09 April, 2017

#BookReview :: Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane

Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world's resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid. 
Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn't extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn't know how much. 

Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man wants to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind. 

Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow. 

Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching? 

Freya Coleman is a struggling artist in the big city mostly left to fend for herself. Her brother too lives in the same city but they do not have a very good relationship as such she turns to him in only the direst situations. On one such night she finds herself being gambled away by her drunken brother to none other than Liam Henderson, the rockstar. Liam is known as a wild playboy who likes to party. When the worlds of these to collide; there is bound to be some fireworks. But the question is whether they will be able to overcome their own burdens and find their way to each other with the whole world watching and commenting?

Freya and Liam’s relationship was dysfunctional from the very beginning. Liam is quite a self-obsessed man with a sad past. Freya knows what harm alcoholism can cause not only to the one who drinks but also to the people around them, yet she keeps trying to change things hoping for a different outcome every time… whether it is with her father or her brother or Liam. Having witnessed the evil that alcoholism is closely, I know how difficult it can be for the people around. I failed to understand how Freya could even take a chance with Liam after witnessing her father and brother. I guess she is on the opposite pole end from me when it comes down to reacting to something. In any case, I could understand, to a point, what she was trying to do. But her strength shone through when she took the difficult decision of putting herself first. I really liked her when she realizes that she had given enough and it was her turn to live for herself.

I did enjoy the overall plotline of the story even though it didn’t surprise me at any point. The author’s narrative style is simple and language is dainty. It is really easy to get into the story because of it. The supporting characters were interesting too. I loved Anthony, Ryan, Jarred, Lucinda and the sweetheart Davis. My cribbing point with the book is that the author has shown enough of the ‘problem’ but nothing on how they tackled the problem. Freya’s father just turns up sober and gets her brother some help and Liam too cleans himself up while she was away. It was too easy and convenient. Real life is harder messier than this.

Overall, it is certainly worth a one-time read.

Review Copy received from Inkitt

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