, see their expressions. The story itself I actually suffered a book hangover. I finally turned the last page in the we hours , long passed my bed time. Indie is quite the conundrum. Innocent yet deadly. So many possibilities hidden in her mind. Adam is bored so he sets a plan in motion. How to describe this? He is the child of a high ranking member of a secret organization, an untouchable if you will. But times change, people change as do allegiances. This is the beginning, the period of bargaining if you will. Creeping Beautiful takes the reader on a twisted journey where the past and the present collide. Where reality isn't quite as real as it seems. Friends are a questionable commodity like the truth, a rare thing. If you enjoy stories that drag you too the edge. That cause your breath to stall and your heart to pound. That keep you guessing - never quite sure which direction is up. Then this is it (Would trade my morning coffee for this read in a heart beat)
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    Wow, this story was way more than I was expecting!

    Of course, I should have known better, lol, it is a JA Huss book and it’s written in her own inimitable style. I don’t know how she does it. I’d love to see inside her head, just once, lol. As with most of this author’s books, this one is full of twists and turns, open-ended comments and little insights that made me go. Oh, so that’s how that happened, or, made me want, NO need to read other books that I hate to admit, I haven’t read yet, just to get more information, which will probably send me down yet more rabbit holes-er, books. ;) This is Indie Anna Arccosi’s story. She shares it with three men. It starts off when she ten. Most of the story is told in flashbacks showing her growing up, progressing to the present day. It’s not a gentle life she’s leading, but she’s not your average child. Indie is something… more. Different… deadly. This is an intensely engaging story, it’s got some harsh moments, sweet times. Darkness squeezes through the light and each character, no matter how jaded or jagged, will pull emotions out of you. They will get under your skin. They’ll take you down and keep you hostage while you wonder just who is running the show? If you’re looking for a simple love story, then look elsewhere. There’s so much more than that going on here. And more to follow too. So many questions still need to be answered. This was a spell-binding, nerve-tingling read and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2. I need it now!!!
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    A sexy, twisted tale I couldn't put down!

    It is starting to get harder and harder to write reviews for Julie's books without sounding like a broken record. Once again she blew me away with the complexity and intricacy of this story. Once again my head is spinning from the mindfuckery (is that a word?) that takes place throughout. And once again I lost myself in the pages of this new "old" world that Julie is revisiting. The very first story I read by Ms. Huss was the first book in The Company, simply titled "Come". It was included in the Bend Anthology and it was our first introduction to a super secret, incredibly powerful shadow organization called "The Company". As messed up as the things were that took place in that world, I could not get enough of it. I fell in love with James Fenici, Nick and Harper Tate, and Sasha Cherlin. More books followed, that world expanded in various ways in other series that Julie wrote, and different branches of the Company were introduced. The original Company was long gone, having been destroyed by the very characters I initially fell in love with. Now, we're back with Creeping Beautiful, which introduces us to characters that were left behind in that aftermath. This story revolves around India Anna Accorsi and the men who love her. Adam, McKay, Donovan and Nathan. Three of them have been raising her since she was ten years old and one is the boy next store who has grown up with her. Told in multiple POV's and in past and present chapters, what transpires is a twisted tale of how each of these men feel about Indie and in turn how she feels about them. I remember saying in another review for one of Julie's books that I imagine her having a huge white board on the wall with pictures of each character, and then countless strings criss-crossing and tying each character together in a specific way. That's how complex and layered her stories get. Creeping Beautiful is no different. SO much happens, on the pages and in the background. And being that this is Company related, a lot of it is twisted and unbelievable and jaw dropping at times. Once you start reading, be prepared to put everything else on hold because you won't be able to put it down. Each point of view is complex, with secrets and truths that are slowly revealed over time. Each piece of information slowly culminating to a mind blowing conclusion that I was not expecting AT ALL. I can't even imagine what is going to happen with the rest of this series, but I am DYING to find out!
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    So Twisted, Messed Up But Beautifully Broken

    Whoa! So twisted, messed up but beautiful broken people. I honestly didn’t quite know where this story was going at times because these clever twists would pop up out of nowhere. None of the people are what I’d label as a “reliable narrator” so just when you think you have a truth you can throw into your memory bank...bam! No...that’s not really what happened. I enjoyed the secrets and the Company and the missions that go on behind the scenes. The storyline was amazing and intriguing. This first part was unraveling where everything took a sharp turn and went wrong. I definitely had some guesses and some were right and some were a little off base since I was led awry. But it was so fun to figure out a little tiny bit of what was really going on. Great read.
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