Beastly Lights

*May contain spoilers*

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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 want 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?


My Rating: 5 Stars

This book follows Freya, a struggling artist, and Liam, a rock star. Freya is out of money so she breaks into her older brother's apartment to steal money for some food when she's caught by him. He's playing poker with several guys and one of them just so happens to be Liam Henderson, a rock star who even Freya has heard of. It's discovered that Freya needs money so Liam makes a bet with Freya's brother: if he wins, Freya has to come work for him as his maid. Freya's drunk brother takes him up on that and loses.

Freya is understandably upset but holds up her end of the bet when she realizes if she doesn't her brother could lose Liam as a client and in turn his job. She goes to Liam's penthouse where she sees that the place is immaculate and wonders why he even needs a maid at all. Liam is cold towards her and she barely sees him in those first few days she's working at his house. Freya tries to not be attracted to Liam because of who he is and his reputation. She's successful for a little while but when they start pretending to be a couple she is unable to ignore her feelings for him. This is when the story really starts and we get to see Freya and Liam together. I was happy when this part came and I was rooting for them but Liam still had a long way to go. He messed up a lot and I was on Freya's side when she decided that she couldn't take it. This story ended amazing and I loved the epilogue even though it could have gone on forever. That's the problem, isn't it? The author has to decide when to end the story and the reader may never be satisfied.

I did enjoy this book immensely. I read it in a twelve hour span. I didn't sleep all day last Sunday so that I could finish it and see what happened between Liam and Freya but also what happened between them and the other characters. I really loved baby Charlie, Davis, and Ant. I thought Liam and Charlie's relationship was so sweet and also Davis and Freya's relationship was very cute. I liked Ant because I could tell he was a character who was dealing with demons and trying to reconcile with them just like Liam and Freya. I wanted all of these characters to work out their problems so that they can move on and grow up. I found myself laughing and tearing up at this book.

And while I did enjoy the book, I wouldn't be giving an honest review if I did not say what I did not like about the book. The whole stalking thing was a bit much. By the end, I guess I could reconcile with it and accept it but while reading the story, I really felt like it was unnecessary. The story was fraught with tension, drama, and things happening that it didn't need to be there. I also did not feel like the title really matched the book. It's a really nice title but even when reading the book, I did not see how this title worked.

Other than those things, I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone. I loved the characters, the story, and the setting. It was nice seeing a regular girl fall for a rock star and vice versa. I also liked seeing the complexities of the relationship and that Freya and Liam had to go through a lot to finally be ready to be together.

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