Review: Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove

October 7, 2013 Review 3

Review: Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove

* This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance with Mature content that is not suitable for younger readers.

Riviera Benson’s past has been nothing but horrific. It’s filled with secrets that she intends to keep tightly locked away...terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night...that prevent her from getting close to anyone...anyone that is, until her work as a muralist drives her into the arms of the hot and sexy Shan.

Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon Homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him...because perhaps they are. His business has boomed, ever since the forest fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything...from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way into his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself.

Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other’s?

Title: Tragically Flawed
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: September 19th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 390
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Stars: four-stars

Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove is a beautiful story between two people with tragic pasts. Their heart-wrenching stories, one of abuse the other of loss, will take you on a journey of hope and trust. Lose yourself in this story about Riviera and Shan as the over-come their dark pasts to find the strength, love and each other’s hearts.

When the author provided a warning content she wasn’t kidding. Riviera has had a very violent and abusive past which includes rape. For that reason alone I am adding what would normally be 3-Flames to 4. This subject matter may be hard for some readers to read so reader beware. She of course is still very terrified and has low self-esteem from all the abuse yet her character is still incredibly strong which makes probably the most inspiring heroine I have ever read. Shan also has a troubling past although I think his demons in no way can compare to hers. However, I find them to be a very well matched couple both having strong yet fragile sides.

All the abuse and mental demons put aside, I found the story very enjoyable to read. The flow was very smooth and progressed well. The time progress of the book spans over a several months so the building of her trust and their relationship has a natural growth that is easy to believe. There were a few times where I did feel the story dragged just a smidge but I think these were more transitional periods. Towards the end of story there was a new character (Drexell) added to the mix and it made me a little sad to see the story end. I really enjoyed his character and would have like to read more of him. However, end it does and is was a fairly nice HEA.

Do to the subject matter this definitely is not a book for the faint of heart. That said, Tragically Flawed, is a beautiful love story and I would highly recommend read it and other books by author A.M. Hargrove. I would also like to add an honorable mention about the cover. It is simple beautiful and a perfect representation of the story.

Tragically Flawed

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One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Tragically Flawed

Buying Riviera’s Necklace


I want to give her something special. Hell, I want to give her the damn world. She has my heart and everything else, but I want her to have something that represents my love. The fact is I’d marry the girl tomorrow if she’d have me. But when I told her I loved her, she about freaked out and if I hadn’t been holding her next to me, I’m pretty damn sure she would’ve sprouted wings and flown out the window. So no way would she accept a proposal from me now. Patience… I have to keep reminding myself of that. And tell that to my impatient self.


So here I am at the jewelry store with some idiotic, gum-chomping chick trying to tell me that I need to buy her this ugly ass gaudy as hell bracelet with matching earrings. It’s full of diamonds and sapphires and I’m sure some women would love it, but knowing Riviera, she’d take one look at it and demand I immediately return it. I can see her now trying to figure out how much it cost and how many months she would’ve been able to live off of it when she was homeless. Uh-huh… this would never do. Besides, Riviera needs something simple, something that won’t overpower her. She’s so damn beautiful; I don’t want anything to detract from that. And some ridiculously garish piece of jewelry would look totally off on her.


I scour the cases and I my eyes land on the perfect thing. It’s a silver oval pendant covered in pave diamonds. Simple yet lovely, and exactly what would suit Riviera. Understated elegance and not overpowering. And it would look gorgeous on her.


The ditzy sales clerk asks if I’m sure because she would prefer something different. I’m sure she would, as I look at her eyes that are outlined in thick lines of black with lashes gooped up in mascara. I tell her I’m sure and smile as I think of Riviera’s face when she opens this box. Now I can’t wait to fasten this around her neck tonight. Patience, I remind myself again. Yep, it’s going to be a long afternoon.

Tragically Flawed


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3 Responses to “Review: Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove”

  1. amhargrove

    Thank you SO much for the lovely review and for being a part of the TF tour! It’s an honor to be featured on your blog! xoxo