Ember had a pretty good childhood, despite her mother dying when she was young; she had a wonderful father and his friends to raise her. She moves to New York to become a writer, gets a job at a restaurant while rooming with her best friend Lena. One night she goes to a club to meet Lenas new boyfriend and ends up meeting Trace Montgomery. Trace is a big, tattooed, rich guy who fights in a gym to help him control his rage. Trace had a really bad childhood, he has a strict moral code and he doesn't do relationships. I am so incredibly in love with Beautifully Damaged. Ember is such a sweet girl, she is oblivious to how truly beautiful she is outside as well as in. She has a really messed up best friend, but she is still loyal to her to a fault. Trace, any words that I use to describe him will not do justice to this wonderfully broken man. He hurts himself and does things to Ember that are so wrong, yet he is doing them because he thinks that it is the right thing to do. Lena, Embers roommate/best friend, is a self centered, jealous slut; she puts Ember down to make herself feel better. She puts Ember in bad situations which result in Ember gaining a stalker/psychopath/would-be-rapist. Rafe who is Traces best friend is a tough guy with a heart of gold, he has been friends with Trace a long time and he tries everything he can to keep the two together. Trent works at the restaurant with Ember and ends up becoming a great friend and ally to Ember. Ember also finds an unlikely ally when she goes on a date with Lucien, he gives her advice and they become good friends as well. Ember and Traces story is not a hearts and flowers story, its a honest, gritty, dark tale of two people with tragic pasts, self-destructive tendencies and dangerous obsessions trying find a way to get past everything and finally be able to just be happy and love each other.