Review: Taking Back Beautiful by Devon Hartford



For the first time in her life, Daphne Bowman wants to get in shape. She wants her beauty back and she’s determined to get it.

The last thing she’s looking for when she signs up for a membership at Body Fitness is a love connection.

Apollo Armstrong is a personal trainer with an emotional hole in his heart that he is trying to fill with the love of a good woman. He’s tired of meaningless dates with meaningless women who have nothing to offer but their bodies. He wants a real connection.

From the moment they meet, their connection is electric. But is it enough to keep them together forever?

TAKING BACK BEAUTIFUL is a fast read with loads of sweet and sexy feels, the scorching hot sex you expect, and the happy ending you demand. Both kinds.


I would like to express my appreciate at receiving an ARC for this incredible book from the author himself!! Thank you so much for this wonderful gift!!

My Review

Taking Back Beautiful is absolutely without a doubt a true romance industry game-changer. This is an unbelievably powerful story that will quietly ravish every part of your heart. It will dig deeper then you can ever imagine in a very short period of time. With an incredibly transforming journey as this one, time doesn’t make or break it because it’s dependent solely upon the heart. The heart doesn’t offer concern for something as trivial as time for its intentions and designs go far beyond its limited power and reach. It is futile to fight what the heart wants. Such an endeavor will only lead to utter failure and complete ruin. However, if we choose to follow the leading of our heart, we will be gifted with boundless joy and complete fulfillment.

Daphne sees in the mirror the interpretation of who she is according to those around her. She has known only scrutiny, scorn, and dismissal. No one ever stopped to tell her that she is beautiful just the way she is. Until the day that Apollo walks into her life. He sees what others have continuously overlooked, and he refuses to allow her to walk around feeling unappreciated and unloved. Everyone deserves respect but they also need to be complimented and built up. He refuses to allow Daphne to spend another minute just floating aimlessly through life, so he is determined to help her the best way he can by volunteering to become her personal fitness trainer. Can a simple decision to take change of her health lead to bigger and wide-reaching life changes, or will Daphne find the challenge to be more then she handle?

We are all unique for a very special reason. If we never existed, there would be an empty pocket left in this world never to be filled. I wonder if anyone has ever stopped to realize that no one ever seems to truly want to understand and soak in the phrase of beauty only being skin deep. There is also a good reason why we weren’t created to look back at ourselves all day long but instead we only see each other. If the focus of our lives is only on ourselves, then we will never be able to accomplish the goals and purpose of our existence.

Watching the journey of Daphne and Apollo slowly and beautifully take shape truly took my breath away. They changes we seem them undertake without them realizing what was happening was a precious gift to be given. I felt like I received such an incredible privilege to meet, fall in love, and savor every second with these two amazing characters. They will claim your hear before you know what’s happening, and you will find yourself willingly handing it over. There is no fight with such perfection and excellence. There is only appreciation and adoration.

Devon Hartford never fails to reveal new and deeper layers of his writing. He isn’t afraid to challenge you and push you into thinking outside your comfort zone. In fact, he wants you to dare to think and feel what you never dreamed of before. What is life if is it not filled with exhilaration, daring, and hope. However, above all he writes to help you conquer the fear of love. Love is not a bad four letter work, but instead it is a heavenly verb that calls to the very core of our being and pulls at us with such deep and complete longing. What is life if it is not one filled to overflowing with love?


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