It's a Fugly Life,
Fugly, book #2
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Released October 11, 2016
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new standalone Contemporary Romance. HE’S PERFECT FOR HER IN EVERY WAY, EXCEPT FOR ONE SMALL ISSUE. HE’S TOO LATE. My name is Lily Snow. And I was once the kind of ugly that turned heads and made people stare. The worst part was how I let it ruin my life and destroy my relationship with the love of my life: Maxwell Cole, one of the sexiest, wealthiest, enigmatic men on the planet. All because I felt ugly and certainly not good enough for a man’s love. But not anymore. One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life. I’ve started my own company, I’ve finally learned to like myself—not love, but like (hey, it’s a journey)—and I’ve met a wonderful new man who’s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs. There’s only one problem: after six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I can’t give him. And he’s not taking no for an answer. NOTE: This is a continuation of the story FUGLY, but is a standalone.
My Rating: B
I did not read the first book in this series, but overall, that wasn't a detriment for understanding the details in this book. I was a little confused about where that book ended because I think that something happened between the final of that book and the beginning of this book...but it just wasn't clear to me where things were left in the original book. That certainly wasn't a huge thing in the overall story of this one, though...it was more just about my own curiosity.
This isn't an easy book, although it's supposed to be a comedic book. Max has a seriously disturbing phobia. He has a true fear and disgust for things that he perceives as ugly. He's overcome this in his relationship with Lily, but that's the only place where he has really conquered his phobia. She brings up some very valid points for their future...especially after seeing his reactions to her disabled brother. For that reason, I still wasn't sure about how some aspects of this book. Someone who is so biased, even if he's working to overcome it, is really hard to accept.
Also there is a love triangle in this book. Lily is very upfront about the fact that she loves both these men, but in very different ways. There are several moments throughout the book when I was pretty sure she'd be much better off without both of them...sigh. There are lots of issues and conflict.
The book is an easy read. There are light-hearted moments and there are also deep, emotional moments. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I knew all the back story and had read the first book. But it definitely is possible to enjoy this book as a stand alone. I just don't think I was attached to Lily and Max as a couple because I didn't have that emotional connection from the first book. By the end of the book, I was finally where I needed to be emotionally with these characters.
Overall, it was a fun read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
ExcerptNo, no, no. What did he just fucking say? I stared at the ass-faced reporter blocking my way to the church. A sadistic smirk stretched across his lips while his crew filmed my reaction. They hoped I’d cry for the entire world on my wedding day, didn’t they? Maybe I would. “Tell us, Miss Snow, how does it feel?” He urged the cameraman closer and shoved the microphone an inch from my face. “How does it feel knowing your fiancé cheated on you last night?” The bastard cheated on me? The night before our wedding? I tried to blink away my tears, but his words felt like a red-hot poker through my collapsing heart. After everything that had happened, every tear shed, every moment of struggle, and the promises made, I couldn’t believe it had all led to this: emotional annihilation. What did you expect, Lily? Princes don’t fall for frogs. Not in real life. He wanted a beautiful life, a perfect life. He wanted a beautiful wife and beautiful babies. I couldn’t give him those things. I dropped my bouquet, smoothed down the front of my white dress, and lifted my chin. “It feels like shit.” I turned away from the church, ignoring the roar of the press and the clicking of cameras, leaving behind my last shred of belief in happy-ever-afters. Those don’t exist. They never did.
About the Author
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men Sign up for Mimi’s mailing list for giveaways and new release news!