Beautiful Mess

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Warning: contains pet rats, hot YouTube celebrity roommates, and one spurned girlfriend about to get even…

Working in a wedding cake shop sucks when you’ve been dumped.

Bailey Frost has a recipe for disaster: one cheating ex, one big glass of liquor, and three well-meaning male friends who think her lack of a sex life is funny. One might want to be more than her friend...but she's a mess. More
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Words: 15,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465731869
About Lucy V. Morgan

Lucy V. Morgan writes sharp contemporary fiction, usually with a liberal splatter of filth. She is the author of the dark, hot KNIVES & FLOWERS series and the stand-alones TWISTED SUMMER and BEAUTIFUL MESS.

In her new adult parody, TOUSLE ME, Lucy pays homage to her genre in the best way she knows how: by mocking it mercilessly.

Lucy lives in England, where she also works as an editor. She spends her spare time consuming lebkuchen, working through her TBR pile, and pretending she's an urban fantasy heroine in body combat classes.

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Review by: KaraSkinner on Oct. 13, 2016 :
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.46 stars

My Rating: 5 stars

Life is looking down for Bailey when she gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend Craig. Not even her three best friends-- Tom, Olly and Linc-- can cheer her up. Not for a lack of trying on their part. They bought her Jagermeister and wrote her a song comparing Craig to a slutty werewolf.

It doesn't help that Bailey makes wedding cakes for a living, or that Valentine's Day is coming up.

But her friend Linc knows what she needs to cheer up, and he is completely willing to give it to her.

It's finally been done: a romance novel with a nerdy love interest. Hallelujah.

Not a pseudo-nerd who's introverted but still a charismatic billionaire, but a genuine, video-game playing, YouTube-video making, awkwardly sweet nerd.

"Anyone would think that you were trying to seduce me, Linc."

"I think... I think maybe I am." He nudged my shoulder gently. "Is that okay?"

He is the best. Linc's shyness and awkwardness is adorable, and he always has Bailey's best interests at heart, even above his own. Despite being in love with her for five years, Linc wasn't happy to hear about Bailey's breakup with Craig. Instead he was concerned about her and wanted to make her happy. The seducing didn't come until later.

And this might be a short romance novel-- it took me about three hours to read-- but it's very well-done, and hilarious.

Bailey's personality is great. She's witty, relatable, and comes up with the best descriptions, like:

It'd been a week since I broke up with a guy who not only chewed my heart up and spat it out, but slowly re-ingested it so he could (poop) it on to crackers and feed it to parrots with attachment issues.

Crazy and yet accurate, right?

The book is filled with great imagery like that. There is also some very real chemistry between Bailey and her friends. Their relationships don't feel forced at all and I love that Olly and Linc are YouTube celebrities with supernatural parody songs.

Not only do they remind me of Danny and Aaron from Starbomb, which I'm a fan of, but it also allows for songs like "Slutty Werewolf", which I really wish was a real song. I can't post the lyrics here because of the language, but, Lucy V. Morgan, if you end up reading this, please record and make a video of the Slutty Werewolf song. I need it. The internet needs it. The world needs it.

The only thing I didn't like was Bailey's pet rats. Yes, they add to her quirkyness, but they're rats. I just got rid of a bad rat infestation in my house a couple of months ago, so every time she cuddled one of those rodents I kept thinking uillew. (I took me ten minutes to sound out the noise I was making in my head so I could spell it properly. You're welcome.)

But this isn't really a story or writing flaw. This is just me being specist. So I'm not taking any partial stars off for the rats. Beautiful Mess is a rare five star book for me.
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Review by: C B on April 09, 2013 :
absolutely loved it.
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Review by: C B on April 09, 2013 : (no rating)
Absolutely loved it
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Review by: Saranna DeWylde on March 07, 2013 :
I loved this book. The heroine was relatable and real, the kind of chick I'd hang out with. The author's voice is engaging and just wonderful.

The romance was great and I snickered though the whole thing. I'm definitely looking for more by Lucy Morgan.
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Review by: hrhsophia on Oct. 20, 2012 :
Very funny, very true and very sexy!
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Review by: J.M. Cameron on Jan. 18, 2012 :
Such a cute, funny story! Loved it! Agree with Doris!
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Dec. 04, 2011 :
It just goes to show you, why cry over spilt milk when there is a full glass sitting in front of you...all you have to do is look up and see it. A good read.
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