Friday, March 15, 2013

Review- Beautiful Disaster by Francette Phal

Series:  The Bet #1
Publisher:  Self Published
Published:  October 20, 2012
Pages:  297, Kindle Edition
Edition Reviewed:  ebook
Source:  Bought


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.
Review *always spoiler free unless noted*:
Hmmm.  While I didn't particularly really love the book, I didn't particularly hate it either.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was slightly disappointed.  For some odd reason, I just expected this to be a little more edgy than it was.  I'm not sure if I just didn't read the description correctly or what. 
I didn't really connect with the characters.  And I didn't really feel anything towards Nicholas.  Now let me point out that there are not many bad boys that I don't like.  Except Nicholas.  I can't exactly put my finger on the reason .  Ellie, oh Ellie.  On one hand, she was strong in what she had been dealt with her ex and child.  But then she would show weakness.  And then strength and back to weakness. The only character that I really connected with was Ellie's godfather, Gabe.  He had character.  And Nicholas' bestie?  I cannot remember his name but his relationship with Nicholas?  Weird.  Completely out of nowhere.  And unnecessary.  It added positively nothing to the story.  By the way, the ending?  Complete face palm.
All this sounds negative, but in actuality, I liked the book.  I liked it enough to buy the next one, Redemption.  I say borrow it if you have an eReader before you buy.  A great site for Kindle owner's to borrow books is
3/5 Stars

                                                                  -Victoria Victorious

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