Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

Title Beautiful Disaster

Series The Bet, book 1

Author Francette Phal

Release Date October 20, 2012

They created the game but eighteen year old Nicholas Grayson mastered the rules.

They are young and entitled and utterly bored with their lives, so they play games to entertain themselves. They call it the “bet” and new girl Ellie Holbrook is their latest target. Ellie is not the kind of girl Nicholas dates, but she is pretty enough to be his next conquest and so he sets out to seduce her and claim a nice little prize at the end. But her seduction proves difficult when she openly rejects his advances. In his dogged pursuit of her he slowly finds himself in her small circle of trusted friends and meets her two year old daughter, Sophie.

Life takes a startling turn for Nicholas when he realizes his happiness now lies with the young mother and her daughter. Falling in love with Ellie isn’t something Nicholas ever thought could happen to him and he’s completely frightened at how fiercely she makes him feel. But before he can further examine those emotions and clearly process them, enemies from Nicholas’s personal circle of friends conspire to tear them apart and he must now decide whether their love is worth saving or allow his friends to take away the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him.

First off,  I want to say that it's a shame that such a good book had so many grammatical/spelling errors. I'm not sure Beautiful Disaster ever saw an editor. With that being said, I still enjoyed the book and I'll read the sequel (here's to hoping that one is better edited).

When I sat down to start this review, I was sure that I was going to give it a rave review. Now that I'm writing it, I'm not so sure. There was so much going on in the book that it bordered on too much. I did like the book, though. I might not be 100% sure why, but I did like it.

Beautiful Disaster is a real page turner. I was hooked from the very beginning. It was a fun and emotional roller coaster. There was even a little bit of sexy time in the book (not enough for me to consider it erotica, but some might).

There's also some things that I just didn't like. It just really bothers me whenever we're presented with supposedly smart characters that do incredibly dumb things. Ellie is supposed to be a smart girl, right? She's been through so much with having a child and all. Well, why in the hell didn't she insist on Nicky using a condom?! Doesn't she know how that first baby happened? Even better, Nicky apparently doesn't use a condom with any of his conquests. Ew ew ew. Gross. I also had a few other problems, but I don't want to spoil anything. I will say they were problems with Gabe being too overprotective and Nicky's Dad. Like I said before, it bordered on too much for one book.

In general, I liked the book and I plan on reading the sequel.


3.5 out of 5 stars

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